In this issue:
  • Going Green First
  • Plant Weekend with the Zoo Crew
  • Five Tips for Overwintering Grasses
  • Hoffman Nursery and New Markets in the News
  • A Workhorse Sedge with Style
  • Upcoming Events 
  • For the Grass Curious
Going Green First

In Pittsburgh, a new report recommends going "Green First." The Pittsburgh  Water and Sewer Authority recommends using green infrastructure to help meet federally mandated requirements for storm water and sewer management. The city has a combined storm water and sewer system that is aging and can not function as built. During major rain events, neighborhoods flood and untreated sewage can overflow into rivers and streams.
Pittsburgh report

The report found that green infrastructure can be a better and more cost-effective way to deal with these issues than traditional "gray infrastructure." The report estimates the benefits per retrofitted impervious acre to be between $233,000 and $462,000. The value comes from reducing local flooding, increasing property value, adding recreational area, improving air and water quality, reducing heat island effect, and carbon reduction.

It's not a done deal--there are still many aspects of the "Green First" plan that must be approved and implemented. However, it's an important sign that green infrastructure is the choice for future development.

And that means more green projects, more plants, and more opportunities for the green industry. Read about  Pittsburgh going "Green First".
Plant Weekend with the Zoo Crew

We love visiting the horticultural team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. They're serious plant people and wonderful hosts. In early November, John Hoffman and Marketing Director Shannon Currey attended the Native Plant Symposium, which the zoo hosted.

They spent a jam-packed weekend talking plants, looking at plants, and having a blast with friends, new and old. Get a glimpse at their time in Cincinnati in this post.

Zoo crew
Photo courtesy of Linda Keller and Terri Barnes
Five Tips for Overwintering Grasses

Why overwinter? With cool-season grasses, you'll be ready for your earliest spring customers. With warm-season grasses, overwintering in a cold frame or hot house gives you an early finish. 

And with annual grasses, overwintering in a hot house means full plants with strong color at the earliest possible time.

With so many good reasons to overwinter, make sure you're getting it right. See our tips for overwintering grasses.
Greenhouse Grower cover
Hoffman Nursery and New Markets in the News

Our focus on greeen infrastructure and new markets for growers has been getting more attention recently. We appreciate the coverage and wanted to share it with you.

New Opportunities in Green Infrastructure
In this Greenhouse Grower cover story from November, Editor Laura Drotleff writes about advances at Hoffman Nursery and our efforts to help develop the green infrastructure market. 

In the November issue of Greenhouse Management, Editor Karen Varga quotes Hoffman Nursery's Shannon Currey. Varga notes that functional landscapes and other changes in our industry will soon become commonplace and expected. 

Carex divulsa
A Workhorse Sedge with Style

Carex divulsa is one of our favorite sedges and a must-have for modern landscapes. With fine, green foliage and an elegant habit, Grassland Sedge is a workhorse plant with style.

Need a groundcover beneath mature trees?

Want a stylish but sturdy filler for layered plantings?

Looking for a lush, green alternative to traditional turfgrass?

This is your sedge.

Find out why Grassland Sedge is such a versatile plant and see it in action  in this post.
Upcoming Events
MANTS

Jan. 11-13, 2017, Baltimore MD

Billed as the Masterpiece of Trade Shows™, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show is three days of constant activity. 

Join us in Baltimore for a peek at what's happening with grasses and our industry. Find us in Booths 412 & 414.
Green _ Growin_

Jan. 16-20, 2017, Greensboro NC

With new events and a big range of education options, Green & Growin' is a must. Catch us in Booths 533 & 535 on Thursday and Friday.

At 9:30am on Wednesday, Jan. 17, Scott Epps will be presenting during the New Plants Panel Discussion.
For more, go to our events page.
For the Grass Curious

For the ever curious, we bring you two fascinating articles about grasses.

Grasses to the Rescue
On military ranges, the fallout from the testing of bombs and munitions leaves behind toxic compounds that contaminate millions of acres. To deal with this lingering problem, scientists have inserted bacterial genes into grasses so they can neutralize these deadly compounds. Read more.

Withstanding the Freeze
Spartina pectinata is salt-tolerant, handles being flooded, and is particularly tolerant of freezing. It's also used as a bioenergy crop, so that freezing tolerance is a real plus in cold climates. Researchers have identified the gene expression patterns that are responsible, which opens up using those genes on other crops. Find out more about the research.
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