Sep 24, 2014
The Next Food Network StarBy pmihalek

Just wanted to give a big digital pat on the back to hort industry stalwart Jonathan Bardzik. Jonathan’s the former director of marketing for ANLA, cookbook author of Simple Summer and, most recently, he partnered with Overdevest Nurseries to market a branded line of herbs and veggies meant for home cooks.

Early last week he went mainstream in a big way. Jonathan and his efforts as a Capitol Hill farmers market demo chef were profiled in USA Today. Click here to check out the full story. Next stop? Well, if you ask me, Food Network for sure. Or at the very least, your garden center teaching your customers how to cook with the edibles you’ve sold them.

Garden Center News

Natures Scapes in Bunnell, Florida, “is now home to the Baiata Bird Sanctuary in memory of Marylou Baiata, the long-time owner of Nature Scapes who died of cancer in July,” reports Nature Scapes owner Chris Baiata said, “My mom always cared for rescue animals on property, including tropical birds.”

In Wampsville, New York, Seneca Trail Garden Center closed last Saturday after 20 years in business, according to Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch. For the last four years, owner Stephen Lackey was unsuccessful in finding a buyer for his business. The remaining inventory is set to go to auction this weekend.

All You Grower-Retailers Out There

The deadline to sign up for GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference is fast approaching. October 1 to be exact. The conference is positioned to educate growers and greenhouse production personnel about the latest disease identification, integrated pest management and plant growth strategies. It will take place Oct. 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

And attendees from select midwestern states also will be eligible for pesticide recertification credits. Go to to learn more about the program.



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