Plantpeddler hosted Variety Day 2021 on Friday August 6; a day focused on delivering on the goal of “Testing the Best in the Midwest”. The event showcased nearly 1,500 varieties of vegetative annuals in
large containers, hanging baskets and beds from a global array of breeders. The event saw record attendance of growers, retailers, breeders, and brokers.
Variety Day featured a very special roundtable discussion titled “Titans of Horticulture – Sound Off”. Taking the stage at Plantpeddler were four well-known people of the industry: Mark Schermer – Global Head
of Syngenta Flowers, Keith Cable – President Dummen Orange NA, David Daily – CEO/President of BFG, and Chris Beytes – Editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit.
The focus of the discussion revolved around the future of the horticulture industry in the post-COVID era, with far ranging questions from the attendees and indepth insight from the panel. Also presenting was Jim Devereux – CEO of Green Fuse Botanicals, along with demonstrations of technology at Plantpeddler including the ISO sticking robots.
Participants had the opportunity to vote on their top three varieties. The winner this year, SuperCal Premium Sunset Orange, is new a new release for 2022 and program addition to Plantpeddler. It was
another great year for Begonias, with eight in the top 25.