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Ontario trial garden open house at two sites


August 18, 2009
By Amanda Ryder

rodger_tschanz_clsupAug. 18, 2009, Guelph, Ont. — One of Canada’s largest bedding plant
trials will host an open house at its two locations on Aug. 20.

rodger_tschanz  
Rodger Tschanz of the University of Guelph is a co-presenter,
along with
Denis Flanagan of Landscape Ontario, in a
discussion on “New Varieties
and How to Use them in the
Landscape.”
 

One of Canada’s largest bedding plant
trials will host an open house at its two locations on Aug. 20. The
morning session will be held at the Landscape Ontario site at 7856
Fifth Line South in Milton, from 9 a.m. to noon. Over 300 different
bedding plant cultivars (annuals and perennials) and a vegetable garden
will be highlighted in the Landscape Trial Beds. New this year is a
“shady area” trial garden on the boulevard. Plant material is from Ball
Horticulture, Blooms of Bressingham, Floranova, George Sant
Greenhouses, Goldsmith Seeds, Ontario Seed Company, PanAmerican Seed,
Proven Winners, and Sakata. Visitors can vote for their favourites.

They can also view the newly installed high efficiency subsurface point
source and landscape dripline irrigation systems. Participating
companies include Hunter Industries, The Toro Company, Rainbird, John
Deere Irrigation, Turf Care Products Canada, and Vanden Bussche
Irrigation.

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Visitors can also vote on their favourite hanging basket from
participating municipalities – Town of Aylmer, Town of Cobourg, City of
Guelph, City of London, City of Oshawa, and City of Toronto. This
display is hosted by the Ontario Parks Association.

Rodger Tschanz (University of Guelph) and Denis Flanagan  (Landscape
Ontario) will lead a presentation on “New Varieties and How to Use them
in the Landscape.”

Refreshments will be served at noon, sponsored by the Grounds Management Industry Sector Group of Landscape Ontario.

AFTERNOON IN GUELPH
The open house moves to the Guelph Trial Garden at the Turfgrass Institute at 328 Victoria Rd. S., (at College Avenue), in Guelph from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Note: attendees must provide their own transportation from Milton to Guelph.

Featured will be:
• The All-America Selections Flower & Bedding Plant Trial.
• New plant cultivars for containers and ground beds.
• Perennials from Blooms of Bressingham, Vanhof & Blokker, and Ball.

A turf program is being held in conjunction with the Guelph Turfgrass
Institute. Featured is research for residential and public park turf
maintenance.

Admission is free with plenty of free parking. For more information and
to RSVP, contact Kathleen Pugliese at 800-265-5656, ext 309, or e-mail  kpugliese@landscapeontario.com.

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The open house is co-hosted by Landscape Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association and the University of Guelph. It is sponsored by Goldsmith Seeds and A.M.A. Plastics Ltd.


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