Plantpeddler hosted Variety Day 2022 on Friday, August 5, a day focused on delivering on the goal of “Testing the Best in the Midwest.” On a beautiful weather day, the event highlighted nearly 1,500 varieties of vegetative annuals in large containers, hanging baskets, and beds from a global array of breeders. The garden color and grounds were sensational and are enjoyed yearly by a growing number of attendees, including breeders, sponsors, brokers, growers, garden center managers, and industry professionals.
This year, the outstanding slate of presenters covered growing culture and clean production protocols, including Alicain Carlson, Ph.D., Syngenta Flowers; Christopher Currey, Ph. D, Iowa State University; Robert “Bob” Jungwirth, Plant Marvel. Also presenting were Greg Gabrels, Sakata, and Diane Blazek of AAS. The day included 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 was the Begonia I’Conia Portofino Sunrise, which is in the 2023 program at Plantpeddler. But accolades go to Portulaca, which captured five spots in the Top 25, tied with Begonias for the most genus selections.