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Chris Beytes Editor

Editor of GrowerTalks, Green Profit magazine and the Acres Online e-newsletter, Chris has been in horticulture for over 30 years. He owned his own greenhouse - Indian River Ornamentals - in Merritt Island, Florida, after he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in horticulture. He also had a minor in Journalism, so after he and his wife Laurie sold the greenhouse business, he started writing full-time, first for local publications in Florida and then moving to the Chicago area when he began writing for GrowerTalks. He's been with Ball Publishing for 25 years now and only thinks about retirement once in a while.  

Recent Articles

Acres & Acres
Then and Now
Chris Beytes
A quick look at how things in our industry have changed.
Features
Show Business
Chris Beytes, Jennifer Zurko, Ellen C. Wells, Jennifer Polanz & Allison Westbrook
Over several hot July days, all of the movers and shakers in the horticulture world gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to attend the show of shows: Cultivate’18. More than 650 exhibitors were showing their wares, including 135 from outside the U.S.—which made this one of the most international Cultivate shows ever! We were glad we brought our walking shoes, as there was a lot to see.
GT in Brief
Flat-rate, or Even Free Shipping, for ColorLink “Edge” Customers
Chris Beytes
It’s fascinating to see how mainstream trends impact our industry, like Amazon and its free same-day or next-day delivery. Will any plant distributor be able to offer that to growers?
GT in Brief
BrightView Goes Public
Chris Beytes
Landscape firm BrightView went public on June 22 to the tune of about $435 million, by selling 21,300,000 shares of common stock at $22 per share.
GT in Brief
Lots of Water Research from Clean WateR3
Chris Beytes
Clean WateR3, the federally funded specialty crops research initiative, is focused on helping you Reduce, Remediate and Recycle your irrigation water (those are the R3).
GT in Brief
Danziger, Syngenta Join to Market Perennials
Chris Beytes
Breeders Danziger and Syngenta Flowers are going to join forces to market their respective perennial varieties to growers in the U.S. and Canada under one new brand name: ThinkPlants.
GT in Brief
Color Spot Finds a Buyer (two, actually)
Chris Beytes
In a bankruptcy auction held July 18-20, Color Spot Nurseries got a new owner: Wells Fargo Bank … which also happened to be Color Spot’s biggest creditor.
GT in Brief
Syngenta Buys Floranova
Chris Beytes
Explaining that it will serve to enhance their presence in emerging markets, Syngenta Flowers has announced that it’s buying UK flower breeder Floranova, a respected flower and home garden vegetable seed breeder with a broad portfolio and customers in more than 50 countries.
GT in Brief
“Field Day at Ball’s”
Jennifer Zurko & Chris Beytes
From well above their heads, we get a glimpse of the attendees of Ball Seed’s Customer Day & Landscape Day as they explore the Gardens at Ball to see how the newest varieties have fared so far during the Chicagoland summer.
Acres & Acres
Where Plants and Tech Meet
Chris Beytes
Tech is highly popular these days and we should be capitalizing on tech to get more people interested in our world of growing and gardening.
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