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December 2021

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GREENHOUSE PRODUCT NEWS 9 INDUSTRY NEWS PLANTHAVEN ANNOUNCES NEW OWNERSHIP Robert Bett and Jeanette Bett, two long-term team members of PlantHaven International, recently purchased the agency from founders Geoff Needham and Maureen Needham. Collectively, they bring 55+ years in managing breeding portfolios on an international marketplace. Former founder and CEO Geoff Needham will mentor the new owners as a consultant throughout the transition. "The Betts joined our team 12 years ago, with Robert assuming the role of CEO for the last eight years. Maureen and I could not be more thrilled to see them carry on the legacy of this agency representing the most influential independent plant breeding companies in our industry," says Geoff Needham. Robert and Jeanette Bett have a long relationship with PlantHaven International. They began working with the Needhams in their roles at Lyndale Kiwi Flora in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2000. In 2009, the Betts accepted leadership positions with PlantHaven International and moved to Santa Barbara, California. Robert Bett adds, "We're beyond delighted with the outpouring of support from the breeders that PlantHaven International has represented for so many years. It has exceeded our expectations and excites us even more for what's to come with PlantHaven 2.0!" The new headquarters is located in the Riviera Business Park, at 2060 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 202, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. The PlantHaven California Spring Trials location will also have a new home located at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. SMITHERS-OASIS LAUNCHES GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE Smithers-Oasis, a global expert in floriculture and horticulture industries as well as a foam technology specialist in industries like temperature controlled packaging, has announced its new Sustainability Program — Do Good. Every Day. "Eight years ago, when Smithers-Oasis launched our first Sustainability Program, we were one of the few companies in the floriculture and horticulture industries to have a formal sustainability platform," said Robin Kilbride, president and CEO of Smithers-Oasis. "Since then, many companies in those industries have developed something. Also, there are different expectations for our businesses outside of our heritage markets, such as temperature controlled packaging. So, building on our business units' local activities to support our original three pillars of People, Planet, and Prosperity, we were ready to significantly expand our program." The Smithers-Oasis Sustainability Program will focus on five areas of sustainability: Employee Experience; Community Engagement; Environment, Health & Safety; Product Responsibility & Innovation; and Ethics & Integrity. Sustainability has long been a value at Smithers-Oasis. OASIS Floral Foam with biodegradable performance launched in 2014, the first of its kind and still the only floral foam in the world that has been certified and is available in more than 50 countries. More recent launches include OASIS TerraBrick Floral Media which is certified OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL, FloraLife Leafshine Silicone Free, FloraLife Flower Food sachets made with recyclable paper, and OASIS Grower Solutions Horticubes AeroMax, which increases growth of leafy greens up to 30%, significantly increasing the output of hydroponic growers within the same footprint. To learn more about the Smithers-Oasis Sustainability Program — Do Good. Every Day. — go to led the trials, along with the head grower at each of the sites. The Lake Mathews, California, trial site spans a half- acre, where 400 roses are planted annually and observed in various groups for three years, equating to more than 400 trial roses at any one time. There are no chemical sprays of any kind, and those roses that stay free of diseases and insects are moved on to the next stage of trialing. The roses that qualified during the internal trials proceeded to external trial sites, where they were deemed to be low- maintenance, easy-to-grow, highly blight- resistant roses that produced abundances of large, true-rose flowers with many deeply colorful petals. The recently completed garden trials review produced solid performance information about the five hybrid rose varieties that make up the True Bloom Roses collection. Each of the varieties displayed exemplary characteristics, including 'True Passion', 'True Gratitude', 'True Friendship', 'True Sincerity', and 'True Inspiration'. Altman Plants, most notably, observed improved performance as it relates to resistance to black spot and powdery mildew as well as aphids and other pests. True Bloom Roses, when watered and fertilized appropriately, should not require pest control measures. Any appearance should be negligible and handled by natural predators. This same "good culture" approach should also greatly reduce or eliminate the need for fungicide treatment. Visit for more information. CALENDAR JANUARY 5-7: Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) Baltimore, Maryland 19-21: Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) Tampa, Florida 25-28: IPM Essen Essen, Germany FEBRUARY 1-4: ProGreen EXPO Denver, Colorado 28-March 1: Indoor Ag-Con Las Vegas, Nevada MARCH 9-11: World Floral Expo New York, New York 30-April 3: 2022 California Spring Trials Various locations throughout California For a more detailed list of events, including regional shows throughout the year, visit our calendar section at WWW.GPNMAG.COM

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