January 21, 2009

Online Only: California Pack Trials Interactive Map

California Pack Trials is right around the corner. Check out our interactive map to see all the locations, exhibitors, dates and contact information for this year’s trials. Click on the map to enlarge and click on the tabs for information about that stop. For an alphabetic list of exhibitors, click here. View Larger Map

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January 21, 2009

Online Only: California Pack Trials Exhibitors

Online Only: California Pack Trials Exhibitors

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January 21, 2009

Online Only: California Pack Trials Exhibitors

Agrexco March 28–April 3 Fred Cohen Pacific Plug & Liner Watsonville, CA American Takii March 28–April 5 Julia Paul American Takii Salinas, CA Ball Horticultural March 28–April 3 Mary Long Ball Horticultural Research Facility Santa Paula, CA Benary Seed March 28–April 3 Charlotte Rose Imagination Canyon Ghse Santa Barbara, CA Bodger Seeds/Bodger Botanicals TBD Steve Jones Bodger Seeds Lompoc, CA Booman Floral March 28–April 5 Jake Rudnick Booman Floral Vista, CA Danziger ‘Dan’ Flower Farm March 28–April 3 Chanochi Zaks Reese Kiikka Headstart Nursery Gilroy, CA Dummen USA March 29–April 2 Diane Surette Greenheart Farms Arroyo Grande, CA Ecke Ranch March 28–April 4 Snow Maestas Ecke Ranch Encinitas, CA Fides North America March 28–April 2 Diana Dickenson Fides North America Santa Paula, CA Floranova March 30–April 3 Bill Wilson Shannon Neal Floranova Lompoc, CA Florist de Kwakel B.V. March 28–April 3 Judy Born Speedling Inc. San Juan Bautista, CA GGG-International […]

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January 14, 2009

Mark Your Calendars For Cyclamen

Golden Fields Greenhouse in Castroville, Calif., will host its annual cyclamen trials beginning this Sunday, Jan. 18. The trials run through Jan. 23, and retail and wholesale growers are invited to attend. More than 300 cyclamen varieties from various breeders will be on display, and several breeder representatives will be attending to give tours and overviews of their new introductions. Those interested in attending should call 831-755-0570.

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December 2, 2008

Poinsettia Open Houses In Ohio, North Carolina

OFA and Ohio State University kicked off their poinsettia trial open houses today at Krueger Maddux Greenhouses in Indiana, and they’ll continue next week with three stops across the state of Ohio. North Carolina State University, meanwhile, is hosting its open house for growers and consumers tomorrow and Saturday. The schedule and locations for the remaining OFA and Ohio State poinsettia trials are as follows: December 8, 1–3:30 p.m. Bostdorff Greenhouse Acres 18832 N. Dixie Highway Bowling Green, OH 43402 419-353-7858 December 10, 1–3:30 p.m. Dill’s Greenhouse 5800 Rager Rd. Groveport, OH 43125 614-836-3700 December 12, 1–3:30 p.m. Barco and Sons, Inc 6650 Branch Rd. Medina, OH 44256 330-725-5400 North Carolina State has an event planned for growers tomorrow (Dec. 4) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another event for both growers and consumers will follow Saturday (Dec. 7) from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and no registration is […]

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November 5, 2008

Oklahoma State University

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: Haldor Howard  Trial Location: Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Planting Dates: Last week of May Weather Conditions: Temperatures were warm, becoming consistently quite hot by mid-July. Some night time lows were in the 80s. August was rainy. Best In Show: Capsicum annum ‘Purple Flash’ ornamental pepper–”with showy, purple spackled foliage.” Top 5 Overall: Begonia ‘BIG Red with Bronze Leaf’ from Benary–”with BIG features all around.” Celosia ‘Garden Leader Higro Yellow’ from Grimes Seeds–”with a stately posture.” Impatiens ‘Super Elfin Salmon XP’ from PanAmerican Seed–”with exceptionally strong and consistent flowering.” Petunia ‘Mini-Me Red’ from Cohen Propagation Nurseries–”with compact yet vigorous and floriferous habit.” Zinnia ‘Zahara Coral Rose’ from PanAmerican Seed–”with a nice uniform mounding effect.”

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November 4, 2008

Unique Michigan Conservatory Breaks Ground

Community leaders in West Bloomfield, Mich., broke ground on the PLANTERRA Conservatory, a 23,000-square-foot conservatory-style facility that will house exotic plants and tropical ornamental foliage, orchids and decorative pottery in the region. The facility is expected to be completed by next fall. Locals are excited about the project because it is expected to fuel the economy and bring more permanent jobs to the area over the long term. About 70 people are currently employed at the conservatory. “This project is the best of all ideas for rejuvenating West Bloomfield,” says L. Brooks Patterson, a county executive. The PLANTERRA Conservatory’s inventory will feed Planterra Corporation’s interior landscaping business, but everything in the conservatory’s collection will be open for public viewing in a botanical garden-like experience. The project is also special because of its structure. The conservatory will comprise three adjoining glass greenhouse structures with European hipped rooflines. For more information on […]

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October 26, 2008

University Trial Gardens Interactive Map

View Larger Map Click on the blue tabs for links to our coverage and trials websites. Click on the arrows to look at different parts of the map, or on plus and minus to zoom in and out.

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October 21, 2008

2008 Field Trials: Putting Newcomers To The Test

Each year the country’s extension agents, university horticulture professors and botanic experts put varieties to the test with field trials. Sure that begonia performs perfectly in a grower’s greenhouse or for a few weeks on the bench. But how does it do in action? We asked for information about the location, such as the trial manager and location, planting dates and weather conditions during the trials. We also asked for the “Best In Show,” or what stood above and beyond the other varieties, as well as the trial manager’s Top Five. Here are the results. Scroll down for an Interactive Map of university bedding plant trials.  Penn State University University of Illinois Mass Hort Elm Society Ohio State University Dallas Arboretum Cornell University Colorado State University Michigan State University University of Florida Oklahoma State University Click on the blue tabs on the map for links to our coverage and trials […]

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October 14, 2008

Penn State University

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: Alan Michael, Penn State Extension, [email protected] Trial Location: Southeast Research and Extension Center (a.k.a. Landisville Trial), Penn State University Planting Dates: 6, 000 pots (1,328 entries) were planted on May 20, 21 and 22, 2008 into 5-gallon containers Weather Conditions: From third week of May (right after planting) through Mid-June we had unusually hot, bright sunny days, low humidity and below normal rainfall. Geraniums, begonias and impatiens suffered from the heat. Mid-June through July provided excellent grow more than 2.5 inches) in form of rain, fog and severe thunderstorms. Conditions allowed plants to make up any lost growth that occurred in June. August through Mid-September was dry with 2.5″ below normal of rainfall (normal is about 4 inches). Temperatures were in the normal range, with no excessively hot days. Geraniums were outstanding August. Best In Show: ‘BIG Red with Green Leaf’ begonia […]

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October 14, 2008

University of Illinois

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: C. Diane Anderson, Research and Education Specialist in Landscape Horticulture; [email protected] Trial Location: Miles C Hartley Selections Garden, University of Illinois Arboretum Planting Dates: Scaevola (planted June 3, 2008) Canna (planted June 6, 2008) Osteospermum (planted June 9, 2008) Lantana (planted June 23, 2008) Rudbeckia (planted May 30, 2008) Lantana (planted June 23, 2008) Cosmos (planted May 27, 2008) Juncus (planted June.06 2008) Capsicum (planted June 06, 2008) Weather Conditions: Excessively wet during May and June, 2008 Best In Show: Scaevola ‘Surdiva Light Blue’ from Suntory Top 5: 1. Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’ from Anthony Tesselaar Plants 2. Osteospermum ‘Serenity Vanilla’ from Ball FloraPlant 3. Lantana ‘Landmark Sunrise Rose’ from Ball FloraPlant 4. Rudbeckia ‘Tiger Eye Gold’ from Goldsmith Seeds 5. Zinnia ‘Profusion Coral Pink’ from Sakata Seed

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October 14, 2008

Dallas Arboretum

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