Japanese Painted Fern ‘Crested Surf’ Wins Farwest New Varieties Showcase Best of Show Award

Portland, Oregon —  Judges at the 2019 Farwest Show have chosen Japanese painted fern ‘Crested Surf’ (Athyrium niponicum ‘Crested Surf’ PPAF CPBRAF) as the Best in Show winner in the show’s New Varieties Showcase.

‘Crested Surf’ was one of 83 outstanding new selections on display at the 2019 Farwest Show and available from at least one show exhibitor. The show opened August 21 and continues through August 23 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. People’s Choice awards, chosen by attendees, will be announced on the final day. Until then, voting continues on the show floor.

“Year after year, the New Varieties Showcase has interesting and often surprising new plant introductions on display,” show director Allan Niemi of the Oregon Association of Nurseries said. “It’s our goal to showcase these plants before industry professionals and be the place where they can see these great introductions first.”

‘Crested Surf’ was hybridized by Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens Inc. in Zeeland, Michigan and introduced by Walters

Gardens Inc. It is available from Farwest Show exhibitors Proven Winners (Booth #3049). It looks similar to a traditional Japanese painted fern, but the tips of the fronds are double crested. It is a vigorous, taller variety that can fit the middle of the border, perfect for adding unusual texture and color to moist, shady areas of the garden.

In addition of the Best of Show award, judges gave Awards of Merit as follows:

Golden Falls™ Redbud (Cercis Golden Falls™ ‘NC2015-12’ PPAF) —  Bred by Dr. Denny Werner in North Carolina and introduced by Star Roses and Plants. Available at Farwest from Star Roses and Plants (Booth 16007). Its gold leaf weeping form is a new color for Cercis. Derived from ‘Hearts of Gold’, this Cercis has little to no leaf scorch and is low maintenance. New growth is tinged with orange that eventually turns golden yellow to lime green. Great for small yards and spaces. Pink flowers in spring.

Manzanita ‘Panchito’ (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis ‘Panchito’) — Selected by Dermod Downs in the Uncompahgre Plateau of Colorado and introduced by Plant Select®. Available at Farwest from Van Essen Nursery (Booth 16048).

Outstanding selection of a Colorado native, broadleaf evergreen. Tiny, waxy, white, urn-shaped flowers are very appealing. Small red berries can be produced on established plants. Hardy to zone 4b, can withstand many freeze-thaw cycles in a winter with vigorous growth habit.

GROUND HOG™ Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa‘UCONNAM012’ USPPAF) —  Hybridized at the University Conneticut by Dr. Mark Brand. Introduced by Spring Meadow Nursery andProven Winners® ColorChoice®, and available at Farwest from Proven Winners (Booth 3049). The breeder describes it as an ideal landscape groundcover for filling in difficult spaces such as parking lot beds, slopes, or anywhere mowing would be difficult or undesirable. It naturally grows as a thick, dense mat, eliminating the need for weeding and mulching as well. Glossy foliage, white spring flowers, dark purple berries in late summer, and autumn foliage in hues of brilliant orange-red make this native plant as showy as it is adaptable.

All of the New Varieties Showcase selections are viewable the Farwest Show and at https://farwestshow.com/newvarieties-showcase/.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), based in Wilsonville, represents nearly 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon’s ornamental horticulture industry is one of the state’s largest agricultural commodities, with annual sales of $947 million. Oregon’s nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 80 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.

The Farwest Show, the largest green industry show in the West, is produced by the OAN, a trade organization that represents and serves the interests of the ornamental horticulture industry. Any revenue realized by the OAN is reinvested into the industry through education, research, marketing support and government relations. For more information about the 2019 Farwest Show, visit www.FarwestShow.com or call 503-682-5089.