Garden Idol: the hottest new introductions as you've never seen them before! A no-holds-barred look at new plants and how they fit into your business delivered by your judges from landscape, garden retail, consumer press and municipal development.
Hot pink, hot breeding and a noble cause deliver the ground-breaking start to Spring Meadow Nursery's 2010 line up, but will Tim Wood rise to the top with the breeding-breakthrough that flooded Better Homes and Gardens' phone lines, or will it collapse under the weight of international controversy?
This is Garden Idol!
HOW VOTING WORKS:
Garden Idol airs right here on the ANLA Knowledge Center Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from April 19 and ending May 9. Once released, each company’s voting will remain open for one weeks’ time. You will have to complete a brief (we promise!), free site-registration to vote. Check back frequently to vote for your favorite introductions! Scroll down the page to find more information about these hot introductions.
Based on your votes, one finalist from each company will continue on to the final round where you will pick this year's Garden Idol!
Meet the Cast
Tim Wood has been the New Product Development and Marketing Manager at Spring Meadow Nursery since 1995. He has worked at several other nurseries and botanic gardens, including Longwood Gardens and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Tim earned both a B.S. and an M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University. He has chosen a number of award-winning plants for Spring Meadow Nursery’s Proven Winners® ColorChoice® brand, including Wine & Roses® weigela and ‘Limelight’ hydrangea.
Chris “Seacrest” Beytes is editor and publisher of GrowerTalks
and Green Profit
magazines. A former wholesale greenhouse owner, Chris now travels North America and the world for Ball Publishing, seeking out the latest news, trends and ideas. Although partial to hydrangeas, his favorite plant is Pedilanthus tithymaloides, which will probably never win a beauty contest.
Katy Moss Warner
Katy spent 24 years developing the horticultural programs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida. Before retiring, she was Director of Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives. She has served the American Horticultural Society as Board Chair as well as President/CEO. She is currently President Emerita of the American Horticultural Society. In addition, she serves on the Board of America in Bloom and travels America judging towns and cities for that program.
Justin W. Hancock is the senior garden editor for the Better Homes and Gardens web site, www.bhg.com
, and a serious plant lover. He's been a gardener all his life and has worked on garden books, magazines, and web sites for the last fifteen years. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa (where he's also the co-owner of a retail garden center, Loki's Garden).
After receiving his B.A. and B.S. from Michigan State University, Calvin worked at multiple garden centers and retailers before returning to Bordine Nursery. Those retailers include Crate&Barrel, Hicks Nurseries, Bachman’s, Country Market (now Stauffers) and NordicTrack. His family business is celebrating its 70th year in business and has 4 permanent retail locations and 3 seasonal stores around the metro Detroit area. In addition to retail, Bordine’s has a large growing facility (750,000 ft2 of greenhouse) with a state of the art propagation area. In addition to his professional life, Calvin has biked across the country, run a marathon and is the father of 6. Check out their video marketing
Joseph Hillenmeyer, the principle at Joseph Hillenmeyer+ Associates, is a ninth generation nurseryman. His family background in horticulture led him to work with the Don Shadow Nursery (TN) and time working with a nursery in New Zealand and an arboretum in Western Turkey. In 2001 Joseph opened his garden design firm in Lexington Kentucky affording him the opportunity to continue to travel the world studying Garden Design and Horticulture.
Spring Meadow Nursery Inc.
Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc is a wholesale plant propagation nursery specializing in introducing new flowering shrub varieties to North America. Our starter plants are shipped to nurseries across the U.S. and Canada where they are grown to mature size before being sold in retail garden centers. We maintain over twenty acres of greenhouses and more than 30 acres of stock plants.
Round 2: Bailey Nurseries
Round 3: Monrovia Growers
Round 5: Spring Meadow Nursery
Round 6: Ball Ornamentals
Round 5: Spring Meadow Nursery Voting
Your vote counts towards keeping a contestant in the competition so make it count.
The votes are in.....
Hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit
INVINCIBELLE™ Spirit hydrangea is the world's first every pink Annabelle. It continues to produce new flowers right up until frost. The flower buds are produced on new wood.
Bloomerang® lilac's fragrant purple flowers burst forth in spring and than again in mid-summer and right up until frost. It's compact, full growth habit and small leaves make it the perfect shrub for the garden.
Project and Editorial Design: Jonathan Bardzik, ANLA
Visual and Video created by Fresh Brew Studios
Steve Kendall, Producer
Josh Miller, Producer
Graphic Design created by The Design Works