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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

Acres & Acres
Frielisms
Chris Beytes
In celebration of John Friel’s 20 years as a columnist, I decided to reread his columns and select some juicy tidbits to share.
GT in Brief
June 22 Is Darwin Perennials Day 2022
Chris Beytes
Darwin Perennials brings back its in-person event on Wednesday, June 22 to showcase the latest introductions and educate perennial plant producers in The Gardens at Ball.
GT in Brief
Vita Farms, ForemostCo Inc. Partner on New TC Lab
Chris Beytes
Vita Farms, ForemostCo Inc.’s partner in Guatemala, has just announced the opening of Vita Labs, a new tissue culture lab to “create consistent quality and availability to better serve our customers’ evolving needs.”
GT in Brief
Green Circle Announces Major Expansion
Chris Beytes
Two hundred and fifty new jobs and 30 acres of new greenhouse—that’s how Green Circle Growers is describing a planned expansion—the largest in company history.
GT in Brief
Chlorpyrifos Banned … Does It Matter?
Chris Beytes
Chlorpyrifos has been targeted by the Environmental Protection Agency for a long time (residential use was banned in 2000), so it was no surprise the EPA issued a final rule recently banning the broad-spectrum insecticide on all food crops.
GT in Brief
In the Bag
Chris Beytes
Visitors to Midwest Trading get educated by horticultural Soil Scientist Kevin Donnelly, who explains what goes into producing the various bagged goods offered by the Chicago-area horticultural supplier. The guests were on location to help the company celebrate its 40th year in business.
Features
New Annuals for Indies
Chris Beytes, Bill Calkins & Jennifer Zurko
We plucked out the best new annuals varieties from the California Trials that we thought would be ideal for your garden center.
Front Lines
Certified American Grown has launched new website
Chris Beytes
Certified American Grown has a new website where you can learn all about this association of American cut flower and foliage growers.
Front Lines
Dümmen Donates to Yellowstone
Chris Beytes
The “Petunias with a Purpose” luncheon celebrated an $80,000 donation from flower breeder Dümmen Orange to Yellowstone Forever, the official non-profit partner of Yellowstone National Park.
Acres & Acres
Me? A Titan?
Chris Beytes
In early August, I was deemed to be a “titan” of horticulture and sat alongside three true titans.
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