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HELLO, COLUMBUS! The Clock is Ticking!

HELLO, COLUMBUS! The Clock is Ticking!

Posted by John Friel on Jul 14th 2022

It’s that time again -- time for the green industry to converge on Columbus, Ohio for Cultivate ’22! It’s coming up quickly. Are you packed and ready to roll?Cultivate is one of the industry’s major events, with a world-class trade show and educational opportunities. Here at ECG, we have another reason to love Columbus: It’s where we get to hand out our new, hot-off-the-presses starter plant catalog.Now, even our most loyal customers know the show doesn’t really revolve around Booth #2313. But f
The Cure for PGE is OTC! (Erianthus ravennae)

The Cure for PGE is OTC! (Erianthus ravennae)

Posted by John Friel on Jul 13th 2022

Northerners who venture south are wowed by the stately stands of pampas grass that grace so many home and commercial landscapes.Alas, the coveted Cortaderia selloana won’t survive their winters back home. They can only dream of growing those tall, majestic plumes. They suffer from PGE – Pampas Grass Envy.But those dreams can come true! There IS a big, bold grass even Yankees can grow:It’s northern pampas grass, Erianthus ravennae, to the rescue! No prescription needed! Soaring even taller than
When Hobbies Get Out of Hand (Lavandula Otto Quast)

When Hobbies Get Out of Hand (Lavandula Otto Quast)

Posted by John Friel on Jul 8th 2022

The Eponymous Garden Rides Again!The green industries embrace many careers and companies that could be described as “a hobby that got out of hand.” You may know – or be – one of those ex-hobbyists.One such entity gave the world a popular herb: Lavandula ‘Otto Quast’. Let’s meet its namesake.Born in 1924 in Hamburg, Germany, Otto Quast emigrated to California. He worked as a shipyard carpenter and dabbled in gardening. When an accident ended his woodworking career, he turned his pastime into a fu
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING JUST DIFFERENT ENOUGH...Festuca Eilers Beauty™

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING JUST DIFFERENT ENOUGH...Festuca Eilers Beauty™

Posted by John Friel on Jul 6th 2022

We work in the green industries. We celebrate our world’s greenery. The word “green” isn’t just an adjective, it’s an eco-friendly accolade.But sometimes, oddly enough, green is a surprise.When someone mentions the genus Festuca, “blue fescue” is the term that comes to mind. It’s an unwritten law that every new Festuca must be bluer than the last one.Eilers Beauty™ is an outlaw: Its slender, hair-like blades are a rich, subtle matte green.Named for a distinguished Illinois nurseryman, Eile
HELLO, COLUMBUS! Or... not.

HELLO, COLUMBUS! Or... not.

Posted by John Friel on Jul 6th 2022

Every July, the green industry converges on Columbus, Ohio. As surely as monarchs migrate to Mexico, plantsfolk flock (say that three times fast) to get their new, warm-from-the-oven Emerald Coast Growers starter plant catalog.OK. We know you’re really coming to Ohio for Cultivate. Even our most loyal customers know Booth #2313 isn’t really the navel of the hardy plant world. The green industry’s best trade show/education combo wasn’t really built around our industry-leading selection. But it’s

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