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Chris Beytes

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

Cover Story
Edibles For Indies
Chris Beytes, Bill Calkins, Jennifer Zurko & Osvaldo Cuevas
Part 2 of our California Spring Trials coverage for you independent retailers focuses on tasty veggies and herbs.
Front Lines
Amazon Buys a Greenhouse
Chris Beytes
Their new second HQ location in Arlington, Virginia, where the two-phase project will have so much interior and exterior plant material that they’ve actually bought their own greenhouse to grow the stuff.
Acres & Acres
Remembering Andrew
Chris Beytes
Thirty years ago this month, Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida and wiped out Homestead’s horticulture industry.
Features
CAST Highlights, Part 2
Chris Beytes, Bill Calkins, Jennifer Zurko, Paul Pilon & Osvaldo Cuevas
In part two of our extended California Spring Trials coverage, we highlight the perennials and shrubs that caught our eye.
GT in Brief
Meet Another Young Grower Award-Winner
Chris Beytes
In June, the International Association of Horticultural Producers’ (AIPH) Young International Grower of the Year was presented to Pablo Bazzani.
GT in Brief
Metrolina Wins the Gold Rose
Chris Beytes
Metrolina Greenhouses of Huntersville, North Carolina, is the AIPH 2022 International Grower of the Year, which was announced at International Grower of the Year Award ceremony, held during GreenTech in June.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Dr. Robert O. (Bob) Miller
Chris Beytes
Esteemed bulbman Dr. Bob Miller, long-time teacher, researcher, grower and all-around horticultural character, passed away at the age of 92 after a battle with bladder cancer.
GT in Brief
Growing Technology Showcase
Chris Beytes
The most modern of greenhouse technology was once again on display in Amsterdam as the GreenTech greenhouse technology trade show returned.
Features
CAST Intros for Indies
Chris Beytes, Bill Calkins, Jennifer Zurko & Osvaldo Cuevas
You want new plants for your customers? We’ve got ’em! Here are highlights from the California Spring Trials that we think are spot-on for independent garden centers.
Front Lines
How is Central Garden & Pet doing?
Chris Beytes
Curious about their performance for the first three months of this year, since they’re in our space in both the garden and pet categories, I checked out the Q2 results.
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