DOWNERS GROVE, IL – National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, is again traveling to the CA Spring Trials with four influential horticulturists, all from popular public gardens. The goal and intent of this sponsored trip is to connect the originating breeder and broker side of the industry with consumers via public gardens.
The Public Gardens attending the 2019 Spring Trials are:
- Green Bay Botanical Garden: Mark Konlock
- LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden: Jeff Kuehny
- Rotary Botanical Gardens: Mark Dwyer
- University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center: Steve Poppe
Each year since 2015 NGB has invited a group of horticulturists to accompany them to the CA Spring Trials and/or the CA Vegetable Trials. The list of #NGBplantnerd alumni now numbers more than 32 individuals whose exposure to this event has led to a greater understanding of annual, perennial and vegetable breeding and the chain of distribution from breeder to consumer.
National Garden Bureau encourages the industry to use the hashtag #CASpringTrials (without a year) to build community and exposure for the event and the new varieties introduced there.
National Garden Bureau would like to thank the following NGB Members for their sponsorship contributions which make this trip possible:
- All-America Selections
- American Takii
- Ball Horticulture/PanAmerican Seed
- Dummen Orange
- Ernst Benary
- Hem Genetics
- Proven Winners
For more information about this program and/or membership in National Garden Bureau, please contact Diane Blazek via email or at 630-963-0770.
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National Garden Bureau, founded in 1920, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate basic instructions for home gardeners. Annually, NGB publishes and sponsors the New Varieties program and the Year Of The fact sheets featuring flowers and vegetables, including new introductions, which are especially suited to home gardens. National Garden Bureau has also taken an active role in supporting therapeutic gardens through fundraising and grants. www.ngb.org