Save The Date: Dallas Arboretum Field Day

Verbena 'Princess Blush'

Over the past several years, the Dallas Arboretum Trial Gardens have become a top resource for measuring the heat tolerance and landscape performance of new plant varieties.  After meticulously recording trial results throughout the year, senior director of gardens Jimmy Turner presents these findings in a colorful and entertaining style at the Aboretum’s annual Field Day. This year’s event will take place on June 27, 2012.

Every year, thousands of annuals, perennials, tropicals and bulbs are put to the test of the Field Day motto: “If we can’t kill it, no one can.”  Nearing a decade in his current position, Turner says the past year’s trials redefined the Flameproof label he and his staff award the top performers each year.

If you saw any weather-related news in Texas last year, you will recall that it was a year of drought, wildfires and record high temperatures.  Most of the state had little to no rainfall throughout the spring and summer, and homeowners experienced water restrictions like never before.  During the most unfavorable conditions for plant growth in decades, the Dallas Arboretum trialed more varieties than ever before, testing more than 7,000 different plants in the past year.  Turner and staff are focused on reporting measured trial data, without showing bias toward any particular breeder or personal plant preference, and will be adding a live data link to their website within the next year.

Some of the heat tolerant varieties that impressed last year included the gaillardia ‘Gayla’ series and otemeria ‘Baby Pink’ (voted best in container plantings) from Danziger, as well as verbena ‘Princess Dark Lavender’ and ‘Princess Blush’ from the Southern Living Plant Collection.  Some surprising Texas heat resistant varieties also made the cut. Turner and senior trials manager Jenny Wegley included heliotrope ‘Simply Scentsational’ from Proven Winners and interspecific pelargonium ‘Graziosa’ from Dummen USA on their list.

Beyond testing for heat tolerance, the year-round trials at the Dallas Arboretum include fall plantings that encompass hundreds of pansy varieties and other plants with cool season color.  Among the consistent top performers in this group are the Nature series pansy from Takii, snapdragon ‘Arrow’ from Syngenta and dianthus ‘Supra’ from Hem Genetics.

This year the cool season trials included extensive studies of various hellebores. Typically a difficult genus for hot Texas production schedules, the results revealed at the Field Day aims to help growers select cultivars with a higher success rate in the South. The Arboretum’s trial of dahlias as a fall crop is also of interest to growers with an extended southern growing season.

The Field Day promises to showcase some of the toughest plants available. Pre-registration costs $15 at DallasPlantTrials.org until June 20, and on-site registration on the day of the event is $25, including dinner after the presentation. In addition to the Field Day results, visitors can tour the only All-American Selections trial in Texas, view the spectacular Dale Chihuly glass exhibition and discover why MSN named the Dallas Arboretum one of the top places in the world to see spring flowers.

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...

April 20, 2018

California Dreaming Takes on a Whole New Meaning at CAST 2018

At California Spring Trials 2018, the Greenhouse Grower team witnessed the revitalization of a company, plus some awesome merchandising displays, and efforts toward automation.

Read More

April 19, 2018

California Spring Trials 2018: New Intros from Syngenta Flowers, Hishtil, Jaldety, Cohen Propagators, Bailey Nurseries, and More

Check out the newest 2018 plant introductions from Syngenta Flowers, Hishtil, Jaldety, Cohen Propagators, Nir Nursery, Bailey Nurseries, and Sunset Western/Southern Living Plants.

Read More

April 19, 2018

CAST 2018: Dr. A’s Favorites From Syngenta Flowers, Bailey Nurseries, and More

From an exciting perennial to a new white begonia, Allan Armitage says these showstoppers deserve recognition.

Read More
Latest Stories

April 20, 2018

California Dreaming Takes on a Whole New Meaning at CAS…

At California Spring Trials 2018, the Greenhouse Grower team witnessed the revitalization of a company, plus some awesome merchandising displays, and efforts toward automation.

Read More

April 19, 2018

California Spring Trials 2018: New Intros from Syngenta…

Check out the newest 2018 plant introductions from Syngenta Flowers, Hishtil, Jaldety, Cohen Propagators, Nir Nursery, Bailey Nurseries, and Sunset Western/Southern Living Plants.

Read More

April 19, 2018

CAST 2018: Dr. A’s Favorites From Syngenta Flowers, Bai…

From an exciting perennial to a new white begonia, Allan Armitage says these showstoppers deserve recognition.

Read More
GG-and-Benary-Team

April 19, 2018

Spring Trials Rookie Inspired by Connections

The Allan Armitage Scholarship recipient has added a number of industry connections during his time at California Spring Trials, and discusses what that means to him and his career.

Read More
Benary 2018

April 18, 2018

At CAST 2018, Sakata Captures Consumer Attention Spans,…

More than halfway through the California Spring Trials, the Greenhouse Grower team had a busy but fantastic day seeing dozens of our friends at American Takii and Benary, and spending time talking about the industry's past and its bright future.

Read More

April 18, 2018

California Spring Trials 2018: New Varieties to Watch F…

Check out the newest 2018 plant introductions from American Takii, Hilverdakooijj, Hem Genetics, Thompson & Morgan, Sakata Ornamentals, and Ernst Benary of America.

Read More

April 18, 2018

How the Horticulture Industry’s Past Shaped Its P…

Andrew Scheldorf, the winner of Dr. Allan Armitage’s California Spring Trials Scholarship, says the stories of plant origins help ground our industry to the people and places that have changed us.

Read More

April 18, 2018

Dr. A Weighs in on His CAST Favorites From American Tak…

Here are some of the top variety introductions for 2019 that have pleased Dr. A during California Spring Trials 2018.

Read More
Dummen-Christmas-Decorating

April 17, 2018

Dümmen Orange’s New Gamechanger, Plants for All S…

Greenhouse Grower's California Spring Trials Team headed north on Day 3, with stops at Dümmen Orange in picturesque San Luis Obispo and Floricultura in fertile Salinas.

Read More
Verwer-Dahlias

April 17, 2018

Syngenta Flowers Acquires Netherlands-Based Dahlia Bree…

Syngenta Flowers has reached an agreement with Verwer Dahlia BV to acquire the company’s dahlia assortment and breeding program. Both companies expect to finalize the acquisition in the coming weeks.

Read More

April 17, 2018

Armitage Scholarship Winner Weighs in on Plant Breeding…

Andrew Scheldorf, the winner of Dr. Allan Armitage’s California Spring Trials Scholarship, says breeders' persistence in making small and large breeding improvements is a testament to their passion and dedication to excellence.

Read More

April 17, 2018

California Spring Trials 2018: Stand-Out New Plants fro…

Check out these new plant introductions from the California Spring Trials 2018 trail featuring breeding from Dümmen Orange , Westhoff, Beekenkamp, and Plug Connection.

Read More

April 17, 2018

Allan Armitage’s Noteworthy 2018 Plant Intros fro…

Here are some of the top variety introductions for 2019 that have pleased Dr. A during California Spring Trials 2018.

Read More
Artemisia-Plant-Display-at-Terra-Nova

April 16, 2018

CAST 2018 Provides Fresh Inspiration for Infusing Marke…

The  second day of California Spring Trials took the Greenhouse Grower Team to GroLink in Oxnard, CA, and then up the coast to Windmill Nursery in Buellton. Here are some of the marketing, display, trend, and people highlights we saw at those locations, as well as some beautiful scenery from our evening in Pismo Beach.

Read More
Lavender-Madrid-Lavish-Green-Fuse-Botanicals

April 16, 2018

Allan Armitage’s Spring Trials Favorites From Green Fus…

Here are some of the top variety introductions for 2019 that have pleased Dr. A during California Spring Trials 2018.

Read More
Echinacea-Kismet-White-Terra-Nova-Nurseries

April 16, 2018

Terra Nova Nurseries Debuting New Heuchera, Echinacea V…

Terra Nova Nurseries has created profile pages for these new varieties on its website to help growers learn about growing habits, plant characteristics, and other insights provided by the breeding team.

Read More
Danny-Takao-Allan-Armitage-Andrew-Scheldorf

April 16, 2018

Armitage Scholarship Recipient Reflects on Conversation…

Andrew Scheldorf, the winner of Dr. Allan Armitage’s California Spring Trials Scholarship, is realizing the power of networking and building relationships in the floriculture industry.

Read More

April 15, 2018

California Spring Trials 2018: New Plants From Green Fu…

Breeders at Green Fuse Botanicals, Floranova, Vegetalis, and Ball Horticulture featured new plant varieties at the 2018 California Spring Trials with vibrant color and unique patterns that are easy for growers to produce and ship, as well as small-space friendly vegetables for patio and container growing.

Read More