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My wife and I spent most of last week in Hot Springs, AR at our annual Arkansas Green Industry Association (AGIA) trade show. As a board member and last year’s president-elect, I was in charge of scheduling our speakers. I want to thank this year’s speakers for their excellent presentations. I also want to thank Anne, Dawn, Marilyn and Steve for their help in getting our speakers when I got behind schedule.

At our Annual Meeting I was installed as the president of the AGIA. Doug Schneider was elected as our next president-elect. Thanks to all of who attended the meeting. We on the board will do our best to make the best decisions for the AGIA.

The trade show was smaller this year and not as well attended as past years, but in my opinion that was to be expected with the economy. Our industry is usually the last to be affected by a downturn and the last to recover. I think we have reach the low point and will begin to see improvements. I also think the improvements we see will be gradual so don’t expect an instant turn around.

I have big plans and a long list of what I want to accomplish during my two year term. Don’t be surprised if you are an association member and you get a call from me asking for your help. The AGIA is not just the board. It’ all of us working together.

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The Good Earth Garden CenterCongratulations to Gregg and Julie and all the great folks at Good Earth!

From http://todaysgardencenter.com:The Good Earth Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers national winner

The Good Earth Garden Center is the 2012 Revolutionary 100 National Winner. The award was presented to Gregg and Julie Curtis, owners of the Little Rock, Ark., garden center at the Revolutionary 100 Award Banquet in Atlanta, Ga. on January 12. The award is the top honor in Today’s Garden Center magazine’s annual program recognizing the 100 most innovative, progressive independent garden retailers in the country.

"We’re here because of a lot of other people. We have such a great team, Julie and I are just the coaches," said co-owner Gregg Curtis. "I know it’s been a tough time for a lot of retailers, but everyone needs to take a step back and see some of the positive things all of the garden centers in the room here tonight are doing. We should all feel good about what we’re accomplishing."

The Good Earth Garden Center was selected by a panel of judges for its excellence in a number of areas, including expansion into successful new product categories, its focus on local suppliers and products and its commitment to the personal and professional development of its employees.

The Curtis’ operation was selected as this year’s National Winner from among five Regional Winners. The other finalists for the award included:

Visit Revolutionary100.com for more details on The Good Earth Garden Center and why it was selected as this year’s national winner, as well as details on all of the retailers named to the 2012 Revolutionary 100 List.

You can also find a 2009 profile on The Good Earth Garden Center at www.TodaysGardenCenter.com.

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We have quite a few items already planted and growing for 2012. Some are cool season crops while others are plants that like warmer weather that are in larger pots which take longer to mature. Here are some pictures of what we have going so far.

The picture on the left is our first crop of #6 Dragonwing Begonias and farther back #12 Deco New Guinea Impatiens. Hidden behind them in the back are #4.5 Plumbago. The picture on the right is of the new #12 Rhythm and Blues Petunia baskets which will hopefully look like the picture below that when they are ready. New plants sometimes take some learning to get them to look perfect.

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These two are snapdragons and some early #4 Annuals.

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young-plants9 These are #12 Wave Petunias. We changed them up this year and we think you will like the changes. More on that coming soon.

This last picture is of dirt in pots ready to plant.

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Hanging out in the booth at the show.

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