Plant Trials

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 »

Poinsettia Trial Standouts

In my last newsletter, I discussed the 25th anniversary of the North American Poinsettia Trials. So much has changed in the poinsettia world since 1993 — from hybrids to unique new colors. Poinsettias have certainly... more »

New Poinsettias for 2018 — How Did They Perform?

Happy 25th anniversary! In 1993, Jim Barrett, Allen Hammer and Roy Larson came together with the poinsettia breeders to create the National Poinsettia Trials. They evaluated 31 cultivars from three companies: Paul Ecke Ranch, Ball... more »

2017 Summer Trials All Stars

I have written about many annuals and perennials from summer trials last year. However, there are many other current varieties and 2018 introductions that need our attention. These specific plants were eye catchers in multiple... more »

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