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Report shows landscapers see growth in 2014, expect even more through 2015 (Total Landscape Care)

February 25, 2015

The third annual Green Industry Benchmark Report has been released, and it shows some encouraging findings, including major growth in 2014 and new hires this year.

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Agriculture Among Top Paying College Degrees Of 2015 (Growing Produce)

February 25, 2015

According to the latest Salary Survey report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), agriculture is not such a bad career choice for those looking to make a decent living.

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Rough Brothers Take a Hands-On Approach To Several Projects (Greenhouse Grower)

February 25, 2015

The Rough Brothers expanded a greenhouse for Altman Plants in Giddings, TX and installed a new aeroponic greenhouse at Scissortail Farms in Tulsa County, OK.  The biggest takeaway from the Altman Plants project is that, regardless of the size of the operation or the style of structure you are considering, a massive amount of pre-planning will save you money and hardship through the process.  The Scissortail Farms project was a favorite because Rough was able to provide consultation, design and systems integration for an urban vegetable supplier. Full Story >>

Coming Soon: A Change in Who Gets Overtime Pay (CNN Money)

February 23, 2015

The Obama administration is expected to move forward soon on its plan to provide overtime pay protections to low-salaried managers who don't qualify for them. Full Story >>

GROW!: Toscano Off to A New Adventure (Stilwater News Press)

February 23, 2015

After 7 1/2 years with Oklahoma Gardening and The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, it is time for Kim Toscano to move on to new adventures. Full Story >>

Be A Water Miser (GrowerTalks)

February 23, 2015

Environmental concerns are driving new and innovative ways of conserving water. Regulations and tighter control on runoff from horticulture production facilities are making it ever more important to conserve water for the future health of our industry.

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2013 Had The Biggest Increase in Garden Spending This Century (Today's Garden Center)

February 20, 2015

While I know better than to make any major pronouncements based on one year’s data, the 2013 National Gardening Survey (NGS) reporting the biggest annual rise in retail sales (up $5.4 billion or 18 percent) this century to $34.9 billion is a fact that many in the industry will savor.

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Marijuana's Trajectory and Ascent To Horticultural Crop Status (Greenhouse Grower Magazine)

February 20, 2015

The focus of this article is not whether we should or should not legalize marijuana. Rather, it is to explain what many of us in the research and commercial sectors of horticulture are intrigued by, which is this plant’s botanical background, horticultural significance and controlled environment production potential.

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Is It Time to Flip Your Fertilizer Program on Its Head? (Green Industry Pros)

February 19, 2015
TOPICS: landscapers, turf

Bi-weekly mowings. Two-plus-inch snowfall triggers. Fewer fertilizer applications. All a service contractor's worst nightmare—at least those contractors who are paid on a per-visit basis. OK, "worst nightmare" might be a little sensationalized. But requests for more infrequent servicing definitely do not help those contractors looking to generate as much revenue per customer as possible. Full Story >>

Prediciting Plant Responses to Drought (USGS)

February 19, 2015

A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how plants’ vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect them from declines. Full Story >>

9 Digital Marketing Resolutions for 2015 (Greenhouse Grower Magazine)

February 18, 2015

For many businesses, digital marketing and maintaining social media accounts can become a task that is put off until later. As it’s time to start thinking about resolutions for 2015, take a look at these nine: three for digital newbies, three for intermediate users and three for super advanced marketers. Full Story >>

Growers Are Successfully Marketing The Benefits of Plants (Greenhouse Grower Magazine)

February 16, 2015

Plants are pretty, but they’re good for you, too. That’s the message that foliage and tropical plant growers like Costa Farms, Delray Plants and a number of other industry members say we need to collaboratively communicate to consumers, as an industry. Full Story >>

"Organic Oklahoma 2015" Conference Set for February 27th and 28th at OSU-OKC

February 16, 2015

This annual sustainable and organic production conference is designed for beginning and advanced growers

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SNA 2015 Plans Underway

February 13, 2015

We invite you to join thousands of industry professionals in Atlanta for this one-of-a-kind regional event! SNA 2015.
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February Pesticide Report Has Been Released

February 11, 2015

The February Pesticide Report from OCES has been released.  Bees and bed bugs, corn rootworms and more. Full Story >>

Webinar Feb. 10: Making Cents of Green Industry Economics

February 09, 2015

Dr. Charlie Hall presents his annual economic outlook for the green industry on February 10th at 10:00 a.m. CST. Full Story >>

GROW!: Oklahoma Gardening Still Going Strong After More Than 40 Years (Stillwater News Press)

February 09, 2015

Oklahoma Gardening is gearing up for its new season starting Feb. 14. Full Story >>

Lloyd Noble Scholars Program Application Period Now Open

February 04, 2015

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is offering college students an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Noble Foundation’s renowned agricultural consultants and researchers. Full Story >>

MTD Products Buys Robotic Mower Company (Irrigation & Green Industry)

February 04, 2015

The robots are coming. And they could eventually change the turf maintenance business in a big way.

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EPA to Approve New Bee-Safe Neonicotinoid-like Insecticide (AmericanHort)

February 04, 2015

EPA announced on January 21 that they will approve the registration of a new insecticide, flupyradifurone, which has been identified as safer for bees. Full Story >>

IR-4: A Pest Management Resource For Growers (Greenhouse Grower)

February 04, 2015

Almost 40 years ago, IR-4 (Interregional Research Project Number 4) began serving the ornamental horticulture industry, helping to facilitate the registration of pest management tools. Full Story >>

New Federal Regulations Continue to Strain Landscape Industry (Irrigation & Green Industry)

February 04, 2015

When the White House's Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs published its Rules List for 2015, anti-regulation groups were appalled by the more than 2,000 new regulations on the docket. Full Story >>

Online Reviews Can Make You Or Break You (Turf)

February 04, 2015

Keep a close eye on what folks are saying about your company on the Web. Full Story >>

Solve My Problem: Finding Employees With Horticultural Experience (Today's Garden Center)

February 04, 2015

What are the best ways to find and hire employees with horticultural knowledge or experience?  Bruce Gescheider and Peter Mezitt give their answers. Full Story >>

When OSHA Comes Knocking (Green Industry Pros)

January 28, 2015

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) exists to help ensure worker safety throughout U.S. industry. OSHA does this through standards and regulations, educational outreach, and sometimes intervention, inspections and fines. Full Story >>

Avoid Card Fraud-Related Chargebacks: 9 Essential Tips for All Merchants

January 28, 2015

Credit card usage is expected to grow by 65 percent over the next five years* Managing card-not-present chargebacks is always painful. Now, add fraud-related chargebacks into the mix. Full Story >>

All-America Selections Introduces Additional 2015 Winners (Greenhouse Grower)

January 28, 2015

All-America Selections has announced more 2015 AAS Winners, bringing the grand total of introductions for the 2015 gardening year to 25 Full Story >>

Growers Are Successfully Marketing The Benefits Of Plants (Greenhouse Grower)

January 28, 2015

Plants are pretty, but they’re good for you, too. That’s the message that foliage and tropical plant growers like Costa Farms, Delray Plants and a number of other industry members say we need to collaboratively communicate to consumers, as an industry. Full Story >>

The 5 Percent Rule (American Nurseryman)

January 28, 2015

Landscaping too often focuses on the new.  Garden centers and landscapers join this feeding frenzy and order these trees to stock their stores and fill their landscapes, while at the same time discarding last year’s “new” trees. We all enjoy seeing new things—oh, how we anticipate the new car models every fall! —but this approach to tree selection may be leading us down a road we don’t want to go. Full Story >>

How To Stay Balanced While Towing Heavy Equipment (Total Landscape Care)

January 26, 2015

Placing equipment in the right location on the trailer [is] critical to keeping within factory towing guidelines for tongue-weight. Full Story >>

Study Shows 96% of Consumers Value Online Reviews (LandscapeManangement.net)

January 23, 2015

Software Advice, an advisory resource for field service software buyers and a part of the Gartner brand, released a new study regarding how online reviews impact consumers when selecting lawn care services, alluding to why businesses should prioritize building a positive online profile. Full Story >>

2015 State of the Industry: 2015 Brings More Debate on Pollinator Health, Pesticides and The Plants We Sell (Greenhouse Grower)

January 23, 2015

Last year was busy on the regulatory front for the horticulture industry.  Last year was busy on the regulatory front for the horticulture industry. Full Story >>

How To Make Best Use Of Your Loyalty Programs (Today's Garden Center)

January 23, 2015

A recent report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) highlights how retailers are adapting their loyalty programs to reach and retain their best customers. This issue was the topic of a session at the NRF’s conference in New York City in January. Full Story >>

Obscure Tax Rule Catching Some by Surprise (AmericanHort)

January 23, 2015

Tax time always brings its surprises, and this year is no exception. As some have found out as their tax preparers begin to assemble their returns, a highly technical regulation that went into effect on January 1, 2014 will have an impact on some horticultural businesses’ returns. Full Story >>

February Aquaponic Certificate Class Open To The Public

January 23, 2015

The public is invited to participate in a one-day aquaponic certificate class hosted at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, OK. The class will be presented by EOSC faculty in conjunction with Symbiotic Aquaponic, a nationally-recognized company.
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UCO to Host Water Quality Training in Edmond (News OK)

January 23, 2015

The University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Oklahoma County Conservation District will host a two-day Blue Thumb Water Quality Education volunteer training from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 30 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Full Story >>

Government Affairs: The Bamboo Battle Intensifies (Landscape Management)

January 19, 2015

State and local governments are beginning to outlaw bamboo as a nuisance or are regulating how and where it can be planted. Full Story >>

2015 Will Be Worst Income Tax Filing Season in Years, says National Taxpayer Advocate (CPA Practice Advisor)

January 19, 2015

In late December of 2014, Congress passed a spending bill that will fund the government through September of 2015. That’s good, right? No government shut-down. Full Story >>

A Look at 2015 Legislation (Landscape Online)

January 19, 2015

Legislation can often hinder or help the work of landscape businesses; as such it is important to stay current with the bills being presented to Congress. LC/DBM recently spoke with associations and their government affairs directors to see what challenges 2015 may have to offer. And although the legislative outlook is still uncertain, many associations have an idea of what is to be expected. Issues include: H-2B, pesticide bans, water concerns, and much more. Full Story >>

Growers Are Optimistic For A Strong Year in 2015 (Greenhouse Grower)

January 19, 2015

Every new year offers a fresh start, but in 2015, growers and suppliers are feeling particularly hopeful. After the past few years’ slow climb back to what seems like an economic recovery, Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 State Of The Industry Survey reveals that the industry is poised for a year of growth. Full Story >>

New Insecticides Offer Alternatives For Growers (Greenhouse Grower)

January 12, 2015

Recently, OHP sent an email to its customers that expressed its continued support of neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides in accordance with science-based EPA regulations. The company stated that while it continues to support the use of neonicotinoid chemistries, it also recognizes that growers are looking for chemical alternatives to manage insect pests. Full Story >>

Three Potential Problems This Spring (Perennial Pulse)

January 12, 2015

Dr. Brian Whipker from North Caroline State University shares his top three production challenges that growers will likely face again this year:  viruses, high and low pH and PGR overdoses.  Full Story >>

PLANET Partners with Turfgrass Producers International and The Lawn Institute to Promote National Lawn Care Month

January 12, 2015

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), announced today that it is partnering with Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) and The Lawn Institute to promote National Lawn Care Month in April. Full Story >>

January Pesticide Report is Now Available

January 12, 2015

The OCES's Pesticide Report has been published.  From bed bug traps to birth control for Chicago's subway rats, it's amazing what you can learn! Full Story >>

Obama's Immigration Action: Implications for Horticulture (AmericanHort)

January 12, 2015

AmericanHort hosted an informational webinar for members on the topic of the President's recent executive actions on immigration, and implications for horticultural employers.  A recording and summary are available if you were unable to participate.

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Turfgrass Producers From Around The World Are Coming to San Diego

January 12, 2015

Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) will have their 2015 International Education Conference & Field Day in San Diego, California on February 16–19.
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What Water Bodies are Protected Under The Clean Water Act? (Landscape Online)

January 12, 2015

The answer to this question is confusing and multi-faceted.  The fact is, there is no clearly defined answer.  Surprising?

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Two ONLA Members Named One 2015 Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers (Today's Garden Center)

January 12, 2015

Congratulations to ONLA Members Southwood Landscape & Garden Center of Tulsa and TLC Garden Centers of Oklahoma City, named two of the 2015 Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers in the nation. Full Story >>

Regulations to Watch in 2015 (The Hill)

January 07, 2015

With President Obama determined to leave his mark through regulations, administration officials are trying to finalize as many health and consumer safety protections as possible before his term runs out.  Full Story >>

Congratulations Rodd Moesel

January 07, 2015

ONLA Member and owner of American Plant Products and Services of Oklahoma City, Rodd Moesel, was awarded the Outstanding State Association Leader Award at The Western convention this past weekend. Full Story >>

Top 2 Reasons NFC is Crucial to Security in Payments (TSYS Blog)

December 22, 2014

One of the most exciting developments to the payments ecosystem is the introduction of Near Field Communication (NFC), which enables smartphones to quickly and securely communicate payment information with other phones and point-of-sale devices.

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5 Retail Predictions for 2015 (Marketing-Interactive,com)

December 22, 2014

As growth in mobile commerce continues to fuel overall spend online, e-commerce sales are estimated to rise by 20.1% by the end of 2014, exceeding US$1.5 trillion for the first time globally. Full Story >>

New Study Find Neonicotinoids Are Top-Rated Products For Controlling Pests on Ornamentals (Greenhouse Grower)

December 17, 2014

In an extensive study of the diverse turf and ornamental industry, researchers found that neonicotinoids are the primary tools used by professionals to control destructive insect pests.  Full Story >>

Landscapers Say Recession No More; Business Booming Moving Into 2015 (Total Landscape Care)

December 17, 2014

No matter where you go, the question always comes up, “Do you think the recession is over?” Depending on the party you are talking to, that answer will always be different. However, the answer was pretty clear . . . the landscaping industry seems to be making a full recovery since the recession initially hit in 2008. Full Story >>

Succulents: Here To Stay and Gaining Momentum (Greenhouse Grower)

December 17, 2014

Succulents have made their mark, indoors and out. We see them everywhere, scattered across Pinterest pages, crossing over to the floral industry in cut flower arrangements, or growing on a living wall, even in a bride’s bouquet and as trendy, upscale favors at a party. Full Story >>

OSU Is Seeking Applications for Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

December 15, 2014

Oklahoma State University is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture for the Stillwater campus.

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Dr. Greg Bell Inducted into Oklahoma Turfgrass Hall of Fame

December 10, 2014

The Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF) inducted Emeritus Professor Dr. Greg Bell into the Oklahoma Turfgrass Hall of Fame during the opening of its 69th Oklahoma Turf Conference& Trade Show on Dec 2, 2014 at Stillwater, OK. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Landscaper Uses Industry Experiences to Find Success (Total Landscape Care)

December 10, 2014

For more than 30 years, David Land has strived to dramatically exceed expectations in the landscaping industry. Land caught “the bug” at an early age, and by the time he was a senior in high school, Land was grossing $20,000 a year mowing grass in Dallas, Texas. Full Story >>

Cheers & Jeers For White House Pollinator Health Task Force

December 10, 2014

In late November, AmericanHort and SAF submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Obama administration’s Pollinator Health Task Force, which includes 16 federal agencies and is co-chaired by EPA and USDA.  Full Story >>

"The Cheapest Generation" Will Be Tomorrow's Gardeners (Greenhouse Grower)

December 10, 2014

Members of the Millennial generation don’t spend money the same way their parents did. They aren’t buying cars and houses at the same level of previous generations, and according to a recent article from The Atlantic titled “The Cheapest Generation,” it might be more than an effect of a bad economy. Full Story >>

Can Green Roofs Put Green In Your Pocket? (Landscape Online)

December 10, 2014

Do green roofs present a business opportunity for landscape contractors? The market is growing. Full Story >>

Irrigation Design Class at OSU-OKC Slated for January 5-9, 2015

December 05, 2014

Are you looking for expert classroom teaching on irrigation design? Full Story >>

Thinking Outside The Box: 4 Emails You Should be Sending This Holiday Season (Marketing Land)

December 05, 2014

How can you take your emails from good to great this holiday season?  Columnist Jimmy Daly says the keys are context and personalization. Full Story >>

Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2015 (Industry Edge)

December 03, 2014

Check out outdoor living trends for 2015 to help inform your purchase decisions. Full Story >>

Individual and Family Health Plans: Open Enrollment is Here

December 03, 2014

Open enrollment for individual and family health plans is here and will last through February 15, 2015.  HR Resource is the ONLA-endorsed provider of health insurance and HR services. Full Story >>

What Is The Financial Impact Of Bringing Inventory In Early? (Today's Garden Center)

December 03, 2014

If you are carrying inventory that you paid for 12 months ago, your actual inventory cost is 30 percent higher. That's an incredible amount of additional inventory cost to cover with margins. Full Story >>

The December Pesticide Report Has Been Released

December 03, 2014

The December Pesticide Report from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is available. Full Story >>

National Water-use at Lowest Levels Since Before 1970s (US Geological Survey)

December 03, 2014

Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. Full Story >>

5 Ways Growers Can Be More Sustainable (Greenhouse Grower Magazine)

December 03, 2014

Much has been written about how our industry affects the environment. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is focusing on the negative rather than the positive. Full Story >>

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Begin January 1, 2015

November 26, 2014

Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Full Story >>

Impatiens Downy Mildew: Is It Time Yet?

November 26, 2014

A number of retailers recently asked me if they could start selling bedding impatiens again.  The number of complaints were way down.  The question in a nutshell was, 'Is it time yet?" Full Story >>

Anella named director of The Botanic Gardens at OSU

November 26, 2014

A professor at Oklahoma State University will be using what he has been teaching in the classroom in his new role at OSU. Full Story >>

Growers and Suppliers: Greenhouse Grower Needs Your Input

November 21, 2014

Greenhouse Grower Magazine requests your input in their annual State Of The Industry Report in January. Full Story >>

AmericanHort Statement on President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

On November 20, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy. The president's action will have substantial and mixed implications for the horticulture industry and the politics of immigration reform.   Full Story >>

ONLA Welcomes New Members!

November 21, 2014

ONLA is happy to welcome our newest members! Full Story >>

Dr. Charlie Hall Presents

November 19, 2014

Dr. Charlie Hall presents "Charlie's Angle" for November 19th:  "They CAN Afford It!" Full Story >>

Pin It To Win It: Using Pinterest In Your Business

November 19, 2014

As social media websites go, Pinterest certainly has consumers’ attention and time. It hit 10 million users faster than any site in history. Perhaps even more striking: Pinterest holds the number-two spot for referral traffic to websites (second only to Facebook) — even more than Twitter.
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Houseplants Help Inspire Customers While Providing Good Returns

November 19, 2014

Houseplants?   While houseplants may not be our highest-selling department, they are responsible for much of our tie-in sales — soils, fertilizer, pots, etc. They are also a great focus for winter-months gardening. Full Story >>

Peat Moss May Be In Short Supply This Year

November 19, 2014

A SCPMA survey found that in Eastern Canada, which is the country’s largest peat producing region, the average harvest is around 65 percent, which is considerably below average in expected harvest volumes. Full Story >>

Clover comeback? ‘Bee lawns’ gaining favor

November 19, 2014

Turf grass may be an attractive ground cover for homeowners but it holds little appeal for pollinators.  Add some broadleaf plants with flowers to the mix, and it’s a different story: great forage for the birds and the bees. Lower maintenance, too.

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JDLU Program to Kick Off CENTS 2015

November 17, 2014

John Deere Landscape University (JDLU) will be open to professional landscape contractors the day before the show, January 6.

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Julia Laughlin Announces Retirement from OSU-OKC Horticulture

November 14, 2014

Julia Laughlin, associate professor and Department Head of Horticulture in the Agriculture Technology Department at OSU-OKC, has announced her retirement from her position, effective January 9, 2015. Full Story >>

Landscape Study Finds Positive Results

November 13, 2014

A new study helps quantify the benefits of landscape work.  The results reinforce a common belief that a good landscape can increase the value of your home up to 15 percent. Full Story >>

Salt Storage for the Snow Plow Contractor

November 12, 2014

Salt is a hot commodity and valuable resource for combatting snow and ice. At the end of the 2013-2014 winter, it was difficult for many to get enough salt needed to treat their regions. This has left many buying salt even earlier than normal in preparation for the winter ahead. Full Story >>

4 Marketing Tasks You Can’t Ignore During the Off Season

November 12, 2014

The landscaping busy season got its name for a reason.  There is so much grass to be cut and landscapes to be planted that other business tasks tend to fall by the wayside. Full Story >>

Healthy Industry Predicted

November 12, 2014

GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business, which provides billions in financing to distributors and manufacturers, as well as lawn and garden dealers, is giving a healthy thumbs-up to the industry’s future. Full Story >>

Ian Baldwin: Cell Phone Companies Can Provide Lessons In Upselling Small, Self-Indulgent Products

November 12, 2014

Based on recent conversations with local garden center (LGC) owners, I am sensing a selective malaise afoot in the nation, depending on product and demographic. Full Story >>

Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show To Be Held December 2-3

November 12, 2014

The schedule for the 68th Annual Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show has been released.   Full Story >>

Cost of Business Going Down in 2015!

November 12, 2014

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is pleased to announce that Oklahoma employers will see relief in their Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates in 2015. Full Story >>

2015 Grower Of The Year Awards Nominations Now Open

November 12, 2014

Greenhouse Grower is proud to recognize outstanding greenhouse operations and excellent head growers with its Grower Of The Year award program. Full Story >>

OKC Harvest takes gardens to schools in Oklahoma City area

November 12, 2014

Students are responding well to vegetable gardens at Tulakes Elementary in Northwest Oklahoma City. Full Story >>

UPDATE: White House Recommends Sourcing Insecticide-Free Plants In New Landscape Guidelines

November 12, 2014

UPDATED:  The Obama Administration released an addendum to what it calls its pollinator-friendly landscape guidelines at the end of October, recommending that landscapers source only insecticide-free nursery stock. Full Story >>

Everything You Need To Know About The Western

November 07, 2014

The 2015 Western will be in Kansas City, returning to Downtown to Crown Center Exhibit Hall & the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center (formerly the Hyatt Regency). Full Story >>

Hit Your Pricing Market

November 07, 2014

Contractors have gotten into a rut of pricing low to win jobs. Now they struggle to find prices that work. for both their customers and their bottom lines. Full Story >>

Listen Up, Leaders: We Are All Millennials

November 07, 2014

No doubt, Generation Y is poised to make a big impact on the world of work.  But are the supposed differences of the most tech-savvy generation in history all they are cracked up to be? Even more importantly, how will generational differences play out when it comes to leadership development, workplace culture and recruiting? Full Story >>

How to upsell? Market well

November 07, 2014

 It amazes me when fellow business owners get upset when one of their customers uses another company to perform a service they also offer. Full Story >>

What You and Your Business Need to Know About Obamacare, Year 2

November 07, 2014

For business owners, two things in life are certain: taxes and rising health care costs. The two become nearly interchangeable when new IRS Health Care Reporting requirements go into effect, starting in 2016. Full Story >>

AmericanHort Launches Initiative To Explore The Future Of Garden Retail

November 05, 2014

The future of garden retail is being explored with a new initiative recently announced by AmericanHort. Full Story >>

Collinsville FFA Chapter Benefits from ONLA Convention and Trade Show

November 05, 2014

The Collinsville FFA chapter was very excited to be invited to volunteer at the Annual Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) Trade Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Full Story >>

New Standard for Landscape Irrigation

November 05, 2014

The International Code Council and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently announced the release of a new ANSI consensus standard to classify sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, set uniform testing procedures, and establish minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components. 
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Support Your Local Trees

November 05, 2014

Tree City USA, a program that provides the framework for community forestry management, was launched in 1976 by the Arbor Day Foundation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Forest Service partners.  Oklahoma boasts a total of 20 cities and communities that have been awarded Tree City USA status. Full Story >>

November Pesticide Report Has Been Released

November 04, 2014

The November Pesticide Report has been released. Full Story >>

Water Conservation Warning - Water Supplies Look Bleak for Oklahoma

November 03, 2014

Davis Pipe & Supply offers some common sense advice to irrigators and landscape contractors in light of the drought conditions throughout Oklahoma. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Gardening Show from October 25, 2014

November 03, 2014

Oklahoma Gardening, the television show shown weekly on OETA, has a You Tube channel.  We are happy to share the videos from the show.

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Two ONLA Members Listed in the Top 50

November 03, 2014

Congratulations to Flowerwood Nursery and J. Berry Nursery, ONLA members who were recently listed on Nursery Management Magazine Top 50 Wholesale Ornamental Nurseries list. Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Offers Condensed Principles of Horticulture Course

October 29, 2014

OSU-OKC is offering an 8-week condensed "Principles of Horticulture' Course. Full Story >>

How To Get The Digital Generation Into The Garden: Garden Media’s Guide To Marketing To Millennials

October 29, 2014

Millenials, the digitally obsessed, socially charged generation that loves to indulge in selfies and Instagram filters, are emerging in the world of gardening, too. Full Story >>

10 Agricultural Jobs That Didn't Exist 25 Years Ago

October 29, 2014

Seedstock.com recently published a list of 10 agricultural jobs that didn’t exist 25 years ago, about half of which are controlled environment agricultural professions. Full Story >>

Enhance Greenhouse Production With Diffuse Light

October 29, 2014

A lot of research has been underway to find the optimal conditions for plants' growth in greenhouses, be it the constructionof the greenhouse itself, the materials that are used or the impacts on the climate.  One key aspect is the usage of diffuse light.  If certain factors are considered, diffuse light brings a lot of benefits as opposed to direct light. Full Story >>

Researchers Tracking Emerald Ash Borer In White Fringetree

October 29, 2014

A report from Don Cipollini, Ph. D. and plant physiology professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, documents the first confirmed cases of emerald ash borer in white fringetree in its completed life cycle. Full Story >>

Trees Don't Need Band-Aids

October 29, 2014

Just like humans, trees can get injured.  Whether from improper pruning or an out-of-control string trimmer, trees can get serious wounds. Full Story >>

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

October 29, 2014

Small, nonfarm businesses in 13 Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Dukes Honored With Excellence in Education Award

October 24, 2014

The Irrigation Foundation has named Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, CID, of the University of Florida, the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Education Award. Full Story >>

Listen Closely (to Cedar Valley Nurseries)

October 24, 2014

Increased customer interaction and attentive listening put Cedar Valley Nurseries on a more streamlined track.

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SNA 2014 Award Winner Announced

October 24, 2014

The 2014 SNA Awards were presented at the SNA Annual Business Meeting, on Thursday, July  24, 2014, during SNA 2014.
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Plants, Gardens Of The Future Will Be Radically Different, Grueber Says

October 22, 2014

Garry Grueber of Cultivaris and Global Breadfruit commenced to blow the minds of everyone in his audience when he discussed what the future of horticulture may look like in 30 years. Full Story >>

New Herbicides & Landscape Diseases Workshop Set for November 21 at OSU-Oklahoma City

October 22, 2014

Category 3 Ornamental and Turf Winter Workshop will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at OSU-OKC.  "New Herbicides & Overview of Prevalent and New Landscape Diseases" is the topic of the workshop, which will offer 4 CEU Hours in 3a and 10. Full Story >>

Green Roofs: Patterns and Practices

October 22, 2014

Landscape architects are increasingly taking advantage of the possibilities presented by green roof installations beyond their purely practical aspects.

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AmericanHort Calls for Stronger Coordinated Response Against Plum Pox Virus

October 22, 2014

Plum Pox Virus (PPV) is a devastating pathogen with the potential to decimate peach, plum, and other stone fruit crops. Full Story >>

Five Ways To Make Your Staff More Motivated

October 22, 2014

Here are five tips from Today's Garden Center on making your staff more motivated, efficient and memorable. Full Story >>

Big Federal Grant Awarded to Help Tackle Rose Rosette Disease

October 22, 2014

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced nearly $4.6 million in funding to manage, mitigate, and solve the devastating garden rose pathogen known as rose rosette disease (RRD).

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All-America Selections Announces Landscape Design Contest Winners

October 22, 2014

All-America Selections (AAS) has announced the winners of its third annual landscape design contest. Full Story >>

Landscaping A Gathering Place: Over 4,000 New Trees To Be Planted

October 22, 2014

An ONLA Member, Preaus Landscape, is closely involved with A Gathering Place.  Officials behind A Gathering Place for Tulsa say more than 80 different species of trees will be planted as the plans for a world-class park are realized.
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Crew Management: Handling Your Most Valuable Asset

October 20, 2014

I quickly discovered after taking a job with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department 13 years ago that managing the turf was going to be the “easy” part of my job. I had gone from a staff of two (including myself) to a staff of 14. Doesn’t seem that complicated, right? Full Story >>

Pricing Annuals More Profitably: Advice From Dambly's Garden Center and Four Seasons Greenhouse

October 20, 2014

Think about the spice rack at your local grocery store. All the spices are in bottles that are the same shape and size and similarly labeled. However, the retail price of basil and saffron are not the same and the wholesale cost is very different. Full Story >>

The Future of Perennial Breeding

October 20, 2014

The world of perennial breeders was once associated with small, specialized growers and backyard breeders. While that community still populates the industry, larger commercial players have also entered this breeding arena. Full Story >>

5 Steps To Simplify Spring Booking

October 17, 2014

It’s time to plan for spring production. Where should you begin? There’s so much to think about, and so many factors to consider. Full Story >>

Use Deals Like Groupon To Reach Customers From A Distance

October 17, 2014

Very few independent garden centers are using "deal of the day"-type eMail promotions, such as Groupon, in their advertising.  However, some of the retailers that do use Groupon say that it has been successful for them.
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October Pesticide Report Released

October 17, 2014

The OCES has released its Pesticide Report for October of 2014. Full Story >>

Davis Recognized as a Metro 50 Winner

October 17, 2014

For the second year in a row, Davis Pipe & Supply was selected as a Metro 50 Award Winner. Full Story >>

Holiday Lighting...The Gift That Keeps on Giving

October 13, 2014

In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution that he winds up checking each individual bulb, one by one, for a short circuit. Full Story >>

Dr. Michael Dirr Returns to the 2015 Western

October 13, 2014

Dr. Dirr and Bonnie Dirr have been dear friends of the Western for many years and will join friends & colleagues at the Western’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday evening January 3.  Full Story >>

Volunteers needed to help with Tornado Re-Leaf!

October 13, 2014

On Saturday, November 8 the Tree Bank Foundation will plant mature trees to replace the thousands lost in the storms of last year. We need your help to get those trees planted! Full Story >>

Steal This Idea: Help Your Customers Identify and Manage Common Pests

October 13, 2014

K & W Greenery in Janesville, Wis., wants to position its staff as plant experts. This is true not just when it comes to how to keep plants growing, but also how to keep them healthy and pest-free. Full Story >>

Western’s 1st Field Day at Greenleaf Nursery Co. Oct 16

September 20, 2014

Western’s 1st Field Day at Greenleaf Nursery Co. Oct 16 in partnership with KNLA, MLNA, ONLA, NNLA & INLA Full Story >>

Vertical Farming: Maybe Not So Crazy?

September 05, 2014

My boss and Acres Online Editor Chris Beytes, a self-described vertical farming skeptic, recently ventured out to FarmedHere in Chicago’s southern suburbs to tour the facility and ask some tough questions. Full Story >>

Watch onDemand - Neonicotinoids: Cutting Through the Clutter

September 05, 2014

In this video presentation, Joe presents the facts as research has demonstrated them and how to use the neonics effectively and responsibly with minimal non-target effects. Full Story >>

How Landscape Companies Are Riding the Wave of Economic Recovery

September 05, 2014

The market for landscaping services really started to rebound back in 2012.  Here's a look at what leading contractors, as profiled in 2012 editions of Green Industry Pros magazine, were doing back then to stay one step ahead of the competition. Full Story >>

September 2014 Pesticide Report Released

September 04, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) released its September 2014 report.
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Ornamental Horticulture Production - Research Needs Survey 2014-15

September 04, 2014

We need YOUR help getting commercial ornamental grower input on a short online survey. Full Story >>

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Arkansas

August 27, 2014

A report released July 18th confirmed that emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, was detected in traps from 3 southwest Arkansas counties. Full Story >>

Plan Now To Prevent Bract Edge Burn On Poinsettias

August 13, 2014

Growing poinsettias profitably requires that growers prevent losses during production, as well as during shipping and handling. Production practices can affect susceptibility of plants to bract edge burn as plants are packaged, shipped and displayed. Full Story >>

Kelly Norris Talks Gen X And Y And Future Of Gardening At Cultivate’14

August 13, 2014

Consumer confidence is up, but sales in the industry are still flat. To solve that, we have to find a dynamic structure that’s sustainable for generations, and one way to do that is to convince consumers of the importance of gardening. Full Story >>

SNA 2014 Sets the Stage for Positive Growth

August 11, 2014

SNA 2014, held July 22-24 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., saw positive energy and encouraging signs of growth. Full Story >>

Find Your Customer

August 05, 2014

Discovering your ideal demographic, determining how to best reach out to it, researching that demographic and then listing its wants and needs based on that research are the four tips that a former irrigation business owner and founder of a business management software company puts forward as an approach to grow your landscape company.

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Bee Part of the Solution: Join Us in the Fight to Protect Pollinators

August 05, 2014

The horticulture industry is committed to ensuring their sustainability because of their important role in the life cycle of plants and humans. Full Story >>

U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program Stakeholder Meetings Announced

August 05, 2014

The USDA-APHIS recently opened a comment period on the proposed changes to the U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (USGCP). They will be receiving comments through September 2 Full Story >>

2014 Seeley Summit: Thinking Differently About Water

August 04, 2014

The theme of this year’s Seeley Summit was “Water: Horticulture’s Next Game Changer.” The summit provided an opportunity for industry members to learn and develop strategies to tackle the issue of water scarcity. Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Offering a 16-Week Irrigation Class Starting August 18th

August 02, 2014

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus will offer a 16-week irrigation class from August 18th through December 14th. Full Story >>

August 2014 Pesticide Report Released

August 01, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) released its August 2014 report. Full Story >>

Employee Recruiting Strategies for Today's Landscaping Companies

July 31, 2014

After several years of pulling their hair out over vicious price competition, most landscape contractors went into this year saying their biggest challenge would be finding employees. Full Story >>

John Deere Landscapes Acquires Diamond Head Sprinkler Supply

July 31, 2014

John Deere Landscapes, LLC announced today the acquisition of Diamond Head Sprinkler Supply Full Story >>

All-America Selections Announces the first Six Winners for the 2015 Gardening Season

July 31, 2014

All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first of the AAS Winners for the 2015 gardening season. Full Story >>

Choosing Medical Providers for Workers Comp

July 31, 2014

How you choose and work with Medical Providers is a key component in reducing your Workers Compensation costs when an employee is injured on the job. Full Story >>

How Wellness Plans Reduce Your Workers Comp Costs

July 30, 2014

Many companies are now considering wellness plans and how they can help reduce health insurance costs. Full Story >>

The Best Ideas I NEVER Had

July 30, 2014

Paul McCartney once wrote “Take a sad song and make it better.” Who knew he was writing about sharing ideas in the garden center industry? Full Story >>

Welcoming New ONLA Members

July 30, 2014

ONLA is happy to welcome several new members! Full Story >>

“Social Media Is The New Garden Fence,” And Other Advice From Keynote Speaker P. Allen Smith At Cultivate’14

July 29, 2014

Social media is not the enemy – it’s a tool that’s being used all over the world in many different markets to develop and engage the next generations of buyers. Full Story >>

Top 10 Mower Maintenance Musts

July 24, 2014

Keep your mower in top shape this summer by following Humphreys' Outdoor Power and Dixie Chopper's Top 10 Ways to Maintenance Your Mower. Full Story >>

"Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate" November 18-19 in Lisle, IL

July 23, 2014

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois will host a conference titled “Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate,” November 18-19.
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5 Opportunities for Garden Retailers to Stand Out in 2014 and Beyond

July 23, 2014

Today's Garden Center received many responses to their 2014 State of the Industry Survey responses.  Here are some of those. Full Story >>

How Important are Insecticides to Our Industry?

July 18, 2014

With the recent public attention on the horticultural industry’s use of insecticides, especially neonicotinoids, we are often asked about the economic impact of these chemicals. Full Story >>

Inaugural Urban Ag Week set to include films, classes and garden tours

July 18, 2014

The OKC Urban Ag Coalition is a new group comprised of urban farms, community gardens, non-profits and supportive businesses. Full Story >>

Cut and Dry - Drought Tolerant Turfgrass

July 15, 2014

Turfgrass that stands up to drought conditions gives landscape contractors a mindful solution. Full Story >>

Greenhouse Grower Thrilled To Honor 2014 Medal of Excellence Winners

July 15, 2014

Greenhouse Grower announced its Medal of Excellence winners at the Evening of Excellence, held Monday, July 14 in Columbus, Ohio, at Cultivate’14. Check out the breeders, growers and new varieties that earned the Medal of Excellence awards for 2014. Full Story >>

How To Decide If/When To Discount a Product

July 12, 2014

Talkin' Finance With Steve Bailey, a consultant and former garden center retailer:  how do you determine whether it’s better to discount to move the product rather than holding it to (hopefully) sell it for full price in the fall? Full Story >>

Bounty of edible blessings: Oklahoma City-area churches reach out through community gardens

July 12, 2014

Community gardens at local churches are supplying an opportunity for outdoor activity as well as a way to build relationships between churches and the communities they serve. Full Story >>

How To Gain A Competitive Edge With Native Trees

July 09, 2014

Incorporating native plants in landscape designs has become a hallmark of sustainable landscaping. Full Story >>

New Prevailing Wage Data Available for H-2B Users

July 09, 2014

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has announced that the newest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey (OES) as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the year from July 2014 - June 2015 is now in effect. Full Story >>

Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship to Award $18,000 to Twelve Students at SNA

July 09, 2014

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. Full Story >>

OCES Pesticide Report for July Has Been Released

July 09, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has released its July Pesticide Report. Full Story >>

Ryan Lawn & Tree Acquires Reid Irrigation

July 09, 2014

Ryan Lawn & Tree, an employee-owned company, has purchased Reid Irrigation, LLC. Full Story >>

Planting Garden Center Flowers Is Good For Bees And Other Beneficial Insects

July 08, 2014

Recently, some Internet and media sources have suggested that buying and planting flowers from your local garden center could be harmful to bees because traces of neonicotinoid insecticides were found in the leaves and flowers of plants randomly purchased from garden centers around the country. Full Story >>

All-America Selections' July Winner Announcement

July 08, 2014

All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first of the AAS Winners for the 2015 gardening season. Full Story >>

It's All About Partnerships . . .

July 08, 2014

I believe one of the biggest and certainly the most important thing we have control over are the partnerships we make. How are you doing in the partnership department? Full Story >>

Master Gardener Training Classes Now Offered

July 07, 2014

The Cleveland County Extension office is currently accepting registration for the 2014 Master Gardener Training program. Full Story >>

Aquaponic Certification Class Slated for July 26th in Wilberton

July 07, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma State College will host the first aquaponic certificate class in the state of Oklahoma this summer. Full Story >>

Nourishment for New Business Growth

June 24, 2014

According to one business support specialist, big hurdles to business growth include the lack of a detailed planning system, expecting overnight success, and overlooking practical considerations that can quickly grow larger than your ability to deal with them.

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3 Water Garden Stores Engage With Digital Marketing

June 24, 2014

For garden center retailers who specialize in water gardens, customer education about maintenance, plant selection and sanitation is critical.

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Research Shows Spread of Spring Leaf-out Times

June 24, 2014

Observing 1,600 species at The Morton Arboretum and globally should impact climate-change models Full Story >>

Steal This Idea: Lecture Series Offers Educational and Marketing Opportunities

June 24, 2014

Wallace’s Garden Center in Davenport, Iowa, offers basic gardening classes throughout the year. Wallace’s Kate Terrell explains why these talks engage their customers. Full Story >>

Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture?

June 23, 2014

In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time.  There’s no place for hipster lingo, inside jokes about customers, or snarky tweets. Full Story >>

Nominations Sought for The Don Shadow Award of Excellence

June 23, 2014

Help SNA select the 2014 Don Shadow Award of Excellence recipient by nominating an industry member for this prestigious award. Full Story >>

Governor Fallin Signs Proclamation Naming July 2014 "Smart Irrigation Month"

June 23, 2014

July, 2014 has been proclaimed "Smart Irrigation Month" for the State of Oklahoma Full Story >>

Community Garden Planned for Salvation Army Center in OKC

June 20, 2014

Construction of a community garden is set to begin at the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma's new Center of Hope. Full Story >>

April Building Materials Prices Swell For Fifth Month

June 17, 2014

What do building materials prices, home sales and other construction data have to do with your landscape business?  Plenty!  Landscaping statistics follow construction statistics.  It is a great way to take a glance into the future.

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Make Your Business Irresistable to New Owners

June 17, 2014

You cannot sell a retail garden center or any business, for that matter, in a short period of time. It takes years of preparation. Full Story >>

Retailers Selling Castor Seeds And Rosary Pea Seeds Should Be Aware Of Suspicious Customer Activity

June 17, 2014

The FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) started an initiative to raise awareness among retailers of castor seeds and rosary pea seeds of suspicious activity that could represent illicit use of the seeds and its toxins, ricin and abrin. Full Story >>

H-2B Update

June 16, 2014

On June 10, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies passed the fiscal 2015 appropriations measure for the Department of Labor and other agencies. Full Story >>

Pollinator Update

June 16, 2014

It is widely expected that the White House will make a policy announcement regarding pollinators the week of June 16, to correspond with National Pollinator Week. Full Story >>

Encouraging News on Bee Health in the 2013-2014 Winter Loss

June 16, 2014

In May, The USDA, in collaboration with the Bee Informed Partnership, reported the results of the 2013-14 bee colony winter loss survey. Full Story >>

Citrus Industry to Nursery Industry: HELP! (Please)

June 16, 2014

Citrus industry colleagues in Texas have reached out for help in their urgent search for orange jasmine plants, Murraya paniculata. Full Story >>

IA Gears Up For Smart Irrigation Month Marketing Contest

June 06, 2014

The Irrigation Association encourages the entire industry to promote the message of Smart Irrigation Month leading up to and during the month of July.

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Four Trends To Watch In Labels And Tags

June 06, 2014

Your customer’s time is more valuable than ever, so when it comes to giving them information on the plants they’re buying, you want to make it as quick and easy as possible for them to find. Full Story >>

Have You Ever Heard of a "Fomite"?

June 06, 2014

Before May, I had never heard the word “fomite.” However, terms like fomite, natural host, conditional host, and conditional non-host were the focus of a three-day meeting held by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Full Story >>

FY2015 Funds for Agriculture and EPA Frozen at 2014 Levels

June 06, 2014

On May 19, horticultural research dodged a bullet.  A key House Appropriations subcommittee approved nearly $21 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2015, approximately equal to 2014 funded levels. Full Story >>

Last Of Its Order

June 06, 2014

Biologists believe Welwitschia mirabilis is the last of its genus on Earth.
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April Home Construction Tops Million-Unit Rate on Multi-Family Surge

June 06, 2014

Multifamily projects pushed the pace of new home construction in April to its highest level since November, according to a May 16 report from the Census Bureau. Full Story >>

How Does Your Town Measure Up Against America’s Prettiest?

June 06, 2014

America in Bloom, with cooperating sponsorship from Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery, announces an exciting new endeavor to encourage and recognize beautification efforts through a new annual photography contest. Full Story >>

July 2014 has been declared "Smart Irrigation Month" in OKC

June 05, 2014

Mayor Mick Cornett has declared July of 2014 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the city of Oklahoma City. Full Story >>

10th Annual Lavender Festival June 14th

June 02, 2014

Lavender Valley Acres in Apache, OK will be hosting the 10th Annual Lavender Festival on Saturday, June 14th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Full Story >>

Change Is Good - You Go First!

May 30, 2014

Change is often a really good thing. The curious thing to me is why we spend so much time resisting it. Full Story >>

July 2014 is "Smart Irrigation Month" in the city of Tulsa

May 28, 2014

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. has declared July of 2014 "Smart Irrigation Month" in the City of Tulsa.

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Why It's Time To Raise Your Prices

May 27, 2014

Look around: The price of everything seems to be going up. Here are 5 reasons why it may be time to raise yours, too.

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Two Draft IA Position Statements Open for Member Comment

May 27, 2014

The Irrigation Association’s Government Affairs Committee has released two draft position statements for member comment.  Submit Comments Through June 20.
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

May 27, 2014

Small, nonfarm businesses in 12 Oklahoma counties and neighboring counties in Kansas are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Full Story >>

Keeping It Fair: Irrigation Service Pricing

May 21, 2014

A look at how companies approach irrigation service pricing - with a flat rate or charging on time and materials - and why they favor their method.
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Mother's Day Weekend Was A Needed Boon For Most Of The Garden Center Industry

May 21, 2014

Strong sales over Mother's Day weekend gave garden retailers a much needed infusion of energy and cash flow.
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Master Gardeners to Launch Junior Program in Oklahoma City

May 21, 2014

The Oklahoma County Master Gardeners and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will team up this summer to help take the mystery out of growing food that is healthy and available.
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Philips and Green Sense Farms Tailor LED Grow Lights to Specific Crops

May 21, 2014

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-area commercial grower, to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights tailored to its specific crops. Full Story >>

Landscape Sales Up in 2013

May 21, 2014

Financial information company Sageworks has published new data showing overall sales growth for landscape firms in 2013 Full Story >>

Making Plants More Defensive

May 21, 2014

Researchers at the University of Missouri, including Scott Peck, recently identified a mechanism in plants that cues bacteria to attack the plants’ cells with harmful proteins. Full Story >>

REAPing Energy Efficiency Grants

May 19, 2014

USDA has announced $28.2 million in funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Full Story >>

The Great Recession's Impact on Horticulture Evident in New Agriculture Census

May 19, 2014

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently released the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Full Story >>

EPA Extends Deadline for Worker Protection Comments

May 19, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed significant revisions to its Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations, which apply to farming operations – including nurseries and greenhouses – that apply pesticides. Full Story >>

A Science-Based Protocol to Assess Plant Invasiveness

May 19, 2014

To better understand the potential for a nursery plant to become invasive, the Horticultural Research Institute recently provided funding for a project to test an evaluation tool for the industry. Full Story >>

Toxic Plants & Terrorism

May 19, 2014

Recently the AmericanHort office in DC received an unexpected call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fortunately, nobody was in trouble. Full Story >>

2014 Top 100 List Shows Growers Are Expanding

May 09, 2014

Greenhouse Grower's annual Top 100 List ranks the largest greenhouse producers in the country by total square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space. Full Story >>

New Crape Myrtle Pest Hits Dallas Area

May 07, 2014

Crape myrtle, a much used Texas landscape plant, is under threat from a new type of scale invader, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Full Story >>

This Decrepit Lot is the Future Site of the World's Largest Urban Greenhouse

May 07, 2014

It looks like a war zone, not the future of sustainable farming. Full Story >>

2014 American Garden Award Contest Voting is Now Open To Public

May 07, 2014

American Garden Award (AGA) is inviting the public to vote now in its 2014 contest.  OSU-OKC is a host of this program. Full Story >>

Industry Perspective: Systemic Insecticides and Bees: Are We Revisiting "Silent Spring"?

May 07, 2014

Recently, there have been concerns associated with the potential direct and indirect effects of neonicotinoid systemic insecticides on bees. Full Story >>

10 Tips to Overcome Spring Pressure

May 07, 2014

Spring comes every year, and with it a seasonal surge that brings stress to landscape contracting businesses. Full Story >>

8 Tips on Managing Credit Card Fraud

May 07, 2014

In January I received a letter from my credit card company, telling me they were sending me a new credit card. Why? Because in December, I had shopped at Target.
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May Pesticide Report Released

May 05, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has released it's May, 2014 report. Full Story >>

8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking

May 02, 2014

Once in a while you meet a leader who stands out--even in a room filled with skilled, experienced, successful people. She isn't just remarkably charismatic. He isn't just remarkably likeable. Full Story >>

Extension Centennial Documentary to Premiere on OETA

May 02, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) is marking its 100th anniversary with a special hour-long documentary premiering at 7 p.m., May 8 on OETA-TV.

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Style Detective

April 30, 2014

Experience gets you just part of the way in the landscape design process. Discovering your clients' preferences closes the circle, and that's often the hardest part. Full Story >>

John Deere Landscapes Appoints New CEO

April 28, 2014

John Deere Landscapes, the largest North American distributor of landscaping products, today announced the appointment of Doug Black as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Full Story >>

Oklahoma State University Names Thomas Coon To Lead Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources

April 25, 2014

Oklahoma State University named Dr. Thomas Coon as Vice President, Dean and Director of the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR). Full Story >>

Nursery Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching

April 23, 2014

Many Oklahoma nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations.  Oklahoma nursery producers are reminded that May 1 is the sales closing date for participation in RMA's Nursery Crop Insurance Program for 2014. Full Story >>

Splendor in the Gardens set for Thursday, June 19

April 21, 2014

Myriad Botanical Gardens presents Splendor In The Garden on June 19th

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IA Launches New Water Features & Lake Management CIG

April 21, 2014

The Irrigation Association has introduced a Water Features and Lake Management Common Interest Group Full Story >>

The Positive Impact of Turfgrass - Overlooked and Misunderstood

April 21, 2014

The positive impact of turfgrass on our environment is often overlooked - if not grossly misunderstood.
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Irrigation Association Webinar April 24th

April 21, 2014

The Ogallala Aquifer:  The Role of Irrigation in a Sustainable Future is the first agricultural webinar in the IA's 2014 series. Full Story >>

When To Add Personnel

April 16, 2014

How do you know when it’s the right to time to ramp up personnel? We asked a few Green Industry experts for their advice.

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Tulsa Rose Garden walloped by mite-borne disease

April 16, 2014

The knockout punch that wiped out nearly all the stars of the Tulsa Rose Garden started in, of all places, a hedge of knockout roses.  About two-thirds of the 3,000 plants have been lost to microscopic pests.
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Construction Spending Flat in February

April 16, 2014

Spending on residential construction products recorded the biggest decline in seven months in February, but overall construction spending managed to rise slightly as winter weather continues to vex the industry. Full Story >>

Spring 2014 Update: A Mixed Bag For Retailers

April 16, 2014

Spring has not sprung yet for all garden centers this year. With some regions continuing to receive late blasts of winter weather, some retailers are analyzing what they can do to take advantage of the late start. Full Story >>

John Deere Landscapes Purchases Eljay Irrigation

April 16, 2014

John Deere Landscapes, Alpharetta, GA, and Eljay Irrigation, Calgary, AB, announced today that John Deere Landscapes has purchased Eljay Irrigation. Full Story >>

The Southern Plant Conference features a stellar cast of speakers

April 16, 2014

The 13th Southern Plant Conference, hosted by Don Shadow, will feature a stellar cast of speakers Full Story >>

Solve My Problem: Combating Big Box Price Comparisons

April 16, 2014

How can we overcome box-store comparison pricing on so many items?

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EPA Worker Protection Revisions Proposed

April 11, 2014

The EPA officially published on March 19 its proposed revisions to its agricultural Worker Protection Standard.  The standard applies to greenhouse, nursery, and Christmas tree growers as well as other farm types using pesticides Full Story >>

Stopping What Might Bug You Next

April 11, 2014

Have you ever wondered what AmericanHort (formerly ANLA) does?  Here is one example of the numerous things they tackle on behalf of the green industry on a nation-wide basis. Full Story >>

OSU's Shelley Mitchell Named Recipient of AHS 2014 Great American Gardeners Award

April 09, 2014

Congratulations to Shelley Mitchell of OSU for being named as a recipient of an American Horticultural Society's 2014 Great American Gardeners Award Full Story >>

Steal This Idea: Use Local Partnerships To Build Your Own Audience

April 09, 2014

Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin, Del., found a built-in audience for its fairy garden events when it began partnering with a local art school. Full Story >>

New Guidance for Phytophthora ramorum Announced

April 07, 2014

Beginning on March 31, USDA-APHIS began implementing some changes to their Phytophthora ramorum domestic quarantine regulation (7 CFR 301.92). Full Story >>

EPA Proposes Bold Clean Water Act Expansion

April 07, 2014

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly released a proposed rule intended to "clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources."

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Oklahoma Irrigation Association Becomes Reality

April 04, 2014

It's official! We now have an Oklahoma Irrigation Association to give our industry a voice as important issues impact irrigation in Oklahoma. Full Story >>

OCES Pesticide Report for April Has Been Published

April 04, 2014

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has released the April Pesticide Report. Full Story >>

Five Creative Ways to Use Social Media

April 02, 2014

Social media is more than just a marketing tool for your business.  It helps us promote our products and services. As small business owners, social media is more than having presence on Facebook. It's a place for us to level the playing field with the big brand companies.

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IA & ASIC Release Revised Landscape BMPs

April 02, 2014

Document Outlines Best Practices & Implementation Guidelines for Irrigation System Design, Installation & Management

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Landscape Grasses Take Container Gardening To A New Level

April 02, 2014

It’s easy to reach for flowers and blooms when thinking combos, but today’s cacophony of color, texture and form in the ornamental grass world makes them ripe for the picking. Full Story >>

Myriad Botanical Gardens Seeking Volunteers

April 02, 2014

The Gardens Needs You!  We're looking for volunteers to help with spring and summer events. Full Story >>

Irrigation Foundation Excellence Education Award Accepting Nominations through April 30th

April 02, 2014

The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Irrigation Foundation Excellence in Education Award. Full Story >>

Construction Signals Look Good for Landscaping

April 02, 2014

January data from the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, along with data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), offer some very encouraging signs. Full Story >>

10 Most Common Lawn Care Myths

April 02, 2014

April is National Lawn Care Month.  PLANET asked its professional landscape members to name the 10 most common lawn care myths and shared the realities behind those myths. Full Story >>

5 Reasons to Get Youth Active in Gardening

April 02, 2014

April is National Gardening Month, making it an ideal time to consider starting a garden.  It is also a good time to consider getting children active in gardening since they are increasingly spending more time indoors with their faces turned toward electronics. Full Story >>

Listening to Gardeners on Pinterest

April 02, 2014

Greenhouse Grower Magazine shares statistics from a search on Pinterest.  Interestingly enough, these findings could help you!  Knowing what is trending could help you decide what to stock in your garden center or suggest to your clients. Full Story >>

HGTV HOME Plant Collection Looking for Partners in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South

April 02, 2014

The HGTV HOME Plant Collection is working to expand its nationwide grower group with an emphasis on partnering with growers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S., Full Story >>

Three Oklahomans to be honored for their positive effects on OSU and the state

April 02, 2014

Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will honor three Oklahomans with one of the organization's highest honors, the DASNR Champion award. Full Story >>

The Long View on Customer Loyalty

March 31, 2014

It’s easy to say that we go the extra mile for our customers. But do we? Full Story >>

AmericanHort Offers Spring Training for Sales

March 28, 2014

AmericanHort presents Sell more & keep 'em coming back:  15-minute webinars for all staff levels Full Story >>

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

March 28, 2014

Small, nonfarm businesses in 16 Oklahoma counties and neighboring counties in Kansas are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Full Story >>

View Video That Was Shown at Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame Ceremony

March 28, 2014

View the video that was shared during the 2014 Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame Ceremony on March 26, 2014.

Full Story >>

The Biggest Mistake You're Making in Social Media

March 24, 2014

Want to succeed in social media marketing? Odds are good you're missing your best opportunity to drive revenue. Full Story >>

What Clients Want In 2014

March 24, 2014

As landscapers begin to start planning and designing outdoor living areas for clients in the spring, they should be aware of the top outdoor living trends for 2014. Full Story >>

3 Tips for Hiring, Retaining Across Generations

March 24, 2014

When Cam Marston spoke about "Four Generations: Workplace & Marketplace" last month at the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET’s) Great Escape in Anaheim, Calif., much of the talk skewed toward selling to multiple generations.
Full Story >>

Do the Math: An Easy Path to Profitability

March 24, 2014

Every successful business relies on accurate numbers. If you don’t have them right at the beginning, it’s certain you won’t see the revenue and profit numbers you’re expecting when the project is completed. Full Story >>

Sedan Floral Builds a Customer Base From Scratch

March 19, 2014

The history of Sedan Floral is a cautionary tale followed by a growing success story. Full Story >>

Congratulations Rodd Moesel, Newest Inductee Into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame

March 17, 2014

Rodd Moesel has been awarded the Oklahoma Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture (Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame). Full Story >>

Understanding Irrigation Water From A Nutritional Standpoint

March 17, 2014

Water quality is a key factor affecting pH and nutritional management in container-grown crops. Full Story >>

Pollinators and Pesticides: What’s Next for Neonicotinoids?

March 10, 2014

Activist groups have continued and even expanded their efforts to ban the chemicals through picketing campaigns and working with elected officials who are sympathetic to their agenda. Full Story >>

H-2B Visa Cap Concerns Mount

March 10, 2014

Users of the only legal visa program for seasonal, non-agricultural workers continue to have issues with onerous H-2B wage regulations and processing delays. Full Story >>

Sneak Peek at 2012 Census of Agriculture Released

March 10, 2014

On February 20, the USDA released its preliminary analysis of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Full Story >>

Seedling Truck Sales Throughout Oklahoma in March

March 07, 2014

Oklahoma Forestry Services announces their tree sales throught the month of March. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference March 25th

March 07, 2014

OSU Extension presents the Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference, which will be held on March 25th at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Full Story >>

EPA Details Worker Protection Changes

March 05, 2014

On February 20, EPA release proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that could make it more challenging for nursery and greenhouse growers and landscape companies to apply pesticides. Full Story >>

The Science of Selling Garden Art

February 28, 2014

“A garden without a statue is like a sentence without a verb.” Full Story >>

Faith Farm Garden Ready for Planting

February 26, 2014

Loaves & Fishes, a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, has leased Faith Farm from Hope Outreach in Enid. Full Story >>

What Consumers Say It Takes To Get Them In The Door (10% Project)

February 24, 2014

What do consumers say it will take to get them to shop at garden centers? Full Story >>

Top Ways Landscape Contractors Lose Money

February 24, 2014

It's safe to say that most landscape contractors would like to make more money. Full Story >>

Low Temperatures in winter of 2013/2014 Bring Possibility of Increased Winter Injury to Bermudagrass Stands

February 24, 2014

Due to the cold temperatures throughout Oklahoma this past December and January, some areas have experienced more winter-kill of bermudagrasses than in most previous years. Full Story >>

Six Steps to Improving Customer First Impressions

February 21, 2014

Jon Schallert of The Schallert Group, Inc. gives six great tips to making that great "First Impression" on your customers.

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New Media Components - Are They Worth Their Weight in Dirt?

February 21, 2014

Advances in greenhouse growing media (substrates) continue to evolve to meet current day problems, needs, and trends. Full Story >>

Systemic Insecticides

February 21, 2014

Systemic insecticides are substances that when applied to a plant are absorbed and translocated into other plant parts through the sap stream, thus rendering untreated areas insecticidal or toxic to certain insects. Full Story >>

Top 10 Facts You Should Know About Your Business

February 19, 2014

Mark Twain once said, “It is not what we know that gets us in trouble, it is what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” Full Story >>

Understanding pH Management For Container-Grown Crops

February 19, 2014

The most common nutritional problems occur in greenhouse crops when the pH of the growing medium is outside the acceptable range of the crop. Full Story >>

Evaluating Grower Productivity

February 19, 2014

Achieving good productivity is the foundation of any profitable business venture, and plant growing is no exception.

Full Story >>

2014 National Floriculture Forum To Be Held in May

February 14, 2014

This year's Forum will be held in Winnipeg, Canada on May 14th and 15th. Full Story >>

Architecture Firms Report December Billings Decline

February 12, 2014

While year-end slowdowns are common due to winter weather, economists are concerned that the broad scope of the decline could affect growth in 2014. Full Story >>

The Future of Perennial Breeding

February 12, 2014

The world of perennial breeders was once associated with small, specialized growers and backyard breeders. Full Story >>

Growers Expect Increases In Production for 2014

February 12, 2014

It’s not uncommon to see high hopes from growers in Greenhouse Grower’s State Of The Industry survey. Full Story >>

Smarty Parties: Educational Events To Help You Brand Yourself Better

February 10, 2014

A great marketer is similar to a sculptor: they both work directly and indirectly to impart immaterial ideas and feelings to an audience through materials that affect the senses.

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GROW! "Oklahoma Gardening" Starts Season February 15

February 10, 2014

Oklahoma gardeners who are ready to get back in the gardening groove can get started soon as new episodes of OETA's popular television program Oklahoma Gardening resume airing. Full Story >>

Congress Sends Farm Bill To President Obama

February 10, 2014

Millions of dollars in additional funding for floriculture and nursery crops became a reality on February 4 when the Senate passed a new five-year Farm Bill. Full Story >>

USDA Announces Creation of Regional Hubs

February 10, 2014

The hubs will advise growers on a range of issues including climate change and invasive pests. Full Story >>

Sudden Oak Death Is Still On The Radar

February 10, 2014

APHIS revises Phytophthora ramorum domestic quarantine for certain host nurseries Full Story >>

Highlights for Horticulture: More on the Farm Bill

February 03, 2014

While AmericanHort’s farm bill agenda is mostly focused on the Horticulture title of the bill, many other areas of the farm bill touch on our industry. Full Story >>

Farm Bill Passes The House!

January 31, 2014

On January 29 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) with a strong bipartisan vote of 251-166. Full Story >>

100 Years of OSU Extension

January 27, 2014

In spring 2014, extension services across the country will celebrate their 100th birthdays.  Full Story >>

Younger Consumers Think Gardening Is Good, But Hard Work, Time Consuming and Dirty

January 22, 2014

While the pace of business seems to keep increasing, the number of new faces coming to the garden center may not be, research from Today’s Garden Center’s 10% Project finds. Full Story >>

News From "The Hill"

January 21, 2014

AmericanHort continues to keep the industry informed of governmental and regulatory issues.

Full Story >>

Worried You've Got Rose Rosette Disease? Send Your Sample To OSU

January 21, 2014

Rose Rosette Disease continues to impact shrub roses in landscapes East of the Mississippi. Quickly recognizing and confirming RRD is important in controlling its spread and allows for the potential to mitigate the disease before it expands to other roses in the vicinity. Full Story >>

First Report of Rose Rosette Disease In Florida

January 21, 2014

On January 15th the Florida Division of Plant Industry confirmed the presence of rose rosette virus in three Florida counties.

Full Story >>

4 Ways To Make More Cash in 2014

January 17, 2014

Whether a strategic plan is in place for 2014 or not, these four great tips are worth checking out. Full Story >>

Gardening With The Experts to be held January 25th in Shawnee

January 17, 2014

The annual Gardening with the Experts program is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Organized by the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Beautification and Enhancement Committee, the program is designed to provide current information that will help gardeners get ready for spring. Full Story >>

When it Comes to Firewood, Buy It Where You Burn It

January 15, 2014

Oklahoma Forestry Services is asking Oklahomans to buy firewood near the location where they will burn it to help prevent the spread of insects and diseases that can kill trees and devastate recreation spots.
Full Story >>

Help AmericanHort Recognize Emerging professionals with GPN's 40 Under 40

January 13, 2014

Nominations for GPN Magazine's 40 under 40 are currently being accepted. Full Story >>

Tulsa Botanic Garden is Looking for Volunteers to Plant Bulbs

January 13, 2014

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is looking for volunteers to help garden staff with planting over 6,000 bulbs on January 15th and 16th. Full Story >>

Six Garden Tools Your Customers Will Love

January 13, 2014

Today's Garden Center Magazine shares six suggestions.

Full Story >>

The Economic Outlook for 2014

January 10, 2014

Join TNLA for a webinar on January 17th.  In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will present his annual economic outlook for the green industry. Full Story >>

Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Landscape

January 08, 2014

Proactive employers should make sure that internal processes are already in place to comply with I-9 employment verification rules and fair and equitable hiring practices. Full Story >>

H-2B in the News

January 08, 2014

The H-2B program is making news almost daily, and not much of it is good. Full Story >>

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Certain to be a Target of Activist Groups in 2014

January 08, 2014

Neonicotinoid insecticides, such as clothianidin and imidacloprid, are important tools in defending trees, shrubs, and plants against destructive invasive species like the Japanese beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. Full Story >>

Irrigation Association Offers CIT Exam Registration Discount Through March 31st

January 07, 2014

Irrigation professionals can save up to $50 on Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) exam registration fees when they register for a paper/pencil exam by March 31.

Full Story >>

TCIA Winter Management Conference: Early Bird Rates end Friday, January 10th

January 06, 2014

Register for WMC this week and save $100! Full Story >>

Introducing AmericanHort

January 06, 2014

On December 31, the consolidation of ANLA and OFA was completed and AmericanHort was born on January 1. Today begins a new chapter in the history of the horticulture industry with the emergence of one premier national association to serve the all-encompassing, global industry. Full Story >>

Court Decision in Island Holdings Case Prohibits DOL from Mid-season H-2B Wage Increases

December 18, 2013

On December 2, 2013, the Department of Labor's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ("BALCA") ruled that DOL's H-2B prevailing wage regulation does not allow DOL to raise prevailing wage rates mid-season. Full Story >>

New Regulated Plant under P. ramorum Quarantine

December 18, 2013

The APHIS Plants for Planting Manual has been updated, 12/2013-24, to add Gaultheria procumbens to the list of those plant species that are regulated to prevent the spread and dissemination of Phytophthora ramorum. Full Story >>

AmericanHort Launches January 2014

December 18, 2013

As the new year arrives, so will AmericanHort, the historic consolidation of ANLA and OFA, two of the nation’s premier horticultural industry organizations. Full Story >>

Customer Service Should Be Part of Your Hiring Process

December 18, 2013

At one time, service was as important as product or price for retailers. The concept of customer service has been so ignored that most consumers do not even recognize it anymore. Full Story >>

How Will The Affordable Care Act Affect Your Business?

December 16, 2013

As a small business owner, you may be confused about which parts of the (ACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” apply to your enterprise. You’re not alone; figuring out the 1,600- page law is causing a lot of people’s heads to spin. Full Story >>

Garden Centers Need to Sell Dreams, Not Just Products (Opinion piece from Today's Garden Center)

December 16, 2013

As part of Today’s Garden Center’s 10% Project: Expanding The Customer Base, Emory University’s Susan Hogan, Michigan State University’s Bridget Behe and I have just completed an online consumer study to learn how people under 49 view gardening and garden centers. Full Story >>

Shipping container greenhouse. The future of urban farming?

December 16, 2013

Thanks to new growth-related technology like aquaponics and micro-methanation, very good yields can be obtained on a very small area, and still be environmentally friendly (organic produce and energy efficient). Full Story >>

OK-ARK Turfgrass Short Course January 7-8 To Be Held in Stillwater - Register Today

December 16, 2013

Registration is open for the OK-ARK Turfgrass Short Course.  It will be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Full Story >>

Attend The Western January 5th and 6th

December 16, 2013

The Western Show will be held January 5-6, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas. Full Story >>

The Top 10 Trends For The Next 10 Years

December 13, 2013

The garden center industry is changing rapidly these days. Here are Today’s Garden Center’s predictions for where all these adjustments will take us in the next decade. Full Story >>

The End of Retail is Overrated

December 13, 2013

The convenience of e-commerce is valuable. But even our most digitally savvy shoppers prefer shopping in stores. Full Story >>

Marketing To Generation Z: Young Industry Leaders Share Their Ideas

December 09, 2013

In their first ever Google Hangout, Greenhouse Grower posed a question to a panel of young marketers and savvy growers from operations across the country about how we as an industry can market our products to upcoming generations. Full Story >>

Despite the Mixed Messages, Immigration Not Dead Yet

December 09, 2013

Mixed messages out of Washington are nothing new.  Where does immigration currently stand? Full Story >>

Citrus Greening discovered in Mission, Texas

December 09, 2013

In late November USDA-APHIS confirmed the discovery of citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), in Mission, Texas. Full Story >>

2013 Oklahoma Turf Conference & Trade Show Dec 3rd & 4th – CEUs Have Been Approved!

November 25, 2013

The 68th Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show will be held on December 3rd and 4th at the Watkins Center on the Campus of OSU in Stillwater, OK. Full Story >>

Expect Some Nursery Stock Shortages For Spring 2014

November 25, 2013

A few retailers reported to Today’s Garden Center that they are having trouble sourcing some nursery stock for spring 2014, and nurseries confirm they are expecting some stock shortages in spring 2014. Full Story >>

Is Your Landscaping Company Financially Responsible? 7 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself

November 25, 2013

The poor economy of the last five years has taught most of us that it is extremely helpful to be financially sound when the cycle turns. Full Story >>

Gardens of London & Chelsea Flower Show Tour: May 17-24

November 15, 2013

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is planning the Gardens of London & Chelsea Flower Show Tour May 17-24.  Attend an informational trip meeting on December 3rd at 4 p.m. Full Story >>

Robert Nelson Gerdes (1931-2013)

November 13, 2013

Robert Nelson Gerdes (1931 - 2013) passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Full Story >>

ANLA and OFA Members Vote to Form New National Horticultural Trade Association

November 13, 2013

OFA and ANLA merge:  The new trade association, named the American Horticulture Association, will be known as AmericanHort, and will begin operations by January 1, 2014. Full Story >>

November Pesticide Report

November 11, 2013

The OSU Cooperative Extension Service has released its November Pesticide Report

Full Story >>

Western Trade Show - January 2014

November 11, 2013

The Western Nursery & Landscape Association is excited to celebrate our roots with the 2014 Western Trade Show in Overland Park, Kansas. Full Story >>

Randy Davis named CASNR's 2013 Distinguished Alumni

November 11, 2013

Congratulations to Randy Davis of Greenleaf Nursery Company and ONLA Member, who was recognized as one of CASNR's 2013 Distinguished Alumni. Full Story >>

Irrigating Crops on Demand

November 11, 2013

Dr. Lou Anella, who spoke at our convention, has had an article published about the very same project that he shared with us.

Full Story >>

Daylily Leafminer – First Detection in Oklahoma

November 11, 2013

On August 1st, the first detection of the daylily leaf miner in Oklahoma was confirmed on daylily plants in a nursery in Tulsa. Full Story >>

August Pesticide Report Released

August 13, 2013

The August Pesticide Report from the Oklahoma Cooperative Education Service has been released. Full Story >>

ONLA Lifestyle Health Plans - August Newsletter

August 07, 2013

ONLA Lifestyle Health Plans support and encourage healthy living!  See the August 2013 edition of "Health E-News", take the quiz and check your answers. Full Story >>

SNA 2013 Award Recipents Announced - Including an ONLA Member

August 01, 2013

SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements.  The awards will be presented at SNA 2013. Full Story >>

2014 Western Trade Show

July 29, 2013

The Western Nursery & Landscape Association is excited to celebrate our roots with the 2014 Western Trade Show. Full Story >>

Immigration Reform: Progress, But Long, Hot Summer Ahead

July 12, 2013

For the many green industry professionals monitoring the immigration reform debate, here is the upshot: the Senate has passed a bipartisan comprehensive bill, and the House as decided to “go slow”. Full Story >>

House Passes Farm Bill Minus Nutrition Provisions

July 12, 2013

On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, by a vote of 216-208. Full Story >>

Your Comments Needed: USDA-APHIS Publishes Second List of Prohibited Plants For Public Comment

July 10, 2013

The second list of plants and flowers the USDA-APHIS proposes to prohibit for import into the U.S. – the “NAPPRA” (Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis) round two – was published in mid-May for public comment. Full Story >>

Phytophthora ramorum Regulatory Changes Provide Some Relief for Certain Non-host Nurseries

July 10, 2013

Effective immediately, APHIS will no longer impose P. ramorum regulatory requirements for the interstate movement of non-host nursery stock from certain nurseries located in the regulated areas of California, Oregon, and Washington. Full Story >>

Recent Bee Kill Serves As A Reminder: Always Read and Follow Pesticide Label Instructions

July 08, 2013

On June 27, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced a 180-day temporary use restriction for all plant applications – by professionals and non-professionals – of any pesticide product with the active ingredient dinotefuran. Full Story >>

Selling Smart Irrigation: Free and Easy Tools for Contractors

July 08, 2013

Selling clients on smart irrigation can be tough, so Ewing created some new tools to help contractors get the conversation started, just in time for Smart Irrigation Month. Full Story >>

Supreme Court Settles Red River Rivalry

June 26, 2013

The Red River, which forms most of the border between Oklahoma and Texas, was the subject of a high profile water rights case pitting the two states against each other. Full Story >>

Telephonic Briefing Regarding The Immigration Modernization Act

June 25, 2013

On June 10th, 2013, Marco Rubio (R-FL) hosted a telephonic town hall conference that was opened to 500 leaders of the agricultural industry.

Full Story >>

Mayor Cornett Declares July 2013 as Smart Irrigation Month

June 13, 2013

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett signed the declaration naming July, 2013 "Smart Irrigation Month".

Full Story >>

ONLA Signs With 35 Industry Organizations On Letter to Senators Supporting 2013 Farm Bill

June 07, 2013

ONLA has signed with 35 other industry organizations on a letter showing support for he 2013 Farm Bill, which will greatly affect our industry.

Full Story >>

Redbud Financial Group Hosting Obama Care Meeting

June 07, 2013

PPACA (Obama care) is going to put stress on large and small employers' payroll departments.  There is also a great deal of misinformation (rumors) about being able to put off compliance until 2014.  Learn more . . . Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Hosts All-America Showcase and Farmers Market Garden Celebration

June 04, 2013

OSU-Oklahoma City will host an All-America Showcase and Farmers Market Garden Celebration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Agriculture Resource Center located at 400 N. Portland Avenue. Full Story >>

June Pesticide Report Released

June 04, 2013

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has published their June Pesticide Report. Full Story >>

Two ONLA Members Listed as GPN's

May 29, 2013

Congratulations to Tara Tischauser of Guthrie Greenhouses and Jonathan Cude of Sedan Floral for being named two of GPN's "40 Under 40" for 2013!


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ONLA Member Lavender Valley Acres: Outstanding Agritourism Attraction

May 24, 2013

Congratulations to Lavender Valley Acres, the recipient of the RedBud Award for Outstanding Agritourism Attraction at the Annual RedBud Awards Program. Full Story >>

USDA Releases Three Plant Varieties From Black Stem Rust Restrictions

May 15, 2013

On May 13, USDA-APHIS proposed lifting the restrictions on the interstate movement of three Berberis thunbergii varieties. Full Story >>

Key HR Updates for 2013 - Looking Ahead

May 14, 2013

Your HR Resource (Laura Moxley) -- May 14, 2013 -- Navigating the swiftly changing employment and labor laws can be daunting. Employers should familiarize themselves with key components and then position a long term strategy for the workforce. Let's take a brief look at what's going on in Oklahoma that will impact your business... Full Story >>

Tell Senate To “Seize The Moment” On Immigration

May 13, 2013

On May 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill, a product of months of careful bipartisan negotiation, seeks to establish a 21st Century immigration system worthy of the United States of America.

Full Story >>

Bee Buzz

May 13, 2013

Seasonal bee swarms have prompted several telephone calls to the Department of Agriculture the past couple of weeks. Honeybee population declines and bee hive health have been reported in the news recently, perhaps leading to an increased awareness of honeybees and their activity. Full Story >>

USDA Announces Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

May 13, 2013

With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. Full Story >>

Tulsa Mayor Bartlett Proclaims July 2013 as "Smart Irrigation Month"

May 08, 2013

"Now, therefore, I, Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., Mayor of the City of Tulsa, do hereby proclaim July 2013 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the City of Tulsa." Full Story >>

Fallin Proclaims July, 2013 "Smart Irrigation Month" in Oklahoma

May 01, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed July of 2013 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the State of Oklahoma. Full Story >>

ANLA Working to Protect Nursery Industry's Access to Cash Accounting Practices

April 24, 2013

Last week, ANLA submitted comments to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the importance of maintaining the Nursery Industry's ability to use cash accounting practices. Full Story >>

Senate Holds Major Immigration Hearing

April 24, 2013

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a marathon immigration hearing on Monday, April 22. Full Story >>

Rodd Moesel Awarded the 2013 OKGOP Ronald Reagan Award

April 22, 2013

Long-time Republican activist Rodd Moesel was awarded the 2013 OKGOP Ronald Reagan Award on April 19th. Full Story >>

Senate Group Reaches Landmark Agreement on Immigration Reform Agriculture Provisions

April 17, 2013

ANLA and OFA applaud a landmark agreement in principle on the agricultural provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill. Full Story >>

Governor Fallin Signs Measure Creating Safeguards for Agritourism Businesses

April 17, 2013

A bill protecting the rights of agritourism operators has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Full Story >>

Energy Grant and Loan Application Deadlines Looming

April 15, 2013

USDA grant applications for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are due April 30, 2013.  The deadline for guaranteed loan applications is July 15, 2013.

Full Story >>

First Discovery of Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma in North America

April 15, 2013

Last week the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) informed the USDA that Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma (APP) was identified from an apple orchard (Pacific Gala) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Full Story >>

Three Oklahomans Honored For Their Positive Effects on OSU and Oklahoma

April 10, 2013

Linda Shackelford, long-time ONLA member and past-president of OGGA, received the DASNR Champion Award on Tuesday, April 9th. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Ranked Number 1 in Controlling Nutrient Pollution for 2nd Year in a Row

April 08, 2013

A recent comparison of EPA priority nonpoint source pollutant reduction numbers from across the nation shows that Oklahoma again ranks as the number one state when it comes to reducing harmful nutrients from our streams and rivers. Full Story >>

Minnesota Requires Non-hardy Nursery Stock Labeling

April 05, 2013

Jeanetta Cooper (ODAFF) shares information from Minnesota that could affect you. Full Story >>

USDA Identifies New Treatment Options For Fire Ants

April 03, 2013

USDA-APHIS recently released the results of an Environmental Assessment regarding treatment strategies for Imported Fire Ants (IFA). Full Story >>

Syngenta Flowers Introduces 93 New Plant Varieties

April 03, 2013

Syngenta Flowers Introduces 93 New Plant Varieties to Growers for 2013-2014 Season Full Story >>

Spring Events All Around The State - and Beyond

March 29, 2013

A trip to Wichita, a visit to the lavender fields of Apache or several activities at your local botanical garden - there is much for you and your family to participate in.

Full Story >>

New Form I-9 From USCIS

March 15, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new Form I-9. Full Story >>

What Does The Sequester Mean for Our Industry?

March 11, 2013

The broad, automatic federal spending cuts known as "sequestration" were never really intended to take effect. Yet, the deadline for Congress and the Obama Administration to replace them with a more surgical approach has come and gone. Full Story >>

Japanese Beetle Quarantine Update

March 11, 2013

Colorado Department of Agriculture has made two changes to their Japanese beetle quarantine. Full Story >>

Chain Saw Safety and Application Training Class

March 06, 2013

Miner's Equipment and Truck Repair is hosting a free Chain Saw Safety and Application Training Class on Wednesday, March 27th from 7:30 to 2:30.  Class size is limited to the first 50 registrants. Full Story >>

Horticultural Research Institute Accepting Scholarship Applications

March 04, 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for 2013. HRI will award $21,000 in student scholarships in 2013. Full Story >>

2013 Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application - Now Available

February 28, 2013

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders and humanitarian, provides aid for students in the industry.  Applications for scholarships are currently being accepted, with a deadline of May 31, 2013.

Full Story >>

ONLA Lifestyle Health Plans and the ACA

February 25, 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ACA) is moving forward. Effective 2014, the Act will require all individuals in the United States to have some form of health insurance. Referred to as mandates, this provision will impact all employers with 50 or more full time equivalent employees, known as “pay or play”. Full Story >>

OSH slates Dr. Jules Janick as Speaker

February 12, 2013

Dr. Jules Janick has been chosen as the Oklahoma Horticultural Society's speaker for the 2013 Winter Meeting.

Full Story >>

National Irrigation Survey

February 12, 2013

Ornamental plant production industry members are requested to participate in a survey from the University of Maryland.

Full Story >>

Immigration: This Time The Charm?

February 12, 2013

Momentum is building for a federal legislative effort to modernize America’s immigration system.

Full Story >>

USDA Extends Census Deadline

February 08, 2013

USDA Extends Census Deadline, Reminds Producers It Is Not too Late
Many Farmers Already Counted, Are You One?
Full Story >>

Water Garden Expo Going On This Week

February 04, 2013

The Water Garden Expo will be held on Thursday, February 7th and Friday, February 8th at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Full Story >>

Landscape Contractors' Day is Thursday!

February 04, 2013

Join us this Thursday at the Broken Arrow Campus of Tulsa Technology Center for Landscape Contractors' Day! Full Story >>

Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard Draft

January 15, 2013

The International Code Council Consensus Committee on Landscape Irrigation Emission Devices has produced a first draft of ASABE/ICC 802-201.

Full Story >>

WESTERN Show & National Green Centre Education Return to Kansas City for 2014 and Foreseeable Future

January 14, 2013

DID YOU KNOW 2014 begins your Western Nursery & Landscape Association's 125th Anniversary? Full Story >>

Steven Dale Connor (1962-2012)

December 28, 2012

Steven Dale Connor, 50, of Tulsa, died on Monday, December 24, 2012. Full Story >>

Victoria Ann Gonzales (1953-2012)

December 21, 2012

Victoria Ann Gonzales, 59, of Blanchard, died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her home.

Full Story >>

Free Training for Your Business Is Available until January 15th

December 19, 2012

ONLA has partnered with SouthWestern Association on a federally-funded joint-project with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to help businesses and their employees.  Sign up to participate for no cost no later than January 15th by contacting the ONLA office.

Full Story >>

Special offer for ONLA Members from TSYS

December 12, 2012

TSYS offers free $50 Visa prepaid gift card. Full Story >>

EWG Calls for One-Year Farm Bill Extension, No 'Secret' Farm Bill

December 12, 2012

The Environmental Working Group joined with several groups to call on lawmakers to stop a secret farm bill from being attached to any legislation designed to straighten out the nation's finances. Full Story >>

ANLA, OFA Push For Meaningful Immigration Reform

December 12, 2012

Upwards of 250 leaders in the faith, law enforcement, business, and agricultural communities joined in Washington last week to call on Congress to repair America's broken immigration system. Full Story >>

Endangered Species Act/Pesticide Legal Battle Underway

December 12, 2012

EPA has requested that a U.S. district court dismiss a "mega-suit" which challenges the registration of 382 pesticide active ingredients as it fails to identify specific violations of the Endangered Species Act. Full Story >>

Bibles, Badges, Business: Needing Practical Solutions to Immigration Dilemmas

December 05, 2012

Craig Regelbrugge, who spoke at the membership meeting held during the 2012 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show shares more on a concept he shared with our members:  "Bibles, Badges, Business". Full Story >>

National Green Centre receives USDA Grant for SITES

December 03, 2012

The National Green Centre has received a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to provide education on the Sustainable Sites Initiative to plant growers looking to meet SITES requirements and provide plants for SITES certified projects. Full Story >>

National Green Centre Learning Centers

November 26, 2012

Join National Green Centre exhibitors at a series of Learning Centers offered during the convention.

Full Story >>

Syngenta Flowers To Grace White House Gardens

November 14, 2012

Syngenta, an ONLA member announces:  National Park Services Chooses Spicy Cheryl Orange Garden Mums from Syngenta Flowers for White House Gardens Full Story >>

Three Leading Scientific Societies Take an Objective Look at the Issues Associated with "Least Toxic Pesticides" Applied as a "Last Resort"

November 14, 2012

Recommendations and decisions to use "least toxic pesticides" and "pesticides as a last resort" have flourished in the last decade, but according to three scientific organizations, these are not the correct approaches to the pesticide component of an Integrated Pest Management program. Full Story >>

Ash Dieback Disease Devastating Europe

November 07, 2012

From Jeanetta Cooper (ODAFF):  Now we have an ash disease to watch for along with emerald ash borer. Full Story >>

ONLA Trade Show Exhibit Spaces Available Now

November 05, 2012

Exhibit Space is available to reserve for the 2013 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show. Full Story >>

Electronic Filing Announced for H-2A and H-2B Visa

October 29, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor is announcing the implementation of electronic filing in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs. . . Full Story >>

Pondliner.com hosts Water Garden Expo 2013

October 26, 2012

Water Garden Expo 2013 will be held on Thursday, February 7th and Friday, February 8th in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Full Story >>

Avoiding H-2A Application Processing Delays

October 25, 2012

A recent report from the US GAO shows that over 90% of employer applications for H-2A workers were approved in 2011, but some employers experienced processing delays.  This report shares information and recommendations on these delays and could assist you in avoiding such delays.


Full Story >>

Welcome New Board Members!

October 24, 2012

Please welcome your newest ONLA board members

Full Story >>

Harlan Hamernik (1936-2012)

October 17, 2012

Harlan Hamernik, founder of Bluebird Nursery, Clarkson, Nebraska, passed away on October 15th. Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

October 03, 2012

ONLA is growing at a record pace.  Please welcome our newest members! Full Story >>

Take a Look at the Exhibitors At the Trade Show

September 17, 2012

Join these fine exhibitors on the trade show floor at the 2012 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show. Full Story >>

CEU information for the Convention

September 06, 2012

To see the latest information about CEUs at the ONLA Convention. . . Full Story >>

Congratulations to the recipients of the ONLA Scholarships for 2012

August 30, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of the ONLA Scholarships. Full Story >>

OKASLA's Public Awareness Event: Rededicating The Philbrook

August 20, 2012

OKASLA's Public Awareness Event:  Rededicating The Philbrook

Saturday, September 1st at 10:30 a.m. Full Story >>

Bidding a Fond Farewell to An Oklahoma Institution. . .

August 09, 2012

Horn Seed Company closes its doors after 91 years of business. Full Story >>

Carroll Emberton (1926-2012)

July 25, 2012

Carroll Marion Emberton, former Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association, friend and colleague, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012. Full Story >>

ONLA Health Insurance Survey

July 09, 2012

ONLA asks you to fill out a short, nine-question survey to measure feedback on the possibility of offering an association endorsed healthcare plan. Full Story >>

Tom Wells (1959-2012)

July 09, 2012

Tommy Joe Wells of Yukon passed away on June 23, 2012. Full Story >>

Lawn Care CEU Program July 13

July 09, 2012

The OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program will conduct a Lawn care CEU program from 9 am to 12:30 pm on July 13 at the Oklahoma County Extension Office Full Story >>

Governor Mary Fallin Proclamation

June 15, 2012

Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed July, 2012 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the State of Oklahoma Full Story >>

July is Smart Irrigation Month

June 13, 2012

July is Smart Irrigation Month!  Smart Practices.  Smart Technology.  Smart Business.

Full Story >>

Greenhouse Production Short Course Schedule Announced

June 06, 2012

The schedule of sessions for the Greenhouse Production Short Course has been announced. Full Story >>

Tabitha West Named One of GPN's "Top 40 Under 40"

May 21, 2012

Our very own president, Tabitha West, of Cedar Valley Nurseries has been named One of Greenhouse Product News's "Top 40 Under 40". Full Story >>

ONLA Welcomes New Members

May 21, 2012

ONLA has welcomed several new members in just the past few weeks. Full Story >>

Montgomery Wedding set for June 2nd

May 21, 2012

Tom and Darinda Montgomery announce the wedding of their daughter, Kylie to David Starnes II, on June 2nd, 2012.

Full Story >>

Greenhouse Production Short Course Slated June 20-21

May 20, 2012

Floriculture is a growing industry in Oklahoma.  More and more people are taking an interest in greenhouse production. Full Story >>

Syngenta Flowers: New Varieties for 2012-2013

May 07, 2012

Syngenta Flowers introduces more than 100 new plant varieties for 2012-2013 season. Full Story >>

New Host of Boxwood Blight

May 07, 2012

Japanese spurge, Pachysandra terminalis, has recently been identified as a new host of boxwood blight. Full Story >>

New Mexico Japanese Beetle Quarantine

May 07, 2012

Jeanetta Cooper of the Plant Protection Program (ODAFF Consumer Protection Services) shares information about this new quarantine.

Full Story >>

ONLA Welcomes More New Members

April 30, 2012

ONLA is growing at a record pace!  Please join with us as we welcome our newest members. Full Story >>

Department of Labor Gives Up Attempt to Regulate Youth Workers

April 30, 2012

As reported by The Oklahoma Farm Report:  The white flag of surrender has been held up by the Obama Administration, after a huge backlash swept across rural America to the Department of Labor's decision to crack down on youth 16 or younger that wanted to work for anyone on a farm that was not owned by their parents. Full Story >>

US Senators Introduce the Preserving America's Family Farm Act

March 26, 2012

"U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) have introduced common sense legislation this week, the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act"

Full Story >>

Two ONLA Members Made The "Top 100"

March 12, 2012

Two ONLA Members have been listed in Nursery Retailer Magazine's "Top 100". Full Story >>

Welcome New ONLA Members!

March 12, 2012

ONLA just continues to grow!  Welcome our newest members. Full Story >>

Guthrie Greenhouses Featured on KFOR's "Is This A Great State or What?"

March 07, 2012

Guthrie Greenhouses was featured on Oklahoma City's KFOR's "Is This A Great State or What" news segment. Full Story >>

USDA's Proposed 2013 Budget Threatens The Elimination of the IR-4 Program

February 29, 2012

The IR-4 Project was established by Congress in 1963 to assist domestic growers of fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and other specialty crops...

Full Story >>

Haldor Howard Awarded the L.E. "Dean" Stringer Award For Teaching Excellence

February 27, 2012

Haldor Howard of OSU-OKC has been awarded the L. E. "Dean" Stringer Award for Teaching Excellence for 2011-2012. Full Story >>

Department of Labor Announces Webinars On The New H-2B Comprehensive Final Bill

February 27, 2012

On February 10th, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the H-2B Comprehensive Final Rule, which will take effect on April 23, 2012. Full Story >>

When ICE Comes To Visit - Record-breaking Immigration Enforcement in Fiscal Year 2010

February 27, 2012


In reaction to an increasingly hostile climate to illegal immigration in the United States Federal Agencies charged with enforcing immigration laws have stepped up prosecutions of US employers found to be knowingly employing unauthorized workers.

Full Story >>

Nominations for IA awards due March 1st

February 14, 2012

Nominate a person or organization for an Irrigation Association annual award. IA is now accepting nominations for its 2012 awards. Full Story >>

KSU Student Career Days Event - ONLA Members may attend at reduced rates

February 14, 2012

ONLA members are eligible to register at reduced PLANET membership rates to attend the annual Student Career Days Event to be held March 22-25, 2012 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Full Story >>

Joplin and Duquesne Area Tree Donations Needed

February 14, 2012

Trees are needed for parks, schools, streets, yards and other locations in Joplin and Duquesne, Missouri, after the destruction of the EF5 tornado of May 22, 2011.

Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Job Fair March 8th

February 14, 2012

OSU-OKC presents their Job Expo on Thursday, March 8th from 10:00 to 1:30.  This event is an excellent opportunity for green industry businesses to meet students and prospective employees. Full Story >>

ONLA Welcomes Our Newest Members

February 13, 2012

ONLA just keeps growing!  Please welcome our new members: Full Story >>

Bobby Lenis Wells (1935-2011)

February 08, 2012

Bobby Lenis Wells, owner of Bob Wells Nursery of Lindale, Texas and ONLA member, passed away at age 76 on December 6th, 2011.

Full Story >>

Availability Link Just Added to Member Business Directory

January 24, 2012

A new addition has been made to our Member Business Directory:  an availability link.

Full Story >>

Box Blight: Boxwood Disease Reported (from Jeanetta Cooper, ODAFF)

January 23, 2012

The detection of a boxwood disease not known to occur in the U.S. has been reported on several species of boxwood in North Carolina, Connecticut, Virginia, Rhode island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New York.
Full Story >>

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Vacancy at OSU

January 23, 2012

UPDATE:  This position has been filled.  OSU Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department announces a vacancy for Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture. Full Story >>

2011 Bedding Plant Trials at OSU-OKC

January 23, 2012

Flower trialing has been in progress for many summers at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center at OSU-OKC. Full Story >>

Sterility, Energy Distribution and Color in the Landscape; A Lesson in fundamental biology by Carl Whitcomb PhD

January 23, 2012

Sterility in most living organisms in nature is the end of the line. The fundamental obligation of every generation of every species is to reproduce itself. Otherwise, you will be soon known only as a fossil.

Full Story >>

Save The Date for the Norman Garden Festival

January 09, 2012

The Cleveland County OSU Extension Office presents the Norman Garden Festival coming Saturday, April 14th.

Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

January 09, 2012

Welcome to our four newest members of ONLA.

Full Story >>

Bob Martin of Martinbird Tree Farm featured in "Oklahoman" today

December 23, 2011

Bob Martin of Martinbird Tree Farm is featured in an article in today's "Oklahoman". Full Story >>

H2B Update from PLANET (Professional Landcare Network)

December 19, 2011

President Obama will soon sign into law a bill that will prohibit the implementation of the Department of Labor's (DOL's) H-2B wage rule for the remainder of fiscal year 2012, which runs through September 30, 2012. Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

December 14, 2011

Welcome to our newest members!

Full Story >>

Cliff Huey (1922-2011)

December 14, 2011

It is with sadness that we share the news that Cliff Huey passed away early this morning.

Full Story >>

Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden Members Holiday Open House is this Sunday

December 07, 2011

Members Holiday Open House - This Sunday, December 11, 1 - 4 p.m.
Full Story >>

"Irrigation, Sixth Edition", now available

December 07, 2011

Irrigation, Sixth Edition, the perfect gift for any irrigation professional, is now available for purchase in the Irrigation Association's online bookstore. Full Story >>

Emergency Rulemaking: Commercial Production of Castor Beans

December 05, 2011

An emergency rulemaking regarding the commercial production of castor beans will be presented to the State Board of Agriculture for consideration on December 13, 2011. Full Story >>

ANLA Weighs in on Proposed USDA Plant Restrictions

November 30, 2011

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) has filed official comments on a recent USDA proposal to restrict importation of dozens of genera and species of plants from most parts of the world. Full Story >>

2012 Water Garden Expo Feb. 9-10 presented by Pondliner.com

November 30, 2011

Pondliner.com presents the 2012 Water Garden Expo, February 9th & 10th at the Shawnee Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK. Full Story >>

Judge Denies Union in H-2B Case

November 30, 2011

In a positive move, the federal judge hearing the Bayou Lawn and Landscape Services et al v. Solis case in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida has denied a petition by the Comité de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agrícolas and several other worker unions to intervene in the case. Full Story >>

USDA NASS gathering final year-end production numbers

November 30, 2011

As the 2011 growing season comes to an end the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers Nationwide to gather final year-end production numbers. Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

November 30, 2011

ONLA welcomes our newest members! Full Story >>

The Garden Center at Shawnee Feed presents their Holiday Open House

November 23, 2011

Join The Garden Center at Shawnee Feed for a Holiday Open House on Friday, November 25th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Full Story >>

Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Dates

November 11, 2011

Ada and Apache are hosting Unwanted Pesticide Disposals.

Full Story >>

Win A Trip to the Daytona 500!

November 03, 2011

Support Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and enter to win the "Racing Fan's Experience of a Lifetime" at the Daytona 500!

Full Story >>

ONLA welcomes several New Members

October 24, 2011

ONLA is happy to announce several new members who have joined over the past few weeks.  Welcome to . . . Full Story >>

American Garden Awards announced

October 18, 2011

DOWNERS GROVE, IL -  The American Garden Award has just closed voting for the 2011 voting season and it was an exciting race! Full Story >>

Oklahoma Water Issues Focus of October Water Symposium in Norman

October 17, 2011

Current water issues facing Oklahoma will be at the forefront Oct. 18-19 during the joint 9th annual Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute Water Research Symposium and 32nd annual Governor's Water Conference.

Full Story >>

Northwest OKC Chamber of Commerce Workers' Compensation Workshop

October 14, 2011

The Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Workers' Compensation Workshop on Thursday, October 20th from 11:30 - 1:00.

Full Story >>

Myriad Botanical Gardens Grand Re-Opening This Saturday

October 11, 2011

Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is celebrating its Grand Re-Opening this Saturday, October 15th. Full Story >>

ONLA Board Openings

October 05, 2011

Join the ONLA board of directors!  We are currently looking to fill four Regional Director positions:  two for the West region and two for the East region. Full Story >>

The ONLA Scholarship Fund Has Grown!

September 30, 2011

Thank you to the generosity of those who participated in the "Save The Clock Tower" Auction during this year's convention and trade show, the ONLA scholarship fund has grown by Full Story >>

ONLA Convention and Trade Show a Success!

September 24, 2011

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2011 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show a success! Full Story >>

ONLA Board Member Changes

September 23, 2011

Let's give a warm welcome to our newest board member, elected during the Allied Member Breakfast on Friday, September 23rd.  And congratulations to our new panel of executive directors.

Full Story >>

It's Show Time!

September 21, 2011

The 2011 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show is under way! Full Story >>

Jeane Montgomery

September 19, 2011

Our thoughts are with the Montgomery family.  Jeane Montgomery passed away on Saturday, September 17th. Full Story >>

ONLA Welcomes New Members

September 09, 2011

ONLA is pleased to announce several new members. Full Story >>

ANLA asks you to Take Action!

September 07, 2011

The ANLA has put out a call to Take Action regarding two pending Department of Labor regulations that will make the H-2B program virtually unusable. Full Story >>

Irrigation Association's September E-Times

September 06, 2011

ONLA is an affiliate member of Irrigation Association.  To view the September issue of the Irrigation Association's E-Times, click here.

Full Story >>

Grow It, Feed It, Protect It. No Desk Required via the Harrell's SmartPhone App.

August 29, 2011

Earlier this week Harrell's released its new smartphone application available through iTunes and the Android Marketplace. Full Story >>

Kansas City will Host the National Green Centre, the Next Generation Green Industry Event, in January 2012

August 29, 2011

The National Green Centre, presented by the Western Nursery & Landscape Association, will return to Greater Kansas City (Overland Park Convention Center) January 8 & 9, 2012, as it continues its annual rotation between Kansas City and St Louis.

Full Story >>

Stephen Eberle's memorial service set for August 18th

August 16, 2011

Stephen Eberle of Tulsa, who worked with Vaughn Seed Company, now Syngenta, passed away on August 5th. Full Story >>

Congratulations Charles and Linda Shackelford!

August 09, 2011

Our congratulations go out to Charles and Linda Shackelford! Full Story >>

How You can Participate in the trade show

August 09, 2011

Not an exhibitor at this year's show, but you still want to support ONLA and bring attention to your business?

Here a few ways to make that happen:
Full Story >>

Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden Upcoming Events

August 04, 2011

The Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden has several upcoming events to add to your calendar!

Full Story >>

OSU to host Current Challenges in Horticulture and L.A.

July 13, 2011

Oklahoma State University Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department hosts "Current Challenges in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture" on Thursday, August 25th from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Wes Watkins Center on the Stillwater campus.
Full Story >>

Registration opens for 2011 Convention and Trade Show!

December 31, 1969

Sign up now to attend this year's ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show!

Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

June 21, 2011

Welcome our newest members to ONLA! Full Story >>

Landscape Contractors' Day is Thursday!

June 15, 2011

Come out to Landscape Contractors' Day on Thursday, June 16th.  Doors open at 3:00 at the Horticulture Pavilion on the OSU-OKC campus.

Full Story >>

Double Your Chances to win by registering by Friday, June 10th

June 09, 2011

ONLA's Landscape Contractors' Day is just around the corner.  Register today and double your chances to win in our prize drawings! Full Story >>

Arlie G. Perry 1939-2011

June 07, 2011

ONLA remembers Arlie Perry, who passed away on Monday, June 6, 2011. Full Story >>

Turfgrass Pest Management Field Day is coming!

June 02, 2011

Turfgrass Pest Management Field Day is going to be held on June 15, 2011 at the Oklahoma Botanic Garden Association Education Building located near the corner of Virginia and Sangre roads in Stillwater, OK. Full Story >>

Linnaeus Teaching Garden Celebrates 5th Anniversary

May 24, 2011

Linnaeus Teaching Garden at The Tulsa Garden Center is celebrating its 5th Anniversary on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 to 3:00

Full Story >>

We want you to exhibit at Landscape Contractors Day!

May 23, 2011

ONLA's Landscape Contractors' Day is coming to Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City on Thursday, June 16th.  Please visit our events page to sign up as an exhibitor. Full Story >>

Spring Field Day was a great success!

May 20, 2011

A big thank you to all who attended Spring Field Day in Tulsa.  The rain stayed away which made for a lovely afternoon and evening.  Visit our photo gallery to see pictures from the event.

Full Story >>

Spring Field Day will be in Tulsa on May 19, 2011

April 30, 2011

Join us at Southwood Landscape Nursery and Linnaeus Teaching Gardens in Tulsa, Oklahoma for Spring Field Day. Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

April 25, 2011

We welcome the newest members of the ONLA.

Full Story >>

Whole Foods is looking for Oklahoma vendors

April 07, 2011

Whole Foods, currently under construction in Oklahoma City on Western Avenue, between N. Classen Boulevard and NW 63rd Street, will be meeting with potential vendor partners on Monday, April 11th. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Proven!

April 04, 2011

Oklahoma Proven is a plant promotion program created to help consumers select plants that will thrive in Oklahoma. Full Story >>

Landscape Contractors' Day

March 14, 2011

Mark your calendars for Landscape Contractors' Day, which will be held in the Pavillion at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center on the campus of OSU-OKC on Thursday, June 16, 2011.  

Exhibitors and sponsors are needed.  Please contact the ONLA office for more information.

Full Story >>

New Section Added to Website

March 11, 2011

A new section has been added to the ONLA Website.  Under "News and Media", you can now find "Links of Interest", which features links to internet sites that are relevant to the green industry in Oklahoma and beyond. Full Story >>

ONLA/ASLA Seminar THIS Thursday!

February 28, 2011

Join us this Thursday, March 3rd, at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for the Future Trends in the Landscape and Nursery Industries Seminar.

Full Story >>

Save The Date!

February 23, 2011

Join the ONLA on May 19th as we meet for Spring Field Day in Tulsa!  We will be visiting Southwood Nursery and touring Linnaeus Gardens at the Tulsa Garden Center.

Full Story >>

ONLA / ASLA Seminar

February 23, 2011

Join us on Thursday, March 3rd for Current and Future Trends in Landscape and Nursery Industries Full Story >>

Trade Show Floor Update

February 14, 2011

Booth Selection is going on now.  To see the latest updated trade show floor layout, click here

For information on how to exhibit at the 2011 Convention and Trade Show, held at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, September 22nd and Friday, September 23rd, please contact the ONLA office.

Full Story >>

Southeast Oklahoma Turf & Landscape Seminar - February 18th

February 09, 2011

The 4th Annual Southeastern Oklahoma Turfgrass and Landscape Maintenance Seminar originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4 at Tishomingo has been postponed until Feb 18th.
Full Story >>

ONLA Office Closed February 9th

February 08, 2011

The ONLA Office will be closed on Wednesday, February 9th due to inclement weather approaching, which has also closed the OSU-OKC campus.  Telephone calls and emails will answered and/or returned.  The office will reopen at 12:30 on Thursday, February 10th. Full Story >>

ONLA office closed on Thursday, February 3rd

February 02, 2011

The ONLA office will be closed on Thursday, February 3rd due to weather and the subsequent closure of the OSU-OKC campus.  Telephone calls and emails will be answered. Full Story >>

State Water Plan Feedback information available

February 01, 2011

As work on the water plan update process nears its completion I wanted to update you on the schedule of events for the next few months. The OWRB is once again hosting Water Day at the State Capital. It is scheduled for March 9, 2011. Full Story >>

ONLA office closed due to weather

January 31, 2011

The ONLA office on the OSU-OKC campus will be closed Tuesday, February 1st and Wednesday, February 2nd due to the winter storm predicted to affect the area.  Telephone calls and emails will be answered.  Everyone be safe and warm! Full Story >>

ONLA is on Facebook!

January 31, 2011

ONLA has joined Facebook.  Become a fan!  Check us out by clicking HERE, or by clicking the link at the top of the ONLA home page. Full Story >>

ONLA Members participating at the Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show this weekend!

January 18, 2011

Several members of the ONLA will be exhibiting at the Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds from Friday, January 21 through Sunday, January 23. Full Story >>

ONLA office closed for the holidays

December 17, 2010

The ONLA office will be closed from Friday, December 20, 2010 to Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Full Story >>

Five New Horticulture Scholarships Have Been Founded - Funding Drive Is Now Underway

December 15, 2010

Five new scholarships in honor of several extraordinary members of the horticulture industry have been founded. Full Story >>

Roots & Branches, December 2010 Issue

December 01, 2010

The December issue of ONLA's quarterly newsletter, Roots & Branches, has arrived. Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Horticulture Center Is One Of 18 Gardens Nationwide To Show Plots for American Garden Award

November 29, 2010

The American Garden Award allows the public to participate by voting for a favorite entry.  The plots were on display at only 18 gardens nationwide, including our very own OSU-OKC Horticulture Center.  Full Story >>

How An Online Presence Will Improve Your Business

November 18, 2010

With the widespread range of technology today, online branding opportunities far exceed previous opportunities available in print or TV.  Full Story >>

Announcing National Green Centre

November 12, 2010

Announcing the inaugural National Green Centre presented by the Western Nursery and Landscape Association to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on January 9th and 10th, 2011.

Full Story >>

ONLA Field Day a success!

November 11, 2010

ONLA Field Day, held at The Peelerosa Tree Farm on November 11, 2010 was a great success.  The weather was perfect as we enjoyed great food provided by our hosts, Les and Benita Peeler.

Full Story >>

OSU Turf Club Benefit Golf Tournament - November 15th

November 02, 2010

There is still time to register for the Nov 15th OSU Turf Club Benefit Golf Tournament.  The OSU Turf Club’s 11th Annual Turfgrass Classic golf tournament fund raiser has been set for Nov 15th, the day before the start of the 65th OK Turf Conference & Trade Show.

Full Story >>

Joe Schulte Receives 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award

November 01, 2010

Joe Schulte of Southwood Nursery was a recipient of the 2010 OSU Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumnus Award. Full Story >>

ONLA Field Day - November 11th at Peelerosa Tree Farm

October 27, 2010

Join us for ONLA Field Day at The Peelerosa Tree Farm on Thursday, November 11th. Full Story >>

Carl Whitcomb receives patent

October 25, 2010

On Aug. 17, 2010, a USA Patent was issued to Carl Whitcomb for the latest improvement in the RootMaker propagation container design.  Full Story >>

Beyond Expectations: an autobiography by Carl Whitcomb

October 25, 2010

Follow a plant enthusiast from childhood days locating patches of wild strawberries and the best persimmon trees in Southeast Kansas through a myriad of experiences spanning 70 years and around the globe.  

Full Story >>

OSU hosting Tree Care Conference November 3rd

October 22, 2010

The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is the site for the Tree Care Conference on Wednesday, November 3rd.  The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum are hosts. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Unwanted Pesticide Disposal in November

October 20, 2010

The Oklahoma Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program has properly disposed of 518,588 pounds of pesticide material since December 2006.

The next Unwanted Pesticide Disposals are scheduled for November 2010, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at these locations:

Full Story >>

Welcome New Members!

October 13, 2010

ONLA welcomes three new members that have joined in the past two weeks:  Grissoms, LLC; The Grounds Guys; and Wilkinson Nursery. Full Story >>

Emergency Quarantine for Thousand Cankers Disease

October 13, 2010

Jeanetta Cooper with the Oklahoma Deparment of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has sent notifications of an emergency quarantine for Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnuts. Full Story >>

Congratulations Joe Schulte!

October 11, 2010

Congratulations are in order for our own Joe Schulte of Southwood Landscape and Nursery Company, a 2010 OSU Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Full Story >>

Fall Tree Sale at Griffis Tree Farm

October 07, 2010

Griffis Tree Farm is having their Fall Tree Sale Friday, October 8th through Sunday, October 10th. Full Story >>

Nurseryman of the Year 2010

October 07, 2010

Congratulations to Nurseryman of the Year 2010, Charlie Morgan. Full Story >>

Nurserywoman of the Year 2010

October 07, 2010

Congratulations to Sandra Precure, 2010 Nurserywoman of the Year. Full Story >>

Welcome Justin!

October 05, 2010

Meet Justin Lingo, one of our two new Regional Directors (Oklahoma City area) on the ONLA board of directors.

Full Story >>

New Regional Director

September 30, 2010

Meet Crystal Sizemore, one of the two new Regional Directors (Oklahoma City area) on the ONLA board of directors. Full Story >>

A Letter From Your President

September 30, 2010

This is your Captain speaking.  All joking aside, my real name is Dan Wagner and I will serve as your ONLA President for the 2010-2011 year.
Full Story >>

Silent Auction a Success!

September 28, 2010

Thank you to all who participated in the ONLA Silent Auction during the Annual Convention and Trade Show on September 23rd and 24th.  Because of your efforts, $1000.00 was raised to fund ONLA scholarships.

Full Story >>

AAA member benefit for ONLA members

September 24, 2010

Our Member benefit to ONLA is a reduced rate for AAA's well known Emergency Roadside Service.  Should you experience a flat tire or dead battery, AAA is there to help you.  If you run out of gasoline or lock yourself out of your car or even get stuck in a ditch or a snowdrift, AAA is there to rescue you on a timely basis. Full Story >>

New Executive Secretary

September 22, 2010

Becky Sellers became the ONLA Executive Secretary at the beginning of August. She is proud to have been born and raised in Oklahoma. After graduating from OU with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1992, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Full Story >>

ONLA Website Launch

September 15, 2010

Be with us as we launch the new ONLA website at our convention and trade show. Full Story >>

ONLA Convention and Trade Show

September 14, 2010

Come set sail as we "Cruise into ONLA" at our annual convention and trade show.  The Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel is the place to be to visit over fifty exhibitors, attend educational sessions and participate in several social events.

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November Construction Spending Up Year Over Year (Landscape Online)

December 31, 1969

With November’s first estimate on the books, construction spending in the first 11 months of 2014 was 5.7 percent above the spending for the same
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2014 Head Grower of the Year Ivan Tchakarov: An Enthusiastic Leader

December 31, 1969

From humble beginnings, Ivan Tchakarov reached his current role as Metrolina Greenhouses’ director of growing through years of hard work and dedication. Full Story >>

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