Peoples Choice Awards from the Landscape Horticulture Field Day - Spring 2010

Allen D. Owings, Bracy, Regina P., Rosendale, Roger M., Chen, Yan  |  7/19/2010 7:47:40 AM

'Carefree Marvel' Rose - Green Industry Professionals Gold Winner

'Silver Anouk' Lavendula - Master Gardener Silver Winner

'Dark Secret' Heuchera - Green Industry Professionals Bronze Winner

Green industry professionals, home gardeners and Louisiana Master Gardeners participated in the People’s Choice plant award selections at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station in May 2010.

Attendees at the Landscape Horticulture Field Day (green industry professionals), Master Gardener Open House (Master Gardeners) and Sun Garden Stroll (home gardeners) were given the opportunity to “pick their winning plants” from the sun garden evaluation trial gardens at the station.

Over 360 varieties were planted this year. The planting mostly consists of cool- and warm-season annual bedding plants and herbaceous perennials, but new roses and some “companion” woody ornamental shrubs (such as Southern Living plants) are also included.

The majority are “new” plants to the industry, but a few are industry standards planted for “comparison” and “side-by-side” evaluation purposes. Here are the results:

Home Gardeners

Gold Winner – Carefree Marvel rose and Amazon Rose Magic dianthus
Silver Winner – Amazon Neon Purple dianthus
Bronze Medal – Butterfly Blush gaura

Other Winners:

Redbor ornamental kale
Silver Anouk lavendula
Amazon Neon Cherry dianthus
Phantom petunia
Sorbet Yellow Duet viola
Passionate Kisses rose
Knock Out rose
Pinstripe petunia
Knock Out Blushing rose
Elation Red dianthus
Swan Violet White columbine
Carefree Celebration rose
Swirling Fantasy heuchera

Master Gardeners

Gold Medal – Carefree Marvel rose
Silver Medal – Silver Anouk lavendula
Bronze Medal – Passionate Kisses rose

Other Winners:

Amazon Neon Purple dianthus
Sweet Red w/White Eye dianthus
Cinco de Mayo rose
Amazon Rose Magic dianthus
Elation Red dianthus
Traviata rose
Songbird Nightingale columbine
Butterfly Blush gaura
Knock Out rose
Swan Mix columbine

Green Industry Professionals

Gold Winner – Carefree Marvel rose
Silver Winner – Pinstripe petunia
Bronze Winner – Dark Secret heuchera and Black Velvet petunia

Other Winners:

Amazon Neon Cherry dianthus
Illusion Midnight Lace ornamental sweet potato
Illusion Emerald Lace ornamental sweet potato
Redbor ornamental kale
Senorita Rosalita Cleome
Amazon Neon Purple dianthus
Amazon Rose Magic dianthus
Julia Child rose
Little Leaf tibouchina
Jade Frost erygium

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