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Peter Orum, new ANLA president

Washington, D.C. - Peter Orum, owner of Midwest Groundcovers of St. Charles Ill., was elected president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) during the association's recent convention and learning retreat in Hawaii.

Founded in 1969 by Orum and wife, Irma, Midwest Groundcovers is the largest groundcover producer in Illinois, with 250 acres and an annual production of about 10 million plants.

Born and raised in Denmark, Orum grew up on his father's nursery and received hands-on and formal horticultural training in Denmark and America. He also graduated with a B.S. in finance from Northern Illinois University.

Within ANLA, Orum has served as vice president, and as governor for the state chapter. He is acknowledged for his leadership in the organization's political and legislative programs. Orum is a founding member of the Scandinavian American Cultural Society, served on the chancellor's commission in the University of Illinois extension system, and is a member of the University of Illinois' Horticultural Research Center Advisory Committee.

Orum's wife, Irma, and daughter, Christa, a landscape architect, are both heavily involved in the company. A private garden at Midwest Groundcovers honors the memory of Orum's son, Stig.

Calif. Water Board
Now Requires "General Permit" for
Ground Disturbance

The California State Water Resources Control Board now requires a general permit (99-08-DWQ) for "clearing, grading, disturbances to the ground (such as stockpiling, or excavation) that results in soil disturbances of at least five acres of total land area. Construction activity that results in soil disturbances of less than five acres is subject to the general permit if the construction activity is part of a larger common plan of development that encompasses five or more acres of soil disturbance or if there is significant water quality impairment resulting from the activity. Construction activity does not include routine maintenance to maintain original line and grade, hydraulic capacity, or original purpose of the facility, nor does it include emergency construction activities required to protect public health and safety." Dischargers should confirm with the regional water quality control board whether or not a particular routine maintenance activity is subject to the general permit.

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New Sustainability Initiative from PCA

Portland Cement Association is spearheading an educational campaign aimed at supporting concrete's role in sustainable development practices. The goal is to build for today without depleting future resources. The program is called Concrete Thinking for a Sustainable World and is aimed at improving understanding of concrete's durability, energy efficiency and versatility. It intends to arm the industry with facts about the environmental impacts and ongoing improvements, as well as educate architects, engineers contractors and builders on how to use concrete in sustainable construction projects.

"Our industry has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and this initiative builds upon that record," said David Shepherd, PCA director of sustainable development.

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ANLA Management Clinics for 2005

Washington, D.C. - The Management Clinic, a green industry professional development event hosted annually by the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), moves to a Wednesday to Saturday schedule beginning February 2005. The change was enacted when survey results showed that more than half the attendees indicated a preference for a Wednesday to Saturday schedule in lieu of Thursday to Sunday.

The Management Clinic, providing professional development sessions for growers, retailers, landscape professionals and distribution firms, will be held at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville, Kent., on the following dates:

2005: February 2-5
2006: February 1-4
2007: January 31-February 4

Complete registration details for the 2005 clinics will be available in October. For more information, contact Melissa Strickland (202-789-2900) or visit

Landscape Contractor Opts for Safety

A landscape and construction company in St. Louis has opted for client safety by using a 100 percent environmentally friendly fertilizer for their customer's landscape needs. The fertilizer, SoylMicrobial made by EcoOrganics, Inc., is made using 13 percent natural organic nitrogen, the highest level of natural organic nitrogen available, and is a safe odorless soy-based product that can be applied at any time.

"Our customers had a growing concern about protecting their plants in a more environmentally safe manner," said Richard Poynter, president of Poynter Landscape and Construction. The fertilizer offers a low application rate, greener foliage color and disease suppression. For more information contact

The Greenest BLOCKS In Brooklyn

Elephant ears and chartreuse and chocolate ipomoea potato vine decorate this Brooklyn stoop.

Brooklyn, N.Y. - The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President and Independence Community Bank, has announced the winners of the 10th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest.

First place in the residential category was E. 25th Street block between Clarendon and Avenue D in Flatbush.

"We're elated," exclaimed Hazel Foster, greening coordinator and president of the E. 25th Street Block Association. "Our block began entering this contest nine years ago and this is the first time we've been honored with the top spot."

This year marked the first time individual storefronts were recognized for awards. First place in the commercial category went to the Association of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. in the Boerum Hill neighborhood.

In the first year of the contest, just 50 residential blocks entered the contest, a number that is closer to the number of judges this year. This year, 224 blocks participated, including 188 residential and 36 commercial entrants.

The winning blocks displayed lush window boxes spilling over with a variety of colorful trailing annuals and tropical plants, such as the giant elephant ears and the chartreuse and chocolate ipomoea potato vine. The well-designed blocks were impressive in their use of mixing perennials such as heuchera, daylily and hostas of every variety, with evergreens, street trees and the hardscapes and planters. There is a tapestry of vertical and horizontal plantings set off by the greenery that ignites the senses and makes the borough a summer of visual delight.

For a full list of winners and for more information about the contest, visit

San Fernando Valley CLCA Chapter
Announces Winners of the 2004
Beautification Award

The highest honor, the Sweepstakes Award, was presented to Majestic Pools & Landscape of Northridge, CA

In June, the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) announced the 2004 recipients of their annual Beautification Awards. The purpose of the competition is to recognize superior landscaping work by professionals in the landscape industry. The following winners entered projects that offered the most innovative ideas for landscaping, as well as the highest quality in both creativity and functionality.

Heuchera, daylilys, hostas of every variety, and evergreens were among the plantings that won the E. 25th Street block between Clarendon and Avenue D in Flatbush first-place residential honors.

The Sweepstakes Award
Majestic Pools & Landscape of Northridge, CA

The Special Effects Award
Southern California Landscape of San Fernando, CA

The Colorscape Award
Oliver Holt Landscape of Northridge, CA

The Excelsior Award
SK Landscape of Northridge, CA

The Hardscape Award
Southern California Landscape of San Fernando, CA

The President's Choice Award
Tokiwa Landscape of Arleta, CA

The F. H. Arklin Memorial Award
Blumel's Sunset Landscaping of Newhall, CA

The Bob Moore Memorial Award
John Vorbeck Landscape Contracting of Burbank, CA

ALCA and PLCAA Announce Intent to Merge

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) plan to join forces January 1, 2005 into a new green industry association, pending ratification by the membership of both organizations.

"We are very excited about this new association," said Kurt Kluznik, CCLP, president of ALCA. "It brings together two powerful organization that will now be able to provide even greater benefits and programs for our collective memberships."

The two organizations have partnered on a number of projects and programs over the years, including the annual Green Industry Expo (GIE).

Arbormaster and Husqvarna
Team up to Provide Training

Throughout 2004, ArborMaster(R) Training, Inc. of Willington, Conn., will be a key component of Husqvarna's "Team of Pros" by providing professional instruction for chainsaw users across the country.

ArborMaster emphasizes hands-on training specifically designed to improve the skill, safety and productivity of tree care professionals. The training will be led by Ken Palmer and Rip Tompkins who have more than 40 years of arborist experience and are both titleholders in the International Society of Arboriculture's International Tree Climbing Competition (the Olympics of the arborist industry), with Palmer winning the championship three times and Tompkins once.

As a leading provider of chainsaws, chainsaw accessories and safety equipment, Husqvarna's primary goal is safe operation, and they are committed to providing the resources necessary to achieve it.

Husqvarna will be sponsoring ArborMaster's participation at the following events:

Aug. 7 - 11: ISA Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Aug. 20 - 22: Woodsman's Days, Booneville, N.Y.
Oct. (TBA): Society of Municipal Arborists Conference, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 1 - 3: Paul Bunyan Days, Nelsonville, Ohio
Oct. 28 - 30: TCIA Expo, Detroit, Mich.

For additional information about ArborMaster Training, visit the company Web site at, or call (860) 429-5028.

Just Three Months Until the
25th Annual International Irrigation Show

Show: November 14-16
Education & Certification: November 11-16

Tampa Bay, Florida - This year's show includes the exhibition, certification exams, a new product contest, technical sessions, education courses, an international business center, industry tours and business seminars. For the second year in a row, the U.S. Department of Commerce has designated the International Irrigation Show an International Buyer Program Show.

For more information contact the Irrigation Association at (703) 536-7080 or log on to their website at for registration.

ALCA's Landscape Maintenance Training Manual
Now Available in Spanish

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish version of their popular training resource, Landscape Training Manual for Maintenance Technicians. This manual is the first of a three-volume series of training manuals to be developed for Hispanic landscape technicians. Later this year, Spanish versions of the Landscape Training Manual for Installation Technicians and Landscape Training Manual for Irrigation Technicians will also be available.

Filled with detailed tables, charts, landscape drawings and photographs, the manual offers companies a training resource that can improve field performance. It features comprehensive information for turf maintenance, spring/fall cleanup, turf types, aeration, chemical applications, weeds and pests, diseases, plant care, equipment operation, basic irrigation maintenance and snow removal.

For Hispanic Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) candidates, this manual, plus the upcoming companion installation and irrigation manuals, will serve as a comprehensive study guide in preparing for the written and hands-on certification examinations

The manual is now available for $55 for ALCA members and $80 for nonmembers, plus shipping and handling.

For more information or to place your order, visit the ALCA bookstore at or call (800) 293-5542.

Greener Pastures for Western Nursery
and Landscape Association Trade Show

The Western Nursery & Landscape Association has moved its yearly get-together to the Overland Park Convention Center. This new, larger, state-of-the-art facility will add 100 booths to their show space and make every aspect of the upcoming trade shows and conventions easier and more convenient for exhibitors and attendees.

The Western Nursery and Landscape Association is a regional association which includes the following participating associations and their members: the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association; the Kansas Greenhouse Growers Association; the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association; the Missouri Nursery and Landscape Association; the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association and the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association.

The 2005 trade show and convention is scheduled for January 9 to 11, 2005 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

Sukut Construction on the Rise

Michael Crawford (left), president and CEO of Sukut Construction, accepts the "Emerging Growth" award from Wells Fargo's Steve Muzzy at the annual awards ceremony for the Association for Corporate Growth-Orange County.

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Orange County Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth has honored Sukut Construction, Inc., with the "Emerging Growth Award." This award honors organizations with revenues up to $500 million that exhibit leadership and superior growth.

Steve Muzzy, Wells Fargo Bank, presented the award to Sukut at a ceremony of 250 guests at the Westin South Coast Plaza.

"Sukut has quadrupled its revenues in four years, growing from a small local contractor to one of the nation's top 300 contractors," Muzzy said. Sukut's clients include a number of the top land developers and homebuilders, including the Irvine Company, Standard Pacific Homes, Lennar Communities, Toll Brothers and Centex Homes.

Sukut has also won regional awards for "Contractor of the Year" and "Best Place to Work." The company has the largest earth-moving fleet (200 units) in Southern California.

Raiinbird Donates to Reforestation Effprt

Tucson, Ariz. - Rain Bird Corp. has donation 800 quarts of its irrigation supplement to "Trees for Mt. Lemmon" to aid in the group's efforts to reforest private land damaged in last summer's Aspen Fire near Tucson.

Trees for Mt. Lemmon has already planted approximately 400 trees, each with two one-quart cartons of the irrigation supplement, a time-released water in gel form ideal for establishing native plant material where permanent irrigation is not available. Trees for Mt. Lemmon will also plant an additional 400 trees that will be watered by permanent irrigation.

The U.S. Forest Service donated about 800 trees for planting, Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir seedlings, which are indigenous to the Mt. Lemmon area.

"We're happy to be able to play a role in the reforestation efforts," said Gurmeet Singh, Rain Bird product manager.

Ammonium Nitrate Security Initiative Unveiled

In July, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) launched a campaign aimed at securing ammonium nitrate against criminal misuse. The campaign, known as "America's Security Begins With You," urges everyone handling ammonium nitrate to implement security plans, maintain records of sales of ammonium nitrate and alert law enforcement officials of suspicious activity through the toll free hotline (800) 800-3855. The hotline is operated by the ATF. Campaign materials include a poster, a brochure and a window sticker for use at the distribution and retail outlets that handle ammonium nitrate. In addition to urging retailers to keep records of all sales of ammonium nitrate they also require all purchasers of ammonium nitrate to furnish a government issued picture identification to verify both their identity and address.

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Virtual Plant Tags Database

-a Mouse-Click Away

Woodbine, Md. - Culling the expert advice of noted green industry authorities, (Green Industry Yellow Pages), a leading digital directory, has unveiled its newest research and service tool called virtual plant tags (VPT).

The VPT database on is a wealth of information of plant information and professional plant images. The site currently hosts over 20,000 virtual plant tags and expert advice from Dr. Allan Armitage (annuals and perennials), Dr. Michael Dirr (trees and shrubs), Kirsten Llamas (tropicals), and Richard Schuck (aquatics expert).

"Green goods companies are using the virtual plant tags to cultivate online customers," notes founder and CEO Steve Cissel. Cissel explains that for as little as $295 per year, a garden center or nursery can start reaching the online customer with its entire spread of plant material through its participation on the website.

Visit the Fourth Annual
Great Southern Tree Conference

December 2-3, 2004 - Gainesville, Florida

Join nursery and landscape industry professionals from across the southern U.S. at the fourth annual Great Southern Tree Conference.

Developed through the joint efforts of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) and the University of Florida, this event is "the tree conference to attend." The event is centered around a 15-acre outdoor demonstration area with topics on tree selection, landscape, production, establishment, marketing and management issues in the southern United States. No other educational conference takes concepts from the classroom and implements the ideas in a demonstration site.

Growers, propagators, landscape contractors, plant brokers, allied suppliers, landscape architects, inspectors, foresters, arborists, city and county planners, water management district staff, educators, research scientists and other tree industry professionals will be in attendance.

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