Garden Writers have special Container Trials tour

August 05, 2014
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Aug. 5, 2014, Simcoe, Ont. — About a dozen members of the Garden Writers Association were welcomed to a special day at this year’s Container Gardening Showcase of Sawaya Garden Trials.

The writers, who have their own blogs or contribute stories to consumer magazines and newspapers, came from throughout southwestern Ontario.

It’s the first year for this open house for GWA members, and they were quite enthusiastic with the tour of some 2,200 cultivars. Most said they’d be back next year and would be spreading the word with other GWA members.

The chance to see this year’s trials standouts, and probably next year’s gardening star performers, on one day and in one location was roundly welcomed by the guests.

Host Melhem Sawaya welcomed the group, and outlined how the trials have grown over the years, and how the containers are maintained throughout the season.

The following are some of the varieties that caught our eye while touring the trials.
Melhem Sawaya welcomes the GWA delegates.

Digitalis Dalmatian Purple Imp, from Kieft.
Fuseable Multi Species Sunny Day, from PanAmerican.
Begonia 'Solenia Light Pink,' from Dummen.
'King Tut,' from Proven Winners.
Lobelia erinus 'Techno Heat Upright Light Blue,' from Syngenta.
Multi-plant Trixiliner 'Caribbean Cocktail' Shockwave, from Selecta.
Ornamental Millet 'Jade Princess,' from Ball Seed.
 A pair of entries in the annual hanging baskets competition.
Supertunia 'Vista Bubblegum,' from Proven Winners.
'Under The Sea 'Red Coral' coleus, from Hort Couture/JVK.
This was the first open house for the GWA.

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