Flowers
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Flowers could have longer life
Two California researchers have found that a synthetic plant hormone – known as thidiazuron or TDZ – when applied to potted plants and some cut flowers such as tulips can extend the life of the plants and prevent their leaves from yellowing. 
April 5, 2010 – On Friday, April 2, 2010, the Geo. W. Park Seed Company, Inc., Park Seed Wholesale Company, and the Jackson & Perkins Company voluntarily filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of South Carolina. Customers should not be affected by the filing.
March 31, 2010 – The American Hosta Growers Association has selected ‘First Frost’ as its Hosta Of The Year for 2010.
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'First Frost' named
Hosta Of The Year

The American Hosta Growers Association has selected 'First Frost' as its Hosta Of The Year for 2010.
March 5, 2010 – Baptisia australis has been named 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.
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Perennial Plant of the Year: 'Blue False Indigo'
Baptisia australis has been named 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.
Dr. Daryl Somers, research director of applied genomics at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC), is working with colleagues Dr. Theo Blom from the University of Guelph and Wayne Brown from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on the development of new traits for one of Ontario’s major ornamental species, the petunia.
Gary Lewis, a self-proclaimed “well-educated farmer” with a small throwback retail nursery, is the new Canadian region director of the Perennial Plant Association (PPA).
Feb. 23, 2010, Essen, Germany – Supertunia® Pretty Much Picasso™ petunia won the innovation award at this year’s IPM Essen show.
Feb. 19, 2010, Vancouver – The world now knows the Vancouver region has an impressive climate. A spectacular planting of ‘Vancouver Medallion’ helleborus was unveiled in Stanley Park in early February.
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Winter Olympics 'Medallion' on display
  The world now knows the Vancouver region has an impressive climate. A spectacular planting of ‘Vancouver Medallion’ helleborus was unveiled in Stanley Park in early February.
Feb. 11, 2010, Toronto, Ont. – Landscape Ontario asked visitors to this year’s Congress to vote for their favourite new green product on display, and a roofing system came out on top.
Feb. 11, 2010, Gainsville, FL – Shakespeare famously wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” With all due respect to the Bard, University of Florida researchers may have to disagree: no matter what you call a flower, its scent can be changed. 
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An early peek at new annuals for 2010
Wild colour combinations abound in drought-tolerant gardening options – this is Edmonton Journal columnist Gerald Filipski's prediction for hot gardening picks in 2010. 
Over the past few years, there has been a slowdown in great new introductions, but not so for 2010. There are lots of ‘hotties’ out there, and being prepared and well stocked with some of these top ten new plants will give you a great edge on spring sales.

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