Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part recap of the California Breeders Showcase, more commonly called the California Spring Trials. Part One ran in our July edition, including an introduction to the trials. For that report and the trials overview, check out the Past Issues section on the our website at
The California Pack Trials is now known as the California Spring Trials but, in reality, there are no “trials.” It is a showcase for the breeders, and that is why I like calling it exactly what it is – The California Showcase.

Grower Day: Flowers

Two presentations during the Flower program will look at environmental control, and what you can do to optimize growing conditions in your greenhouse.
It’s no secret that the cut flower industry has been having a hard time recently. Globally, some of this is because of the uncertainties in the local and global economies and how that affects the purchasing of what many see as luxury goods. Furthermore, Canadian growers have faced increased competition from imports.
An enormous bouquet of red roses with corollas the size of a child’s hand takes centre stage within a gleaming forest of trophies trumpeting achievements such as Best World Ornamental Grower of the Year, won at an international flower show in Holland.
Due to this year’s nice and warm summer days, the heat-loving varieties, in particular, gave visitors to the Sawaya Tenth Annual Garden Trials a very rewarding show
This month we’re taking you back to the nice, warm days of summer when heat-loving varieties, in particular, gave visitors to the 10th annual Sawaya Garden Trials a very rewarding show. On the mid-August day of our grower open house, umbrellas were used to protect against the sun and not any rain!
Oct. 12, 2010 – Ambius, a leading provider of plants for the workplace, reports the trend in workplace greenery for fall 2010 favours rich and vibrant foliage in a kaleidoscope of dazzling autumnal hues.

Proven Winners partners with Walters Gardens

Proven Winners and Walters Gardens, Inc. have announced an exciting new strategic partnership.

Customize Proven Winners Gardener's Ideas Book

A favourite source of inspiration for more than 400,000 consumers, the 2011 Proven Winner’s Gardener's Idea Book is easy to customize with a line of copy or your own garden centre logo and photos.

Proven Winners roadshow in Niagara
Proven Winners and JVK are taking the best of the 2010 Proven Winners Pack Trials on the road to a city near you – Grimsby, Ont., on Sept. 23.
For the sake of sustainability, consumers are willing to put their money – at least some of it – where their mouths are, according to a Purdue University-led study.
May 14, 2010, College Station, TX — ‘Dakota Gold’ helenium had a tough childhood. Cast into life as a common weed, it had to survive abusive Texas summers, frequent and brutal right-of-way mowings, trompings in over-grazed pastures, and abandonment in empty lots.
If “exotic” and “novelty” are what draws consumers, the 2010 results of the prestigious Les Exceptionnelles contest will not disappoint them. And this year’s winning plants reflect the growing interest of gardeners for ornamental foliage.
April 27, 2010, McMinnville, TN – Two new compact oakleaf hydrangea cultivars ideal for small gardens have been released by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

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