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Enjoy Spring Color in Autumn With Fall Crocuses

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Sep, 14, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

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Did you know there are fall-blooming crocuses? Two major kinds are readily available and easy to grow in your garden. One is edible and one is poisonous, so you need to know which is which!  Don't miss this informative #plantchat to learn about growing these impressive fall flowers.

The  American Horticultural Society  and  Corona Tools  will be sharing their knowledge of Fall Crocuses with you. Prizes awarded during this #plantchat will be a bulb-planting trowel from Corona Tools, and a one-year membership from the American Horticultural Society.   

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Join  @CoronaTools  and  #plantchat  co-partner,  American Horticultural Society Digital Communications Manager, Charlotte Germane, tweeting as  @AHS_Gardening and Communications Manager & Associate Editor, Viveka Neveln, tweeting as @VivNevAHS , on the topic of Fall Crocuses. The live chat begins Monday, September 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Share your thoughts and takeaway exciting tips and info including:

  • Some crocuses bloom in the fall – If you enjoy crocuses in early spring you can host their cousins in the fall too.
  • Choose the right spot for your crocuses – Get tips on garden location, planting, irrigation, and culture for fall crocuses.
  • Some autumn crocuses are poisonous – Learn which fall-blooming crocuses are poisonous to dogs and cats (and humans).
  • Some fall crocuses are edible – Find out which crocus is not only edible but a “gold mine” of an expensive seasoning.
  • Harvesting tips – Make the most of your crocus harvest with tips on the best time of day to gather, and how to store the harvest.

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, AHS

Attracting Beneficial Garden Insects with AHS, Jessica Walliser and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Aug, 21, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

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Do you have insect pests in your garden, munching on your favorite veggies and flowers? Come learn how to bring in “good bugs” that will get rid of those “bad bugs”.

The American Horticultural Society and Corona Tools are pleased to welcome their guest, Jessica Walliser, author of “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden”. Jessica’s book won a 2015 AHS Book Award this spring.

Jessica Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners” on KDKA-Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and the author of four books. We are delighted to have her join #plantchat for the first time. We will be sharing tips on attracting beneficial insects to the garden.   

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural SocietyDigital Communications Manager, Charlotte Germane, tweeting as @AHS_Gardening.  Special guest, garden writer, Jessica Walliser, leads the topic, Attracting the Good Bugs to Your Garden,  and tweeting as @jessicawalliser. The live chat begins Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Share your thoughts and takeaway exciting tips and info including:

Two kinds of beneficial bugs - The pollinators, who help pollinate our plants, and the predators/parasitoids, who help us by controlling garden pest populations.

Three ways to encourage beneficial predatory bugs - Tips to make your garden a haven for the hunters of bad bugs.

How many bad bugs are there? – Learn the surprising statistic on how few “bad” bugs there are.

ID the good bugs – How to recognize the good guys.

Plants that feed the good bugs – Plant combos that will attract the good bugs to your garden, and keep them and their descendants there.

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, AHS

How Plants Survive the Summer Heat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jul, 31, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

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Plants have amazing characteristics, specially when it comes to adapting themselves to a certain area or climate.You can say tey have different personalities, whether they like the sun or shadow, or even both. But have you ever thought how plants are able to survive different weathers? How about seasons? For example here in California where we are going through a drought, how can plants survive the summer high degree weather?

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, how plants deal with heat. The live chat begins Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

The Machinery Behind Each Plant- Learn the mechanisms that plants have for coping with heat

Plant Experience - Learn which plants others have found to be exceptionally heat tolerant

Sharing is Caring - Learn how your fellow gardeners cope with heat and share your own tips

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

 

 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Public Gardens

What to Look for When Buying Fresh Flowers

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jul, 14, 2015 @ 19:07 PM

When you visit your local florist or order flowers online, do you ever think about where those flowers come from? In a national survey, only 74% of consumers know the origin of their flowers. The fact is, 80% of cut flowers U.S. consumers buy are imported, mostly from South American countries.

When you consider the time takes for imported flowers to get from the field to your local florist, they don’t have much longer before they begin to fade. In essence you are buying a product that is certain to provide limited enjoyment. On the other hand, local and domestic flowers are fresher since they don't travel far to your vase. And given a choice, 54% of consumers would prefer American grown flowers

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Corona recently hosted a #plantchat with Debra Prinzing, noted garden writer and speaker, and creator of the slowflowers movement and spokesperson for the Certified American Grown (CAG). It was organized as unified and diverse coalition, made up of U.S. flower farms, including small and large entities in multiple states across the country. When buying flowers, consumers can look for the “American Grown” and “CA Grown” logos and be assured they are getting domestic and locally grown flowers.

As a result of our chat with Debra and the CAG, Corona was introduced to a series of events called Field to Vase Dinner Tour. It is a series of pop-up communal dining experiences that will take place at specialty flower farms across the country. 

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Each event will feature a seasonal, four-course meal served at a table decorated with uncommonly beautiful American grown flowers. Guests will have rare access at each venue to meet and converse with the host flower farmer, a featured floral designer and a farm-to-table chef.

Attendees of each private flower-farm experience will take home new insights and a heightened understanding of the American floral landscape, symbolized by a local floral memento and gift bag from their visit. Included in each gift bag is a Corona Curved Snip [AG 4980SS $14] that has ergonomic and comfortable grips that are great for harvesting flowers, fresh fruit from the vine, and herbs.

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The Field to Vase Dinner Tour continues throughout 2015, taking place across the country at unique destinations -- American flower farms in both urban and rural settings. Each event introduces guests to the age-old art and science of flower farming.

As a proud supporter of Field to Vase, friends of Corona can sign up for a special offer code for $25 off the ticket price at the remaining events going on through October 2015.

Save $25


Knowing where your flowers come from and choosing local, can help assure your fresh flowers will be fresher and last longer!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, American-grown Flowers

What You Can Learn from Public Gardens

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jul, 06, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

DSC00683Public Gardens are a wonderful amenity across the U.S. and the world. How do you locate a new one in your area? Or visit one that is celebrating one hundred years? Does it have a Conservatory, or perhaps a native plant woodland or meadow? Are there plant shows and celebrations of blooming plants in season?  Or perhaps plant sales and garden tours scheduled?

A trip to a public garden, is a great way to learn what works in your comminuty and provides insight how you can "translate" into your own garden. Join us this week to share your experiences at public gardens with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, what you can learn from public gardens. The live chat begins Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

What is your Favorite Public Garden? - Share your experiences

Share your favorites - What caught your eye or caused this garden to be your favorite? Share what you  have learned. 

Near and Far -  Is your favorite Public Garden in your own city? in the U.S.? or anywhere in the world? 

Old and New - About that Public Garden -- is it  brand new and one that you helped found, or an old and august institution? 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Public Gardens

Foodscaping With Kids in the Edible School Yard Movement

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jun, 26, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

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The #Bullockgarden Project at the Dorothy L. Bullock School in Glassboro, NJ is a celebrated effort to teach food gardening to school kids, and Emergent Professional Brie Arthur and Landscape Expert, Celebrity TV Host and Speaker, Ahmed Hassan are at the forefront of publicity for this edible school yard.

Elementary School Teacher Sonya Harris started a fundraising campaign after getting approval from her school board. The community came together to support the project through cash donations, supplies and labor. Sonya reached out to Ahmed to do a "schoolyard crash," and he assembled a team from around the U.S. 

Join the Emergent Pro this week to chat about the value of food gardening with kids, and the Edible School Yard Movement, on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #Plantchat co-partner, Brienne Gluvna Arthur @EmergentPro, along with their guest, Ahmed Hassan @ahmadandahmed for this week's topic, #BullockGarden Project and #Foodscaping with kids.  The live chat begins Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2011.

Discussion Overview 

Goals of Edible School Yard Movement for Children:

It's All About Science - Engage students in science curriculum through gardening

Outdoor Classroom - This hands-on, learning-by-doing classroom seats 25 (pictured above)

Harvest Home - Food harvested from the #BullockGarden provides food for the school cafeteria, in addition to yummy garden tastings with the school community every Friday

Edible Education - Contact your school board and work with the Cooperative Extension Service and Master Gardeners to start up some edible education in your community 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

photo credit Brienne Gluvna Arthur 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Emergent Professionals, #BullockGarden Project, #Foodscape

Water Conservation with Rodale Institute

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 15, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

IMG_7156Rodale Institute has a new take on Water Conservation, ranging from rain barrels to green roofs, and even fighting drought with soil biology. 

Rodale Institute's Aaron Kinsman will participate in #plantchat on Twitter to answer questions and provide helpful hints and advice for water saving in gardens new and old. It's another great topic and discussion in store on #plantchat! 

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute tweeting as @RodaleInstitute will be leading the chat, along with the voice of Corona Tools, Chris Sabbarese.  The live chat begins Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview  

5 Key Takeaways for Water Conservation. Get the scoop on:

1. Rain barrels

2. Green roofs

3. Methods to fight drought

4. Building soil health to hold water

5. Preventing run-off using soil biology 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now #plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries. 

photos courtesy of Rodale Institute

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Rodale Institute, Water Conservation

Water Saving Strategies with Proven Winners and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 08, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

image001Whether you live in a drought-stricken area, and area where water is naturally scarce, or a climate with abundant rainfall, it's in your best interest to conserve water. Join us on #Plantchat to lear water saving strategies and to share your favorite water saving tips.  

This Twitter chat is a way to unravel some of the finer points of water conservation for the garden with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about water saving in the garden with the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, Water Saving Tips. The live chat begins Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Visual Cues - Learn the visual cues to look for that indicate drought-tolerant plants

Share Your Favorites - Which plants have proved tough in drought, and which surprised you? 

Horticultural Techniques - Learn how to save water through good horticulture

Adaptations - What adaptations have you made in your landscape to save water? Share your tips. 

Rain Water Harvesting - Learn the basics of how to harvest rain water for an excellent free water source

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Water Conservation

Cultivating the Next Generation of Gardeners

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, May, 15, 2015 @ 16:05 PM

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Do you garden with kids at school, home, community gardens, or in gardening clubs? If you do, there is a whole slew of educational aids available – for both the kids and parents and educators.

The American Horticultural Society and Corona Tools are pleased to host a very special guest organization this week, the Junior Master Gardener Program, represented by Extension Specialist Lisa Whittlesey. It’s a very impressive group, doing good work with kids in the US and other countries too, with lots of substantial content on their site. 

This important #plantchat helps to cultivate and grow a new generation of gardeners who will love and sustain the Earth. We'll also provide a sneak peek at the latest research on how gardens affect children’s health. There's a lot of great information in store and you are invited to come share your experience gardening with kids on #plantchat! 

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Join Chris Sabbarese, the "voice of @CoronaTools " and #Plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural Society Digital Communications Manager Charlotte Germane @AHS_Gardening, along with guest host Extension Specialist Lisa Whittlesey tweeting as @jmg_lisa This week's topic is Youth Gardening Skills. The live chat begins Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

During the live chat, Junior Master Gardener Program and American Horticultural Society will cover:

  • Empowering Kids - Find out about the Junior Master Gardener Program and how it empowers kids
  • Garden Tips and Games - access free, online gardening games and tips for kids of varied ages
  • Finding Help State by State - Learn how to find your state’s Junior Master Gardener coordinator
  • Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium - Preview the upcoming National Children & Youth Garden Symposium co-hosted by the Junior Master Gardener Program, AHS, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin this July, 2015
  • Research Results - Get a sneak peek at the results of a four-year study on how school gardens affect kids  

Let’s help cultivate a new generation of gardeners who will love and sustain the Earth!

Join the Conversation

PlantchatDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

 

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries. 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, AHS, Youth Gardening, Junior Master Gardener Program

4-1-1 on New Plant Introductions for 2015

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Apr, 27, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

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New plant varieties are always exciting to the gardener or landscaper, as we search for just the right accent plant or component for the border. An understanding of some of the new varieties, what the breeders are aiming for, how the new plants have application in our own home gardens, and what to think about the endless parade of new plants will be covered on the upcoming #Plantchat. 

Find out more about new plant varieties for 2015! This Twitter chat is a way to unravel some of the finer points with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools, Chris Sabbarese.

PLANTASTIC PRIZES

The most active tweeter will win* a new Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub! (Limited to the U.S. only). *If the most active tweeter resides in another country, Proven Winners will send a Plant Geek t-shirt. 

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about new plants of 2015 with the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, New Plants for 2015. The live chat begins Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

  • New plant varieties on the market for the 2015 Season 
  • What makes new varieties special and different?
  • Share what you're looking for in new plants
  • What new varieties are you excited about? 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, New Plants for 2015

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