As much as we would like to have all the answers ourselves, we understand how important it is to collaborate with industry specialists and organizations. Here are a few industry resources we feel offer reliable, relevant information that could help our customers. We’ll grow this list as we find additional solid sources.
Perennial Plant Association
From the very first Perennial Plant Association symposium Patty attended in 1989, she was hooked on perennials. Today, Patty volunteers her time to serve on the PPA board as the Great Lakes Region Representative. If you’re in the perennial business, you should be involved with PPA. Patty would be happy to talk with you about how this industry organization can serve you.
Perennial Solutions, A Grower’s Guide to Perennial Production
Author: Paul Pilon
Publisher: Ball Publishing
Perennial Solutions compiles the many aspects of commercial perennial production into one easy-to-use reference. Applying technical and cultural information to the everyday production of perennial crops, this guide is specifically devoted to producing perennials under greenhouse and nursery conditions.
Paul is also the owner of Perennial Solutions Consulting, which services the greenhouse and nursery industry. His services cover diagnosis and remedying cultural problems, reviewing variety selection and creating crop schedules that work. Paul’s goal is to help growers achieve their goals, improve plant quality, reduce production costs, decrease crop losses, and increase their success and profitability. Learn more at www.perennialsolutions.com.
Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Third Edition
Author: Dr. Allan Armitage
The “bible” of perennial plant books for gardeners and professionals. A must have book for anyone working and studying about perennial plants. www.allanarmitage.net
Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Search
We consider MBOT to be one of the leading databases of up to date, accurate information about perennials. You are likely to find what you need in this huge database of over 7,500 plants. www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center of Wilmington, DE employs expert researchers who seek to expand the knowledge and appreciation of native plants and promote conservation. Find information about their research, plant trials and varieties they have introduced here: www.mtcubacenter.org
Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
Since 1922, MNLA is Michigan’s oldest and largest Green Industry Trade Association. With a combined economic impact of $5.715 billion, Michigan’s nursery, perennial plant production, Christmas tree, sod producers, landscaping and lawn care industries continue to grow. MNLA’s Mission: “United to Advocate Professionalism, Integrity and Growth for Michigan’s Green Industry.” Learn more at www.mnla.org.
ASLA – American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Learn more at www.asla.org.
IPPS – International Plant Propagators’ Society
IPPS is a global network of professionals with an interest in plant production, including horticultural research and education, with the aim to improve the knowledge, skills, productivity and professionalism of its members. Learn more at www.ipps.org.
AmericanHort represents the entire horticulture industry, including breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscapers, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. They are the leading national association for the green industry, and AmericanHort works tirelessly to connect the industry across states and segments, giving you opportunities that expand your network and resources. Their mission is to unite, promote, and advance our industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research. Learn more at www.americanhort.org.