The IR-4 Project’s Ornamental Horticulture Program helps provide safe and effective pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree and forestry producers. The group works with growers, researchers, registrants and regulatory agencies to facilitate new product registrations. It also works to place new diseases, insects and weeds, as well as new crops, on already registered ornamental horticulture product labels. Every other year, the group prioritizes the next two-year research plan at its ornamental horticulture workshop. To help the group focus its research prioritization, please answer a few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.
The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association has two education events set for September:
• Nursery and Landscape Field Day & Seminars, Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center (HRAREC), Virginia Beach
• The VNLA Annual Summer Tour will feature ‘behind the scenes” garden tours of the Virginia Zoo and Gardens at Norfolk and the Norfolk Botanical Garden on Thursday Sept. 9.
“Meeting Nursery & Landscape Green Survival Challenges in Today’s Environment” is Theme for Field Day 2010.
In consideration of the continuing economic climate, educational seminars have been combined with the Field Day as a one-day event this year, instead of a 2-day event.
The Field Day 2010 features national recognized nursery and landscape efficiency and profitability expert, Dwight Hughes, as well as other activities include demonstrations, speakers, tours, a plant ID challenge, a silent auction, competitions, research and educational displays, and exhibits of new equipment, products and services. The speaker program is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to the program, there will be educational exhibits and demonstrations to visit and lunch is included.
The Field Day will conclude with a “Social Reception” at Chicks Oyster Bar, hosted by the Hampton Roads Nursery & Landscape Association.
Visit with nursery and retail garden center professionals from Aug. 26-28 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The companion Farwest Show Seminars begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25 and run Thursday-Saturday in the same location.
Badger Tag & Label Corporation, a printer of custom tags and labels, is celebrating its 75th year in business, and as an expression of gratitude to its customers is offering a unique “sell”-abration.
Sept. 4 marks the official incorporation date when Emil Thiel named the company Badger Tag Corporation. Throughout the month of September, anyone who places an order will automatically be placed in a drawing for a $75 credit on that order. A drawing will take place daily throughout September, Monday through Friday, which gives customers 21 opportunities to win.
Based in Random Lake, Wis., Badger Tag & Label is in the third generation of being a Thiel family owned, privately held business. Current president Bob Thiel "guesstimated" that “we’ve printed tens of millions of custom tags and labels since the company began.” Considering the challenges of today’s economy and similar historic fluctuations, that the company has flourished while many competitors have come and gone is a testament to the quality products and solid customer service they provide."
In recognition of this accomplishment, Badger created a commemorative 75th anniversary logo that is being used throughout 2010.
Employees are a key component of Badger’s success. One of the first annual company picnics was enjoyed by 11 employees. This year, when they celebrate with a special evening of dinner and entertainment, attending will be 35 employees, spouses, and numerous retirees. In an era when employee turnover is generally high, Badger has
experienced the opposite: average length of employment is 20.6 years, and almost half of the employees have been with the company over 25 years. In addition to the three staff salespeople who serve the Wisconsin and Illinois markets, Badger has some 500 independent dealers who cover the rest of the country.
Technology and equipment have also played an important part in Badger’s success. In the 1960’s the company installed one of the first ever built Webtron presses. In 2006 Badger expanded capabilities to include printing of prime labels with the addition of a Mark Andy press. And, in 2009, the business added short-run, specialty digital capabilities with the addition of a six-color UV inkjet press and plotter cutter. Today Badger owns a main production facility of almost 30,000 square feet and leases a second facility of 2,000 square feet.
Badger Tag & Label Corporation produces tags and labels for customers throughout the nation. The business prints flexographic and letterpress methods on paper and synthetic stocks and delivers the finished pieces in singles, rolls, sheets, ganged, or fanfolded. BAdger also produces short run and specialty projects with a UV digital press and plotter cutter. With a variety of finishing options, Badger provides a custom piece from initial design through final delivery.
Keller, Va.—Seizing an opportunity to fill a void in the garden rose market resulting from the departure of major national growers, Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia is expanding its production of roses. The move comes as Conard-Pyle, parent of Star Roses, is withdrawing from finished plant container rose production and Jackson & Perkins has filed chapter 11.
Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia has expanded into the production of more than 100 varieties of garden roses, including hybrid tea, grandiflora, climbers, Drift roses, rugosa, floribunda and tree roses, as well as the Knock Out family of roses. The company has grown shrub roses for years and will quadruple the size of their current rose production with the expansion. The firm plans to have garden roses available to meet demand for spring 2011.
“CP’s [Conard-Pyle’s] departure opens a tremendous opportunity for us to serve garden centers, re-wholesalers and the general rose-buying public,” said Nick Covatta, co-owner of Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia. “We are working closely with CP and others to ensure the best variety selection and growing techniques to facilitate our move. Going forward we will become a major customer for CP’s bare-root liners. This expansion is moving rapidly and is an exciting new chapter in the growth and development of our company.”
CP has been growing high quality roses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for decades and has a very similar climate to that of Eastern Shore Nursery’s in Keller, Va.
“We are also in an ideal location with the temperatures and sunshine that allow our roses to bud and bloom in the period just prior to Mother’s Day,” Covatta said. “This expansion is in line with our strategic plan to increase our presence as a key supplier to our garden center customers. We also hope to become an important grower of roses on the East Coast and are providing this very broad line right out of the gate to help achieve that goal.”
Covatta says that roses could be in general short-supply next spring and he’s working diligently to meet demand. The nursery will begin planting in January 2011, with product available for delivery to garden centers and other customers in April and May. They are taking orders now and ask that customers contact them before September 1, 2010.