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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

Features
Spring Trials: Whatcha Got for Us Now?
Ellen C. Wells, Jennifer Zurko & Chris Beytes
The 2018 California Spring Trials impressed us with new plants that are sure to reel in customers at retail.
Acres & Acres
The Roller Coaster Season
Chris Beytes
Would any of you get back in line and go around again?
Features
The Best of the Best (and Some of the Rest)
Chris Beytes, Ellen C. Wells & Jennifer Zurko
Part 1 of highlights from this year’s California Spring Trials, including memorable new intros, new series and more.
Features
Behind the Business: Potting Mix—It’s in the Bag!
Chris Beytes
Occasionally, GrowerTalks likes to reveal little-known details about the birth, growth or success of a well-known horticultural business. This month, ASB Greenworld, the Germany-based originator of bagged potting mix, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
GT in Brief
Registration Open for AAS/NGB Summer Summit
Chris Beytes
The All-America Selections/National Garden Bureau Summer Summit is slated for October 2-5 in lovely New Orleans.
GT in Brief
Color Spot Files Chapter 11
Chris Beytes
On Tuesday, May 29, Color Spot Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. court in Delaware.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Chuck Buster
Chris Beytes
Alpha Foliage’s Charles “Chuck” Buster passed away May 3 at the age of 78.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Greg Soles
Chris Beytes
Greg Soles of Darwin Perennials passed away unexpectedly on May 12. He was 65.
Acres & Acres
They’ll Love Your Job
Chris Beytes
There are trendy, socially progressive ways to get young people interested in horticulture, but the more alluring and important attributes of our industry are the simple, practical ones.
GT in Brief
$1 Million More for Floriculture and Nursery Research
Chris Beytes
The Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI), a research program of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, has been funded to the tune of an additional $1 million, says the Society of American Florists, which has had the full court press on in Washington for at least two years.
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