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When John and Jean Overdevest came to the United States from the Netherlands in 1949, they were looking for a new start. After a couple of years of John working different horticulture-related jobs, that new... more »

Walters Gardens Executive Team members, from the left, are Ryan Hop, chief operations officer; Christa Steenwyk, vice president of marketing and customer relations; John Walters, chief executive officer; Karin Walters, vice president of product strategy. Photo: Walters Gardens

Walters Gardens to Transition to New Generation of Leadership

Walters Gardens recently announced to its staff plans to transition leadership from the current CEO, John Walters, to Karin Walters, his daughter who is currently the company’s vice president of product strategy. John will retain... more »

Pennsylvania Exempts WorryFree Barberry Varieties From Plant Ban

WorryFree Plants brand owner Syn-RG LLC announced that Pennsylvania in March exempted all four Japanese barberry varieties in the WorryFree series from its list of banned invasive plants. SynRG has developed... more »

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Revol Greens Names New COO

Revol Greens recently hired Alan Applonie as its Chief Operating Officer. Well-known within the produce industry, Applonie has been a fixture at one of the most respected field farming operations in the United States, Taylor... more »

Gotham Greens Announces Expansion Plans

Gotham Greens announced plans to double the size of its greenhouse capacity this year to more than 1.2 million square feet, including its first two greenhouses in the South. The company, which supplies salad greens,... more »

The growers’ Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership (EAGL) Kappa cohort received certifications on February 4, 2022 in Austin, TX. Pictured Left to Right: Ed Bales (faculty), Chris McCorkle (McCorkle Nurseries – GA), Philip Statile (L.P. Statile – NJ), Josh Robinson, Marie Robinson, Chris Robinson (all with Robinson Nurseries – OR), Jeff Olsen (represented by the egg!: Brookdale Treeland Nurseries – ONT), Kim Hainsfurther (Forrest Keeling Nursery – MO), Dr. Charlie Hall (faculty), Chris Uhland (Harmony Hill Nursery – PA), Lyndsi Oestmann (Loma Vista Nursery – KS), Mike Miller (Decker’s Nursery – OH) and W.J. Rossi (faculty).

Industry-Leading Growers Earn EAGL Certification

Ellison Chair for International Floriculture Charlie Hall is proud to announce the graduation of the ninth cohort of the elite Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership (EAGL) program for nursery & greenhouse growers. Eight industry... more »

Groovy Plants Ranch to Expand

Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo, Ohio, recently announced the purchase of 11 additional acres, allowing it to multiply its plant offerings and host more events. “When we first opened our doors seven years ago, we... more »

Walters Gardens Gets $95K Grant for Expansion

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) on March 16 approved $95,000 in grant money to support more acres of greenhouses at Walters Gardens in Zeeland. “Walters Gardens is thrilled to receive this... more »

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.
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