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‘Pumpkin-On-A-Stick’ in U of G trials spotlight


August 15, 2013
By Dave Harrison

Aug. 15, 2013, Guelph, Ont. — Looking for a new and unusual plant that
should draw attention from gardeners? There's a prime candidate on
display in the University of Guelph trials garden.

Aug. 15, 2013, Guelph, Ont. — Looking for a new and unusual plant that should draw attention from gardeners? There's a prime candidate on display in the University of Guelph trials garden.

The University of Guelph will hold its annual community trial garden open house next Tuesday (Aug. 20), from noon to 8 p.m., at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI), 328 Victoria Rd. A special open house for growers, landscapers and retailers will be held tomorrow (Aug. 16). Click here for more information.

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Free and open to the public, the community event will feature Guelph and Wellington County master gardeners answering gardening questions and the Guelph Healthy Landscape Team discussing natural pest control and wise water use.

SALE OF SURPLUS PLANTS

“For the first time, we are selling some of our surplus plants,” said Rodger Tschanz, a U of G plant agriculture technician who manages the trial garden.

“We will also have lots for people to see. Every year we show new flowers that will potentially be available to the public in upcoming years.”

The trial garden draws about 400 people each year, depending on the weather. Tours will take place during the day, with Tschanz explaining the various plants. People can also explore the various plants on their own.

'PUMPKIN-ON-A-STICK'

“One of our newest plants is Pumpkin-On-A-Stick – an ornamental with dramatic thorns on its leaves,” said Tschanz. “There will also be more than 500 cultivars in the trials, primarily annuals and perennials.”

He adds that the perennial collection continues to grow, including many new coneflowers and coral bells.
Locally made garden supplies will be available for sale.

The annual event also includes a community open house at the Landscape Ontario gardens in Milton at 7856 Fifth Line South, which will take place this Saturday (Aug. 17) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Details are available on the Trial Garden website.


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