National Cherry Blossom Festival

Good Fortune for the Landscape

Cherry trees blooming in Washington, DC have long been a sign that spring has arrived. In fact, spring will be here before we know it! It’s only 28 days away!

While ornamental cherry trees are not native, they are often a focal point in the American landscape.

Cherry trees are a traditional symbol of love and affection and are considered a sign of good fortune.

I Can Not Tell a Lie

Our first President may have cut down his fathers’ cherry tree, but here are two pink spring beauties from LCN Selections that consumers will gladly tell a fib to get in their landscape.

Prunus x ‘Pisnshzam’
This single blooming weeper has clean foliage all summer and then takes on burgundy hues holding its autumn leaves longer than other weeping cherries.
Pink Snow Showers™ Flowering y g Cherry Prunus x ‘Pisnshzam’

Weeping Extraordinaire™ Double Flowering Cherry
Prunus x ‘Extrazam’

Extra-large and fluffy double blooms are accented by copper new growth. A very vigorous growing cherry with glossy green foliage turning burgundy in the fall.
Weeping Extraordinaire™ Double Flowering Cherry

The Bionic Man Celebrates Birthday!

Jim Zampini

The father of the modern day crabapple, Jim Zampini, turns 81 on February 28th, the same day his son Joseph has a birthday too! 

Jim is hard to keep up with at tradeshows when he’s zipping by on his scooter. He is still kickin’ it in the hort industry!

Feel free to email or call 440.477.6501 birthday wishes to Jim directly. Just be careful; once he has you on the phone, it’s hard to get off!

Maria Zampini and Judy Sharpton

Judy Sharpton of The Growing Places Marketing and I recently appeared at the GPA Education Day in Rochester, NY.

Judy and I are teaming up again at Lake County Nurseryin Perry, Ohio.

The action-packed lecture series focuses on how independent garden centers can add profits to their bottom line by employing branding strategies.

Lake County Nursery

‘Peak Performers’
Lecture Series

Thursday, March 7
9:30am – 2:30pm
Open to all green industry professionals

Featured Speakers
‘The Power of the Brand’
Maria Zampini

‘Become a Brand Champion for Your Store’
Judy Sharpton

Limited seating!
Make sure to register before February 28. 

Marie McConnell
Please contact
Marie McConnell
800-522-5253 ext 235

Forbes Top 10 List: HGTV Home Plant Collection

Forbes Top 10
Nod for HGTV

What does the HGTV HOME Plant Collection have in common with Justin BieberVictoria’s SecretJessica Simpson and Angry Birds?


They are on the Forbes list of Top 10 Brand Extensions for 2012!

Smart and Stylish Shrubs

View a catalog of the HGTV HOME Plant Collection ‘Expressions’ Annuals and ‘Smart & Stylish’ Shrubs on hgtvhomeplants.com.

 Retailers can also search a listing of the ‘Expressions’ annual growers and ‘Smart & Stylish’ Shrub partners

HGTV Home Plant Collection
Consumers can locate HGTV HOME Plant Collection retailers nearest them by utilizing the Retailer Locator app.

Find complete details on all the HOME lines at hgtvhome.com

Interested in becoming a retailer or grower? Contact Agricola Management Group.

Perennial Plant Association

2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association has announced their 2013 winner; Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’.

It is an easy care selection for shade lovers and a colorful counterpart to hosta, astilbe and ferns. It also provides sweet smelling bell shaped flower in early spring.

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

2013 Cut Flowers of the Year

The Association of Specialty of Cut Flower Growers top three picks are:

3.‘Super Green’ Ranunculus
Many flowers and woodies are ‘double duty’ divas. 

They not only shine in landscape settings, but perform equally as cut flowers.
 Society of Municipal Arborists

2013 Urban Tree of the Year

The Society of Municipal Arborists has named Quercus virginiana as their 2013 street tree winner. SMA focuses on ‘The right tree for the right place.’

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