In this issue:
  • Rain Gardens: design principals and rainwater management
  • Collaborations Create Value
  • Grass Resource: presentations from Eastern Native Grass Symposium
  • Designing with Grasses: fall colors, shade, Rainer's renaissance
  • The Power of Plants: Armitage, your brain on nature, public-private partnership
  • Upcoming Events
Rain Gardens
Design Principles Still Apply | Garden Design

Constructing a rain garden that functions may be the easiest part. Designing one that is seamlessly incorporated into a typical suburban setting requires a different approach. Garden Design magazine tackles the issue.

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Deluge & Drought | Designed for Rainwater Management

Follow the steps and the rain in this Midwestern landscape project. A fascinating look at how rainwater is designed for and managed in this LEED certified home landscape.

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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. These recent posts highlight three more collaborations.
Dr. Richard T. Olsen
Director, U.S. National Arboretum
Our newest sedge, Carex scaposa, came to us via one of Dr. Olsen's visits to China. Working with the Arboretum to bring new plants to the market maximizes industry resources and gives our customers better choices.

Dr. Joseph Neal
Professor of Weed Science, NCSU
Dr. Neal’s research includes finding safer and better weed-control methods in nursery stock. Working with him and his team, we hope to expand the options available for us and our customers.

Piet Oudolf
Design, master plantsman, author
We're working with this renowned designer to bring new grasses to the U.S. market. It started with the introduction of Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’, a Switchgrass selected from his garden.

Grass Resource
Presentations from the Eastern Native Grass Symposium
The Eastern Native Grass Symposium this past September featured some of the most dynamic and progressive speakers in their respective fields. From establishing pollinator habitats to converting a superfund site with grasses to a Piedmont prairie, the talks were excellent.

If you missed it, you can still get a peep. PDFs of the presentations are available on the symposium website. It's a fantastic resource, and we can't wait to dig in!

Designing with Grasses
In the Garden | Other Fall Colors

Most of us think of tree leaves when we think about beautiful fall foliage, but many native ornamental grasses have wonderful fall color that extends well into the winter season. Explore options in this article from University of Illinois Extension.

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Grasses for Shade Gardens | Horticulture Magazine

Horticulture magazine discusses ornamental grasses that thrive in the shade. Unlike the shallow roots found in turf grasses, the roots of clump-forming grasses tend to grow more down than out. That makes them less competitive with lateral tree roots.

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Rainer's Renaissance | Garden Design Journal

We've highlighted landscape architect Thomas Rainer and his co-author Claudia West for their accessible, progressive design ideas and dynamic use of grasses and sedges. A recent interview with Rainer delves into the ideas underlying their work.

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The Power of Plants
Armitage on Labor Efficiency | Grasses to Reduce Work

Labor issues top the horticultural news. Dr. A has a list of low-maintenance plants to help reduce labor input and enhance sales. Grasses and sedges are on it.

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This Is Your Brain on Nature

At the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting, a panel of landscape architecture professors delved into research showing how nature improves our health and well-being. What does seeing plants outside your window do? Find out here.

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Public-Private Green Infrastructure

In Kansas City, the private sector is helping pick up the tab for green infrastructure in a new residential development. It's shaping up to be an influential test case and a catalyst for change.

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Upcoming Events
Hoffman Nursery Holiday Schedule
Closed Dec. 24, 2018 thru Jan. 1, 2019
Open for the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
January 7-8, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Held the two days prior to MANTS, this conference is a great way to start 2019. See dynamic plant talks and cutting-edge research presentations while networking with the region's best industry professionals. We are a silver sponsor for the event and hope to see you there! 
January 14-18, 2019
Baltimore, MD
One of the best, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show is three days of constant activity. Join us in Baltimore for a look at what's happening with grasses and our industry. Find us in Booths 412 & 414.
January 14-18, 2019
Greensboro, NC
Educational offerings start early in the week, with the trade show on the last two days. Come by and see us in Booths 533 & 535 on Thursday and Friday.
January 16-18, 2019
Kansas City, MO
The Western beings together the Midwest's nursery and landscape industry for three days of innovative education, exhibits, and meet-ups. Hoffman Nursery's Shannon Currey will give a Plants with Purpose™ Keynote called "Stay Relevant with the Power of Plants." She'll discuss ways our industry can better promote the power of plants. Taking a broad approach that includes purpose and functionality (in addition to beauty) can keep the horticulture industry vital and relevant.
You can always see where we'll be on our Upcoming Events page.
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