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John Friel

John Friel Columnist, Marketing Manager - Emerald Coast Growers

John is a former President of the Perennial Plant Association. His current position is Marketing Manager for wholesale grower Emerald Coast Growers and the guy Dr. Allan Armitage calls “the best writer in horticulture.”

Recent Articles

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The Natives Are Priceless
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I worry about our current collective attitude regarding natives and non-natives. We don’t need to choose one and spurn or denigrate the other.
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Is “Safety in Numbers” Back?
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I think we’re all rarin’ to go from virtual back to f2f, but I suspect many—me, for instance—are also still a bit nervous.
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The Edible Environment
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The idea of eating invasive species is an odd ally of foodscaping.
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It’s Been HOW Long??
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It’s every writer’s conceit that our clever ranks of kinked ink, or pixels, are a vast improvement over the purity of the empty page/screen.
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Year of the Hybrid
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For reasons no one should need explained, this year, PPA went hybrid. And it’s largely working pretty darned well.
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Christmas in August
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I learned that the only thing prettier than a greenhouse full of well-grown poinsettias is the same greenhouse, just emptied.
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The Flower Show, at Large
John Friel
When an event held indoors for nearly two centuries ventures outside, there are bound to be opportunities and challenges.
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Speaking of Grasses
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Just as remote learning hasn’t changed Murphy’s Law, the ever-growing importance and popularity of natives hasn’t repealed or weakened the Right Plant, Right Place rule.
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May I Quote You?
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Let’s explore some plant-related pith.
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Pencil Me In
John Friel
No single person on earth can get that plant onto your garden center bench, or off it and into a home garden. It takes a global village.
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