Dec 20, 2018
Terra Nova Varieties Receive Honors at PSU

Terra Nova Nurseries has announced that 10 of its plants received high honors and accolades at one at the Pennsylvania State University’s (Penn State) trial gardens, including top selections of heuchera, echinacea, artemisia, and other genera.

Terra Nova Nurseries’ trialed plants received awards in the Best of Show, Best of Species, Best Novelty, and Superior categories. The trials took place during the growing season, spanning May to August 2018.

Terra Nova Nurseries’ heuchera ‘Northern Exposure Purple’, penstemon ‘Dakota Burgundy’ and artemisia ‘Makan Silver’ were recognized as Best of Show varieties at Penn State.

Heucherella ‘Plum Cascade,’ penstemon ‘Dakota Burgundy’, thalictrum Nimbus Pink’ (pictured above) and veronica ‘Venture Blue’ represented Terra Nova Nurseries in the Best of Species category.

“We showed nearly a dozen plants at Penn State’s garden trials. Eight varieties were new entries to the trial, and seven of the eight received an average score of four and half or higher,” said Larry Finley, sales manager with Terra Nova Nurseries. “We also had five varieties receive the Superior acknowledgement. This award was given to varieties that performed in the top 12 percent of all showing varieties.”

The Pennsylvania Floriculture Advisory Committee was responsible for overseeing Penn State’s garden trials and used a rating system including evaluations of uniformity, flower, foliage, and overall growth. The varieties were then given a rating of one to five for each of these individual categories. The category ratings were averaged to generate a final overall score. “Best of Show” varieties received a perfect score by attaining a five out of five in each of the four categories.

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