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By jlew1977, Jul 12 2016 01:01PM

There are two dates you must add to your calendars. First is the CFGW’s annual Field day scheduled for August 4, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin West Madison Agriculture Research Station 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona (Madison), Wisconsin 53593. This year’s trials feature more than 160 new plant releases for 2017, 2016 and 2015 grown in the Field Stations flower beds. This is your best chance to see these new varieties grown side by side in Wisconsin growing conditions. Plus there are vegetable and table grape trials being held at the same site. Come at 8:30 AM for coffee and treats. The meeting begins at 9.


In the morning you will hear Dummen Orange’s Andrew Konicki, the Director of Allen Centennial Gardens Ben Futa and U.W. Plant Pathologist Dr. Brian Hudelson. Andrew will discuss products in the landscape and the direction of plant breeding that can help commercial flower growers. Ben intends to talk about “plant blindness and the value of public gardens while Brian will discuss current issues with plant diseases that he has seen in Wisconsin greenhouses in 2016.


A free lunch will be served compliments of BFG and Carlin Sales then you will be invited to view the trials growing in West Madison’s field beds. Andrew will be there to answer questions as well as West Madison’s Assistant Director Janet Hedtcke and her interns.


No preregistration is needed for the Field Day. Just come, learn and visit with other growers!


The second must attend event is CFGW’s Fall Greenhouse Conference scheduled for October 19, 2016 and will again be held at Floral Plant Growers greenhouses in Denmark, Wisconsin. This year’s featured speaker is Cornell’s plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey. Margery is a much sought speaker and well known in the greenhouse industry for her work on plant disease issues. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with coffee and rolls and a chance to check out the vendor booths with the program starting at 9.


Registration and trade show fees have been kept the same for another year. A trade show booth will cost $125 (although some companies are donating $300 to help cover additional speaker costs). Registration fees will be $55.00 for the first employee of a CFGW member company, $35 for each additional employee and $70 for each employee of a non member company.


Fall Conference preregistration is requested to help estimate how much food we need but registration is accepted the day of the meeting.


In addition at both the Fall Conference and Field Day meetings the Wisconsin Green Industry Hall of Fame Award for Shelley Ryan will be presented to her husband Dennis Ryan and son Kably.



By jlew1977, Jul 12 2016 12:49PM

Manitowoc, WI – June 2, 2016 – The Dramm Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional greenhouse tools and equipment, is celebrating its milestone 75th anniversary.


In 1941, Manitowoc florist John G. Dramm designed a product that was to become the cornerstone of the Dramm Corporation.


A watering nozzle with 400 tiny holes that turns high velocity water into a

soft-flowing shower that is gentle on plants. He called it the 400 Water Breaker® Nozzle and it has become the standard in hand watering tools across the world.


“There’s excitement in the dynamics of seeing a company move from a basement operation to a multimillion dollar global corporation,” said Chairman Kurt Dramm. “We are very excited to be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Dramm Corporation with the company entering its third generation of family leadership.”


Today the company has expanded into four business segments: Retail, Fertilizer, Commercial, and DRAMMwater. The spirit of innovation and commitment to a solution continues today and throughout Dramm’s history. Dramm Corporation revolutionized the horticulture industry by introducing the Pulsfog™ and Autofog™ for chemical applications.


Dramm improved the automatic irrigation systems of dribble tube and compensated irrigation systems to promote even watering and reducing overall water use. Most recently, Dramm provides an innovated approach to design and development of water

treatment systems for greenhouses with DRAMMwater.


With every product Dramm produces, the intent is to provide the best solution to our customers.


“We are proud to be celebrating 75 years of providing the highest quality products and exemplary service to professional growers and consumer gardeners alike,” said CEO Hans Dramm.


Family involvement has been an integral part of the growth and success of the company and is still a vital ingredient today. The Dramm Corporation is honored to reach the 75th anniversary milestone.


“My father’s vision, conservativeness, and wherewithal are the formula that has enabled the business to be where it is today. His role paired with a group of really good, dedicated employees is what has contributed to the success of The Dramm Corporation,” said Heidi Dramm Becker, Director of Corporate Relations. “Our family sincerely thanks all of our customers, supporters, and employees.”



By jlew1977, Jul 12 2016 12:46PM

Winterland Nursery, 5655 Lincoln Road, Oregon, Wisconsin 53575, 608-455-0006 is again accepting plastic pots, flats and containers for recycling. They cannot accept loose items but would like them on pallets or packed into the bulk soil bags or something similar for ease of handling.


The best delivery dates are from early to mid August, 2016. Contact Jay at 608-455-0006 if you have questions.


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