The 2015 Raker Trial Gardens were exceptional this year with over 65,000 plants in comparison trial and landscape environments—all within five acres of the Raker Trial Gardens. I visited the trials on Thursday and Friday July 28 & 29 and saw firsthand one of the industry’s best venues for breeder and variety evaluation. After walking over 700 row comparison trials, 15 breeder sponsored beds, seed versus vegetative trials, row upon row of sponsored hanging basket trials, a complete New Guinea comparison hanging basket trial, and the HortCouture Garden on Thursday, I returned on Friday to pick my personal favorites.
Thanks so much for following me along the trials, below are my last virtual tours. See what's coming from Skagit Gardens, Gediflora, Suntory, and EuroAmerican.
As I moved through the trials I had the opportunity to see some exciting things from Sakata, Kientzler, and Terra Nova Nurseries. The videos are below and as always, I hope you are enjoying them!
As our virtual tour of the CA Spring Trials continues we visit Plant Source International, Westflowers, and Plug Connection.
I recently returned from California where I had the opportunity to visit many of the companies displaying for the 2015 Spring Trials. Along the way I video taped quite a few of the stops so I could share the experience with you. Below are the first few videos and I'll be posting more soon.
My trip to the IGC at the Navy Pier in Chicago:
Chicago is my favorite large city (besides Denver) and when the opportunity came up to visit the IGC Trade show on Navy Pier, I jumped at the chance. So my wife Peggy and I spent 3 glorious days in Chicago touring the show and of course the city.
GroLink introduced the Belgian mums to North America several years ago and revolutionized the garden mum industry with varieties that required no pinch, branched profusely producing thousands of buds and blooms on a single plant. This year at Spring Trials they introduced a new series of Belgians, the Jasoda series, consisting of six colors (white, red, yellow, orange, lavender and pink), completely uniform and although under natural day length they are late flowering the Jasodas respond especially well under black cloth. Their uniformity lends perfectly for combination containers. They are very impressive and be sure to watch the video.
Dummen, was the first to introduce the concept of the multi stuck liner with the Confetti liners and they always say it is better to be first than to be a follower. Because of this, the Confetti liners have become one of the major drivers of their genetics and no wonder that their main focus at the trials was Confetti Combinations with several new mixes on display. There are four new combinations using their new Yolo Lobularia alone, adding a nice contrast in texture to the combinations.
Plant Source International
The Plant Source International trials at Speedling’s location in San Juan Batista showcased their broad range of genetics supplied as un-rooted cuttings out of Mexico. They offer patented varieties from several breeders along with a wide assortment of open varieties. Troy said their number one sellers are open varieties; Vinca Vine, Tradescantias, Hedera (ivies) and Coleus. They offer a full line of scented geraniums with a new one from Elsner/PAC that is especially sharp with more flower power than I have seen before on scented geraniums and a large selection of herbs.