Cool Mixed Baskets at UGA

This year we are trialing mixed baskets sent to us by breeders supporting The Garden. The mixes are determined by the breeders and then put into 14″ or 16″ baskets by The Garden Staff. Baskets are placed outdoors approx mid May. They look spectacular! Take a look! Photos taken July 20th.

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Cool Mixed Containers from UGA

With all the wonderful plants we receive in The Garden, The Garden Staff has put together some pretty amazing combinations. Check out the slideshow! All photos taken on July 5th.

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Chasing the Flags, Round 2

1. Public

Round 2 of this year’s Open Houses has come to a close and what a success it was! This really gives us a chance as researchers to see what catches the Public’s eye so we can know best what to report to the industry to send to market.

Everyone who attended was provided with 5-10 flags and asked to select plants that they absolutely must have in their own personal gardens at home.  On Saturday June 25, 2011, approximately 400 people wandered through the garden, and a good deal of stabbing was done. In fact over 75 plants had at least five flag (not to mention the 100 or so plants that had less than five, but still caught the public’s eye), but we have listed only the top 50 (receiving 8 or more votes), every one is special, remember there are at least 2000 choices in our garden.

Here are the Top 50 flag getters (in parenthesis is the number of flags received):

Top 50

1. Amsonia hubrichtii Arkansas Amsonia (10)

2. Angelonia Carita Purple ’09 (11)

3. Begonia Anna Feile (12)

4, Begonia Cordova (16)

5. Begonia Edinborough (11)

6. Begonia foliosa (8)

7. Begonia Solenia Red Improved (13)

8. Caladium Candyland (18)

9. Caladium Pink Splash (36)

10. Caladium Rose Glow (13)

11. Echinacea Flame Thrower (16)

12. Celosia New Look (17)

13. Coleus Redhead (10)

14. Coleus Two Egg (17)

15. Colocasia esculenta Mojito (9)

16. Dahlia Goldalia Scarlet (28)

17. Dahlia XXL Playa (8)

18. Echinacea Firebird (17)

19. Echinacea Pure Green Jewel (17)

20. Gerbera Funtastic Canary (10)

21. Gerbera Gervinea Brandy (7)

22. Gerbera Landscape Everglades (10)

23. Heliotropium Nagano (11)

24. Heliotropium Scentropia Dark Blue (17)

25. Hemerocallis Carrick Wildon (13)

26. Hemerocallis Lady Elizabeth (7)

27. Hibiscus Cranberry Crush (16)

28. Hibiscus Haight Ashbury (14)

29. Hibiscus Moy Grande (16)

30. Hibiscus Peppermint Schnapps (10)

31. Hibiscus Robert Fleming (13)

32. Hibiscus Royal Gems (21)

33. Hydrangea Pinky Winky (8)

34. Lilium Golden Tycoon (11)

35. Lilium orientale Acoustic (10)

36. Mimulus Buttercup (7)

37. Miscanthus sinesis Gold Bar (9)

38. Petunia Fortunia Purple Picotee (24)

39. Petunia Fortunia Purple Vein(17)

40. Portulaca Pazzaz Tangerine (9)

41. Rosa Lady Emma Hamilton (8)

42. Rosa Mother of Pearl (8)

43. Rudbeckia Denver Daisy (30)

44. Rudbeckia Prarie Sun (13)

45. Ruellia brittoniana Texas Petunia (18)

46. Salvia officinalis Gold Variegated Sage (9)

47. Salvia Sallyfun Blue Emotion (26)

48. Senecio Kilimanjaro (18)

49. Verbena Lanai Denim Blue (13)

50. Verbena Superbena Royale Chambray (14)

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Chasing the Flags

1. Industry

The Trial gardens at UGA are known far and wide,  and every year our Open House for Industry allows us the opportunity to see what catches the eyes of industry people (breeders, growers, retailers, brokers, etc).

Everyone who attends is provided with about 5 flags and asked to select plants they are drawn to.  This year (June 15, 2011), approximately 250 people wandered through the garden, and a good deal of stabbing was done. – in fact over 60 plants had at least one flag, but we have listed only the top 30, every one is special, remember there are at least 2000 choices.

Here are the flag bearers, in groups of 10, based on the number of flags per plant:

The top 10:  Many, many, many flags

Phlox paniculata ‘Peacock White’            Syngenta

Caladium ‘Pink Splash’                               Classic Caladium

Angelonia Carita Purple 09                        Syngenta

Heliotropium ‘Scentropia Dark Blue’       Syngenta

Ptilotus ‘Joey’                                                Benary

Echinacea ‘Cranberry Cupcake’                 Terra Nova

Rudbeckia  ‘Denver Daisy’                          Benary

Scaevola ‘Bombay Dark Blue’                     Syngenta

Coleus ‘Wasabi’                                             Ball Floral Plant

Hibiscus ‘Cranberry Punch’                       Walters Gardens

The next 10:  Many, many flags

Rudbeckia ‘Pot of Gold’

Angelonia ‘Archangel Purple’                     Ball Horticulture (Ball Floral Plant)

Colocasia ‘Mohito’                                        GroLink

Mimulus ‘Buttercup’                                    GroLink

Geranium ‘Caliente Orange’                       Syngenta

Ipomoea ‘Sweet Caroline Bewitched Imp’ Proven Winners

Hibiscus ‘Royal Gems’                                 Fleming Flowers

Verbena ‘Temari Patio Blue’                       Suntory

Salvia ‘Sallyfun Blue Tune’                         Danziger

The other 10:  Many flags

Salvia ‘Sallyfun Blue Emotion’                 Danziger

Bracteantha ‘Helica Purple Halo’             Danziger

Begonia ‘Whopper Rose Bronze Leaf’     Ball

Coleus ‘Henna’                                             Ball Horticulture (Ball Floral Plant)

Lantana ‘Bandana Rose Imp                     Syngenta

Acalypha ‘Ceylon Lime’

Verbena ‘Fuego Denim Blue’                    Ball Horticulture (Selecta First Class)

Dahlia ‘Goldalia Scarlet’                            Syngenta

Verbena ‘Lanai Upright Rose with Eye’ Syngenta

Verbena ‘Princess Dark Lavender’         Athens Select

On July 25, 20121, we will host over 400 home gardeners and they too will be stabbing.  Stay tuned to see if the gardening public has similar choices to our industry friends.

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Industry Open House June 15, 2011

Approximately 250 breeders, growers, landscapers and brokers participated in this years Industry Open House.  With Dr A touring, brokers and salespeople selling, breeders delighting in their plants, people putting in flags for their favorite plants,  and the Ball people cooking, a grand time was had by all.

Enjoy the slide show, tell your friends.  And look for the next slide show of “winners”, those plants that received the most flags!

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Industry Open House

Tomorrow is the big. We get to show off all the hard work we’ve put into the garden over the past year and the beautiful plants we have to show for it. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. we will be opening our garden to all our industry contacts (growers, breeders, and garden enthusiasts alike) for a fun filled day of exploring the Trial Gardens at UGA. We can’t wait to see everyone out there tomorrow and thanks to everyone in advance for all their hard work to make this thing happen!

Happy Gardening!

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Plants of Merit

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