Cultivate’24 to Offer a Review of National Annual and Perennial Trials


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Photo: Julie Hullett (at Young’s Plant Farm)

Plant trials are an important way to learn more about how new variety introductions will perform in specific regions and climates. Fortunately, this year’s Cultivate’24 educational lineup is packed with reviews of regional plant trials.

After seeing The Ohio State University Cultivar Trials in person, mark your calendars for these panel discussions:

Review of Annual Trials Across the U.S. (Sunday, 9:30 a.m.)

This session features a dynamic panel of greenhouse growers from diverse regions. Explore first-hand experiences as panelists share insights on the most successful plant varieties in their respective geographic locations. Gain valuable knowledge about the triumphs and challenges faced by these experts, and discover key takeaways for optimizing your own cultivation practices. From the East Coast to the West, this session offers a comprehensive overview of annual trials, providing a unique opportunity to learn from real-world successes and innovations. Whether you’re a seasoned horticulturist or a budding enthusiast, this discussion promises to be an illuminating exploration of plant performance in different climates, offering actionable strategies for elevating your greenhouse practices. Don’t miss this chance to engage with industry leaders and enhance your understanding of successful annual trials across the United States.
Panelists: Diane Blazek, Executive Director at National Garden Bureau; Pamela Bennett, Program Director – Master Gardener Volunteer Program; Extension Educator; Associate Professor at Ohio State University; Ryan Doughty, Production Manager at Moss Greenhouses; William Errickson, Agriculture Agent/Assistant Professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Penny Merritt-Price, Product Development Manager at Young’s Plant Farm

Regional Annuals Overviews

These presentation highlights annual varieties suitable for specific regions in the U.S. Beyond successes and failures, the presentations will contrast new genetics with industry standards, especially pertinent to certain market. Additionally, they will explore a curated selection of region- and season-specific varieties, primarily catering to growers who are new to annuals. The session aims to provide valuable insights for effective plant selection, benefiting growers across experience levels.

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  • Annuals for the Western U.S. Grower (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.); Speaker: Ryan Doughty, Moss Greenhouses
  • Annuals for the Northeast U.S. Grower (Sunday, 1:00 p.m.); Speaker: Doug Cole, D.S. Cole Growers
  • Annuals for the Southern U.S. Grower (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.); Speaker: Penny Merritt-Price, Young’s Plant Farm
  • Annuals for the Midwest U.S. Grower (Sunday, 4:00 p.m.); Speaker: Pamela Bennett, The Ohio State University

Review of Perennial Trials Across the U.S. (Monday, 9:30 a.m.)

This session features a dynamic panel of greenhouse and nursery growers from diverse regions. Explore first-hand experiences as panelists share insights on the most successful plant varieties in their respective geographic locations. Gain valuable knowledge about the triumphs and challenges faced by these experts, and discover key takeaways for optimizing your own cultivation practices. From the East Coast to the West, this session offers a comprehensive overview of perennial trials, providing a unique opportunity to learn from real-world successes and innovations. Whether you’re a seasoned horticulturist or a budding enthusiast, this discussion promises to be an illuminating exploration of plant performance in different climates, offering actionable strategies for elevating your greenhouse practices.
Panelists: Allan Armitage; Brett Cromly, Monrovia; Denise Mullins, Smith Gardens; Laura Robles, Walters Gardens; Justin Wisniewski, Aris Horticulture

Regional Perennials Overviews

  • Insights for Northeastern U.S. Perennial Growers (Monday, 4:00 p.m.); Speaker: Justin Wisniewski
  • The Best of the West: Perennials that thrive in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast; Speaker: Denise Mullins



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