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Resources for Greenhouse and Nursery Operations and Operators

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430-104

Authors as Published

Joyce Latimer, Extension specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech; Gregory K. Eaton, Extension Specialist, Greenhouse Crops, and Extension Specialist, Nursery and Landscape, Virginia Tech

Resources for Starting a Business:

Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Street Address (8th & Main Building): 707 E. Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Mail Address: P.O. Box 446, Richmond, Virginia 23218-0446
Telephone: (804) 371-8200; Fax : (804) 371-8111
E-mail: webmaster@dba.state.va.us
www.dba.state.va.us

The Virginia Small Business Development Center Network of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance coordinates an extensive network of centers statewide that provide a broad range of business counseling and technical assistance to new or existing small businesses. In the early stages of establishing a business, the SBDCs within the Virginia network can provide assistance with the preparation of a business plan, marketing assistance, guidance with researching and approaching business financing sources, site location analysis, licensing and regulation information, and cash flow and tax counseling. Many SBDCs also offer specialized training workshops on various business topics, including bookkeeping, personnel management and utilizing computers. For more information and addresses of regional SBDC offices, call the SBDC State Director at (804) 371-8251 or visit their website: www.virginiasbdc.org/

Longwood Small Business Development Center Business Plans - A business plan should be brief and to the point. The summary and financial projections are the first parts of the plan that the banker or investor will read. If they make financial sense, then the rest of the plan will have additional value. This site includes a sample business plan outline as a guide to organization and content. Also see guidelines to make sure your client’s plan avoids the 10 most common business plan mistakes. For more information and a more comprehensive guide to business plans read Longwood SBDC’s cookbook, “How to Start Your Own Business: A Recipe For Obtaining Capital”.  

www.dba.virginia.gov/Web%20Link%20Docs/RecipeforObtainngCapital.pdf

The Farmers Guide to the Internet - In the course of writing The Farmer’s Guide to the Internet, the Missouri Alternatives Center compiled nearly 2,000 different links to useful sites all around the Internet.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/mac/index.htm

Cornell University - Horticultural Business Management and Marketing Program

www.aem.cornell.edu/special_programs/hortmgt/index.htm

North Carolina State University website for beginning nursery businesses Includes characteristics of the modern nursery business, start-up cost estimates and links to additional resources.

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/nursery/ 

Partial List of Horticultural Distributor Companies:

Griffin Greenhouse and Nursery Supplies Inc., 5612 Pride Road, Richmond, VA 23224-1028; Tel: (804) 233-3454, (800) 411-3454; Fax: (804) 233-8855; www.griffins.com/

Maryland Plants and Supplies, 9103-G Yellow Brick Road, Baltimore, MD 21237; Tel: (410) 687-3885, (800) 248-2818 Fax: (410) 687-3903;  www.mdplantsandsupplies.com/ 

Wetsel, P.O. Box 791, 961 North Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Tel: (540) 434-6753, (800) 572-4018; Fax: (540) 434-4894; www.wetsel.com/

Wetsel, P.O. Box 5189, 1345 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-3629; Tel: (800) 345-0755; Fax: (757) 460-5639; www.wetsel.com/

Partial List of Greenhouse Manufacturers and General Supply Companies:

(Remember that the Horticultural Distributors also sell greenhouses and are often a better resource for new or small greenhouse businesses because they offer more, and local, service.)

The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association, 4305 North Sixth Street, Suite A, Harrisburg, PA 17110; Tel: (800) 792-NGMA, (717) 238-4530;  
www.ngma.com/index.htm

Aaron’s Creek Farms, 380 Greenhouse Dr., Buffalo Junction, VA 24529; Tel: (804) 374-2174; www.littlegreenhouse.com

Atlas Greenhouse Systems, Inc., Highway 82 East, P.O. Box 558, Alapaha, GA 31622; Tel: (800) 346-9902; www.atlasgreenhouse.com

Brady Rooms, Inc., 10A New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606; Tel: (508) 798-2600, (877) 77-BRADY; www.bradyrooms.com

The Buffalo Horticulture Company, 1020 Barber Creek Drive, Suite 324, Watkinsville, GA 30677; Tel: (706) 613-3955, (800) 845-1664; Fax: (706) 613-3959;  www.horticulturesales.com

Carolina Greenhouses, 1504 Cunningham Rd, Kingston, NC 28501; (800)  635-4532; www.carolinagreenhouses.com

CASSCO, 3601 Wetumpka Highway, Montgomery, AL 36110; Tel: (800) 962-1922, (334) 272-2140; Fax: (334) 272-2422; www.cassco.cc/ 

Conley Greenhouse Manufacturing & Sales, 4344 Mission Blvd., Montclair, CA 91763; Tel: (800) 377-8441, (909) 627-0981; Fax (909) 628-3774; www.conleys.com

CropKing Greenhouses, 230 Quadral Dr., Wadsworth, OH 44281; Tel: (800) 321-5656;  www.cropking.com

Graco Fertilizer Company, 8 Alton Hall Road, Cairo, GA 39828; Tel: (229) 377-1602; Fax: (229) 377-8348

Hoop House Greenhouse Kits, P.O. Box 2430, Mashpee, MA 02649; Tel: (800) 760-5192; Fax: (508) 539-1108; www.hoophouse.com

Hummert International, 4500 Earth City Expressway, Earth City, MO 63045; Tel: (800) 325-3055; www.hummert.com

Janco Greenhouses, Bright Tower Mfg. Co., Inc, 138 Cathedral St., Elkton, MD 21921; Tel: (800) 323-6933, (410) 392-7875; Fax: (410) 392-7876; www.jancoinc.com

National Greenhouse Company, Division of Nexus Corporation, 10983 Leroy Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233; Tel: (800) 303-1543, (303) 457-9199; Fax: (303) 457-2801; www.nationalgreenhouse.com

Private Garden, 36 Commercial Drive, Box 600, Hamden, MA 01036; Tel: (413) 566-0277; Fax: (413) 566-8806; www.private-garden.com

Stuppy Greenhouse Supply Co., 1212 Clay St, Kansas City, MO 64116; Tel: (800)  733-5025, (816) 842-3071; Fax: (800) 423-1512;  www.stuppy.com

V-J Growers Supply, 500 W. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32712-3454; Tel: (407) 886-5555; Fax: (407) 880-1722

For a list of organic soil mix materials and soil mixing equipment suppliers, see this ATTRA publication on Organic Potting Mixes; www.attra.org/attra-pub/potmix.html

Websites for Greenhouse and Nursery Production Information: Greenhouse

Ornamental Crop Production:

Virginia Tech Commercial Floriculture Website

www.floriculture.vt.edu/

North Carolina State University Commercial Floriculture

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/

Managing Micronutrients in the Greenhouse

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/hils/HIL553.pdf

Alkalinity Control for Irrigation Water in Greenhouses

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/hils/HIL558.pdf

Water Considerations for Container Production of Plants

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/hils/HIL557.pdf

Ohio State University - Ohio Floriculture Online

www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~flori/index.html

Texas A&M Greenhouse Publication Links

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/greenhouse/index.html

University of Georgia Trial Gardens

http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/

Yoder Brothers, Inc. – Technical Guides

www.yoder.com/Growers/tech_guides.aspx

University of Florida - Height Control of Poinsettias (photo journal of treatment decisions)

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/floriculture/height2008/ 

Ecke - Cultural Tip Sheets for Ecke Poinsettias

www.ecke.com/html/h_points/points_tech.html

Purdue University Floriculture Extension

flowers.hort.purdue.edu/

Fischer USA – Cultural Informational Guides and Diagnostic Guides

www.fischerusa.com/default.aspx?TabID=43

Nursery Production:

North Carolina State University Nursery Cultural Practices

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/nursery/cultural/index.htm

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center - Nursery Crop Production/Landscape Horticulture

www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/nursery

Sustainable Small-Scale Nursery Production, ATTRA publication

www.attra.org/attra-pub/nursery.html

Texas A&M Nursery Course Online

extension-horticulture.tamu.edu/hort431/hort431.html

Greenhouse Vegetable Production:

Dr. Merle Jensen, University of Arizona, Scientific review of greenhouse hydroponics, 1997

ag.arizona.edu/PLS/faculty/MERLE.html

Mississippi State University - Greenhouse Tomato Page

www.msucares.com/crops/comhort/greenhouse.html

Louisiana State University – Louisiana Greenhouse Tomato Handbook

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/greenhouse_veg/pdf/LouisianaTomatoBook.pdf

Noble Foundation Horticulture- Economic Feasibility of Hoop House Tomatoes

www.noble.org/ag/Horticulture/HoopTomato/Index.htm

North Carolina State University, Dr. Mary Peet’s Greenhouse Vegetable Production Website

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/greenhouse_veg/

Dr. Mary Peet’s List of Greenhouse Vegetable Resources

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-32-a.html

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA): Greenhouse & Hydroponic Vegetable Production Resources on the Internet

www.attra.org/attra-pub/ghwebRL.html

Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Grower Handbooks, hydroponic lettuce, spinach or pak choi

www.cornellcea.com/handbook_home.htm

New Mexico Hydroponic Vegetable Publication (tomato, cucumber and lettuce)

www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_circulars/circ556.html

Oregon State University Greenhouse Cucumber Guide

http://hort-devel-nwrec.hort.oregonstate.edu/greenhouse.html

The National Organic Program (not specific to greenhouse production)

www.ams.usda.gov/nop/

Greenhouse Fruit (strawberry, raspberry) Production:

Cornell’s Winter Raspberry Production Guide

www.fruit.cornell.edu/Berries/ghrasp.html

Cornell Berry Information Page (check out the images under the HORT 442 Class)

www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry.html

University of Massachusetts Greenhouse Raspberrry project

www.umass.edu/fruitadvisor/factsheets/greenhouserasp/raspberriesgh.htm

ATTRA Strawberries: Organic and IPM Options (includes section on greenhouse production)

www.attra.org/attra-pub/strawberry.html#greenhouse

Hydrofarm Gardening Products – strawberries

www.hydrofarm.com/articles/strawberries.php

Greenhouse and Nursery Waste Water Management:

Green Industry Knowledge Center or Water and Nutrient Management and Conservation in Greenhouse and Nursery Production

www.waternut.org/

Best Management Practices: A Guide for Producing Nursery Crops (available for sale through SNA)

www.sna.org/forms/SNAProductOrderForm.pdf

Texas A&M Green Industry Water Conservation Project
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/greenhouse/twdb/index.html 

North Carolina State University Cultural Practices for Nurseries

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/nursery/cultural/ 

North Carolina State University Water Quality and Waste Management Publications

www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/publicat/wqwm/water.html 

University of Maryland - Nutrient Management Homepage for the Green Industry

www.nursery.umd.edu/nutrient.html

University of Florida/IFAS Greenhouse and Nursery Production Practices

http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture/nursery_and_greenhouse/production_practices.html

Oklahoma State University Water Quality Handbook for Nurseries

http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2236/e-951.pdf

Other Extension and Educational Sites:

Ohio State University PlantFacts, A factsheet database that searches for guides for answering plant-related questions from 46 different universities and government institutions across the United States and Canada, plantfacts.osu.edu/

University of Georgia Extension Publications

www.caes.uga.edu/publications/subject_list.html#Horticulture 

Auburn Horticulture Extension Horticulture Web page

www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/indexes/anrho.php  

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Publications Library – Horticulture

http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-215

The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agriculture Science (IFAS) - Extension Nursery and Greenhouse

http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture/nursery_and_greenhouse/  

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Plant Sciences – Commercial Horticulture Publications

www.utextension.utk.edu/publications/horticulture/default.asp 

Rutgers Horticultural Engineering Page

aesop.rutgers.edu/~horteng/

Missouri Alternative Crops Center

agebb.missouri.edu/mac/

British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture 

www.agf.gov.bc.ca/indcomp/ 

Texas A&M University PLANTAnswers

aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/web.html

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) Publications List

www.attra.org/attra-pub/index.html

GreenBeam Calculators (alkalinity, PGR, fertilizer, as well as metric calculators)

www.greenbeam.com/calculators.html

Resources for Pest Control

Biological Control:

For a more inclusive list of links on pest control, visit the Hampton Roads AREC: The Digital Nursery Workshop: Using Internet Resources for Integrated Pest Management

www.vaes.org.vt.edu/HRAREC/workshop/workshop.htm 

Insect Information:

Virginia Pest Management Guide

pubs.ext.vt.edu/456/456-017/456-017.html 

Virginia Tech Insect Identification Laboratory Home Page with links to color photos for insect identification and factsheets

www.idlab.ento.vt.edu/IDLab/idlist.html

North Carolina State University Ornamentals and Turf Insect and Pest Management Notes

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/index.html

North Carolina State University Publication: “Insect and Related Pests of Flowers and Foliage Plants”

http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG136/ncstate.html

North Carolina State University Publication: “Insect and Related Pests of Shrubs”

http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG189/html/

Southern Region IPM Center – resources for Ornamentals

http://cipmtest.ent.ncsu.edu/sripmc/searchoutput.cfm?item=ornamental

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources

www.ent.iastate.edu/List/

Poinsettia Federal Insect and Mite Control Chart

www.ecke.com/html/fastFax/pdfs/Poin%20insect.pdf

Disease Information:

Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic and Nematode Assay Lab

oak.ppws.vt.edu/~clinic/

Pennsylvania State University Plant Disease Fact Sheets

www.ppath.cas.psu.edu/EXTENSION/PLANT_DISEASE/

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Daylily Rust

www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/enpp/pathology/daylily-rust.html 

Poinsettia Federal Disease Control Chart

www.ecke.com/html/fastFax/pdfs/Poin%20disease.pdf

Weed Control:

USDA - Noxious weeds in the U.S. and Canada invader.

dbs.umt.edu/Noxious_Weeds/

Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

www.ppws.vt.edu/weedindex.htm

North Carolina State University - Greenhouse Weed Control

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/hils/HIL570.pdf

North Carolina State University Weed Information

www.weedscience.ncsu.edu/noncropland/ 

North Carolina State University – Postemergence, Non-Selective Herbicides for Landscapes and Nurseries

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-648.html

University of Georgia: Turfgrass Weed Management

www.commodities.caes.uga.edu/turfgrass/georgiaturf/WeedMngt/ 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Web sites:

Hampton Roads AREC: The Digital Nursery Workshop: Using Internet Resources for Integrated Pest Management

www.vaes.org.vt.edu/HRAREC/workshop/workshop.htm 

University of California - Davis - Pest Management Guidelines (descriptions of insect and disease problems on floricultural crops with emphasis on identification and cultural control)

www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/selectnewpest.floriculture.html

Cornell University: Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America

www.nysaes.cornell.edu:80/ent/biocontrol/index.html

Integrated Pest Management - University of Maryland

www.mdipm.umd.edu/

North Carolina State University - Biological Control Virtual Information Center

http://cipm.ncsu.edu/ent/biocontrol/ 

Consortium for International Crop Protection - Outstanding IPM-Related Sites

http://ipmnet.org/cicp/outstanding-resources/ipm.html

State IPM Coordinators and Websites

www.ipminstitute.org/Fed_Agency_Resources/IPM_Coordinator_Directory.htm

Pesticide Use and Safety:

Virginia Tech Office of Pesticide Programs

www.vtpp.ext.vt.edu/

Virginia Tech: Pesticide Applicator Certification: An Overview

www.vtpp.ext.vt.edu/index.php/html/main/applicator_overview.html 

Virginia Tech: Laws Affecting Pesticide Use in Virginia

www.vtpp.ext.vt.edu/index.php/html/main/lawsandregs.html

Partial List of Suppliers of IPM/Biological Control Products:

Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms in North America is a publication of California EPA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation. It lists 143 commercial suppliers of 130 beneficial organisms used for biological control. Suppliers are located in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This book is no longer available in print. The 32-page book can be viewed or downloaded from this site: www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/ipminov/bensuppl.htm

Arizona Biological Control, Inc., P.O. Box 8910, Tucson, AZ, 85738-0910; Tel: (520) 825-9785; Fax: (520) 825-2038;  www.arbico-organics.com/    

The Beneficial Insectary, 9664 Tanqueray Ct., Redding, CA 96003; Tel: (530) 226-6300 or (800) 477-3715; Fax: (530) 226-6310 or (888) 472-0708

www.theinsectary.com/

IPM Laboratories, Inc. PO Box 300 Locke, NY 13092-0300; Tel: (315) 497-2063; Fax (315) 497-3129

www.ipmlabs.com/

Koppert Biological Systems, Inc. - USA , Beverly Road 28465, Romulus, MI 48174; Tel: (800) 928-8827; Fax: (734) 641-3793;  www.koppert.nl/e005.shtml

Educational/Professional Organizations:

Floriculture:

Virginia Flower Growers Association, P.O. Box 10074, Blacksburg, VA 24062; Tel: (540) 231-6820; Fax: (540) 231-3083; www.hort.vt.edu/Floriculture/VFGA/index.html

Ohio Florists’ Association, 2130 Stella Court, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215-1033; Tel: (614) 487-1117; Fax: (614) 487-1216; www.ofa.org/

The Society of American Florists, 1601 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22306; Tel: (703) 836-8700; Fax: (703) 836-8705; www.safnow.org/

Perennial Plant Association, 3383 Schirtzinger Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026; Tel: (614) 771-8431; Fax: (614) 876-5238; www.perennialplant.org/

Maryland Greenhouse Grower’s Association, P.O. Box 1262, Beltsville, MD 20704-1262; Tel: (301) 937-4166

www.mdgga.org/

North Carolina Flower Growers Association, P.O. Box 58220, Raleigh, NC 27658; Tel: (919) 334-0093; Fax: (919) 877-0940

www.nccfga.org/

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, M.P.O. Box 268, 17 1/2 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074; Tel: (440) 774-2887; Fax: (440) 774-2435

www.ascfg.org/

International Herb Association, P.O. Box 5667, Jacksonville, FL 32247-5667; www.iherb.org/

Herb Growing and Marketing Network, P.O. Box 245, Silver Spring, PA 17575-0245; Tel: (717) 393-3295; Fax: (717) 393-9261

www.herbnet.com/

The Herb Society of America, 9019 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, Ohio 44094; Tel: (440) 256-0514; Fax: (440) 256-0541

www.herbsociety.org/

Nursery:

Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, 383 Coal Hollow Road, Christiansburg, VA 24073-9211; Tel: (540) 382-0943, (800) 476-0055; Fax: (540) 382-2716;  www.vnla.org/

American Nursery and Landscape Association, 1000 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 300,  Washington, DC 20005-4914; Tel: (202) 789-2900; Fax: (202) 789-1893

www.anla.org/

North Carolina Association of Nurserymen, 968 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC 27607; Tel: (919) 816-9119; Fax: (919) 816-9118; www.ncan.com/

Southern Nursery Association, 2498 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30338; Tel: (770) 953-3311; Fax: (770) 953-4411

www.sna.org/

International Plant Propagators’ Society, 4 Hawthorn Court, Carlisle, PA 17015-7930; Tel: (717) 243-7685; Fax: (717) 243-7691; www.ipps.org/

California Association of Nurserymen, 3947 Lennane Drive, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95834-1973; Tel: (916) 928-3900, (800) 748.6214; Fax: (916) 567-0505

www.cangc.org/

Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA), 1533 Park Center Drive, Orlando.  FL 32835-5705; Tel: (407) 295-7994; Fax: (407) 295-1619

www.fngla.org/

Louisiana Nursery Association, 444 Fox Trot Drive, Mansfield, LA 71052; Tel: (318) 872-4677; Fax:  (318) 872-4677;  www.lnla.org/  

New England Nursery Association, 8-D Pleasant Street, South Natick, MA 01760; Tel: (508) 653-3112; Fax: (508) 653-4112;www.nensyassn.org/

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, 72 Dorchester Square, Westerville, Ohio 43081-3350; Tel: (800) 825-5062; Fax: (800) 860-1713; www.onla.org/

Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association, 1707 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104-3148; Tel: (717) 238-1673; Fax: (717) 238-1675

www.plna.com/

Specialty:

Online Gardener – Internet gardening guides and info; also provides state-of-the-art website design, development and hosting services to companies and organizations in the horticulture industry; www.onlinegardener.com/

Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, Monticello, P.O. Box 217, Charlottesville, VA 22902; Tel: (434) 984-9822; Fax (434) 977-6140; www.monticello.org/chp/index.html#chparticles

Wildseed Farms (wildflower seed, etc.), 100 Legacy
Drive, P.O. Box 3000, Fredericksburg, TX 78624; Tel: (800)  848-0078; Fax: (830) 990-8090; www.wildseedfarms.com/

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (native wildflowers, plants and landscapes), 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739; Tel: (512) 232-0100; www.wildflower.org/

American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach, FL 33446-4351; Tel: (561) 404-2000; www.orchidweb.org

International Society for Arboriculture, P.O. Box 3129,
Champaign, IL 61826; (217) 355-9411; www.isa-arbor.com// 

Professional Landcare Network (Associated Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) merged with the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA), 950 Herndon Parkway, Suite 450, Herndon, Virginia 20170; Tel: (703) 736-9666, (800) 395-2522; Fax: (703) 736-9668;www.landcarenetwork.org/cms/home.html 

American Public Gardens Association, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 614 Wilmington, DE 19801; Tel: (302) 655-7100; Fax: (302) 655-8100; www.publicgardens.org/

American Society of Landscape Architects, 636 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001-3736; Tel: (202) 898-2444, (888) 999-ASLA (2752); Fax: (202) 898-1185; www.asla.org/

Trade Shows/Educational Programs:

Industry trade shows provide an excellent opportunity to meet suppliers, to review the latest product line and to develop new customers. An annual trip to two or three trade shows can keep you current of industry trends and save a lot of time and money. Trade shows also offer the opportunity to exhibit and showcase your operation. Contact the sponsoring organization for exact dates and conference information.

Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc.: held in January in Baltimore; contact: MANTS, P.O. Box 818, Brooklandville, MD 21022; Tel: (410) 296-6959, (800) 431-0066; Fax: (410) 296-8288;  www.mants.com/

Green & Growin’ Trade Show: held in January in Greensboro NC; contact: NCAN, 968 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607; Tel: (919) 816-9119; Fax: (919) 816-9118; www.ncan.com/

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course: held in
January in Virginia Beach; contact: MAHSC, P.O. Box 64446, Virginia Beach, VA 23467; Tel: (757) 523-4734; Fax: (757) 366-9604; www.mahsc.org/index.htm 

Southeast Greenhouse Conference: held in June in Greenville, SC; contact SGC - an OFA managed event, 2130 Stella Court, Columbus, OH 43215; Tel: (614) 487-1117; Fax: (614) 487-1216;  www.sgcts.org/

Ohio Floriculture ShortCourse; held in July in Columbus, OH; contact: Ohio Floriculture Association, 2130 Stella Court, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215-1033; Tel: (614) 487-1117; Fax: (614) 487-1216; www.ofa.org/

Southern Nursery Association Conference and Trade Show: held in February in Atlanta; contact: Southern Nursery Association, 2498 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30338; Tel: (770) 953-3311; Fax: (770) 953-4411; www.sna.org/

Greenhouse and Nursery Industry Trade Magazines (and other commercial publications):

Many of the industry trade magazines are available free of charge to commercial operations. They provide a wealth of applied information.Most of theses website also offer e-newsletters for different industry segments, as well as archives of their publications.

GMPRO – Greenhouse Production & Management, NMPRO – Nursery Production & Management, GCP&S – Garden Center Products & Supplies, Garden Center Magazine, and Selling Elegance; Branch-Smith Publishing, 120 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104; Tel: (800) 434-6776; www.greenbeampro.com/

Greenhouse Grower, Meister Publishing Company, 37733 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094-5992; Tel: (440) 942-2000; www.greenhousegrower.com/

Green Industry Search (10-20 Media, formerly Green Industry Yellow Pages),16005 Frederick Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797; Tel: (888) 999-5133; www.giyp.com/

Greenhouse Product News, Scranton Gillette Communications, 3030 W. Salt Creek Lane, Suite 201, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-5025; Tel: (847) 391-1000; Fax: (847) 390-0408; www.gpnmag.com/ 

Grower Talks and Green Profit, Ball Publishing, 622 Town Road, P.O. Box 1660, West Chicago, IL 60186; Tel: (630) 231-3675, (888) 888-0013; Fax: (630) 231-5254; www.growertalks.com/

American Nurseryman magazine, also a source for many books, videos and software, American Nurseryman Publishing Co., 223 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-6904; Tel: (312) 427-7339, (800)  621-5727;  www.amerinursery.com/

SNA Research Conference Proceedings, Southern Nursery Association, 2498 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30338; Tel: (770) 953-3311; Fax: (770) 953-4411; www.sna.org/researchproceedings.cfm

Online Nursery Guide, published by Oregon Association of Nurseries, 29751 SW Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, OR 97070; Tel: (800) 342.6401, (503) 682-5089;
Fax: (503) 682-5099; www.nurseryguide.com/

Journal of Environmental Horticulture, published by American Nursery and Landscape Association, 1000 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 300,  Washington, DC 20005-4914; Tel: (202) 789-2900; Fax: (202) 789-1893; www.waternut.org/jeh/search.php

Country Folks Grower Magazine, Lee Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 121, 6113 St. Hwy 5, Palantine Bridge, NY 13428; Tel: (518) 673-3237;  www.cfgrower.com/

Reference Books of Interest to Commercial Growers:

VFGA’s Greenhouse Operator’s Training Manual. A 300-page manual covering greenhouse structures and environment, basic botany, plant growth and development, plant propagation, water quality, plant nutrition, plant growth regulation, entomology, plant pathology, pesticides, the Hazard Communication Standard, greenhouse safety and emergency procedures and business skills. Available from: Virginia Flower Growers Association, P.O. Box 10074, Blacksburg, VA 24062; (540) 231-6820; Fax (540) 231-3083; www.hort.vt.edu/Floriculture/VFGA/index.html

Pansy Production Handbook: A Production Guide for the Southern Grower. 2000. B.E. Whipker, P.A. Thomas, and T.J. Cavins (eds.). Available from: North Carolina Flower Growers Association, P.O. Box 58220, Raleigh, NC 27658; Tel: (919) 334-0093; Fax: 919.877.0940 www.nccfga.org/

IPM for Bedding Plants: A Scouting and Pest Management Guide. 2000. Published by the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; downloadable at: www.nysipm.cornell.edu/publications/bpguide99/

Ball Publishing, NOTE: Ball Publishing ceased operation in 2009; these reference books are listed with ISBN numbers to assist you in finding them elsewhere. www.ballbookshelf.com/

Ball Culture Guide, The Encyclopedia of Seed Germination. 1993. Jim Nau. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052017

Ball Field Guide to Diseases of Greenhouse Ornamentals. 1992. Margery Daughtrey and A.R. Chase. Ball Publishing. ISBN 0962679631

Ball Guide to Identification of Greenhouse Pests and Beneficial. 1998. Stanton Gill and John Sanderson. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052173

Ball Perennial Manual: Propagation and Production. 1996. Jim Nau. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052106

Ball Pest and Disease Manual, 2nd edition. 1997. Charles C. Powell and Richard K. Lindquist. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052130

Ball RedBook, Volume 1: Greenhouses and Equipment (Ball Red Book, 17th edition). 2003. Chris Beytes (Editor). Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052343

Ball RedBook, Volume 2: Crop Production (Ball Red Book, 17th edition). 2003. Debbie Hamrick (Editor). Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052351

Diseases of Annuals and Perennials, A Ball Guide. 1995. A.R. Chase, Margery Daughtry and Gary W. Simone. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052084

Pests & Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials: The Biological Approach. 2nd Edition. 2006. Stanton Gill, Raymond Cloyd, David Clement, and Ethel Dutky. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052505

Perennial Solutions: A Grower’s Guide to Perennial Production. 2006. Paul Pilon. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052475

Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes - Third Edition.  2008. Allan M. Armitage. Stipes Pub Llc. ISBN 158874776X

Grower Talks on Plugs II. 1996. Debbie Hamrick. Ball Publishing.

Holland Bulb Forcer†s Guide, 5th edition. 1996. August A. De Hertogh. Ball Publishing. ASIN: B000KY08VW

Geraniums IV. 1993. John W. White. Ball Publishing. ISBN 0962679658

New Guinea Impatiens. 1995. Warren Banneer and Michael Klopmeyer. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052076

Bedding Plants IV, A Manual on the Culture of Bedding Plants as a Greenhouse Crop. 1994. E. Jay Holcomb. Sponsored by Pennsylvania Flower Growers. Ball Publishing. ISBN 188305205X

Floriculture Principles and Species, 2nd Edition. 2004. John Dole and Harold Wilkins. Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130462500.

Field Grown Cut Flowers: A Practical Guide and Sourcebook. 1997. Alan Stevens. Avatar’s World. ISBN 096530650X

Greenhouse Operation and Management, 6th edition. 2003. Paul Nelson. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0130105775

Introduction to Floriculture, 2nd edition. 1992. Roy A. Larson. Academic Press. ISBN 0124376517 

The Ecke Poinsettia Manual. 2004. Paul Ecke III, James E. Faust, Andy Higgins, and Jack Williams. Ball Publishing. ISBN 1883052416

Production of Florist Azaleas (Growers Handbook Series). 2003. Roy A. Larson and Allan M. Armitage. Timber Press. ISBN 0881922307

The Peony. 1993. Alice Harding and Roy G. Klehm.Timber Press. ISBN 0881922749

Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers. 2003. Allan M. Armitage and Judy M. Laushman. Timber Press. ISBN 0881925799

Compendium of Flowering Potted Plant Diseases. 1995. Margery L. Daughtrey, Robert L. Wick, and Joseph Peterson. APS Press. ISBN 0890542023

Compendium of Rose Diseases. 1983. R. K. Horst. APS Press. ISBN 0890542027

Foliage Plant Diseases - Diagnosis and Control. 1997. A.R. Chase. APS Press. ISBN 0890541795

Managing Diseases in Greenhouse Crops. 1992. William R. Jarvis. APS Press. ISBN 0890541221

Publications from NRAES (Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service); may be ordered through your local Extension office or get book details and ordering information at www.nraes.org/

Enhancing Profitability in Greenhouse Firms. NRAES-164. 2005. Charles Hall (editor). ISBN: 0935817956

Greenhouse Engineering. NRAES-33. 1994. John W. Bartok, Jr. and Robert A. Aldrich. ISBN: 0935817573

Energy Conservation for Commercial Greenhouses. NRAES-3. 2001. John W. Bartok, Jr. ISBN: 0935817743

Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners. NRAES-137. 2000. John W. Bartok., Jr. ISBN: 0935817514

Greenhouse Systems: Automation, Culture, and Environment. NRAES-72. 1994. Dr. Gene A. Giacomelli and Dr. K.C. Ting (organizers). ASIN: B000WAYFAY

Water and Nutrient Management for Greenhouses. NRAES-56. 1996. Thomas C. Weiler and Marty Sailus (editors). ASIN: B0006QIEQK

Diseases of Floral Crops, Vol. 1&2. 1985. David L. Strider. Praeger Publishers, 521 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10175. ISBN 0030029295

Poinsettias, New England Integrated Pest Management Scouting Guide. 1997. Leanne Pundt. University of Connecticut, Office of Communications, U-35, 1376 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06269-4035.

Fundamentals of Pesticides, A Self-Instruction Guide 3rd edition, 1991. George W. Ware. Thomson Publications, P.O. Box 9335, Fresno, CA 93791. ISBN 0913702358

The Greenhouse Environment: The Effect of Environmental Factors on Flower Crops. 1977. W. J. Mastalerz. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, NY 10016. ISBN 0471576069

Greenhouses-Advanced Technology for Protected Horticulture. 1997. Joe J. Hanan. CRC Press, 2000 Corporate Blvd., N.W., Boca Raton, FL 33431. ISBN 0849316987

Greenhouse Management: A Guide to Structures, Environmental Control, Materials Handling, Crop Programming and Business Analysis. 3rd edition. 1990. Robert W. Langhans. Halcyon Press of Ithaca, 111 Halcyon Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. ISBN 0960400621

A Guide to Insects and Related Pests of Floricultural Crops in New England. A.G. Gentile and Donna T. Scanlon. Revised by Tina M. Smith, 1992. Draper Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.

The Physiology of Flower Bulbs. 1993. Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V. Molenwerf 1, P.O. Box 211, 1000 AE Amersterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 0444874984

The Biology of Glasshouse Pests and Their Natural Enemies-Knowing and Recognizing. M. Malais and W.J. Ravensberg.1992. Koppert Biological Systems, P.O. Box 155, 2650 AD Berkel In Rodenrijs, The Netherlands.

Biological Pest Management for Interior Plantscapes, 2nd edition. 1987. Marilyn Y. Steiner. Alberta Public Affairs Bureau, Publications Services, 11510 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB Canada T5G 2Y5. ISBN: 0919975127

Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs. 1991. Warren T. Johnson and Howard H. Lyon. Cornell University Press, Sage House, 512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. ISBN 0801426022

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, 5th edition. Michael A. Dirr. 1998. Stipes Publishing Co., P.O. Box 526, Champaign, IL 61824. ISBN 0875638007

Plant Production in Containers. Carl E. Whitcomb. 2nd revised edition. 2003. Lacebark Publications Inc., Rt. 5, Box 174, Stillwater, OK 74074. ASIN: B000UBW1BA

Establishment and Maintenance of Landscape Plants II. Carl E. Whitcomb. 2006. Lacebark Publications Inc., Rt. 5, Box 174, Stillwater, OK 74074. ISBN 0961310979

Growing & Propagating Showy Native Woody Plants. 1992. Richard E. Bir, University of North Carolina Press, P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515-2288. ISBN 0807843660

The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: from Seed to Tissue Culture. 1987. Michael A. Dirr and Charles W. Heuser, Jr. Varsity Press Inc., P.O. Box 6301, Athens, GA 30604. ISBN 0942375009

Western Fertilizer Handbook; Second Horticulture Edition. 1997. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0813431468

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