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Name: Maria Zampini
Company: UpShoot™ LLC
Address: 5010 South Ridge Rd
Madison, OH 44057
Cell: 440.812.3249
Fax: 440.357.7676
Email: maria@upshoothort.com
Blog: The CoHort Zone
Website: www.upshoothort.com

Manor View Farm and LandscapeHub Partner to Offer Innovative Fulfillment Options for Green Goods Buyers

Chicago, January 15, 2019 — One stop shopping for green goods buyers in the Mid-Atlantic just got easier with the addition of Maryland-based Manor View Farm as a LandscapeHub Fulfillment Partner. Now customers of both Manor View and LandscapeHub can source, pay, schedule delivery, and pick up products for entire projects from multiple suppliers using a single online ordering system and a single pickup location: Manor View Farm.

“With the addition of Manor View Farm as a Fulfillment Partner, LandscapeHub is able to offer immense savings in efficiency for ordering and pickup (or delivery) for our Mid-Atlantic customers,” says Lisa Fiore, Founder & CEO of LandscapeHub. “I’ve worked with Manor View for years and could not be more impressed with their attention to detail, quality of product, and determination to continue innovating to meet the changing needs of the green industry. I look forward to growing together with them.”

Top-of-the-Line Quality and Service

All LandscapeHub suppliers and Fulfillment Partners are carefully vetted before being welcomed into the supplier network. Manor View Farm has exceptional qualifications. “Their delivery process and customer service are top-of-the-line and they bring great product to the table,” says Will Haverkamp, Market Manager for LandscapeHub. “They also see the need to shift the ways they do business by digitizing processes and offering online ordering to make it easier for their customers to do business.”

Manor View Farm is not an ordinary supplier by design. “Because we are involved with a number of aspects of the business, from landscape material distribution to field production, and propagation of woody shrub liners, we see the needs of growers, landscapers, and landscape architects and can think big picture,” says Alan Jones, co-owner of Manor View Farm. “It is our goal to ‘go the extra mile’ and provide excellent service, from our growers to our delivery drivers.”

Innovative Fulfillment

Being willing and able to adapt is key to serving their customers, says Jones. “Customer needs have changed as the market has grown more competitive. We are delivering a lot more to landscape job sites as opposed to landscape holding yards, so we’ve experimented with our vehicles. We’ve added smaller trucks that can navigate city streets to our fleet and modified our processes to get product to sites on time, even with the major traffic in the metro areas we serve.”

Expanded Availability

Manor View Farm has carefully cultivated an extensive network locally and around the United States to access additional material for customers, including special products, larger finished sizes, or plants not grown in the area. As a Fulfillment Partner, their decades of relationship building are available to all LandscapeHub customers.

Industry Education

In addition to supplying product to different market segments, Manor View Farm boasts a decades-long commitment to industry education. “We will host our 20th education seminar in 2019 with outside and international speakers,” says Jones.

A Competitive Edge

“We are always trying to see what the next thing will be, stay competitive with new technology, and do things better for our customers. We have a younger crew here and LandscapeHub fits with how they’re used to working,” Jones says. “I’ve known Lisa Fiore for a number of years, and when she approached us, we were intrigued. Her experience and knowledge of the industry lend much more credibility to the project than if someone with no experience had started from scratch.” He says that with the generational change taking place in the green industry, there will be a demand for digital efficiencies.

Together, Manor View Farm and LandscapeHub will help green industry businesses remain competitive in today’s changing marketplace.

About Manor View Farm

Continuously operated since 1976, Manor View Farm started as a family business in 1976 and has been owned by Alan Jones, John Clark and Dennis Hendrix since 2007. Manor View celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016 and works with individuals and businesses in almost every aspect of the green industry, from the propagation of liners to field production, sourcing, and delivery of finished products, and more. Their 100-acre facility in Monkton, Maryland serves the greater Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. metro areas. For more information, please visit www.manorview.com or email sales@manorview.com.

About LandscapeHub

Founded in 2017 by Lisa Fiore, Ed Rockhill, and Chad Cooper, LandscapeHub is a Chicago-based technology company. Their online B2B marketplace connects buyers and suppliers within one central platform. LandscapeHub is dedicated to streamlining the procurement process in the green industry. Buyers and suppliers increase efficiency, expand their networks, and gain valuable market knowledge and insights by using LandscapeHub. For more information, please visit www.landscapehub.com or contact info@landscapehub.com.

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

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Name: Maria Zampini
Company: UpShoot™ LLC
Address: 5010 South Ridge Rd
Madison, OH 44057
Cell: 440.812.3249
Fax: 440.357.7676
Email: maria@upshoothort.com
Blog: The CoHort Zone
Website: www.upshoothort.com

EverColor® brings new distinctions and Carex varieties to its ever popular oeuvre

December 2018 — EverColor® – the cold hardy, easy to grow, colorful Carex varieties – continue to take the world by storm. Now with new breeder rights in Japan and a new variety added to the eight already popular with gardeners, growers, and retailers in North America, this plant is a must have!

What an honor!

Recently Pat FitzGerald, the breeder of EverColor from FitzGerald Nurseries in Ireland, received quite an accolade for his receipt of two Japanese Plant Breeders’ Rights certificates. His two varieties, Carex EverColor ‘Everlime’ and Carex EverColor ‘Eversheen,’ are now protected in Japan — a great triumph for this esteemed breeder.

More to love

EverColor® ‘Everglow’ is the newest addition to the eight EverColor varieties already in North America. This new variety has a unique color pattern that changes throughout the seasons. Leaves have a unique green central stripe with margins that are orange from early autumn to late winter and cream from spring to summer. With the cream margins, plants take on a more traditional variegated look. As with all evergreen EverColor, ‘Everglow’ is easy to grow, low maintenance, and mound forming.  With its unique color, ‘Everglow’ is a fantastic cold hardy accent addition for year round garden interest. EverColor ‘Everglow’ as well as all of the EverColor varieties can be found at Emerald Coast Growers and Skagit Gardens.

‘Everglow’ is ready for its closeup

Learn all about this exciting new variety and take a tour of other EverColor characteristics with Peter van Rijssen:

A definite winner

We are also excited to announce that the 2018 Plantarium awarded EverColor ‘Everglow’ a gold medal. Pat FitzGerald received the award at the recent Plantarium held at the International Trade Centre Boskoop, Hazerswoude-Dorp, Netherlands.

Nine varieties to choose from

The addition of EverColor ‘Everglow’ this year brings the list to nine EverColor varieties available to growers, wholesalers, independent garden centers, and landscapers in North America. The following eight varieties have already proven their popularity in the garden market:

EverColor plants will grow almost anywhere — in good garden soils from full sun to shade and even in light substrates and rock wool used for vertical gardening. Ideal as terrace or garden plants, they also thrive in a combination with other plants. Evergreen leaves lend year-round interest.

About Concept Plants

Concept Plants® represents and handles royalty management for 250 new plant varieties from 150 different breeders in the North American market. Concept Plants® helps  breeders with plant patents, trialing, trial and license agreements, introductions, photography, collecting royalties and more. They aim for a beneficial outcome for everyone to encourage the breeders to continue breeding new plants!

For more information, contact:

Concept Plants (US)
Brian Kirkland
828-308-6807
brian@conceptplants.com
www.conceptplants.com

Plantipp (Europe)
Peter van Rijssen
+31 6 55881900
peter@plantipp.eu
www.plantipp.eu

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

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Name: Maria Zampini
Company: UpShoot™ LLC
Address: 5010 South Ridge Rd
Madison, OH 44057
Cell: 440.812.3249
Fax: 440.357.7676
Email: maria@upshoothort.com
Blog: The CoHort Zone
Website: www.upshoothort.com

Botany Lane Greenhouse is a Key Provider of the Relaunched Ball Ingenuity Diamantina® Genetics

Pre-finished and finished plants also available

Diamantina® Opal Yellow

December 2018 — They’re called “Tropical Jewels” and for good reason. Diamantina® Dipladenia and Mandevilla genetics from Ball Ingenuity (formerly sold under the Summer Romance umbrella) are tropical bloomers with exceptional performance during hot weather.

Original Mandevilla genetics come from the Diamantina region of Brazil, known for diamond mining. French breeders are behind the outstanding Jade, Opal, Tourmaline, and Agate series of plants, and the 2019 re-branding marks a return to the plants’ roots, so to speak. The three new varieties are available in limited trial quantities.

Unique colors; exceptional performance

Both bush and vining types from the Diamantina® series bloom earlier than other Mandevilla/Dipladenia varieties and keep going when the mercury climbs – but the real reason why home gardeners flip for these plants is the color. Pepto pink Mandevillas might be a dime a dozen but only Diamantina® offers a true vining yellow-flowering variety (Opal Yellow). It is amazing on its own and show-stopping when planted with deep burgundy Opal Merlot.

In 2020 the line is set to expand with orange-coral bicolor choices in both bush (Jade Series) and vining (Opal series) and a deep fuchsia bush type to complement the pale pink Tourmaline Bush Pink that’s available now. Orange is a new frontier for these genetics, and Diamantina® is the only range set to offer sunrise-colored Dipladena/Mandevilla flowers on the horizon.

 

Jade Scarlet

Liner and pre-finished offerings from Botany Lane

Diamantinas thrive in warm days and temperate to cooler nights. This makes them superb for summers all over and a wonderful winter crop in frost free areas. To add Diamantina® series to your liner, contact your Ball Seed Sales Representative. Here’s what’s available in liners shipping nationally along with pre-finished and finished plants shipping in the Western United States:

Bush Types  

Jade Series
These make perfect patio plants and are excellent as container garden thrillers, no trellis needed. Exemplary branching habit and can be finished as quarts or larger pots.

  • Jade Red
  • Jade Pink
  • Jade White

Tourmaline Series
Tourmalines infuse love and compassion into their surroundings and consumers love this non-vining Mandevilla with enormous blooms. Grow in sizes ranging from 6-inch containers to solo large pots or mixed containers.

  • Tourmaline Pink
  • Tourmaline Intense Fuchsia
    Groundbreaking new color for 2019-20

Vining Types

Opal Series
Boasting two of the most unique colors, including yellow and merlot, the Opal Series has a controlled vining habit that allows it to be enjoyed outdoors everywhere. From mixed containers to hanging baskets and landscape uses, the flashy colors of Opal Diamantina® plants are certain to be sought-after.

  • Opal Red
  • Opal Merlot
  • Opal Pink
  • Opal Yellow (requires hand training)

Agate Series
This is the bedrock of the Mandevilla offerings, offering the same vigorous Mandevilla habit that gardeners have come to enjoy, but with improved disease resistance and an earlier flowering time.

  • Agate Scarlet
  • Agate White

Jade White

About Botany Lane

Botany Lane Greenhouse grows specialty annuals, perennials, succulents and tropicals, finished and young plants, in 827,640 square feet of environmentally controlled production, one acre of shade houses, and 10 acres of field production at three locations across two states. They ship young plant material to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In partnering with their customers, they strive to provide excellence in customer service and innovative products, thus ensuring the sustainable growth of the industry, customers and their business. It is with their integrity of work, respect for customers, and value of the plants they grow that Botany Lane thrives.

For more information about Botany Lane, contact:

Scott Fulton
760-586-1971
Scott.f@botanylane.com
www.botanylane.com

Ball Ingenuity is a division of Ball Horticultural Company focused on the development and support of new plant programs into North America through partnerships with plant breeders. Focused on a diverse group of products, the assortment is available exclusively through the horticulture distributor Ball Seed. Visit www.ballingenuity.com for more information.

Joan Mazat
630-588-3485
jmazat@ballhort.com

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

Fagus sylvatica - European Beech InstantHedge

Fagus sylvatica - European Beech InstantHedgeFor Immediate Release

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Instant Hedges for Fall and Winter Accents and Screening Now Available

81 acres of InstantHedgesOctober 2, 2018 — The spring 2018 introduction of InstantHedges was a smash hit, with retailers, designers, and homeowners clamoring for delivery of the 13 different varieties of grab-and-go (literally) four-unit pre-trimmed hedges.

Since 2014, owner Brent Markus and his team have planted 500,000 trees, filling 81 acres with plants precision-trimmed multiple times per year with GPS-driven technology. Hedges are then dug in groups of four, packed up, and shipped for planting at homes, commercial properties, and for use at restaurants, museums, and shopping areas as movable screens.

InstantHedge at IGC Show

Landscaping: Done

InstantHedge is excited to debut their newest product, the 15-18 inch tall, 32 inch long Green Mountain Boxwood hedge packed five to a unit. These plants are the perfect package for instant beauty, an instantly finished look, and instant holiday decorating. Each unit weighs less than 40 pounds, making it an easy-to-buy, attractive, and affordable option for consumers at retail. Designers and consumers can plant these well-rooted hedge blocks in a trench, in a straight line or bent on a curve. They may also be cut and pieced together as needed.

Green Mountain Boxwood Instant Hedge Specs:

  • Hedge units are each 32″ long, 15-18″ tall, 10″ wide
  • 22 units per pallet for affordable shipping
  • Weight: less than 40lbs/unit
  • 5 units per panel, low branched, thriving
  • Incredibly well-rooted, growing as single unit
  • Easy to plant in a trench – no issues of air gaps or the difficulty of planting individual units

Green Mountain Boxwood is a highly blight resistant boxwood variety based on the Chicago Botanic Garden studies, available here.  InstantHedge is enrolled in boxwood blight cleanliness programs in Oregon and the company is approved to ship boxwood throughout the United States.

 

Example of hedges used in newly planted landscape design for high end house

A Designer’s Dream

Example of hedges deployedUsually the design process goes something like this: pen to paper, plants in the ground, then wait. InstantHedges speed up the process immeasurably, allowing designers to fulfill their vision for clients without delay. Melinda Vaughan, President of Toms Creek Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. in Denton, NC said of her experience with the product, “InstantHedges provided the perfect products to beautifully complement my design for a 30,000 square foot French provincial estate. The plants were impeccable and the service prompt and courteous.”

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Where to Buy

Wholesalers, independent garden centers, designers, and commercial landscapers visit InstantHedge.com for information and pricing. For orders, email order@instanthedge.com, or call 503.587.0102. For media inquiries contact pr@instanthedge.com.

Beginning October 15, 2018, InstantHedge’s full product line will be available to consumers through WaysideGardens.com. Wayside Gardens is also the exclusive online source for Boxwood InstantHedges. Another source for the larger hedges is fast-growing-trees.com. Consumers who prefer to purchase in person can ask for InstantHedge at their local independent garden centers for retail pull-through.

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Hedge Sizes in a box

InstantHedge Choices

InstantHedge offers 20 varieties of ready-to-plant hedges, covering hardiness zones from 2-9, heights of 3-6 feet, and full to partial sunlight requirements. This fall marks the introduction of the 18” boxwood hedge as well.

Evergreen
Buxus x. ‘Green Mountain’ – Green Mountain Boxwood
Prunus laurocerasus – English or Cherry Laurel
Prunus lusitanica – Portuguese Cherry Laurel
Taxus x. media ‘Hicksii’ – Yew
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ – Schipka Cherry Laurel
Thuja occidentalis – American Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ – Emerald Green Arborvitae
Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ – Western Red Cedar
Thuja x. ‘Green Giant’ – Green Giant Arborvitae

Deciduous
Fagus sylvatica – European Beech
Acer ginnala ‘Flame’ – Flame Amur Maple
Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry
Acer campestre – Hedge Maple

About InstantHedge

Brent MarkusBrent Markus, owner of InstantHedge, discovered his passion in his teens, landscaping his parents’ garden in a suburb of Chicago. He won his first award, the Chicago Tribune Garden Contest Best Collectors Garden, when he was 17, and his designs have been featured in numerous national publications. Brent attended Cornell University to study landscape architecture and received his Masters in Horticulture. Brent’s original nursery, Rare Tree Nursery, has been operating from the same location for the past 11 years and specializes in Japanese Maples and Dwarf Conifers.

Headquartered in Canby, Oregon, InstantHedge maintains more than 60-miles of in-ground and container-grown hedges and offers year-round harvesting and shipping. The Company is now taking orders for delivery through 2020.

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

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Madison, OH 44057
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Halloween theme - daVinci decorated pot

American-Made daVinci Grow & Drop In Pots to Help Growers and Retailers Score Big this Holiday Season

Say goodbye to floral sleeves and pot wraps. The pictures prove it: daVinci Grow & Drop in Pots offer a high-end, seamless bench to consumer experience with less work. Their made-in-America IML (in-mold-labeled) designs are inspired by nature, works of art, and current marketplace trends and provide an up-market finish for seasonal color, gift plants, and grab-and-go containers.

Decorated pot for growers

Value-Added Grower Option

“The daVinci distinction is that you can finish where you start. In other words, rather than growing in a standard pot and then needing to sleeve or wrap, the product is automatically ready to ship when the plant is mature for market,” says Ron Vandiver, Business Development Manager, Horticulture for Airlite Plastics. “There’s no second step of applying sleeves after growing or pot wraps before transplanting. It’s a tremendous time saver that lowers labor costs while also giving growers the ability to provide a tremendous value-added product to retailers.”

Using in-mold label technology (IML) means superb graphics, colors, and designs that are bonded permanently to the pot, and enhanced with UV resistant dyes, creating a durable, vibrant, and long-lasting product.  All daVinci designs are also 100% recyclable.

Trendy new decorated pot designs by daVinci

Array of daVinci decorated pots

 

New Designs On Trend for IGCs

The second part of “grow and drop in” is the drop in. New designs debuted this summer at Cultivate ’18 and the IGC Show, including Birch, White Ceramic, Distressed Terra Cotta, Hand Ceramic, and others. They join the current lineup of “Is that or isn’t it?” offerings that blend seamlessly on the shelf with actual ceramic, birch-covered, distressed metal, and terra cotta pots, but at a fraction of the cost.

Custom Designs a Touchdown for Retailers

Custom-designed pots for SporticultureIf you don’t see what you want in the daVinci catalog, custom is always an option! Sporticulture, a division of Walnut Springs Nursery in the Baltimore/Washington area, is giving sports fans something to cheer about with their custom-designed line of NFL and NCAA pots filled with pansies, mums, and other seasonally-appropriate plants. “Customers are loving them,” says Cort Smith. “We worked with daVinci to develop a new larger sized pot, a 3 gallon, that makes a perfect focal piece on patios, decks and porches. The response we had from wholesale growers and from retailers was very positive.”

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daVinci is happy to create custom products. For information and minimums, contact Ron Vandiver, rvandiver@airliteplastics.com.

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daVinci decorated pots with holiday theme

Increase Holiday Sales

Christmas potSee an instant uptick in sales with daVinci Christmas designs. Amaryllis, poinsettias, paperwhites, and seasonal floral arrangements are the perfect fit for daVinci’s options. Again, it all comes down to adding value, and what better way to do it than with upscale, re-useable (sustainable) pots?

 

For More Information

daVinci Decorated Pots
A Division of Airlite Plastics Co.
6110 Abbott Drive
Omaha, NE  68110
Phone:  800-234-2488
Fax:  800-234-2488 (main line also receives faxes)
E-Mail:  rvandiver@airliteplastics.com
www.davincipots.com

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About daVinci Decorated Pots

As part of the Airlite Plastics family of brands, daVinci puts Airlite’s 60+ years of experience to work focusing on on-time delivery of precisely engineered products, manufactured to demanding specifications. daVinci Decorated Pots offers in-mold-labeled (IML) designer styled, premium grow pots and drop-ins.  Made in the USA for quick turnaround from order to delivery, with consistency, quality, and attention to detail. daVinci products are made to exacting standards, using the latest IML robotics to keep costs low.  Located in Omaha, NE, USA.

About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

Spookley

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Extend Your Season and Grow New Gardeners with Story Trails & Scavenger Hunts from Evergreen Creations

Year-round “edutainment” for the whole family

July 2018 — Garden centers are looking for ways to increase revenue beyond spring without constantly reinventing the wheel and families are looking for experiences they’ll treasure and new traditions to enjoy each year.

Spookley cartoon characterFamily-friendly offerings from Evergreen Creations take a three-pronged approach to helping increase revenue while offering memorable activities to families:

  • On-site activities (story trails, scavenger hunts, photo ops) to draw kids in and create fun/educational experiences.
  • Retail items (books, plush toys, and so forth) that complement the on-site experiences and generate incremental revenue.
  • Giveaways and take home items (the activity packets) to increase customer satisfaction and strengthen customers’ connection to the establishment.

Like every good story, you have to start at the beginning to get the whole picture. Every October, Spookley the Square Pumpkin airs on the Disney Channel, telling the story of Spookley, the pumpkin who’s a bit different from the others in the pumpkin patch. The other pumpkins pick on him because he’s square, not round, until, one night, disaster strikes and Spookley’s specific shape is the only thing that saves the other pumpkins from certain demise. (You have to watch the movie or read the book to find out exactly how Spookley saves the day.)

“We love including Spookley in our fall events at Greenscape Gardens. We set up photo spots for the whole family to create a lasting memory during their visits. The kids enjoy spotting a familiar ‘face’ at the garden center, and parents are pleased with the learning opportunities provided by the materials from Evergreen Creations. Working with them is a win for everyone!”

– Jennifer from Greenscape Gardens in St. Louis

Children expect and look forward to seeing Spookley on TV as much as adults have a fondness for Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. Imagine the delight of kids (and their parents) when they arrive at the garden center and see a larger-than-life Spookley waiting for them. Or a place they can take pictures with Spookley and friends.  They’ll be captivated as they enjoy a scavenger hunt and story trail with their favorite characters.

Spookley serves annually as the “Official Spokes-Pumpkin” for National Bullying Prevention Month (October). Evergreen Creations, the company handling “agritainment” licensing for Spookley, offers an online toolkit, signage, and marketing collateral focused around this message along with retail items and take-home giveaways for customers to stay connected after enjoying their onsite visit. What Evergreen Creation really offers, though, is easy-to-implement fun. Spookley lives at “Holiday Hill Farm,” where every day is a holiday. A series of related books ensure that out of the box family-friendly educational and environmental messages and merchandise are available for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Independence Day, in addition to Spookley at Halloween. “Evergreen Creations provides garden centers with content to attract, educate, and entertain young visitors, all while helping them increase their bottom line,” says Aaron Burakoff, founder of Evergreen Creations.

Evergreen Creations books for children

Growing New Gardeners

Connecting with new audiences is easier and more effective when you can use a story or subject they’re already familiar with. That’s the beauty of fall programming built around Spookley—kids and families already know about him.Aaron says, “We are passionate about helping kids connect with agriculture, so we provide tools for Garden Centers to achieve that in a fun and meaningful way.” “Fairy Tale Trail™” Story Trails and Activity Packets are two other immensely popular plug-and-play programs available along with the stories and merchandise based on Spookley and his friends from Holiday Hill Farm.

Story trail

“Fairy Tale Trail” Story Trails

Evergreen Creations booksTake your familiar fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, or even Cinderella, add an agricultural twist, and you have a perfect attraction to entertain families in spring, summer, or fall. In Beauty and the Bees, we learn about the vital role that bees play on the farm and prove that sweetness can “bee” found anywhere. Jack’s a-maize-ing adventures in Jack and the Cornstalk introduce us to corn-based treats, corn mazes, and the importance of hard work.

 

Field Trip Fun

apple activity packetActivity packets and scavenger hunts are two additional ways ways to keep kids engaged and involved during and after their visit to the garden center. Evergreen Creations currently offers activity packets to entertain and educate about:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Corn
  • Pumpkins
  • Strawberries
  • Coming soon: Christmas Trees & Sunflowers

Pumpkin and apple themed scavenger hunts are family-friendly games perfect for visiting school groups interested in learning about plant varieties as well as fall festival attendees.

There’s still time to implement fall programs!

Contact Aaron Burakoff  at aaron@evergreencreationsllc.com for more information about getting started.About Evergreen CreationsEvergreen Creations creates and distributes “edutainment” content that is featured at family-friendly agritourism farms, farmers’ markets, and garden centers worldwide in field trip programs, retail markets, and on-farm fun.

About Evergreen Creations

Evergreen Creations merch displayEvergreen Creations creates and distributes “edutainment” content that is featured at family-friendly agritourism farms, farmers’ markets, and garden centers worldwide in field trip programs, retail markets, and on-farm fun.

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

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Looking for a Trouble-Free Rose with an Explosion of Blooms? Rosa Dynamite™ BAM! is your Answer!

Rosa Dynamite™ BAM!

June 2018 — “If you could only have one plant on your patio, Dynamite™ BAM! rose would be it! This compact, container-friendly rose gives you flowers from spring to fall frost with little to no care. Self-cleaning, no disease issues, and continual flowers!” says Anthony Hoke, owner of Silver Falls Nursery in Salem, Oregon. Silver Falls was the first nursery to receive Rosa Dynamite™ BAM! into the United States, hosting it during its 18 month quarantine upon arrival from Europe. He got to know the plant well before it was allowed on the market.

Rosa Dynamite™ BAM!, a Floribunda type rose with HT-like/intermediate flowers offers growers and consumers the full package of benefits.

All About Rosa Dynamite™ BAM!

  • Fantastic container performance
  • Flexibility for use as a flowering hedge, specimen plant, or perennial garden color
  • Long bloom time
  • Self-cleaning
  • Disease-resistant
  • Large, vividly colored crimson flowers
  • Fast growing and easy to finish for retail

Closeup of Rosa Dynamite™ BAM!Peter van Rijssen, co-owner of Concept Plants®, says, “We have been looking for rose plants that can be produced on their own roots but also have disease resistance, self-cleaning properties, and proven performance from trialing in different parts of the United States. We chose this one out of over 150 selections. We think it’s dynamite! (Sorry, can’t resist a pun.)”

Details
Rosa Dynamite™ BAM! (‘GEUS4310’)
Hardiness: 5-9
Size: 40” tall by 30” wide
Bloom time: Spring through fall
Light: Full sun
Water: Medium
Soil: Well drained, loamy

Experience the Explosion Up Close at Cultivate

Rosa Dynamite™ BAM!

Stop by the Concept Plants®/Plantipp® Booth 3231 at Cultivate to see Rosa Dynamite™ BAM! in person and in bloom. While there, enjoy some rose cinnamon cookies provided by Denise Schreiber, author of Eat Your Roses: …Pansies, Lavender, and 49 Other Delicious Edible Flowers. You can also pick up a recipe card with the cookie recipe and a specialty cocktail recipe developed by Ellen Zachos, The Backyard Forager, and author of The Wildcrafted Cocktail.

To Order Plants

Rosa Dynamite at nurseryGrowers and retailers interested in adding Rosa Dynamite™ BAM! to their programs can find liners and finished plants from Silver Falls Nursery.

Contact Silver Falls Nursery via email or onlineComing spring 2019, consumers can visit Spring Hill Nurseries online to purchase.

For More Information
All Concept Plants® introductions are detailed here: www.conceptplants.com.

About Concept Plants®

Mixed container with Rosa Dynamite™ BAM

Concept Plants logoConcept Plants® represents and handles royalty management for 250 new plant varieties from 150 different breeders in the North American market. Concept Plants® helps the breeder with plant patents, trialing, trial and license agreements, introductions, photography, collecting royalties and more. They aim for a beneficial outcome for everyone to encourage the breeders to continue breeding new plants!

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

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Name: Maria Zampini
Company:UpShoot™ LLC
Address: 5010 South Ridge RdMadison, OH 44057
Cell:440.812.3249
Fax:440.357.7676
Email:maria@upshoothort.com
Blog:The CoHort Zone
Website:www.upshoothort.com

Hollywood Hibiscus—A Blockbuster Seasonal Sensation

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June 2018—“It’s a tropical hibiscus that blooms for three days instead of one.” “I heard it was resistant to bacterial leaf spot.” “The foliage is gorgeous, but the flowers—they’re to die for!” The rumors spread throughout the horticultural world like juicy gossip on a red carpet. Hollywood Hibiscus went from sleeper hit to blockbuster, with 2018 predicted to be a record-breaking year. These plants live up to the hype.

Seasonal Programming: Grow Local

​”Gardeners are looking for tropical hibiscus from spring through fall. It’s a perfect representation of summer gardening, when there are many outdoor events people want to decorate for,” Scott Fulton, General Manager of Botany Lane Greenhouses, says.  “However, traditionally, southern tropical hibiscus growers are intentionally sold out by late May, due to their summer weather patterns.  To economically meet the summer market demand for tropical hibiscus, greenhouse growers can plan for a fast-turn early summer crop of Hollywoods starting with our multi-stuck quart. Our 50 count plugs could be brought in and timed for a late summer to early fall shipment.”

Producing Hollywood Hibiscus closer to the local sales markets for summer and fall sales will cut down on freight costs, and produce fresh, frequent orders for retailers.

Hollywood Hibiscus linerJim Berry, owner and co-founder of the Hollywood Hibiscus brand, says, “The color palette and growth habits of the Hollywood Hibiscus collection lend themselves to a multitude of programs that can be customized by season and growing conditions. We have seen market research affirming that consumers are drawn to specific colors by season, including pastels for spring progressing to hot colors in summer (reds and oranges), and moving to more jewel-toned fall shades.” He continues, “This mirrors Mother Nature’s color progression in our landscapes.”

Hollywood varieties are well suited for combination planters designed for every season. Jim says, “Think about red and white Hollywoods in a blue container for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Oranges, reds, and other traditional fall colors will delight consumers from late summer through fall.”

Working with retailers, brokers, small plant producers, and growers, Hollywood Hibiscus and Botany Lane can plan award-winning custom programs by size, season, region, and retailer.

Capitalizing on Audience Interest

devicesConsumers have become big fans of Hollywood Hibiscus, and to encourage engagement and success, J. Berry just launched a new Hollywood Hibiscus website with the plants’ personalities front and center. They are also offering a new detailed care sheet for consumers to download and, of course a “where to buy” feature.  In addition, retailers, brokers, and growers can use the website to locate supply chain partners to help them introduce Hollywood Hibiscus into their programs.

Coming Soon To a Trade Show Near You​

Chatty Cathy in Field in branded containersContact Botany Lane (Scott.f@botanylane.com) to book liners, and J. Berry (scott@jberrynursery.com) for trial requests. If you’d like to meet in person with the Botany Lane and J. Berry teams, they’re going to be on the road this summer, with Hollywoods starring in their displays from coast to coast. Here’s their tour schedule. Just send them an email to set up a meeting.

IFE
Botany Lane will exhibit at the International Floriculture Expo in Chicago, June 25-27,targeting the mass merchant and grocery market. Booth #5214.

Cultivate
Both J. Berry (Booth #0112 in the Solutions Marketplace) and Botany Lane (Booth #1521) will be at Cultivate in Columbus, Ohio, July 14-17 showcasing Hollywood Hibiscus and other brands.

TNLA
The theme of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association Show August 16-18 in San Antonio, Texas is “Safari.” You won’t have to hunt hard to see J. Berry brands at the show, with many licensed growers attending and plants featured in the common areas.

IGC & GWA
The IGC Show on Navy Pier in Chicago runs August 14-16, and the GWA: Association for Garden Communicators Annual Conference & Expo dovetails with the show this year, August 13-16. J. Berry will exhibit at both trade shows. IGC Booth #3109; GWA Booth #12 & 13.

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A monthly grower to consumer newsletter produced by J. Berry, The Hollywood Scoop is the definitive resource for Hollywood fans to keep up with their favorite personalities. Sign up at www.hollywoodhibiscus.com.

About Botany Lane, The Leading Partner and Source of Hollywood Hibiscus Liners & Quarts (Young Plants) 

Botany Lane logoBotany Lane Greenhouses grows specialty annuals, perennials, succulents, and tropicals, finished and young, in 827,640 square feet of environmentally controlled production, one acre of shade houses, and 10 acres of field production at three locations across two states. They ship young plant material to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In partnering with their customers, they strive to provide excellence in customer service and innovative products, thus ensuring the sustainable growth of our industry, customers and ourselves. It is with our integrity of work, respect for our customers, and value of the plants we grow that we thrive.

For more information about Botany Lane, contact:

Scott Fulton
760.586.1971
Scott.f@botanylane.com
www.botanylane.com

About J. Berry

J Berry Logo no divisionJ. Berry was founded in 2006 by father and son, Jim and Jonathan Berry. Over the past 12 years, J. Berry has expanded by leaps and bounds. In addition to the finished wholesale nursery business, the company now includes both a new Young Plants and a new Genetics Division. All divisions are focused on bringing innovation to the market, and providing infinite possibilities to consumers via superior packaging and marketing of plants that exceed performance expectations – whether grown in containers or a landscape setting. The company’s unique multi-pronged position as a breeder, nursery and small plant producer ensures that only top quality plants join their product offerings. J. Berry is home to exciting consumer plant brands including Black Diamond® and Emerald Empire® Crapemyrtles, Déjà Bloom® Azaleas, the tropical Hollywood™ Hibiscus collection, Summer Spice® Hardy Hibiscus and Crown Jewel™ Begonias.

For more information on J. Berry contact:

Tamara Risken
800.933.3352
tamara@jberrynursery.com
www.jberrynursery.com

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About UpShoot

Maria ZampiniUpShoot, LLC is a boutique horticulture marketing firm specializing in the sales, licensing and marketing of new plant introductions to North America, Canada, Europe and Australia. UpShoot also provides marketing services for gardening related products to both the trade and consumer audiences. For more information, contact Maria Zampini, President at 440-812-3249 or maria@upshoothort.com.

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