In this issue:
  • Musings on Oudolf and the New Perennial Movement
  • 2018 Top 10 Sustainable Plants from Phipps
  • A Low-Maintenance, Drought-Resistant Plant Wonder
  • Students Win Hoffman Nursery Design Contest
  • Landscape Journal: The Value of Burning
  • Correction: Business Partner of the Year
  • Readers' Opinion: Which List?
  • Raleigh, NC Positioned as Leader in Green Infrastructure
  • Philadelphia Tackles Stormwater with a Green Makeover
  • The Effect of Irrigation on Stormwater Management
  • Upcoming Events
Planting Design and Selection
Musings on Oudolf & The New Perennial Movement

This article is one of the best treatments of the New Perennial Movement and Piet Oudolf's designs that we've seen. Blogger Scott Weber uses lush visual comparisons to define this style and illustrate what makes it unique.

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2018 Top 10 Sustainable Plants from Phipps

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden offers an annual list of Top 10 Sustainable Plants, selected for non-invasive habits, resistance to disease and insects, and low-resource use. We're happy to see favorite Pennsylvania Sedge in this year's list.

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A Low-Maintenance, Drought-Resistant Plant Wonder
Beautiful images go a long way toward getting people interested in grasses. Apartment Therapy, a stylish lifestyle blog, published this post on grasses as wonder plants. We know how useful and easy grasses can be, but it's encouraging to see more stories about their benefits in the mainstream media. Feast your eyes on these gorgeous landscapes.
(Image credit Giardino Segreto)
At the Nursery
Students Win Hoffman Nursery Design Contest

Early this year we held a landscape design contest for college students. Their task was to design the area around our main office. Meet contest winners Amy Fogleman and Currin Blakley from Sandhills Community College and learn more about the project!

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Landscape Journal:
The Value of Burning
For March, our Landscape Journal blog series started with a post on cutting back grasses at the end of the season. For April, we talk about the value of burning.

Intentionally setting fire to a landscape can seem counterproductive. But it’s a useful tool for managing forests, prairies, meadows, and other grasslands. Many of these ecosystems need periodic fire—historically caused by lightning—to set seed and reduce competition from woody species.

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Hoffman Nursery Named Business Partner of the Year
We noted last month that Alamance Community College's Horticulture Technology program named us its 2017-2018 Business Partner of the Year.

That's still true, but we failed to include Justin Snyder's correct title in our story. He is Dean of Industrial Technologies at ACC. He is pictured here with David Hoffman (R), our Chief Customer Experience Officer, and Hannah Saconn (L), a graduate of the program and one of our section growers.

Our apologies to Justin. Read the corrected story here.
Readers' Opinion
Which list of grasses & sedges would be of most use to you?
Best for withstanding heat and humidity
Top selections for pollinators & other wildlife
Green Infrastructure
Raleigh, NC Positioned as Leader in Green Infrastructure

Raleigh, North Carolina has developed a strategic plan that removes barriers and provides incentives for developers to use green stormwater infrastructure in new and redevelopment. Having this plan and investing in retrofits sets them apart.

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Philadelphia Tackles Stormwater with a Green Makeover

Philadelphia's green infrastructure initiative continues to garner attention and serve as a model for cities. YaleEnvironment360 profiles Philly's extensive network of rain gardens, green roofs, wetlands, and other measures to capture stormwater.

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The Effect of Irrigation on Stormwater Management

This article is a helpful step in understanding the complex dynamics of green roofs. Plant selection, substrate composition and depth, and other factors affect the roof's ability to retain stormwater. Find out how irrigation shapes those factors.

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Upcoming Events
Each year the North Carolina Green Industry Council (GIC) hosts a water symposium. It features presentations by innovative thinkers, policy makers, and water experts. It offers information about new technologies, innovative water management methods, and ideas being considered for the state’s water policy. Hoffman Nursery is pleased to again help sponsor this year's symposium. We'll see you there for a day filled with learning and networking.
July 30-August 3, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Great times and a host of perennial devotees await you this summer in North Carolina. The Perennial Plant Association's annual symposium is in Raleigh this year is shaping up to be outstanding. The site committee is working to bring you a program filled with compelling tours, talks, and conversations.

It's a chance to learn from experts in the industry and exchange ideas with everyone from nursery owners to landscape architects. Hoffman Nursery will be on the tour, and our team is helping make this a symposium to remember. We hope to see you there!
August 10-11, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina
In their 20th year, the Speaking of Gardening symposium is the place to be this summer. On the agenda are past favorite speakers and brand new faces. This year they're looking back, growing forward, with two days of inspiring lectures on creative design, innovative horticulture, and rare plants. This two-day symposium includes book signings, plant auctions, sponsor displays, lunch, making new friends and catching up with old ones. 

Hoffman Nursery's Shannon Currey will give a talk at the symposium on "New Perspectives in Ornamental Grasses." 
August 16-18, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
Texas loves grasses, and Hoffman Nursery will be there this summer to connect with growers. Hosted by the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, Expo offers the mores than 6,000 attendees a trade show and sessions with industry experts.

We'll see you there in Booth 4014.
September 17-19, 2018
Erie, Pennsylvania
Registration is open for the 11th Eastern Native Grass Symposium. Get the latest from renowned presenters, best management practices, and field tours. It's a fantastic, multidisciplinary look at our native grasses. 
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