• 2016: Year of the Allium
    Ornamental alliums have so many good things going for them that it’s a wonder they’re not more widely planted. But alliums are definitely on the rise. They seem to be popping up everywhere: in gardening books and magazines, on Pinterest boards, and in public and private gardens across the country. Most allium flowers have a long, leafless stalk topped with a globe-like bloom that’s made up of a cluster of individual florets. Like exclamation points, alliums stand out from other plants, adding emphasis and excitement wherever they’re grown.
  • 2016: Year of the Begonia
    Begonias, an easy to grow tropical plant, is ideal for garden beds, flower pots and hanging baskets. With over 1,700 different species, gardeners can find the perfect flower, leaf or form for every outdoor or indoor need.
  • 2016: Year of the Delphinium
    Delphinium is a perennial favorite as the tall spikes of blue flowers in the background of a stately English or cottage garden. The modern delphinium flower may be a single or double rosette in popular blue or red, pink, white, violet and yellow. Many of the flowers have white or black centers known as “bees.”
  • 2016: Year of the Carrot
    Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in home gardens - and for good reason. Carrots are delicious, nutritious, versatile, and with just a little bit of know-how, this root crop is easy to grow!
 
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Five Popular Garden Communicators Share Their Experience from the CA Spring Trials

National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, reports on a very successful informative and educational trip to the California Spring Trials with five popular garden bloggers, writers and authors.

In 2015, for the first time, NGB arranged for prominent garden bloggers/writers to travel the CA Spring Trials in order to introduce them to the origination point of many of their favorite plants. Garden writers as a group are very important to the industry as they are key communicators with the gardening public. Following last year’s success, another five influential bloggers made the trip in 2016 to gather information they can use for the next year or two in their individual blogs, stories, books and more.

The Garden Communicators attending the 2016 Spring Trials were:

Their impressions of the event and products they saw: 

Christina: “The breeders showed us just how devoted they are to making life easier for gardeners of all skill levels and interests. I was impressed to see just how much thought they are putting into introductions for drought tolerance, disease resistance and growth habits that suit today’s shoppers. Even the labeling on the containers and tags have come SO far! They are making it simpler than ever for customers to pick up a plant and see what it needs FAST. I’m excited to be able to inform readers about the focus on edibles that are functional AND beautiful as well as those plants with drought tolerance and hardiness for all kinds of climates.”

Jenny: "Being one of the NGB Plant Nerds at the CA Spring Trials, I was really amazed at what goes on behind the scenes to get a new plant to the consumer -- it's a much longer and more detailed process than I would have imagined. As a designer, I am often focused on the end product and how to incorporate it into a landscape, but I appreciated knowing where the plants came from and how they got there. There is so much going on to bring healthier, stronger and more beautiful plants to the consumer -- from new petunia colors to innovative vegetables and fruits or coleus with later bloom times, the breeding information was fascinating to me."

Melinda: “First, thanks to National Garden Bureau and their member companies that sponsored our trip - attending Spring Trials was a wonderful experience and has been on my bucket list for years. I appreciated hearing from the breeders what made their variety better than those already on the market. It can be confusing and overwhelming for gardeners when trying to select the best plant for their garden so emphasizing the differences (more heat tolerant, better disease resistance, more compact) helps in the decision making process. The displays were incredible, not only for marketing the plants but ideas homeowners could try in their gardens.  I have lots of images and ideas to pass along to my readers, listeners and TV audiences.  The industry has made great strides toward making gardening easy for busy people and new gardeners. The ready-made combos, grab and go garden and labeling makes it easier for people to know where and how to use the plants. I think we need to continue making it easier for new gardeners to get started but not forget the large group of gardeners who are spending time and money on gardening. Once we capture those new gardeners, they will want to do even more.”

Kylee: “Besides Spring Trials giving us an inside view of what's the latest and greatest and yet to come, it was enlightening to learn more about how a new plant makes it from the breeder to the consumer. I'm impressed with how the breeders press on towards not just beautiful plants, but better plants - better disease resistance, better growth habits, better hardiness, better heat and drought tolerance, etc. Beauty is not just skin deep! Knowing the back stories on so many wonderful varieties just solidifies my opinion that if the consumers knew more about how this all happens, they would marvel at how inexpensive these plants really are. The plants don't just appear on the shelves by chance.”

Amy: “It was great to get a behind the scenes look at the industry; I especially loved all the fun ways that breeders used their creativity to introduce new varieties with big and bold displays. Those are the things my readers get most excited about, and I can't wait to share those ideas [via photos] with them. I was also happy to see that some of the breeders were really focused on ways to entice consumer excitement, and make it easier for them to be successful gardeners.”

National Garden Bureau is proud to say they will continue to make this trip available to influential bloggers who are actively educating and inspiring both beginning and experienced gardeners.

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    Red and yellow foliage with pink flowers.

  • Tomato 'Caramba'
  • Pepper Giant Ristra F1 2014 AAS Regional Winner

    Heavy yield of bright red very hot 7-inch chile peppers.  Has the appearance of a marconi but the spicyness of a cayenne.  Fruits can either be consumed fresh, roasted, or dried and used as herb.  As it name states Giant Ristra red fruit can be strung together in long bunches and dried and displayed and used throughout the winter months.   

  • Tomato ‘Marmara’ F1

    ‘Marmara’ is a Marmande type hybrid with smooth ridged green shoulders, sweet flavor, and good texture. They are firm enough for salads and pasta dishes and slice nicely for sandwiches. The oblate shaped 3 to 4 inch red tomatoes weigh 5 to 6 ounces. Disease tolerance to ToMV, V race 1, and F race 1. You will want to stake this 36-inch indeterminate plant. Matures in 75 to 80 days.

  • Pepper Sweet Health Plus Purple F1
 

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