March 2017

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Strong attendance at Landscape Ontario’s Congress ’17

More than 13,650 green professionals attended Landscape Ontario Congress ’17, marking the second-largest turnout in the show’s 44-year history.

Labour shortages expected to continue

New research suggests that Canada’s horticulture industries are at risk of becoming increasingly vulnerable to labour fluctuations, as their dependence on foreign labour sources rises rapidly, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) says.

Butterfly weed named Perennial Plant of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association has selected Asclepias tuberosa the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Canada Blooms celebrates nation’s birthday

There will be a whole lot of red and white at Canada Blooms 2017, as the country’s largest flower and garden festival celebrates the nation’s 150th birthday.

COPF announces plans to dissolve

The Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation (COPF) has announced plans to phase out its royalty administration and monitoring services by March 31, 2018.

Hanes Geo Components acquires Terrafix

Hanes Geo Components, of Winston Salem, N.C., announced an agreement to acquire Terrafix of Toronto, Ont.

Chemchina-Syngenta deadline extended

European Union anti-trust regulators have extended the deadline for a decision on the $43 billion takeover of Swiss seed and pesticide company Syngenta AG by the state-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina), to April 12, 2017.

Toro acquires Regnerbau

The Toro Company has completed the acquisition of Regnerbau Calw GmbH, a privately held manufacturer of professional irrigation equipment.

AAS announces second group of 2017 winners

All-America Selections presents 11 AAS Winners for the 2017 garden season. Each of the selections was trialed in North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges during one growing season. Each was trialed next to comparison cultivars that are considered best-in-class among those currently on the market.