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Open house on Aug. 17 for Guelph trial gardens


August 11, 2010
By Dave Harrison

Aug. 11, 2010, Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph is
holding its annual trial garden open house Aug. 17 from noon to 8 p.m. at the
Guelph Turfgrass Institute, 328 Victoria Rd.



Aug. 11, 2010, Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph is
holding its annual trial garden open house Aug. 17 from noon to 8 p.m. at the
Guelph Turfgrass Institute, 328 Victoria Rd. The event is free and open to the
public.

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The open house is designed to encourage the community to
familiarize itself with the facility. Master gardeners will be on hand to
provide information about the various plants and flowers and answer questions
from visitors, said Rodger Tschanz, a U of G plant agriculture technician who
manages the trial garden.

New this year is a Trial Garden Horticulture and Design Show.
Members of the public are encouraged to create floral designs or pick flowers
or vegetables from their gardens and display them. There are various entry
categories and classes, and prizes will be awarded in each division. Details
are available online

Located along the entrance to the Turfgrass Institute, the trial
garden has 1,400 square metres of growing space that allows gardeners to see
what flowers and plants perform best in southwestern Ontario's climate.

It's the only university-operated ornamental trial garden in
Ontario and is part of a network of research centres across North America.
Greenhouse growers, seed companies and landscapers can use the trial garden's
results to choose species that will be successful in and around Guelph, said
Tschanz.

The trial garden features numerous plant trials, including the
All-American Selections flower and bedding plant trial, the Blooms of
Bressingham perennial trial, the lily perennialization trial and the
field-grown cut-flower trial.

For more information, contact Tschanz at 519-824-4120, Ext.
52788, or rtschanz@uoguelph.ca. More information is also available online.


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