In this issue:
  • Finding Gold in Fine Gardening
  • Kelly Norris Dishes on New Plants to Consider for 2019
  • What's New in Greenhouse Grower
  • Create the Illusion of Water with Plants - Garden Design
  • Gossamer Gardens: 11 Ideas for Mexican Feather Grass
  • Hakone Grass - Gardenista
  • Know the Cultivar Difference
  • Day Length, Down Time, and Overwintering Grasses
  • Collaborations Create Value - Charlie Hall Profile
  • Our New Production Manager
  • PPA Visits Hoffman Nursery
  • Women in Horticulture Series Profiles Jill Hoffman
  • Upcoming Events
New Varieties in the News
Finding Gold in Fine Gardening
We are thrilled to see Lumen Gold Fountain Grass get the nod from Fine Gardening magazine. The bright gold color and appealing habit of our newest Fountain Grass caught the editor's eye.

If you're a Fine Gardening subscriber, good for you! You can catch Lumen Gold on p. 14 of the October 2018 issue. If you're not a subscriber, it's worth the investment to see what gardeners are oohing and ahhing over. In the meantime, you can see a PDF of the article here.

To learn more about Lumen Gold and availability, see our plant profile.
Kelly Norris Dishes on New Plants to Consider for 2019

As the horticulture director at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Kelly Norris knows perennials. We love his take on Black Mountain Bluestem, one of our new additions. How does "concept plant for landscapes of the future" strike you?

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What's New in Greenhouse Grower
Every year Greenhouse Grower magazine highlights new varieties in the industry. Two of our new favorites earned a place in the August 2018 issue. Catch them in the print copy on p. 7 of the New Varieties Guide.

Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears' and Pennisetum alopecuroides Lumen Gold bring a fresh look and new color to perennially favorite genera. Purple Tears Switchgrass comes from renowned designer Piet Oudolf. It has a lovely habit and dazzling purple seed heads. Lumen Gold Fountain Grass lights up the garden with sunny foliage and charming blooms.

Get the scoop on these and other newcomers with our New Arrivals list.
Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears' in Greenhouse Grower New Varieties
The Designer's Eye
Create the Illusion of Water with Plants - Garden Design

Moving water is mesmerizing. Waves of grasses can lend that same feel to a dry garden. In a beautiful article for Garden Design, Texas-based author, blogger, and designer Pam Penick offers winning combinations that evoke sensations of the sea.

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Gossamer Gardens: 11 Ideas for Mexican Feather Grass

Mexican feather grass looks like a hazy smudge of golden color in the distance, and who wouldn't want that as a backdrop in the garden? Let Gardenista take you on a romantic journey into these gossamer gardens.

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Hakone Grass - Gardenista

The graceful foliage of Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra) brightens shade gardens and adds movement to container plantings. We love this gorgeous article on Gardenista that look at gardening with a shady favorite.

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Growing Success
Know the Cultivar Difference
The popularity of native grass cultivars continues, and breeders are offering more and more options. But not every cultivar will work well for you or your customers.

The National Grass Trials, completed in 2015, showed big differences in performance among cultivars of Little Bluestem and Switchgrass. A recent article in Nursery Management summarized results from the final report. While the data are limited, they show the importance of local plant evaluations.

The results also suggest to us that feedback and communication are critical in making smart cultivar choices. We want to hear about your experiences with the various cultivars. And we're always here to provide guidance in making selections that work for you.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, one of the sites in the National Grass Trials.
Day Length, Down Time, and Overwintering Grasses
Overwintering grasses can be tricky business. Understanding which species respond to day length and scheduling your fall plantings appropriately can make the difference. This recent article in Nursery Management gives excellent advice for success.
At the Nursery
Our 2018-2019 Catalog of Grasses focuses on collaborations within and outside the green industry. Working with others offers our team opportunities to learn and share information. It’s where we often get new insights and innovations.

In a series of upcoming posts, we’ll share some of our collaborations with you and explain how they create value for our customers. Our first collaboration profile features Dr. Charlie Hall.

Our New Production Manager
In the good news department, we've promoted experienced supervisor Brice Davis to production manager. He joined the nursery in 2016 as production supervisor and immediately advanced the department. Having led distribution centers for several major companies, his experience proved invaluable in revising production layout, organization, and processes. He has improved efficiency and shepherded the department through significant automation upgrades.

In this new role, he is responsible for managing the production, stock, and propagation departments. With experience in supervising production and training in Six Sigma, Kaizen, and inventory control systems, he’s focused on making all these areas more efficient and effective. 

PPA Visits Hoffman Nursery
We were fortunate to have this year’s Perennial Plant Symposium in our neck of woods in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was a jammed-pack week of tours, talks, networking, and all things perennials.

During this year’s event, Hoffman Nursery hosted over 200 attendees for breakfast and a tour of the nursery. Attendees could choose between a guided ‘Grower Focus’ tour of the nursery or venture on their own for a self-guided tour.

Check out our post and pictures from this wonderful event
Women in Horticulture Series Profiles Jill Hoffman
She's not in the spotlight very often, but she's been instrumental to our success. Hoffman Nursery owner Jill Hoffman connected with green industry pro Leslie Halleck for the series, Women in Horticulture.

Jill mentors young professionals here at the nursery and brings students into the picture whenever she can. Her leadership has built a nursery we're proud to serve.

Read more about Jill and her take on being a woman in the horticultural industry.
Upcoming Events
September 17-19, 2018
Erie, Pennsylvania
We love connecting with grass colleagues, and this conference gives ample opportunity. Get the latest from renowned presenters, best management practices, and field tours. It's a fantastic, multidisciplinary look at our native grasses. 
We will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.
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Between June 4 and Nov. 1, 2018, the main road leading to the nursery from the south (Bahama Road) will be closed for a bridge replacement. For an alternate route, please download the  detour map.  
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