Plant Trials

Southern Charmers

Summer trials are in full swing, and now is a great time to evaluate plants for their summer performance. Across the country, universities, growers and public gardens are displaying new plant introductions as well as... more »

Trial Premiere: 2019 Annual Introductions

Costa Farms in southern Florida launches the trial season each year with its spring preview. I attended the spring trial week 10 this year to evaluate the annuals and perennials, which would later be introduced... more »

Dallas Arboretum Plant Trials Field Day to Take Place June 27

The Dallas Arboretum Plant Trials Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 27. Online registration is now open through June 22. The online registration cost is $20. The price is $25 on-site on the day of event.... more »

Sunset at the Kansas State University Flower Trial

The Kansas State University trials were established 23 years ago in multiple trial sites throughout Kansas to demonstrate the adaptability of annuals and perennials to the challenges of the prairie climate. The performance criteria included... more »

Southern Garden Tour to Take Place in June

Young’s Plant Farm, University of Georgia and Metrolina Greenhouses will host the 2018 Southern Garden Tour in June. The tour will take place June 5-7. All retailers, breeders, brokers, growers, industry professionals, media, and students are... more »

AFE Awards 2018 Ecke Scholarship

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded the 2018 Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship to Melissa Munoz, a Master of Science student at Clemson University. Munoz will receive a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 for two consecutive... more »

High Country Autumn Perennials

The focus this month is the Colorado State University (CSU) perennial trial, which I have had the opportunity to visit for many years. This is one of the most beautiful trials in the country, located... more »

2017 Summer Trials All Stars — Part 2

These all-star selections demonstrated outstanding attributes including vigor, heat tolerance, consistency, uniformity, durability and floriferousness and were eye catchers in each and every trial in which they were entered. As I have mentioned in earlier... more »

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