Bell Nursery expanding

- By JANE GRAHAM - Bell Nursery, a leader in
Virginia Christmas trees enlisted for project - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Christmas trees grown on the

USCIS revises I-9 forms, requirements - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in

Sod farm adjusts to higher fuel prices, prolonged drought - By ROCKY WOMACK - The risk is great but a necessary evil for

Conference offers keys to saving energy - By CAROL KINSLEY - Energy is not getting any cheaper. In fact,

‘Top 10’ ways to reduce energy use in greenhouse - By CAROL KINSLEY - Dr. Erik Runkle of Michigan State University, offered

Materials make a difference in energy conservation - - By CAROL KINSLEY - Dr. Scott Sanford of the Department of

‘Green building’ proposed at CMREC

- By SEAN CLOUGHERTY - Staff Reporter - The University of
Do you apply chlorpyrifos? - By CAROL KINSLEY - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is
Senate passes H-2B extension - In mid-October, a sought-after one-year

Our 10th year!

By Carol Kinsley

This issue marks the beginning of the 10th year of publication of the Mid-Atlantic Grower, and as with other ’tweens, changes are in the works. A new format and a new press are being discussed to make the newspaper more attractive.
We invite you to take this opportunity to have your ideas incorporated and your needs met. After all, this newspaper was created to serve you! I can't tell you how much badgering it took, on the part of Signe Hanson, to convince us that commercial horticulture in this region was not being well-served in our agricultural publications and that growers deserved more attention. A separate publication was in order, it was decided, and this is the result. Since the newspaper exists to serve you, however, we need to hear from you about how we can serve you best. Are there issues or parts of the green industry we're not addressing? Do you want to see more events or less? More features or more "business briefs" from company press releases? More "how-to" hints that relate to running any business, or more pest management reports? Perennials, trees, woodies, annuals, sod ... is there something we're missing? Are there elements of the paper you'd just as soon we'd leave out? Let us know! Send an email to me personally at We'll use as many of your ideas as we can.
I was touched this week by a message from an event organizer who said, "Even though you are covering an event, to us you are a friend and colleague..." As a journalist without horticultural training, I truly appreciate how I've been accepted by the "green" community. It is a pleasure to work with you!

Arborist conference began with hands-on field day - By D.S. FIOLA - The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of
N.J. grower finds perennial niche in changing market - By TAMARA SCULLY - North State Growers in Hampton Township, N.J., has
Va. landscaper/nurseryman learns service pays - By ROCKY WOMACK - Retirees and younger couples with

ANLA joins challenge of ‘no-match’ regulation - By CAROL KINSLEY - The American Nursery & Landscape Association joined

Watkins heads Virginia immigration commision - By CAROL KINSLEY - John C. Watkins, president of Watkins Nurseries of

Winners announced in Virginia contest - The 2007 America’s Anniversary Garden Contest was

MGGA Gone Fishin’ trip nets dollars for scholars - By HANK DOONG - Under cool and cloudy nautical skies on

Kitchen garden growing part of museum - By CARYL VELISEK - Christina Murphy is the

Fashion in Bloom showcases plants for 2009 and beyond - By CAROL KINSLEY - The hottest things in

Del Tech has room to grow ag, hort programs - By CAROL KINSLEY - Agriculture is alive and well in

‘No-match’ rule offers ‘safe harbor’ for employers - By CAROL KINSLEY - On Aug.15,

the Department of
MNLA, MANTS donate to HRI - The Maryland Nursery and
USDA has plan to deal with CCD - USDA researchers have finalized an
Va. cut flower research funded - Among the five agriculture research grants

Frederick County’s Potomac Farms site ‘best-kept secret’ - The Potomac Farms store in
Demetra Skaltsas receives Gouin research grant - The 2007 recipient of the

By Carol Kinsley - Editor - Get me well!
As if gall bladder surgery weren’t enough, two weeks later I ended up back in the hospital for several days, held captive without food or water while they tried to figure out what caused the pain that sent me to the emergency room.
Needless to say, I am sick of being sick and want to be out in my garden!
What meant the most while I was “incarcerated” was a brief trip by wheelchair out to the parking lot, where I soaked in sunshine by the river and just enjoyed breathing fresh air — that and the pot of miniature roses my granddaughter brought me, and the fresh flowers from a friend’s garden. All these did as much as the doctors, I believe, to make me well.

ANLA to Congress on immigration: Keep trying

- Attendees at the 2007 American Nursery and
Greenhouse growers relax, learn in Catoctins - By CARYL VELISEK - After driving through corn fields for a
Homeowners want ‘green’ backyard - Concern for corporate environmental
PLANET visit legislators, donates care to cemetaries - The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), gathered in

August Christmas Tree Special

Princeton Nursery to close

- At the June meeting of the
Gov. O’Malley visits Eastern Shore nursery - By CAROL KINSLEY - Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley declared
Free pesticide safety training offered - Telamon is a non-profit
Hydroponic greenhouse blooming at UMES - By SEAN CLOUGHERTY - With three years of a five-year lease
Virginian Billy Nash manages the growing pains of building a nursery business - By ROCKY WOMACK - Unforeseen costs due to no

Designer offers gardening with a soul - By CAROL KINSLEY
When she was little, she dreamed of gardening for fan
Immigration reform debated in Senate - The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of
NJNLA plans golf outing fund-raiser - By SHARON KINSEY - A Harley for a hole-in-one? Members of
Grad school project leads to tree liner nursery - By ROCKY WOMACK - Reality can play havoc on an
Growing annuals hard work but N.J. producer loves it - By TAMARA SCULLY - Not everyone gets to go to work
Unique conifers offered at Susanna Farm in Boyds, Md. - By CARYL VELISEK - Susanna Farm Nursery in Montgomery County, Md., is

Freeze hits N.C. hard -

By LORA DENTON - Easter weekend brought an onslaught of

Virginia Tech tragedy saddens hort industry - Jocelyne Courture-Nowak, 49, wife of Jerzy Nowak, head of

Co-op to co-op effort takes hoop houses to Jamaica - By CAROL KINSLEY - Hoop houses are "sprouting" all over

Boulevard Flower Gardens celebrates grand opening with style - The 100 or so guests who

'Pot On A Hill' solves landscaping challenge - At some point, almost everyone has

Motivating the unmotivated - By FRANCIE DALTON - If you’re frustrated in your efforts to

At Dana's Garden Spot, family matters most - By ROCKY WOMACK - Dana and Duane Peters entered the

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Symposium focused on IMP for horticulture - By ROBERT AMBERG - The 3rd Annual Emma Lausten Horticultural Symposium was
MDA considers next farm bill - By CAROL KINSLEY - Maryland Department of Agriculture hosted a
Quality is No. 1 with Virginia greenhouse grower - By ROCKY WOMACK - Provide service and convenience and

Hance new deputy ag secretary - Fourth generation Southern Maryland farmer and now
EAB, plant regulators topics at FALCAN mtg. - By CARYL VELISEK - When FALCAN, the Frederick Area Landscape Contractors and
N.J. ag convention covers diverse issues - By ROBERT AMBERG - The 2007 New Jersey State Agricultural Convention was
Merchandising 101: 'Retail is detail' - By CAROL KINSLEY - Scott Daly of Homestead Gardens in
Fine-tuning nursery, greenhouse plant care - By DON COMIS - Agricultural Research Service - Since some scientists are
Lecturer addresses labor, environment concerns - By KATHLEEN PHILLIPS - Labor and environmental issues are

February 1, 2007

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January 1, 2007

Virginia landscape, garden center has found its niche
In this pre-Christmas photo, Newton Ray Sr., left, and Martha Ray adjust the colorful selection of poinsettias for sale at Raywood Landscape Center in Danville, Va. The Rays have found their niche, and a reason to stay open in the winter by catering to bird lovers. For a story, please see below. (Photo by Rocky Womack)

Delaware horticulture expo slated Jan. 17-18 - Newcomers to Delaware Nursery and
Need a truck? You might want to buy one now - New EPA standards that go into
Apply for AGR insurance before Jan. 31 - New EPA standards that go into
TPI president provides turf industry perspective - In his annual state of the industry report released last
FCIC amends crop insurance rules - The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation has
New insecticides reviewed at Md. pest conference - By DEBRA SMITH FIOLA - Maryland Cooperative Extension sponsored a
New sales tax may affect N.J. green industry - What will sales tax on landscape services mean for
Seniors give green ‘thumbs up’ to plant nuturing project - Initial Tropical Plants, the largest provider of
Virginia winter flower shows change format - By SYLVIA H. WRIGHT - Communications specialist for Virginia’s green industry - “What do you get when you cross the
Finding niches, feeding finches - By ROCKY WOMACK - Many retailers, when they hear that a

December 1, 2006

Ken Moss, owner of Windy Acres Nursery Inc. in Pittsylvania County, Va., grew the CellFor loblolly pine seedlings this summer in his greenhouse. He says the seedlings grow well and faster in the southern U.S. environment than in the cooler climate of Canada.
(Photo by Rocky Womack)

Nurseryman produces fast-growing pines in Va. - By ROCKY WOMACK - In the future, nurserymen could be
Green roof interest rising - By CAROL KINSLEY - Keynote speaker Barbara Deutsch told attendees at a
Ethel Dutky retires after 28 years at U. of Md. - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Retirement promises to be an exciting time for
Greenhouse growers seminar is enlightening - By DEBORAH SMITH FIOLA - Indoor growers and potential growers were treated to a
Schools compete in red, white and blue - By BONNIE APPLETON,
Professor of Horticulture
Virginia Tech
On Sept. 28, 2006, America’s Anniversary Garden committee members
Summers leaves SNA to work with Carolina Nurseries - By CAROL KINSLEY - Danny Summers, executive vice president of the

Maryland rose breeder J. Benjamin Williams remembered

November 1, 2006

Members of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association met at Conard-Pyle in Centreville, Md., for a fall workshop, tour and Eastern Shore feast. (Photo by Carol Kinsley)

‘Branding will revolutionize the industry’ - ...Conard-Pyle VP tells MNLA
H2B relief rides into law with defense bill - By CAROL KINSLEY - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Sen. John Warner, R-Va., have
Conference, trade show set in Glassboro - The 2006 South Jersey Landscape Conference and
For managing deer and small animals, dogs work - BY CARYL VELISEK - The Deer and Small Animals Management in Nurseries Program at
The right equipment makes work easier for landscapers - By CAROL KINSLEY - While the afternoon attraction was a golf tournament, equipment demonstrated at
Beshore trims topiary - 'by the dark of the moon' - By CAROL KINSLEY - A parade of topiary ladies, bedecked with bonnets every
Manquin Gardens celebrates grand opening in Virginia - Tom and Olga Cupp of Manquin, Va., and
You can own one of the oldest plants in the world - By CAROL KINSLEY - A tree once thought to be extinct is now

October 1, 2006

Eastern Performance Trials return as 'Fashion in Bloom' - What debuted last year as the Eastern Performance Trials was renamed “Fashion in Bloom” as Garden Centers of America presented its 2007 collection of plant introductions from more than 30 world-class companies at seven sites in the Mid-Atlantic.
(Photo by Carol Kinsley)

ANLA member testifies on ’07 farm bill - Kevin Van Dyke, president of Skinner Nurseries of
Delaware to update nutrient management regs - The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission has
Green Roof Symposium, tour set Nov. 16-17 - A Green Roof Symposium will be held
What the horticulture industry would like to see in the ’07 farm bill- Testifying before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on
N.J. grain farmers try diversifying with aquatics plants - By SHARON KINSEY - "We were looking for something good to do
Virginian wants to heat greenhouses with biocrude oil - By ROCKY WOMACK - The possible future of the horticulture industry and
Hail wipes out Virginia white pine seedlings - By JANE W. GRAHAM - According to recent reports from
ANLA elects leaders to board of directors - The American Nursery & Landscape Association elected new
'Fashion in Bloom' drew displays from 36 world-class companies - The name has changed, from
Hiking in the Alps affords first-hand look at edelweiss - By ELIZABETH MAURER - Once in a while, the sheer beauty of the

September 1, 2006

Sherry Vaughn hopes the growth in her Virginia community will mean an increase in profits as she caters to the newer generation’s demands for instant gardens. (Photo by Rocky Womack)

EAB discovery brings quarantine on ash trees - On Aug. 22, Maryland officials confirmed the
New technology turns waste ag plastics to fuel - By CAROL KINSLEY - Researchers at Penn State University, recognizing
Overdevest Nursery Grower of Year - "Well deserved" was the topic of the day at
Gardening now 'do it for me' - By ROCKY WOMACK - The older generation often says of
'Choose-and-cut' trees in demand in N.J. - BY CARYL VELISEK- Choose and cut is the choice of delivery to
Shakers help attract, keep customers for 'real' trees - By JANE W. GRAHAM- Clean Christmas trees are a way to

August 1, 2006

Biddle grows her best for Bell

Brenda Biddle, here holding a hanging basket of petunias, sweet potato vine and red verbena, is one of the growers for the Bell Nursery network. (Photo by Carol Kinsley)

John C. Akehurst receives SNA Laird memorial award - John C. Akehurst, director of the landscape department of
Learn how to zap sky-rocketing energy costs at conference Aug. 2 - The top three issues in recent polling of
Industry views voiced at immigration field hearing - The views of the nursery and landscape industry were
Ray Bracken, Todd Davis earn SNA recognition - In addition to the David E. Laird Sr. award presented to
VGIC plans Virginia Garden Festival at Lewis Ginter Gardens, Sept. 16 - The Virginia Green Industry Council is
Growing for Bell means Brenda Biddle can stay home with the children - The Virginia Green Industry Council is
ANLA training led to success, Severna Park’s Blondells say - By CAROL KINSLEY
(Reprinted from Free State Nursery and Landscape News) - The sign proclaims:

July 1, 2006

GOP calls for field hearings on immigration issue
By CAROL KINSLEY - John R. Farner Jr., director of
Va. allows collective purchase of health insurance pools - Governor Timothy M. Kaine signed a
Johanns extends EQIP deadline to Sept. 1 - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently
America's Anniversary Garden grows gratitude, remembrance - By ELIZABETH MAURER - "You want us to create a garden with specific red, white and
Independent study in landscape design could grow into garden at UMES - By CAROL KINSLEY - Corrie Cotton, an energetic young research assistant professor, is
3 busloads attend MNLA Field Day - By CAROL KINSLEY - The weather was perfect on June 15 for

Summer Show Special 2006 - PDF version - with all the columns and advertisers

JUNE 1, 2006

Senate passes 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform' - By a vote of 62 to 36, the U.S. Senate on
ASCFG heads for Pa. - The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Inc. (ASCFG), a
Recycling plastic pots pays - By SHARON KINSEY - Keith MacIndoe of Johnson Farms Sod and
May 1 boycott emphasizes need for guest worker reform - By CAROL KINSLEY - No boycott or demonstration was necessary to
Staff blooms with enthusiasm about Reese plant operation - By ROCKY WOMACK - Reese Farms Inc. of Scottsburg, Va., blossoms with activity in
Va. Tech commemorates nation’s 400th anniversary with patriotic garden - Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger and
Interiorscaping is big business, says one of the biggest - By CAROL KINSLEY - Jeff Mariola believes indoor plants should be a primary component of a
Former cabinet maker finds peace and profit in Md. nursery business - By CARYL VELISEK - The first impression at M & W Nursery near New

May 1, 2006 -

Water use restrictions imposed - By CAROL KINSLEY - The repair of a major water delivery main in
First town in First State celebrates with flowers - By CAROL KINSLEY - Lewes, Del., is all abloom this spring with
USDA treating N.J. trees for ALB - The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will
CASA Children’s Garden planted in Roanoke, Va. — again - By CAROL KINSLEY - Virginia’s First Lady, Anne Holton, helped cut
Book tells how to protect garden with 'deer-o-scaping' - By CAROL KINSLEY - Farmers in Sussex County, Del., may have felt justified in
Longwood names new director, offers course schedule - Longwood Gardens, a world premier horticultural display garden near
DeWayne’s Home and Garden Showplace gets double honor - The American Nursery & Landscape Association’s Retail Division presented its

April 1, 2006

Harold and Diane Harris (left) have turned over the family business, Harris Nursery, to their son, Dennis, and daughter-in-law, Robin.

Senate advances comprehensive immigration reform bill - On March 27, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed and
Garden of the future: plastic, tennis-shoe lawn? - Imagine a future where gardens flourish, fresh water
USDA issues new crop insurance deadline - Nursery producers should be
Nursery, landscape industry push for immigration reform - On March 15, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) led a
Growers voice concerns regarding water quality, allocations - By ROBERT AMBERG - Representatives of many facets of agriculture gathered at
Area flower growers elected to ASCFG posts - Dave Dowling, owner of Farmhouse Flowers & Plants, Brookeville, Maryland, was
14th Virginia Flower, Garden Show cast its spell on 12,000 - By ELIZABETH MAUER - Enchanting displays, marvelous live floral
Building a family business - By ROCKY WOMACK - Harold Harris started his nursery business in 1979 as a

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March 1, 2006

'Water is the major issue facing the future of ag in NJ' - ... Cook College dean tells ag convention goers
Nurseryman: Immigration reform overdue - By CAROL KINSLEY - The issue of immigration and guest-worker reform is
Applications due for electric co-op - By CAROL KINSLEY - Plans for a Maryland Green Industry Co-op for
'Born to Bloom' part of extended Jersey Fresh promotion - By ROBERT AMBERG - Attendees of the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention got a
Texas flower grower awes sustainable ag audience in Pa. - By MELANIE DeVAULT - Frank Arnosky grows mega-flowers on
Virginia Gov.-elect plants first America’s Anniversary Garden - Governor-elect Tim Kaine assisted in planting the
VIEWPOINT: 'Faced with an issue such as water shortage, a single representative voice is more clearly heard' - By SYLVIA COEHN WRIGHT - "The recent alternating drought/flood weather cycle in
Virginia team discovers growing cut flowers is fun and profitable - By JANE W. GRAHAM - A Virginia husband and wife team has

February 1, 2006

Maryland green industry forming electric co-op - By CAROL KINSLEY - Plans for a Maryland Green Industry Co-op for
General permit for water withdrawals coming in Virginia - By CAROL KINSLEY - Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has
Future Harvest: Farming flowers - By MELANIE DeVAULT - Almost any cut flower you can
NJNLA celebrates 90 years at trade show in Somerset - By ROBERT AMBERG - The New Jersey Landscape and Nurserymen Association held its
VNLA’s 2005 Nurseryman of the year: Doug Hensel - Mary Williams, a past president of
MNLA salutes Paul Babikow, John Akehurst - By CAROL KINSLEY- Nearly 100 members attended

January 1, 2006

Horticulturist’s holiday: Volunteering in Hawaii preserve - By ELIZABETH MAUER - Need a new idea for a vacation? Can you
Want to keep the heat inside this winter? - By DAVID S. ROSS- Extension Agricultural Engineer - Biological Resources Engineering - College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland - There are three main
NASS Floriculture Survey begins - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Growing for rooftop gardens - By CARYL VELISEK - There’s a quiet, green revolution going on
NJNLA 'Winter Showcase' a success - By JEFF BEACH - Public Information Officer for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture - Ornamental horticulture is
Backyard-to-Bay forum emphasizes de-emphasis on phosphorus - By CARYL VELISEK - The message was loud and clear at the
Chesapeake Green Perennial Conference explores plants, propagation - By CAROL KINSLEY - Two whole days were filled with talk

December 1, 2005

Buckhorn Creek Nursery celebrates grand opening - By CAROL KINSLEY - On Oct. 6, 2005, Judy and Harry Johnson fulfilled a
Maryland FFAer tops in national floriculture event - Maria Stevens of Walkersville High School in
Pythium root rot can cause problems for poinsettia crop - When Pythium spp. shows up late in

Ray Greenstreet gave up a sales job to buy a place in Lothian, Md., where he and his wife, Stacy, could bring up a healthy family and raise a few million plants plants per year.

Maryland’s Greenstreet Gardens: Thinking outside the box - By CAROL KINSLEY - The retail center at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian, Md., started as

Virginia’s Green industry challenged to 'Go Green' - By SYLVIA HOEHNS WRIGHT - Why affiliate with a Green Industry coalition? When faced
'How to do it right' focus of South Jersey landscape program in Glassboro - Speakers from Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension, and
Pulling up plastic? Recycle! - On Oct. 14 Kevin and Bobby Flaim Jr. of Flaim Farms in

November 1, 2005

Md. legislative committee tours Homestead Gardens - By CAROL KINSLEY - John Peter Thompson, president of the Maryland Nursery and
ASCFG brings fresh ideas, tips - By MELANIE DeVAULT - “Folks, your customers need the flowers! They need
Chesapeake Green Perennial Confab set - By CAROL KINSLEY - The 2005 Chesapeake Green Perennial Conference will
Pot-in-pot, pot hogs demo’d at Better Container Seminar - By CARYL VELISEK - Fifty Maryland nurserymen and women were given a
Performance trials a hit on East Coast - By ROBERT AMBERG - The Eastern Performance Trials were held Sept. 19 through 24 at
IPPS visits Overdevest Nurseries - By SHARON KINSEY - As part of the Eastern Region International Plant Propagators’ Society’s annual

October 1, 2005

USDA puts up $7.8 million to stop emerald ash borer - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced on Sept. 15 the
Va. Christmas tree farms clear Mexican inspection hurdle - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Christmas tree plantations in three Virginia counties have
Green industry responds to Hurricane Katrina disaster - By CAROL KINSLEY - Hurricane Katrina has touched every sector of
America’s Anniversary Garden: Growing a salute - By ELIZABETH MAURER - Soon red, white, and blue gardens will be flourishing
Got good bugs? EcoSolutions offers beneficials - By CARYL VELISEK - The folks at EcoSolutions, Inc., pride themselves on
Performance trials come east - By CAROL KINSLEY - For members of the green industry unable to travel to
Winning wreaths won smiles at Del. State Fair - By CAROL KINSLEY - Greeted with “Merry Christmas” at the Christmas Tree Growers’ exhibit at
Turfgrass research draws 200 to field day at Va. Tech - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Attendance at the Virginia Tech Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day Sept. 14 in

September 1, 2005

Wholesaler urges readiness in hope of better weather - By ROBERT AMBERG - Farmers and many others throughout New Jersey are
Register for Eastern Performance Trials by Aug. 31 - By ROBERT AMBERG - Some of the Mid-Atlantic’s major growers will be
DST, energy bill signed into law - A comprehensive energy bill which includes a
Christmas tree growing big business in Va. - Virginia ranks eighth in Christmas tree production, according to
Flower growers gather at Triadelphia Lake Farm - By D.S. FIOLA - Area professional and prospective cut
Location not quite everything to N.J. garden center - By JANE PRIMERANO - If the three most important words in real
Spruce Ridge Christmas Trees grow in Va. mountains - By JANE W. GRAHAM - David Huffman grows Christmas trees in a

August 1, 2005

Md. ag groups proactive in plannng for future - Agriculture in Maryland is currently faced with numerous
SNA showcases horticulture - SNA 2005… The World’s Showcase of Horticulture, the Southeast’s
Parkers’ key to success: ‘We make it happen’ - By SHARON KINSEY - It would not be uncommon for Rich Parker to be on the
Va. turfgrass experiment grabs community’s attention - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Turfgrass research is not usually the topic for the
Growing a flower business - By MELANIE DeVAULT - My husband, George, didn’t really have to say it: I knew

July 1, 2005

Virginia turf managers comment on new regs - By CAROL KINSLEY - Virginia turfgrass managers have an opportunity to
'We must be ready' for AgJOBS bill, Regelbrugge warns - By CAROL KINSLEY - Craig Regelbrugge, senior director of government relations for
Farm workers, employers to Congress: ‘Act now on AgJOBS’ - Farm Workers and Employers urge Congress: “Act Now on AgJOBS” A bipartisan group of
Woody ornamentals add drama to summer garden - By PEGI BALLISTER-HOWELLS - Every gardener enjoys the pleasure of annual flowers. Whether it is
PANTS 2006 set in Atlantic City, N.J. - The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association’s (PLNA) Board last year, acting on
Fediw discusses customer care, employee hiring, training - By CAROL KINSLEY - Kathy Fediw, author, speaker and consultant, is also

June 1, 2005

H-2B cap relief now law - By CAROL KINSLEY - Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s “Save Our Small and
New H5A, H5B bill aimed at labor, immigration reform - On May 12, Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and
Environmental Concern restores, creates wetlands - By CAROL KINSLEY - Environmental Concern, which will host the
Tobacco money funds VNLA plant evaluation, introduction - The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association’s Horticultural Research Foundation has
"Q-Biotype" whitefly shows resistance, elicits industry alert - California and Arizona have announced findings of a

May 1, 2005

Farmworker amendments rejected in Senate vote - By CAROL KINSLEY - A bill introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., on
May 31 deadline for crop insurance - Nursery producers in Maryland who sign up for
'Jersey Grown' program takes off during National Garden Month - New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus recently joined the
ANLA legislative conference will present unified industry to Congress - The American Nursery & Landscape Association will hold its
Former landscaper knows needs of truck buyers - By CARYL VELISEK - When Tom Nelson sells a vehicle to be
Hagerstown alumni welcome spring - By CARYL VELISEK - The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association’s 11th annual
Well-kept secrets of spring divulged - By PEGI BALLISTER-HOWELLS - The blaring yellow forsythia announces spring on
Charlotte's Garden to host ASCFG meeting July 18 - By JANE W. GRAHAM - The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is
'How Sweet It Is' to see Eden market's success - By CAROL KINSLEY - As the door opens at How Sweet It Is

April 1, 2005

MDA officials ‘disappointed’ in lack of compliance - By LINDA SIEMON - Fewer than half the farmers in the state of
2nd Interiorscape Conference slated - Due to the positive response of
Bill offers temporary H2B cap relief possible - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and
Joe Adams taking it one day at a time, one tree at a time - By CARYL VELISEK - Joe Adams has been
Quality, color, timing all critical for Bell - By CAROL KINSLEY - The pansies were beautiful, most in
These woody ornamentals are 'just a little bit different' - By PEGI BALLISTER-HOWELLS - Here are a few suggestions for

March 1, 2005

AgJOBS bill would reform guest worker program - AgJOBS (Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act) legislation which
N.J. springfest celebrates gardening - New Jersey’s Springfest Flower and Garden Show offers
N.J. extends Asian Longhorn Beetle quarantine area - By ROBERT AMBERG - On Jan. 3 through 5, the North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium was
Experts predict water quality, availability declining - By DR. JOHN LEA-COX - Associate Professor,
Nursery Research and Extension Specialist
University of Maryland College Park
Richard Beeson and 11 other
Get to the root of the problem in Easter lily production - By STANTON GILL Regional Extension Specialist University of Maryland
If you are
Perennials, cut flowers part of second ‘Chesapeake Green’ symposium - By CARYL VELISEK - There was much more on the agenda than
Bill Roberts honored at N.J. Ag Convention - By ROBERT AMBERG - The New Jersey State Agricultural Convention was

February 1, 2005

MNLA unveils economic survey of hort industry - By CAROL KINSLEY - All licensed nursery operations in
Williams named 'VNLA Nurseryman of Year' - By JEFF MILLER Executive Director VNLA - The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association’s Nurseryman of
H-2B program cap hit for FY 2005 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, again
Landscaper recalls: 'There isn’t a mistake I haven’t made' - By CARYL VELISEK - A capacity crowd of more than 265 filled the
Cut flowers part of profit plan, grower tells fellow farmers - By CARYL VELISEK - Cut flowers are an integral part of
Industry blooms at flower, garden shows - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - When is the ultimate sales experience for the
IPM for Gardeners is guide to pest management for the layman - By DEBORAH SMITH-FIOLA - Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a

January1, 2005

Hours-of-service rules for truckers extended through September - By CAROL KINSLEY - The Canadian Trucking Alliance says
Va. Green Industry plans short course - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Virginia Green Industry Council member Lin Diacont considers
Flowers from Ecuador are ‘fresh and sweet’ - BY CARYL VELISEK - Fresh and Sweet is a Web-based company that
Virginia Horticulture Foundation events brighten winter doldrums - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Whether bitter cold, icy conditions or snow, for
2005 All-American Flower Selection winners announced for 2005 - Dr. LEONARD P. PERRY
Extension Professor
University of Vermont
The All-America Selections is a national
Ruppert concentrates on trees, landscape management - By CAROL KINSLEY - Ruppert Nurseries, based in Laytonsville, Md., is
Wreaths are more than Christmas merchandise for Chestertown’s Patti Capel - By LINDA SIEMON - Patti Capel of Chestertown, Md., said she

December 1, 2004

NJDEP announces new invasive species policy - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell announced in
Tariff on EU bulbs could go up 1,000% - A recent issue of netWORK reported that
Va. Christmas trees may go south of border - By JANE W. GRAHAM - “Feliz Navidad,” a Mexican Christmas greeting, may come to
Women ban together professionally in male-dominated horticulture industry - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - From suburban home lot to the country seat, women have
UMES hatching second horticultural incubator - By GRETCHEN PARKER - Associated Press Writer - Thomas Handwerker leans close to a young orchid, just in
Perennial Farm welcomes Maryland’s green industry for workshops - By CARYL VELISEK - Perennials were definitely the stars of the day at
American growers seek tunnel visions in England - By JOHN FRIEL - What do you get when you cross the Atlantic Ocean with a
Public meeting on Asian Longhorned Beetle held in Rahway, N.J. - By ROBERT AMBERG - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is committed to

November 1, 2004

Chrysanthemum white rust found in Pa., Del., Md. - By CAROL KINSLEY - On Sept. 17, the chrysanthemum white rust (Puccinia horiana) was
Bob Lyons to head Longwood grad program - By CAROL KINSLEY - Robert E. Lyons, a New Jersey native who spent
Giuliani to address AFBF in Charlotte - The man who boldly led New York City through the
Keever receives ANLA’s award - The American Nursery & Landscape Association presented the
Endowment fund awards $30,000 to 12 students - Sarah L. Blythe, a student at Virginia Tech, is
ANLA announces keynoters at Management Clinic in Louisville, Feb. 2-5 - The American Nursery & Landscape Association will
Virginia Community College provides hands-on education - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - In the horticulture industry, what is the benefit of
Herb grower uses restaurants’ waste oil to heat greenhouse - BY CARYL VELISEK - Glenn Brendle of Green Meadow Farm in Gap, Pa., has
No bulbs, no mums, no Christmas trees - By CARYL VELISEK - Paul and Jane Kerr, owners of Mar-Lu View Nursery and Landscaping Inc., on
High tunnels offer flower growers options for extending the season - By CARYL VELISEK - Bryan Butler, Extension educator with the

October 1, 2004

Methyl bromide alternative: Research funds drying up - By SHERRILYNN NOVACK
Publications and Communications Coordinator, IR-4 Rutgers University - Methyl bromide alternatives
Crop insurance one means of managing risk - By SHARON KINSEY - Risks associated with operating an
Nurseries opening doors to bird-watchers - By LINDA KELLER - Birding, bird watching, bird tourism and
U.S. Lawns franchises serving commercial property owners - By CAROL KINSLEY - Commercial property owners don’t need
In Virginia, Lin’s Landscaping Service busy 12 months a year - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - “In the landscape industry, providing services 12 months out
Walt Wicklein receives MNLA Professional Achievement Award - The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association awarded
Mums yield to fall pansies at Vaughn’s Nursery in Dublin, Va. - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Vaughan’s Nursery is a family business that is
Carville Akehurst Memorial Scholarship winner loves plants in bloom - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Blooming plants are a real delight for

September 1, 2004

Californians prevail in suit against Kentucky - In a swift response to legal action taken by
N.J. experts find more Asian longhorn beetles - Additional infestations of Asian longhorned beetles were
Court overturns new trucker rules
Associated Press - A federal court threw out new rules for
Horticulture industry recognizes value of planning - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - “Many horticulture businesses start for all the
Peter Orum elected 2004-2005 president of ANLA - By CARYL VELISEK - Peter Orum, owner of Midwest Groundcovers in
Sue Bostic carries on dad’s tree-growing tradition in Craig County, Va. - By JANE W. GRAHAM - The fun of the Christmas season is

August 1, 2004

Agricultural employers issue call for action - The Senate version of the AgJobs bill (S. 1645) is
ANLA task force clarifies labeling issue - A joint task force, convened by the
New mosquito disease worries health officials - U.S. health officials, according to
Inventor of air-inflated double-layer polyethylene greenhouse honored - By DAVID S. ROSS and A.J. BOTH - Quoting the dedication plaque, “A crucial step in
ANLA honors Jeff Dragon as 2004 ‘Wholesale Plant Salesman of the Year’ - The American Nursery & Landscape Association has
California growers sue Kentucky for blocking interstate commerce - In an effort to break a four- months-long trade impasse, the
Water quality comes first in determining fertility program - By CAROL KINSLEY - “Do you know your water quality? You’d better
Richmond’s Goodwill Industries nourishes more than plants - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - They say a smile speaks a

July 1, 2004

Sudden oak death in Md. traced back to Oregon - By CAROL KINSLEY - Phytophthora ramorum, the disease that
Is your operation prepared for a hurricane? - Jim Johnson’s column from Rutgers Cooperative Extension this month offers
Cyclamen mites actively damaging herbaceous plants this season - By STANTON GILL - It must be year of the cyclamen mite. I cannot remember a
Professional groundsmen share pruning tips - By SYVLVIA H. WRIGHT - When is the best time to prune? While you
Maryland’s Lilypons Water Gardens has outgrown its name again - By CARYL VELISEK - Lilypons Water Gardens near Buckeystown, Md., offers a

June 1, 2004

Super spring brings surge in garden center sales - By CARYL VELISEK - Mid-Atlantic garden centers are...
Search continues for sudden oak death disease - State and federal department of agriculture personnel continue to....
Flower and garden show, the ultimate sales experience - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - When does the ultimate sales experience occur for....
USDA seeks help in hunt for Giant African Land Snail - Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael T. Scuse has....
Clients learn as flowers grow - By CARYL VELISEK- The greenhouses at Scott Key Center on ....
Adkins’ native plant seminar draws crowd - By CAROL KINSLEY - To a packed house at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium in....
Japanese painted fern ‘Pictum’ Perennial Plant of the Year - The Perennial Plant Association has chosen Japanese painted

May 1, 2004

Chinese orchid company plans network of growers - By CAROL KINSLEY - Following on the heels of....
Crop insurance deadline for nurseries May 31
Nursery producers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia should be.....
Seasonal workers can get health insurance - The American Nursery & Landscape Association has....
Williamson’s Nursery, an oasis overtaken by urban sprawl - BY CARYL VELISEK - Williamson’s Nursery near....
Virginia Native Plant Society hosts biodiversity workshop - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Biodiversity, according to....
Wickleins’ business expands with new location in Virginia - Chesapeake Aquatic Nursery is relocating its operation from Baltimore to....
VDACS amends list of endangered plants, insects - The Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services has....
Delaware’s Sterling family recognized for conservation efforts
USDA, states on look out for signs of Sudden Oak Death - By CAROL KINSLEY - The plant disease known as....
Grist Mill Gardens

April 1, 2004

Tax changes would pinch Md. ag, hort businessesBy CAROL KINSLEY - A bill being considered by the Ways and Means Committee in
‘Jersey Grown’ campaign proposed by NJDA - By ROBERT AMBERG - The nation’s premiers
Peat moss prices driven up by trucking regs - New trucking regulations effective Jan. 1, are
Landscapers: Luxury tax could force some into bankruptcy - By CARYL VELISEK - The consensus among some landscape
Can anyone really make money on cut flowers? - By STANTON GILL, SUZANNE KLICK - What do you grow on your farm
IPM trade fair in Germany, drew more than 61,200 buyers - At the end of January, IPM, the
Virginia’s green industry focuses on stewardship of land - By SYLVIA HOEHNS WRIGHT - On a wintry morning, more than
It’s the year of the dianthus
Extension Professor
University of Vermont
The National Garden Bureau is a
Eastern Shore Nursery near Easton founded 75 years ago- Eastern Shore Nurseries celebrates its

March 1, 2004

USDA halts geranium shipments
halted -
Government inspectors continued in...
Edmund Milewski honored at NJ State Ag Convention - By ROBERT AMBERG - Nurserymen and growers from across New Jersey met...
Windsor’s named ‘Business of Year’ - Jay Windosor, recently retired from...
Akehurst’s diversified landscaping business provides service year-round - By CARYL VELISEK - Like many landscape businesses today, the people at
Fantom family named MGGA ‘Greenhouse Grower of the Year’ - The 2004 Maryland Greenhouse Growers’ Association Greenhouse Grower Of The Year is
Crop insurance tool for managing risk - Crop insurance is a valuable risk management tool that
Using high tunnels for field-grown cut flowers - By DR. MARK BRIDGEN,
Professor and director
Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research and
Extension Center, Riverhead, N.Y.
The use of high tunnels for season

February 1, 2004

Md. growers, landscapers eye proposed legislation - By CAROL KINSLEY - The Maryland legislature will bear watching by
Ralstonia hits geraniums again - Ralstonia is back to plague geranium growers in
Virginia’s green industry receipts exceed $1.14 billion in 2002 - Results of the 2002 Green Survey, an economic survey and
PLNA celebrates centennial at conference - The Pennsylvania Landscape and

National survey will look at nursery, Christmas tree, floriculture production

MGGA salutes its 2004 Cut Flower Grower of the Year - Dave Dowling of Farmhouse Flowers and Plants in
New member pleased with work of VNLA
By SYLVIA WRIGHT- A new year is similar to a blank piece of

MNLA elects new officers for 2004

Spring Meadow, Proven Winners join forces - By ROBERT AMBERG - Spring Meadow Nursery, of

January 1, 2004

MFB welcomes governor’s proposed changes in nutrient management law - By BRUCE W. HOTCHKISS - A revised nutrient management initiative advanced by
AGR-Lite insurance covers horticultural income for growers - There’s a new insurance program available to
Bamboo bothers town officials - By CAROL KINSLEY - The home of Edward Hopkins in Ridgely, Md., may
Big houses on downsized lots require plants that won’t outgrow their spots - By ROBERT AMBERG - Over the last decade, there have been several noticeable trends the builders have used up here in
Bell Nursery’s Gary Mangum shares stage with President Bush - To say that Bell Nursery Inc. and co-owner Gary Mangum have been in the
Mentoring relationship works when both young and old share common beliefs - By SYLVIA H. WRIGHT - It started as a retirement venture and ended as one of
Networking concept draws island visitors to UMES, Bell Nursery - By CAROL KINSLEY - Delegations from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago visited the University of

December 1, 2003

Congress considers fix for guest worker progra - By CAROL KINSLEY - Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chairman of....
Growers share how to tap into EQIP funds - By CAROL KINSLEY - Hints on ways to increase your chances for a...
Md. green industries plan horticulture symposium - On Feb. 5, 2004, the Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association will co........
Donald Amberg honored for service to N.J.’s Union County Board of Ag - By ROBERT AMBERG - The Union County Board of Agriculture’s history goes...
Maryland’s Stadler Nurseries boasts 340 acres of plants - By CARYL VELISEK - Lisa Stadler brings an enthusiasm to her work that is
Virginia growers find niche -By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Attendees of the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association field

Do it right or don’t do it at all - By CHARLIE METZ
Faculty Extension Assistant, Horticulture
Maryland Cooperative Extension
Frederick, Md.
Since1973, when I took a........
Tracy Wooten named horticulture educator in Sussex County, Del.
- Tracy Wootten has been named the horticulture educator for........
Poinsettia power evident at La Rosa Greenhouse - By JOE COLANERO - Poinsettias own the Christmas holidays. No other plant approaches their ....
Pot size inspections begin April 1 - The Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are working to....

November 1, 2003

University of Maryland opens new greenhouses -By CAROL KINSLEY - The new research greenhouse at University of
Virginia cleans up after Isabel - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - When dealing with the overwhelming effect of
Virginia tree seedling nursery up for grabs -After 51 years raising tree seedlings for
Parkerson wins Sunbelt Expo award - Charles Parkerson of Suffolk, Va., whose innovative ideas
Hands-on labor, in-demand sales work for Walnut Springs Nursery - By SUSIE EYLER KLINE - Walnut Springs Nursery Inc. in Glenwood, Md., is
Pa. harvest tour to stop at Eisler Nurseries
The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association and Pennsylvania Department of
Greenhouse, nursery, garden center keep Dreyer Farms profitable - By ROBERT AMBERG - The central New Jersey county of Union has always
‘I wouldn’t want to do anything else,’ says owner of Tammy’s Garden - By CARYL VELISEK - Tammy Henry, owner of Tammy’s Garden in

October 1, 2003

Natural gas prices skyrocket - Winterize, plan for high fertilizer, fuel costs...
Gro-Rite ships out 150,000 mums during the fall season - By SHARON KINSEY - Bryan Vande Vrede comes from a long line of...
Canadian peat now in short supply - Canadian peat producers continue to face a difficult harvest
Viewpoint - Plants could cool hot summer in the city
Find the secret delights of the garden at Salisbury University campus - By EMILY SHEPHERD - The next time you are...
Retractable greenhouse roof opens new market potentials - Recent threatening weather didn’t stop visitors to...
Naturalized Japanese weed ties wetlands in knot - By ZAK SKIBO - Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica var. japonica, syn. Reynoutria japonica, syn. Polygonum cuspidatum), is ...
Men’s garden club one of oldest in Md. -
Oil or gas? Strategies to reduce greenhouse energy bills - By AREND JAN BOTH - With the high heating costs of last winter fresh in...
Hogarth, Fisher honored at MNLA dinner - By CAROL KINSLEY and
Edward Leo Hogarth was surprised for the second time this year at Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association’s Management Dinner, Sept. 11, when...
Andy Hankins, Virginia’s ‘king of specialty crops’ - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Andy Hankins is a man with the Midas touch. He’s been dubbed the “king of specialty crops”
September 1, 2003

Halka Nursery enters farmland preservation - By JOE COLANERO - What would a $50 bill and the Halka Nursery have in...........
Virginia’s wild flora at risk - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Wildflower lovers braved life-threatening fog and.........
Poultrymen need some good trees - By RICKY BOURGEOIS - As research continues toward making tree buffers a..........
Transplanted daylily business, LOVE, takes bloom in Middletown, Md. - By DEBORAH SMITH FIOLA - One of the anchors of the summer landscape is.........
Growing the unique is goal of Snells Greenhouses - By SUSIE EYLER KLINE - “Every plant has its........
August 1, 2003

Md. ag scientist suggests: Focus on phosphorus hot-spots - By CAROL KINSLEY - Maryland Department of Ag-riculture employees and scientists rolled up their sleeves ..........
VNLA plans field day, gourmet picnic, summer tour - The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association’s 2003 Field Day and Summer..........
IR-4, EPA, USDA group gets lesson on ornamentals - By SHERRI NOVACK
Publications and
Communications Coordinator
Cook College, IR-4 Headquarters
Rutgers University
Rainy weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of............
Wakefield Valley Nursery’s goal: hearty material to plant once and forget - By SUSIE EYLER KLINE - As a young boy, Frank Vleck Jr. asked if he could use..........
Room for plenty of growers in Virginia’s cut flower market -
By SYLVIA H. WRIGHT - It was a muggy but cool morning for a Virginia summer day.........

July 1, 2003

MNLA talks strategy at field day at Waverly Farm - It was a rare sunny day that greeted visitors who attended the Maryland Nursery and...........
Wet soil adds to challenges of green businesses - By GEORGE MAYO - What do you do with a three-year backlog of..........
New Jersey banking on local promotion - By MARK POWELL - Do consumers care about local product? Do consumers care about local nursery.........
Jay Windsor retiring from Delaware Extension post - By SHARON MORGAN - Whether he is talking about annuals or perennials,..........
Cut-flower touted as alternative to tobacco production - By SYLVIA WRIGHT - Tobacco, once the staple crop of a Mid-Atlantic grower, is presently facing...........

June 1, 2003

Maryland Grown increases sales 43% - By MARK POWELL - Sandwiched among Maryland Department of.........
Waverly Farms’ Faulring tells success story - By DEBORAH S. FIOLA - Waverly Farms nursery, situated on 200 acres in Central Maryland, grows a variety of trees and shrubs like many..........
EQIP rules coming soon - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman marked the......
There he goes again! - Gordie Bailey’s bike riding goal: $1.25 million............
Coordination essential in battling invasive species - Recently the American Farm Bureau Federation called.............
Catoctin Mtn. Growers’ greenhouses never empty - By SUSIE EYLER KLINE - Bob VanWingerden believes location is.........

May 1, 2003

Nutrient management bill failed - By MARK POWELL - As Maryland’s cantankerous 2003 legislative session finished up..........
MAEF ready to take ag show on the road - By MARK POWELL - Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association was one..........
Del. school tries compost on athletic field -By CAROL KINSLEY - The good news for football players at Sussex Tech in...........
Dutch Plant Farm prospers ‘beyond dreams’ in Frederick - By CARYL VELISEK - When Jack Mens emigrated to Maryland in 1981 from the.........
Clear Ridge Nursery specializes in native trees and shrubs - By SUSIE EYLER KLINE - To be a grower was Joe Barley’s dream, one which became a..........
Maryland adds pots, flats to recycling effort - Maryland’s pesticide container recycling program marks the start of its 11th year of...........
Eaton Farms, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay join forces - Eaton Farms of Leesport, Pa., is partnering with the..........
Water quality important for plant health - By CANDACE POLLOCK - Nursery and greenhouse growers developing a plant management plan should start..........

April 1, 2003

Ralstonia threat causes geranium quarantine - By CAROL KINSLEY - Federal and state officials are on high alert for evidence of Ralstonia solanacearum......
Farm/nursery security: Treat it seriously - Acts of terrorism have heightened our awareness of the need for security, both at home and...........
Peat producers pass on costs - Canadian peat producers are facing some of the big......
Take precautions against West Nile Virus - Prevent mosquito breeding
Homeowners and business owners can most effectively reduce the number of mosquitoes around ..........
Tax on fertilizer fails in Maryland General Assembly - By MARK POWELL - As the Maryland General Assembly quickly approaches the end of its 2003 session........
Do your plants need more iron? - By PAUL FISHER
University of New Hampshire
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies Inc.
Reports of iron deficiency in greenhouse crops are increasing, due in part to the surge in ........
Robin Hill Farm Nursery enters MDA Hall of Fame - By CAROL KINSLEY - The Russell Watson family of Brandywine, Md., was one of two families inducted into the........
New Jersey film recycling a model for other states - New Jersey’s nursery and greenhouse film collection and recycled program will be held for.........
Changes proposed in ag assessment regs in Va. - The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced proposed.........
Ruppert Nurseries honors company’s best employees - Five employees of Ruppert Nurseries in Montgomery County, Md., received the ........
Del. FFA president’s love of flowers blossomed in childhood - By SHARON MORGAN - When Meredith Stevenson was just a little girl, she made bouquets out of everything from............
Delawareans get private tour of Smithsonian greenhouses - By CAROL KINSLEY - Members of the Delaware Farm Bureau visited the greenhouse nursery branch of the..........
Mid-Atlantic Grower March 1, 2003

Greenhouses collapse from too much snow, ice - By MARK POWELL and CAROL KINSLEY - First it was idyllic. Snow, with more to come. Then the.......
EQIP cost-share available to green industry - Over the past decade or two, nurseries and greenhouses have implemented — and paid for........
USDA offers help on crop insurance premiums - The USDA is going to extra measures to encourage.........
NJNLA pressures for water use regs industry, homeowners can live with - By JOE COLANERO - Watching their parched lawns and heeding dire drought restrictions last year, homeowners winced........
New Jersey peat plugs are hit with vegetable growers - By MARK POWELL - Bryan Vande Vrede did a lot of business at the annual meeting of.........
Don’t forget to eat your nasturtiums - By EMILY SHEPHERD - If you have recently eaten at an upscale restaurant in southern Delaware, or.......

Mid-Atlantic Grower February 1, 2003

Delaware refines list of invasive species - By CAROL KINSLEY - West Virginia has a “dirty dozen” list of unwanted invasive species. Recently,......
ANLA urges quarantine for emerald ash borer - The American Nursery & Landscape Association has urged Ag Secretary Ann Veneman and ......
VIEWPOINT - Landscape apprenticeship: An idea whose time has come.......

First call for grant proposals issued by Maryland hort research foundation - The Maryland Nurserymen’s Association Horticulture Research Foundation, Inc. (MNAHRF) is ......
Found: a better, natural way to care for a lawn - By CARYL VELISEK - NaturaLawn of America prides itself on “doing......
Va. short course was a hit - “This show was the best ever” was heard often as........
Conference topic: ‘Battling Bugs in the Mid-Atlantic’ - “Battling Bugs in the Mid-Atlantic” is the title of........
Get out the calculator if you want to start a greenhouse - By SHARON MORGAN - The decision to incorporate a.......
Got aphids? Check for ants - By JEANNE HIMMELEIN - District Floriculture Agent - Kalamazoo, Mich. - Do you have aphids in the middle of winter? How.......
USDA tightens import measures on Dutch mums - The Society of American Florists has learned from ......
Jim McWilliams to head MNLA - James Robert McWilliams, vice president of Maxalea Landscape Inc. was inducted as........
Longwood offers free professional training - From March 1 through Aug. 31, Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa., will accept ......
Virginia nursery industry plans economic survey - By CAROL KINSLEY - Before accepting the presidency of the........

Mid-Atlantic Grower January 1, 2003
Delaware greenhouses could grow new vaccines - By SHARON MORGAN - The controlled environment of a greenhouse soon could produce a crucial source of .......
Who will be ag secretary? - By MARK POWELL - The prime topic of conversation for Maryland Farm Bureau delegates meeting in the organization’s annual convention in Ocean.......
Input sought on wire basket use - Dr. Bonnie Appleton and others at Virginia Tech are planning field research on wire.......
Researchers identify daylily threat - By AMY SPILLMAN - USDA-Agricultural Research Service - Daylilies — one of our most popular perennials — are pretty, easy to grow, and rquire relatively low maintenance. During.....
LaRosa looks forward to ‘a very good year in 2003’ - By RON LEHEW - LaRosa Greenhouses sits almost regally atop a lovely .....
Cypress Village Garden Center is filled with color - By EMILY SHEPHERD - Cypress Village Garden Center in Pocomoke, Md., was busy as Santa’s workshop in .......
Survey to collect data on Pa.’s floriculture industry - Pennsylvania ranked sixth nationally in wholesale sales of......
Time to clean up the greenhouse for spring - Bt JILLANNE R. BURNS
Floriculture Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County
It is time to clean up the greenhouse and get ready for spring crops. This is a critical........
Help develop an emerging market: exports - By GEORGE MAYO - There is a universal truth with which we are all familiar: “All .....
McNaughton is NJNLA’s 2003 Nurseryman of the Year - William McNaughton of McNaughton’s Nurseries in Cherry Hill, N.J., was.....
Former Marylander serves on National Landscape Association board - Wanda Chase, elected to the board of directors of the National Landscape......
Internet site provides free public access to pesticide info - Public access to information about pesticide usage and pest control dealers in Maryland is now available... Mid-Atlantic Grower December 1, 2002
Greenhouses welcome public for behind-the-scenes look - By RON LeHEW - Much like bees and butterflies drawn to summer flowers, several greenhouses in.......
Horticultural industry part of Ag Outlook Forum - A separate session on the future of the floriculture, greenhouse and nursery industries will be ......
Maryland green industry unites - Six Maryland green industry associations have formed a council, the Maryland Green Industry Council (MGIC). The .......
Information, innovation key to Plainview’s success - By MARK POWELL - Arie Van Vugt could be cut from the same cloth as Henry Ford or Bill Gates — or any other innovator and .......

Mid-Atlantic Grower November 1, 2002

Asian longhorned beetle found in Jersey City - The Asian longhorned beetle — which attacks and kills maples and....
‘New’ short course set in Va. Beach - Mark your calendar now for the most comprehensive nursery educational short course....
New national organic standards in effect as of Oct. 21 - By CAROL KINSLEY - USDA’s national organic standards for agricultural products went....
‘You have to keep switching gears or you get left behind’ - By CARYL VELISEK - Alloway Creek Gardens began 26 years ago as....
Garet Bunting honored - The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) recently hosted its....

Mid-Atlantic Grower October 1, 2002
Pressures on Md. ag outlined in study - Green industry sees steep growth - By MARK POWELL - If you’re in the greenhouse and nursery business in Maryland, you can expect more competition within....
Members of IPPS head to Baltimore - More than 550 visitors are expected to attend the joint annual meeting of the....
Sign up by Oct. 4 for classes on writing nutrient management plan - Nursery, greenhouse and cut flower growers who need nutrient management plans written to meet....
Mid-Atlantic Grower September 1, 2002
Drought issue flooding green industry - By CAROL KINSLEY, MARK POWELL and
AMY CONQUEST TAYLOR - It has been dry all summer — everywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region. Rains expected this week are too late to....
Legislation to supply financial drought relief - Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, recently passed.....
Industry honors memory of Sept. 11 - Its more than a month after the Fourth of July and Alexander’s Flower Shop in Philadelphia is still....

August 1, 2002
Drought - Delaware considers mandatory water
use restrictions - By AMY CONQUEST TAYLOR - Recent rainfall in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia was a day late, a dollar short ....
MNLA : Green industry should work together - By CAROL KINSLEY - Legislative activity in Annapolis was “extremely intense” this year, Maryland Nursery and....
MDA unveils new promotional logo - By MARK POWELL - Thanks to marketing pros at the state agriculture department, Maryland nurserymen now....

July 1, 2002

Radio ads, in-store ‘merchandisers’ boost Bell’s sales - MDA grant helps tout ‘Maryland-grown’ - By MARK POWELL - Les Foster and Mary Woodward have been busy this spring keeping....
ANLA will tour region’s landscape operations - The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) will....
The Wye Oak lives on - By DR. FRANCIS R. GOUIN - Professor Emeritus - University of Maryland College Park, Md. - The sad news of the Wye Oak having been blown to the ground by....

June 1, 2002

Right-to-farm prevails in Jersey zoning case -
By MARK POWELL- Legal experts say New Jersey’s right-to-farm law received a significant boost....

Va. freeze damages Christmas trees - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Ten days after the last frost benchmark passed on May 10, a ....

MDA begins crackdown on non-filers - 4,000+ nutrient management plans due - By MARK POWELL - Between 4,000 and 5,000 Maryland agricultural producers will ....

Drought continues, despite downpour - By CAROL KINSLEY - It rained 3 inches in some parts of the Mid-Atlantic over ....

May 1, 2002
OSHA releases new ergonomic strategy - On April 5, the Occupational Safety and Health . . . .

New Jersey first to offer multi-state nursery film recycling program - New Jersey’s nursery and greenhouse film . . . .

Frederick, Md., nursery: ‘Water is our biggest concern’ - By CARYL VELISEK - Ted Burton has seen a lot of changes in the nursery and . . . .

April 2002
MGGA takes action - Water restrictions would drown hopes of profits this spring - By CAROL KINSLEY - An emergency meeting organized by Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association was . . . .

Robotics, recycling reduced crop variety boost bottom line for Gude Brothers - By CARYL VELISEK - When Larry Gude’s ancestors started farming in Prince George’s . . . .

Hardiness zone map updated - Much of the United States has been warmer in recent years, and that . . . .

March 2002

PNLA responds quickly to drought declaration - On Feb. 12, Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker declared a drought . . . .

Lobbying puts damper on Md.’s proposed irrigation use fee - By CAROL KINSLEY and MARK POWELL - It appears a proposal before the Maryland legislature to impose fees on irrigation wells may . . . .

Carroll Shry is ‘teacher of the year’ - By CARYL VELISEK -Carroll Shry, who teaches at the Career and Technology Center in . . . .

February 2002

Coalition seeks changes in nutrient management law - Marylanders file plans, delay forms for 1.1 million acres - By SIGNE HANSON - Dec. 31 was the deadline for all Maryland farmers to have nutrient management plans or to have filed . . . .

Nurseryman takes post as N.J. ag secretary - By MARK POWELL - Charlie Kuperus, new secretary of agriculture in New Jersey, has his . . . .

Irradiated mail info updated - By CAROL KINSLEY - Those who order seed through the mail and are worried about the . . . .

January 1, 2002

Mangum named ‘Grower of the Year’ - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Gary Mangum, co-owner of . . . .

Renovated U.S. Botanic Garden now open - By AMY CONQUEST - At the Capitol, National Guardsmen watch the streets for any hints . . . .

Is your seed order coming by irradiated mail? - Wondering about the effect of proposed mail irradiation on . . . .


Foreign laborers face more hurdles - By MARK POWELL - In one of his last presentations as an American Farm Bureau Federation staffer, . . . .

As legacy, Virginia grower offers one final tree - By JANE W. GRAHAM - Cutting the perfect Christmas tree for this year’s celebration has . . . .

Nancy Akehurst to keep MANTS post - The Board of Directors of the . . . .


Fragile watershed puts damper on nursery growth - By CAROL KINSLEY - Could you manage your nursery or greenhouse organically — with no . . . .

Fungi threaten worker health - Several years ago, it was reported that peat moss can contain fungi such . . . .

Tornado destroys labs, greenhouses at BARC - By CAROL KINSLEY - A tornado ripped through the USDA facility at Beltsville, Md., on . . . .


D.C. attack disrupts ANLA event - Immigration reform remains priority - The American Nursery and Landscape Association, up until . . . .

Daylily rust poses problem for hort industry - Daylily hobbyists, gardeners and growers are warned to be on the alert for a new foliar . . . .

Bluemount’s phlox wins national honor - Phlox paniculata “David,” an outstanding plant discovered and propagated by Bluemount . . . .


‘Mr. Maryland Nurseryman’ Carville Akehurst, died Aug. 1 - By WALT WICKLEIN - On Aug. 1, the Maryland nursery industry lost one of its greatest supporters. Carville, 70, died after a . . .

Help wanted? Children from Hope Township, N.J., volunteer - By JANE PRIMERANO - On a sunny Friday morning, busy children from Hope Township, N.J., were bustling through . . . .


Ag job bill would help industry - Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and nine original cosponsors have introduced a two-part bill entitled “The . . . .

Horticulture brings $75 million to Howard County - Recently, the Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority conducted . . . .

July Top Stories

More funds available for cost share - By MARK POWELL - Maryland Nurserymen Association representative Signe Hanson was among a group of Maryland ag leaders who met with . . . .

Va. Tech will help meet needs of industry - BY JANE GRAHAM - “The Virginia Greenhouse lndustry Needs Assessment” is helping Virginia Tech reach out to the industry through . . . .

6-01-01 - Judge orders: Plant it right, or go to jail - Non-compliant Virginia golf course owner held in contempt of court - By CAROL KINSLEY - Landscaping matters. Ask John Thoburn, 43, of Fairfax County, Va. Thoburn was imprisoned on . . . .

6-01-01 - Landscaper’s degree offered in Germantown - By CARYL VELISEK - The Landscape Technology Program at Montgomery College’s Germantown, Md., Campus attracts . . . .


Industry seeks aid in ‘economic disaster’ - By MARK POWELL - Some nursery industry advocates are calling rising energy prices “an economic disaster.” Those words are . . . .

Nutrient applicator training required, coming this winter - By SIGNE HANSON - Maryland’s Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998 requires nutrient management plans of farmers by Dec. 31, 2001. The law also . . . .