Second Annual New Blooms Event Held in Alberta

Jul 22, 2019
Second Annual New Blooms Event Held in Alberta

New Blooms for Canadian Nurseries and Retailers hosted their second annual event on Thursday, July 18 at Deb’s Greenhouse in Morinville, Alberta.

More than 75 independent growers, retailers and Canadian broker representatives from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan attended the second annual event, which focused on new plant varieties, market trends and growing culture. Speakers included Chris Berg, of BlueSkye Creative, Rick Rabb of Dümmen Orange, Robert Bett from PlantHaven International, Diane Blazek from All America Selections and Mohyuddin Mirza, Ph.D., from the Alberta Education and Extension office.

In addition to a full day of educational seminars, a greenhouse trial took place of more than 300 plants grown out by Michiel Verheul at High Q Greenhouses under local conditions for the Edmonton area. Trials included new and best-performing genetics from Dümmen Orange, PlantHaven International, All America Selections winners and various succulents and combination designs offered by High Q Greenhouses and Deb’s Greenhouse.

The SunStanding Jazzy series was voted the top favorite by attendees with the new and exciting variegated foliage on fully sun-tolerant hybrid impatiens. Other top picks included the new Main Street Beale Street Coleus from Dümmen Orange and the Tall, Dark and Handsome geraniums from PlantHaven International.

“This is such an important event for our market,” said Deb Foisy, Owner of Deb’s Greenhouse. “These independent growers and retailers find tremendous value in getting a sneak peek at the newest plant varieties, and more importantly, seeing how they perform under local conditions.” The event also provided attendees market trends for North American consumers and a cultural clinic focusing on plant issues specific to this growing area and climate.

The third annual New Blooms event is scheduled to take place on July 16, 2020.

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