The 2016 California Spring Trials may have just wrapped up, but across the country, more trials are on the horizon.
Mark your calendars for May 12-13 for a look at more than 100 new color varieties showcased at the Florida Flower Trials, held in conjunction with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Florida Flower Trials, previously known as Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association (FNGLA)’s Floriculture Field Days, features new varieties at three locations: Walt Disney World’s nursery, Harry P. Leu Gardens, and the University of Florida/Orange County Extension Service.
Throughout the trial, new plant varieties are evaluated based on their performance in Florida’s climate. Central Florida’s heat and humidity offers challenges for many annual plant varieties, and the Florida Flower Trials have been created to test how the new varieties will not only survive, but thrive, in the landscape. Plants are judged on uniformity of habit and flowering, numbers of flowers, insect resistance, disease resistance, and uniqueness.
The two-day event offers educational seminars, tours, and open houses for landscape professionals, garden center retailers, and growers centered around the three trial gardens. Breeder representatives interact with attendees and provide individualized information on their plants and products. Attendees have the opportunity to tour the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival on their own and take in all of the magic created by Disney’s Horticulture team throughout the festival.
Online registration is now open for the event.