Plantpeddler held its annual Variety Day, Friday August 2, officially opening the newly expanded trial site. This space represents an investment in grower success by “Testing the Best in the Midwest”. The event showcased nearly 1,200 varieties of vegetative annuals in large containers, hanging baskets and beds from a global array of breeders.
Growers, breeders, brokers, and retailers (250+) spent the day evaluating the trial gardens, attending seminars by industry professionals, and touring the greenhouses. Presenters included: Jennie Smith of BASF, Dr. Carlos Bogran of OHP, Lisa Heredia representing Danziger, Bart Hayes of Westhoff, and Mike Gooder of
Plantpeddler. Participants had the opportunity to vote on their top three varieties.
1. Calibrachoa Callie Eclipse Raspberry (Syngenta Flowers)
2. Eupatorium Elegant Feathers (Kientzler)
3. Begonia Fragrance Falls Peach (Beekenkamp)
The top 25 varieties
The event was made even more enjoyable by the perfect weather and a cookout under the big tent, featuring a local farm to table menu.
Mark your calendars: Plantpeddler Poinsettia Variety Day on December 5, 2019 and Plantpeddler’s 40th Anniversary Celebration & Variety Day on August 6 – 8, 2020.