Jan 6, 2020
NGB to Host ‘Plant Nerds’ at California Spring Trials

National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, announced it is traveling to the California Spring Trials (CAST) with four influential horticulturists.

The goal and intent of this sponsored trip is to connect the originating breeder and broker side of the industry with consumers via public gardens and retailers.

The four guests attending the 2020 Spring Trials are:

  • Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Lucy Mercer, Home Depot Garden Club
  • Jason Reeves, University of Tennessee Gardens – Jackson
  • Jenny Wegley, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Each year since 2015, NGB has invited a group of horticulturists to accompany them to the CAST and/or the California Vegetable Trials. The list of #NGBplantnerd alumni now numbers more than 36 individuals whose exposure to this event has led to a greater understanding of annual, perennial and vegetable breeding and the chain of distribution from breeder to consumer.

National Garden Bureau encourages the industry to use the hashtag #CASpringTrials (without a year) to build community and exposure for the event and the new varieties introduced there.

For more information about this program and/or membership in National Garden Bureau, please contact Diane Blazek via email or at 630.963.0770.




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