October 14, 2008

Mass Hort Elm Society

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: David Fiske, [email protected] Trial Location: Mass Hort Society Elm Bank Planting Dates: Frost-hardy plants May 19–23, 2008; the rest May 31- June 12, 2008 Weather Conditions: Spring–hot heave wave first week of June; summer–very wet, by September more than 11 inches of rain above normal. Best In Show: Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ from Ball FloraPlant Top 5 Overall: ‘Henna’ coleus from Ball FloraPlant ‘Zahara Scarlet’ zinnia from PanAmerican Seed ‘Artist Purple’ ageratum from Proven Winners ‘BIG Red with Green leaf’ begonia from Benary ‘Lania Lavender Star’ verbena from Syngenta Flowers

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September 29, 2008

Share Your Thoughts On Horti Fair

Will you be attending Horti Fair in a couple of weeks? Let us know! E-mail us your thoughts on the coolest new products you see and the offsite tours and events you attend, and send us your photos from Holland. You can e-mail your thoughts and photos to Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey at [email protected] For more information on Horti Fair, taking place Oct. 14-17, click here.

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September 22, 2008

Goldsmith, Syngenta To Exhibit Separately At Pack Trials

Goldsmith Seeds and Syngenta Flowers will be exhibiting at separate locations next year at the California Pack Trials after many years sharing space. The two breeders simply need more space, according to Gary Falkenstein and Joel Goldsmith, who both believe the Pack Trials separation will allow them to provide customers with better access to marketing ideas, technical information and new variety introductions. The relationship between Goldsmith and Syngenta will go on, as will the innovative partnership to breed and supply vegetative genetics to the marketplace. Locations for Goldsmith and Syngenta at 2009 Pack Trials are as follows: Goldsmith Seeds 2280 Hecker Pass Highway Gilroy, CA 95020 Syngenta Flowers 7240 Holsclaw Road Gilroy, CA 95020

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September 22, 2008

Trialing Gerbera At C. Raker & Sons

The Raker Gerbera Trial, featuring 196 varieties transplanted into four-inch and six-inch pots, will take place from October 20-24 this year at the C. Raker & Sons headquarters in Litchfield, Mich. Six breeders–Sakata, Syngenta, Global Flowers, Kieft, Northern Innovators and HMA Plants–provided varieties for the trial, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that week. Series cultivated for the gerbera trial include Festival, Jaguar, Royal, Revolution, Floriline, Fortune and Crazy Colors. The suppliers will be in attendance and available to present variety and cultural information for each series. Of the 196 varieties that will be on hand, 150 are standard varieties and 46 are miniature. There are three flower types: single, semi-double and spider. Raker is also conducting two additional experiments. The first encompasses a secondary trial of 32 different color mixes sown two weeks after the primary trial to demonstrate early flower timing and crop uniformity. […]

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August 13, 2008

Yoder Garden Mum And Aster Field Day

Yoder Garden Mum and Aster Fall Field Day will take place on Thursday, September 25 this year at Lucas Greenhouse in Monroeville, N.J. Those who attend will see the newest garden mum and aster varieties and compare them with existing Yoder and competitor varieties. Attendees will also get to talk to growers about how to be successful growing and marketing mums, and they can evaluate the garden mum and aster trials themselves. To register, e-mail Deb McGuinness at [email protected] or call 1-800-232-9557, ext. 2471.

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August 6, 2008

Best Use Of Color

The flower beds Delilah Onofrey and her family planted on Hilliard Boulevard won “Best Use of Color” in the seventh annual Westlake In Bloom competition. Pictured (from the left) are her sons Devlin, Arden and Tristan, who all helped plant the beds this spring. The varieties included: petunia ‘Easy Wave Blue,’ gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun,’ Disco marigolds, verbena ‘Aztec Red’ and purple perennial salvia for height. Westlake, Ohio, was one of the first cities to participate in America In Bloom in 2002 and won its population category that year. The city enjoyed the program so much that it has grown its local program seven fold in seven years from 38 to 300 entries, including 224 raised flower beds. The rest of the entries span categories recognizing residential and commercial landscaping efforts in homes, condominiums, businesses, hotels, nursing homes and churches. Local garden centers provided $25 gift certificates to first-place winners. The […]

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July 30, 2008

Open Houses Around The Corner

Breeders, growers and universities in Colorado and New Hampshire will host their annual open houses this week and next. Welby Gardens, Syngenta Flowers, Colorado State University, D.S. Cole Growers and Pleasant View Gardens are among those hosting their open houses in early August. In Colorado, Welby Gardens will host its open house August 2. Trials open in Arvada at 4 p.m., and more than 800 new container planted annual and perennial flowers can be viewed. The Syngenta Flowers open house will take place a couple of days later, from August 4 to 5, in Boulder. Colorado State University will also host its Annual Flower Trial Garden Evaluation Day on August 5. D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, N.H., will have its open house August 7. Garden vignettes of its young plant products will be on display along with new variety additions, including an expanded selection of coleus, succulents, begonias and a […]

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July 2, 2008

Raker Trial Gardens To Open Soon

The Raker Trial Gardens will officially open to the public July 16 in Litchfield, Mich., where gardens cover more than three acres and include a variety of annuals and perennials used primarily for horticulture comparison trials. This year, C. Raker & Sons has conducted three main trials. The annual comparison trials contain varieties like French marigolds, osteospermum, heuchera and miniature impatiens. The container trials consist of 220 examples of monoculture and mixed culture varieties in 20-inch patio containers, and the hanging basket trials include more than 300 varieties. New attractions to the Raker Trial Gardens are the breeder beds, 16 beds designed by professional landscapers and sponsored by industry companies. The trial gardens are open through August 29 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, click here.

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July 2, 2008

Trialing In The East Texas Heat

The annual Overton Horticultural Bedding Plant Trials and Field Day in Texas drew about 150 growers, breeders and gardeners this year who viewed more than 500 bedding plant varieties. And because Texas constitutes an increasing market for new bedding plant varieties, seed companies flocked to Overton to test the strength of their varieties. Goldsmith Seeds, for example, enter numerous varieties, including vinca lines resistant to aerial phytophthora. Goldsmith sends trials to about a dozen universities around the country each year, but Don Snow, the company’s technical product manager, prefers these particular trials. “The trial is really important to us,” he says, “because when it performs well here and it performs well in Dallas, then we have the confidence to go to customers down here and say, ‘This will work for you.” Wayne Pianta, a technical product representative at Ball Horticultural Company, agrees. “Everyone comes here, because this is one of […]

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July 2, 2008

Georgia Trials Showcase Innovation

From breakthrough plants to sustainable practices, there was much to see at Dr. Allan Armitage’s trials at the University of Georgia (UGA) June 18, during an industry open house right before the Southeast Greenhouse Conference. Nestled on a terrace surrounded by university buildings, the UGA Horticulture Gardens were planted 25 years ago to assess the performance of annuals and perennials in hot, humid conditions. Data on all plants are provided through the Web site, www.uga.edu/ugatrial. In addition to being a valuable resource for growers, garden center retailers, master gardeners, horticultural distributors and flower breeders from all over the world, the gardens are, first and foremost, a teaching tool. “As a teaching facility, the garden allows students to learn about the myriad of annual and perennial species and to study the different growth habits, tolerances and uses of herbaceous material,” Armitage says. “Students can also learn about those elusive terms called […]

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June 25, 2008

Touring The Gardens At Michigan State

The Michigan State University (MSU) Garden Plant Showcase will take place at the Plant & Soil Sciences Building this year on August 6. University faculty and staff will lead presentations on new plant material, how to regulate plant height of floriculture crops using plant growth retardants and how to recognize and treat common greenhouse diseases. Advanced registration for the showcase is encouraged and accepted by July 28 for $35. Registration includes lunch, a parking pass and a copy of the annual trial book, which is also available for purchase at the university’s visitor center. MSU has seven acres of floral displays in the Horticulture Gardens, and it trials about 1,000 cultivars of annuals and herbaceous perennials growing there each year. For more information on this year’s showcase, click here.

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June 20, 2008

The Kew Gardens Of The North

I am writing this column from Ontario, Canada, where I have taken a desk at the Niagara School of Horticulture (www.schoolofhorticulture.com) in Niagara Falls. I wanted to see a different perspective of horticulture education and so I cleverly talked the superintendent, Liz Klose, into inviting me for a sabbatical at the school during the summer of 2007. Established in 1936, the program was originally known as The Training School for Apprentice Gardeners, based on the long-standing gardener apprenticeship offered at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England. The name was changed to Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture in 1959. The three-year program is intense and difficult to get into. Applicants are filtered based on academic criteria, written evaluations and live interviews. After the dust has settled, only 12 to 14 students are selected each year. However, the training these students receive is unique compared to the two- and four-year […]

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