Don’t Miss the Southern Garden Tour This June

Youngs Plant Farm Trial Garden feature

Youngs Plant Farm Trial Garden

The 2017 Southern Garden Tour, hosted by Young’s Plant Farms, Sakata, and Metrolina Greenhouses, will be held June 6-8, 2017. All retailers, breeders, brokers, growers, industry professionals, media, and students are welcome to attend.


These All-America Selections trial sites will feature top industry planters and hanging basket combinations for sun and shade, as well as ground and pot trials for up to 500 perennial varieties and 1,500 annual varieties. There will be many new introductions for the 2017-2018 season, along with commercial benchmarks.

The Young’s Plant Farm stop will consist of 26,400 square feet of raised beds which include both sun and shade conditions.

“Our garden was created in 2012, and it allows us to make well-tested, informed decisions in our plant selection,” says Bryan Young, Owner and Chief Administrative Officer of Young’sts. “The Open House in June is a great opportunity to see how new varieties perform in conditions of a southern garden.”

Sakata will host i trials at the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University and will spotlight its newest genetics, including new AAS Winner ‘Profusion Red’ and new SuperCal colors, Red Crimson and Buttercream, to name a few. Another focal point will be Sakata’s Home Grown vegetable offering. A favorite of garden and lifestyle expert, P. Allen Smith, Sakata’s Home Grown vegetable offering features home gardener-friendly plants that are known for super performance in the garden, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing and delicious. Highlights of Sakata flowers and vegetables will be displayed in combination planters and picturesque lifestyle settings.

The Metrolina trial will be planted week 17 of 2017 and all annuals will be kept in the ground until week 34, while perennials will be kept in the garden for two years. This year, Metrolina invested in a new pergola to display combination hanging baskets. Metrolina stop highlights include 1,500 annual varieties (both introductions and benchmarks) planted in ground and in 14-inch pots and 350 perennials overwintered from the 2016 garden transplant, as well as 200 top-hanging basket combinations for the sun and shade.

Here are the details for the three locations:

Young’s Plant Farm
June 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1166 Lee Rd. 9 (Biltmore Ln.)
Auburn, AL 36832
RSVP to: [email protected]

Sakata at the South Carolina Botanical Garden
June 7, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fran Hanson Visitor’s Center
150 Discovery Lane
Clemson, SC 29634-0174
RSVP to Jiana Escobar: [email protected]

Metrolina Greenhouses
June 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
16400 Huntersville-Concord Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
RSVP to: [email protected]