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PDSI Celebrates Partnership with Skagit Horticulture at Cultivate’17

Plant Development Services, Inc. announces a partnership with Skagit Horticulture that will bring Sunset Western Garden Collection and Southern Living Plant Collection branded plants to a broader market. Perennial and annual liners of these well-known brands will now be available to all growers though Skagit’s extensive broker network. Stop by the Sunset and Skagit booths at Cultivate’17, Sunday, July 16 through Tuesday, July 18, to learn about new opportunities for growers, retailers, and plant breeders.

“We are excited to be working with the Skagit Horticulture team to bring our current lineup, including Lavender ‘Meerlo’ and Rosemary Chef's Choice®, to a larger market, as well as to develop future exclusive introductions,” said Janet Sluis, program director for the Sunset Western Garden Collection. “This alliance allows non-licensed growers to participate in the power of these consumer brands that are trusted by millions of consumers across the country.”

In addition to Lavender ‘Meerlo’ and Rosemary Chef's Choice®, Plant Development Services and Skagit are offering exclusive Salvia varieties ‘Killer Cranberry’ and ‘Little Kiss’, as well as Gaillardia ‘Sunset Orange’, the EverColor® Carex Series and Festuca ‘Beyond Blue’.

Plant Development Services brings extensive name recognition and superior marketing to the partnership. Sunset and Southern Living® magazines reach a combined audience of over 20 million readers and are trusted names among consumers. PDSI’s far-reaching annual marketing campaigns for the brands reach consumer audiences through 10+ full-page ads in well-known gardening and lifestyle publications annually and through on-line digital advertising, social media marketing and email newsletters.

In addition to this significant marketing investment, the Sunset and Southern Living collections offer a variety of complimentary and for-purchase point-of-purchase materials for retailers, growers, and landscape professionals. The comprehensive media campaign and marketing support sets these plant brands apart and give growers, breeders, and retailers an edge in the marketplace.

Sunset and Skagit Horticulture will be previewing 2018 marketing at their booths at Cultivate’17. Stop by to learn how this new partnership can benefit your business.

Plant Development Services is able to introduce new problem-solving plants to consumers by providing a variety of services to plant breeders including evaluation and trialing, patenting and trade marking, marketing and public relations, and selection of a grower group.

“Plant breeders appreciate the time and resources Plant Development Services invests in bringing new plants to market,” said Sluis. “Our investment ensures plant breeders can reap true benefits from their inventions.”

Source: Plant Development Services
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