Flowers
The Saskatchewan Greenhouse Growers (SGGA) and the Saskatchewan Vegetable Growers Association (SVGA) will be having their annual conferences and combined trade show on Nov. 9 to 11.
“Les Exceptionelles” is the only floral promotion program in North America based on public preference.  Plant trials headed by Claude Vallée, of the ITA in St. Hyacinthe, with the co-operation of the Quebec growers, listed the top 10 best suited plants for Quebec growing conditions based on public choice for colour, beauty and low maintenance.
Achillea ‘Wonderful Wampee’, Cerveza ’ n Lime, Black bacarra, Blue Light, Cabana Trailing Blue, Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’, Citrus Blend, Little Duckling, Mardi Gras
For the second year in a row, Proven Winners® award-winning varieties were selected to add beauty and colour to the grounds of Churchill Downs, just in time for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Conifers that are rare and unusual were generally of little interest to gardeners and certainly hard to find 20 or 30 years ago, said Jim Lounsbery, co-owner of Vineland Nurseries in Beamsville, Ont.

Northwest Horticulture (NWH) is introducing the cold-treated ‘24-Cell Tray’ for growers looking for a larger plug to plant and finish in the spring. The tray will be on offer from January 15 to April 1, and NWH offers growers a wide selection of perennial, ornamental grass and landscape rose varieties.
It’s not every day that a single plant can create a tsunami of interest in the plant world, but the Wollemi pine has undoubtedly done it in spades.
In 1992, Vanhof and Blokker Ltd. of Mississauga, Ont., first reserved the name ‘Canadian Liberator’ with the Royal General Bulbgrowers’ Association in Hillegom, The Netherlands.
New Millennium comes in a range of shades from white through to blue and pink, but the sumptuous tones of ‘Pagan Purple’ are the most astounding of all.  Shades of dark blue, deep purple through to mauve are represented, with either single or double flower petals, always held high on sturdy, stately spires.
Chosen from over 1500 varieties that are grown by Heritage Perennials and from the many hundreds of new varieties introduced, discovered, or sometimes rediscovered every year.
We’re barely into the madness we call spring, and yet, it’s time to begin planning for fall. We used to ignore fall until late summer, but after seeing the results of successful fall planning, we start now.
Plants that thrive in shade, water garden plants, new and improved plants and oak trees are some of the smorgasbord of subjects featured in the spring issues of Canadian consumer gardening magazines.
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