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Master Tomato GardenerBlind spots are defined as, “Areas where a person's view is obstructed.” Many business decisions today are still made based on conjecture (unsubstantiated assumptions), because the data needed to make a data-driven decision lies in an operational “blind spot.” Smart companies when designing mobile applications consider how they can personalize the user experience.  They ask themselves how they can utilize all the accumulated data they have collected on their customers or prospects, plus third-party data sources, to make the experience as beautiful and pleasurable as possible.  To start, they can often access the following kinds of data from their own and/or purchased databases to personalize the experience: NameAgeGenderAddressDemographic dataIncome estimateCredit historyEducation levelMarital statusChildrenLifestyleSocial media profile and senti... (more)

Horticulture Gardening Institute Offers New Online Programs Developed with Allan Armitage and the American Horticultural Society

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While gardeners around the country have hung up their tools for the season, the Horticulture Gardening Institute is launching three new online programs that make it fun to learn new practices and create innovative gardening plans anytime, anywhere and in any season. Two "Herbaceous Perennials: Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" programs are available; one focuses on perennials for sun and the other features perennials for shade. Both programs were developed with Allan Armitage, one of the world's foremost gardening experts on plants for all growing zones - especially perennials. The programs feature in-depth information on more than 100 outstanding herbaceous perennials that can be found in local garden centers and nurseries. The sun program focuses on 24 species that prefer more that six hours of sunlight a... (more)

RONA Opens New Store in Aurora, Ontario

AURORA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/24/10 -- Editors Note: A photo for this release is available via Marketwire's website. RONA inc. (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, opened the doors today to its new store in Aurora, Ontario. The opening is RONA's third store opening in three weeks, with new locations having opened in Sherwood Park, Alberta and Welland, Ontario. Located at 140 First Commerce Drive, the Aurora store represents an investment of more than $14 million and provides 150 jobs in the community. "Aurora is a dynamic town with a growing community and prosperous economy. These conditions are ideal for RONA's product and service offering," explained RONA Executive Vice-President of Store Operations, Pierre Dandoy. "The RONA Aurora store benefits from all the latest innovations in te... (more)

This Summer, Come and Discover Rideau Hall!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/17/13 -- Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston invite members of the public to discover Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of Canada's governors general, in Ottawa. Open to the public year-round, Rideau Hall will feature special events and activities throughout the summer. Among the highlights are the Annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard on June 20; the 30th edition of the annual CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic on June 22; and the return of Storytime at Rideau Hall. New this year, visitors are invited to explore Rideau Hall's ornamental gardens and greenhouses, open exclusively during its Garden Gathering weekend, on June 15 and 16. All activities are free of charge. DOORS OPEN OTTAWA 2013 June 1-2, 2013 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the weeken... (more)

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 6

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:       FLOWER SHOW Profile America — Thursday, March 6th. The Philadelphia Flower Show — the largest such indoor event in the world — winds up this weekend. Some 265,000 visitors are expected to have attended by the time the show closes on Sunday. The Philadelphia show started in 1829 and now covers 33 acres. The show now under way features a symbiosis of fine art and gardening, dubbing the event "articulture." In the U.S., close to 70 percent of households take part in some form of gardening. To aid them, across America, there are nearly 16,000 flower, nursery stock, garden center and farm supply retailers, doing nearly $31 billion of business annually. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at more)

Starting Out With Seeds and Seedlings

Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

TypePad Makes Blogging Easier and More Connected Than Ever With New Social Features and Free Microblogging

New Media on Ulitzer Six Apart blogging software and services company, today unveiled a free level of the TypePad blogging service, called TypePad Micro, that makes blogging easier than ever for people who want to share their interests with others. The announcement caps more than a year of major developments that have resulted in an easier, more social, and more connected TypePad network of 88 million bloggers and readers. Simple, Social Blogging A new form of blogging is emerging -- somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs -- focused on being easy, fun, and connected. TypePad Micro is built for this growing form of blogging, making it easy for people to curate compelling content from the web -- be it text, photos, or videos -- and share it in real time with people on their blog and by automatically cros... (more)

Korbel Garden Bubbles Over With the Effervescence of Spring

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars' magnificent garden -- a vibrant feast for the eyes -- is set to reopen to the public on April 15, 2007. The garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades, offering free tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through mid-October. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070413/SFF009 ) The Korbel Garden's impressive collection of roses -- more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House -- is off to an amazing start this season. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden over the winter and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, and flowering plum trees, and plants n... (more)

RONA Increases its Presence in the ICI Market by Acquiring Plumbing and Heating Specialist Best-MAR

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/09/08 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the leading Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, increases its presence in the specialized plumbing and heating market in Ontario by acquiring the operating assets of Best-MAR Plumbing and Heating Supplies Inc. ("Best-MAR"). This transaction further strengthens RONA's position in the fast growing ICI market ("Institutional, commercial and industrial") and follows the 2007 Noble Trade acquisition. The three Best-MAR locations will be integrated to Noble Trade's existing network of 19 branches. The transaction has been finalized pending certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and will be financed through RONA's existing credit facilities. Best-MAR (please see www.bestmar.com) was founded in July 1994. Toda... (more)

New Products Added to the RONA ECO Line Selected With the Help of Independent Life-Cycle Experts

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/02/09 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is introducing 40 new products to its RONA ECO line today. These products are more respectful of the environment than similar conventional products over their entire life cycle. Selected in partnership with the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, the new RONA ECO items are from a number of different product categories, and include - among others - a manual lawn mower, an algae-based fertilizer, a rainwater collector, reconditioned tool blades and mouldings. The 47 RONA ECO products now available are priced to compete with conventional products that do not feature such eco-responsible attributes. "Building on our success with the first group of RONA ECO products introduced last year, we worked in... (more)

Spidergram to visualise community orientation, adoption, and requests

Nancy White has been generous to share a section out of a chapter of her co-authored (Etienne Wenger and John. D Smith) forth coming book, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities. Here’s what Nancy says about community orientation: “In our research of CoPs we noticed 9 general patterns of activities that characterized a community’s orientation. Most had a mix, but some were more prominent in every case. By looking at orientations, we posit, you are in a better position to understand how to support them with tools and processes. They give you a lens to reflect on how your community is doing and where you might want it to be headed.“ Nancy’s chart is on “orientation”, assessing exactly what type of community you are by examining your activities and components, and how they are weighted on their own and in comparison to the rest…and specifically in thi... (more)