MLP Newsline Spring Summer 2017 - Page 15

MEMBER & INDUSTRY NEWS Solving Labor Shortages with Employee Referrals Turf Magazine recently published an interesting article about utilizing employee referrals to get labor, using a two-fold reward payout. It focuses on the experiences of an Allendale, New Jersey landscape company owner. You can read how he does it at: ➤ referrals-solving-labor-shortages/ • • • Garden Media Group’s 2017 Garden Trends Report: Grow 365 This material was presented at New England GROWS in Novem- ber 2016. It’s interesting information that’s worth reviewing! To download the report compiled by the Garden Media Group, visit: ➤ • • • Perennial Plant of the Year The 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year is Asclepias tuberosa – butterfly weed. This plant is known for its ability to support insects and birds and serve as the primary caterpillar food for a beloved North American native butterfly. For more info: ➤ America in Bloom Coming to Holliston The 2017 America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Celebration is coming to Holliston, MA October 5-7. The program will be based in Holliston and the pre-symposium educational tours will include unique horticultural showplaces in the area. MLP member Mark Ahronian of Ahronian Landscape & Design, Holliston is co-chair of this event. For more info & to register, visit: ➤ • • • The Best Flowering Trees for Residential Gardens In Garden Design Magazine, Horticul- turist Denise Kelly shares her top 12 flowering tree picks for show-stopping color and reliable performance. The top three listed are: Saucer Magnolia, Eastern Redbud, and Flowering Cherry. For the complete list: ➤ • • • • • • MLP NEWSLINE Spring/Summer 2017 15