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Two locations for Ontario garden trials


August 12, 2010
By Dave Harrison

NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Two locations for Ontario garden trials
This year’s Ontario "Trial Garden Open House for the
Horticultural Industry" will be held Friday, Aug. 20, in Milton and Guelph.



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Aug. 12,
Guelph, Ont. – This year’s Ontario "Trial Garden Open House for the
Horticultural Industry" will be held Friday, Aug. 20 in Milton and Guelph.

The event is
co-hosted by Landscape Ontario, Ontario Parks Association and University of
Guelph.

The day
begins at 9 a.m. at the Landscape Ontario offices and trial beds at 7856 Fifth
Line South in Milton, just minutes of Hwy. 401. There is plenty of free
parking, but please note there is no access from Steeles Ave. due to road construction
on Fifth Line South. See detour instructions here.

Speaker
sessions include:

• “Soil
Amendments for Healthy Plants – The Basics of Soil Enhancement,” by Keith
Osborne.


“Understanding Soil Nutrition – Getting the Most out of a Soil Analysis
Report,” by Jack Legg.

A tour of
the trial garden will be led by trials coordinator Rodger Tschanz of the U of
Guelph, assisted by industry representatives. Over 400 different bedding plant
cultivars (annuals and perennials) and a vegetable garden will be highlighted.
Included are bedding plants from the Vineland/OMAFRA/Guelph greenhouse trial.

The Ontario
Parks Association is hosting a hanging basket display from participating
municipalities. Attendees can vote for their favourite containers. There will
also be a chance to test your plant ID skills.

Light refreshments at noon will be
sponsored by Gro-Bark (Ontario) Ltd.

The afternoon portion of the event
will be hosted from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Guelph Trial Garden at the Turfgrass
Institute, 328 Victoria Rd. S., (at College Avenue.) in Guelph. Note:
attendees must provide own transportation from Milton to Guelph.


The Flower Program includes:


All-America Selections Flower and Bedding Plant Trial.

• New plant
cultivars for containers and ground beds.

• Perennials
from Blooms of Bressingham, Jelitto Seed, Vanhof & Blokker, and Ball.

• Bulb crate
gardening ideas and vegetables for small urban spaces

A Turf Program will be held in
conjunction with the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

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

Plant material from Ball Horticulture, Blooms of Bressingham,
Dummen, Floranova, George Sant Greenhouses, Goldsmith Seeds, Jelitto Seeds,
Ontario Seed Company, PanAmerican Seed, Proven Winners, Seeds of Change,
Suntory, Syngenta, and American Takii will be at both the Milton and Guelph
sites. You can vote for your favourites. Containers and potting mix have been provided
by the Myers Industries Lawn and Garden Group and Sun Gro Horticulture.

The Open House is sponsored by Gro-Bark (Ontario) Ltd., A.M.A.
Plastics Ltd., Goldsmith Seeds, Inc. Agri-Food, Agrium Advanced Technologies,
Fafard, KAM’s Growers Supply, Perlite Canada Inc., Plant Products, and Land
Source Organix.

 


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