In this Issue
  • Plants Do That
  • What Grasses Bring to Your Garden
  • How to Create a Planting Module
  • Why Smart Cities are Turning Themselves into Sponges
  • How to Make Green Infrastructure Better
  • Upcoming Events
Plants Do That
Those of us in horticulture know our industry and the plants we produce deliver a wealth of benefits. But conveying that message to the public and our customers can be challenging. The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is giving us ways to meet that challenge. They’ve begun building a series of infographics to showcase the power of plants to improve life.

The first infographic, released March 30, is available for use in outreach to industry members and the general public. It illustrates how consumer horticulture contributes $196 billion to the U.S. economy and creates more than 2 million jobs.  Read the press release from NICH.

Isn’t it remarkable that #PlantsDoThat? Take a closer look, be amazed, and share this with someone!

Making Landscapes with Grasses
What Grasses Bring to Your Garden

According to this article in the Seattle Times, no garden is complete without at least a few ornamental grasses. "These elegant, flowing plants are usually drought-tolerant, generally pest-free and require little care."

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How to Create a Planting Module

In this slideshow, landscape architect Thomas Rainer describes a new way to design ecological plantings using a modular approach. Grasses and sedges play an important role in building these functional plant communities.

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The Why and How of Green Infrastructure
Why Smart Cities Are Turning Themselves Into Sponges
Want to understand why the old way of handling storm water isn't working? This article is one of the clearest explanations of why green storm water infrastructure is needed. 

Find out why cities are turning to plants and natural systems for solutions.  Read more.
How to Make Green Infrastructure Better
Why do so many green infrastructure plantings fail? According to landscape architect Thomas Rainer, they're designed that way. The very standards that regulate these facilities guarantee the plantings will fail both functionally and aesthetically.

Upcoming Events
Gala in the Garden
Sunday, May 7, 3:30pm - 7:30pm
JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC
Enjoy great food and drinks, a stroll around the gardens, and bid on a dazzling array of auction items. The JC Raulston Arboretum's annual Gala in the Garden is always a fantastic event. 

The proceeds raised each year are the critical unrestricted funds used for daily operational expenses and ongoing research on landscape plants at the arboretum. Hoffman Nursery is a gold-level sponsor this year and will be attendance. 

We encourage our regional industry colleagues to get involved and support the arboretum. It's a great way to spend a spring afternoon!

Find out more and register to attend.

The North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will be hosting the Southeast Regional Conference in early June. The conference will feature talks, workshops, and activities to educate, engage, and ignite discussion within the landscape architecture community. 

Hoffman Nursery's Shannon Currey will be there with two talks focusing on our favorite plants:

  • Thursday, June 8, 9:00am - "Grasses & Sedges from the Ground Cover Up," with a focus on functionality, learn about grasses and sedges for every layer in a landscape and discover where they do their best work.
  • Friday, June 9, 2:00pm - "Let Sedges Do the Work," and learn how these increasingly popular plants can serve as the foundation for beautiful and functional landscapes.

Get more info and register here.

Thursday, June 22, 8:00am - 5:00pm
McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
The North Carolina Green Industry Council continues to bring informative and engaging speakers to its annual water symposium. This year's lineup includes experts in the fields of turf grass, irrigation, landscape architecture, and more.

The symposium is designed to stimulate discussion and introduce attendees to new concepts and ways of thinking. As the recipient of last year's Blue-Green Innovator Award, Hoffman Nursery will be serving as Honorary Chair for this year's symposium. Join us for a day focused on water and the green industry's future.

Learn more and register here.
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