Nurturing hardy trees

2021-09-03T11:01:49-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower West|

Allison Bruns hadn’t planned on operating a Christmas tree farm, but she’s now in her sixth season and is already seeing repeat customers. Photo courtesy of Misty Ridge Tree Farm

by Sally Colby

When Allison Bruns purchased property in Oregon City, OR, her intention was to use it for her horses. (more…)

Evolving from hand-me-down horticulture

2021-09-03T10:51:41-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower West|

For over 40 years, Panayoti Kelaidis has served as a curator and director of outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo courtesy of Panayoti Kelaidis

by Enrico Villamaino

For a very long time, landscape architects in the American West had to use what Panayoti Kelaidis dubbed “hand-me-down horticulture.” (more…)

Invaders for sale: How to stop the intentional spread of invasives

2021-09-03T10:48:24-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Oriental bittersweet is a threat to native environments by aggressively choking out other woody plants. Photo courtesy of JW Shultz/RISCC

by Courtney Llewellyn

A team of researchers has found that existing regulatory and ethical guidelines are not limiting the widespread introduction of invasive plants. (more…)

Van Hevelingen Herb Nursery propagates for life

2021-09-03T10:30:21-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower West|

Melissa Van Hevelingen of Van Hevelingen Herb Nursery. Located in Newberg, OR, their nursery grows and sells over 150 lavender cultivars, as well as a variety of herbs, unusual perennials and shrubs. Photo courtesy of Van Hevelingen Herb Nursery

by Aliya Hall

Melissa Van Hevelingen of Van Hevelingen Herb Nursery, and her husband, Andy, are simply collectors at heart. (more…)

What’s in it for me?

2021-09-03T10:15:49-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Marsha Gray, executive director of the CTPB, presented up-to-date information on national promotion board activities at the summer meeting of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. Photo by Sally Colby

Christmas Tree Promotion Board update

by Sally Colby

No one had trouble selling Christmas trees last year, but Marsha Gray, executive director (more…)

Change before you have to

2021-09-03T10:11:10-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Whether it’s computer chips or clay pots, the supply chain for a wide variety of goods – and even services – continues to see massive upheaval. Amidst demand issues, there is also a transformation of the digital ecosystem occurring. Advances in technology, shifts in consumer behavior and the “Amazon effect” have all majorly altered logistics (more…)