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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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Pencil Me In
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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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Chainsaw Masker
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We have a double challenge: Convince first-timers that their gardening high wasn't just a one-off. That lightning can strike again and again. And remind those who took a hiatus due to an abundance of caution or an absence of cash: Hey, we’re still here.
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Why, I Oughta …
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It’s useful to put numbers on intangibles, but anyone who’s manned a booth knows you can’t quantify everything.
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Back From the Future II
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We all want a trade show surrogate that feels like we’re there.
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Ghosts of Columns Past
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Let’s start with a few quotes and finish with a gift suggestion
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Zooming in on 2021
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“When we face challenges, we grow gardens.” —Taylor Pilker, Cavano’s Perennials.
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Com-pair-isons
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Here are a few of the neatest new-ish things I’ve seen recently.
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Boomer? OK
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… given today’s labor situation, even absent a pandemic, greenhouses sans people make an eerie sort of sense
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Back From the Future
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We’re neither a luxury, nor a branch of the entertainment industry. We make a difference in people’s lives.
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A Brief History of Havoc
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The bug from hell du jour is the aforementioned Spotted Lanternfly.
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