Part 1: New judges, a new host and...is that Captain Caveman or George Clinton (sans P-Funk)?
Part 1: Hydrangea Part II or Something New?
a look back at the 2010 performance that earned Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry top honors for Bailey Nurseries.
Meet the Cast
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.
Todd Davis has conducted interviews at more than 450 nurseries and other horticultural facilities in 41 states, Canada and Europe. His keen journalistic insight is informed with in-the-field experience working for three landscape contracting firms and with Skinner Nurseries’ (TX) landscape distribution operation. He is a frequent speaker at nursery industry events, is a Texas Certified Nursery Professional and a member of International Plant Propagators’ Society. In 2006, he was awarded Southern Nursery Association’s Pinnacle Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the green industry.
Called both a “mad scientist” and “plant geek," LLoyd's passion is matched by his commitment to using advanced technology. Lloyd worked in market research and special projects at Ball Seed Company prior to purchasing the Peace Tree Farm property in 1983, which he and his wife, Candy, have grown from “the little greenhouses up on the hill” to an established and internationally respected operation. Lloyd is a technology guru and advocate for small growers. He has contributed to GMPro, OFA, GPN, Greenhouse Grower, and GrowerTalks, and can be seen, from time to time, palling around in front of the camera with Martha Stewart.
Katie Ketelsen is, plain and simple, a plant geek! From her grandfather's Christmas tree farm, she launched her career as the local HyVee garden center manager. Recently, she did landscape design, project management, marketing, social media and event planning for TimberPine Nursery. Today she's taking the online gardening world by storm at BHG.com, writing and contributing to the "Everyday Gardeners" blog. No matter where she's working, her perfect slice of heaven will always include fresh soil, five of the hottest new plant introductions, a watering can…and probably some chapstick.
Tina Bemis is co-owner of Bemis Farms Nursery, a small grower/retail garden center in central Massachusetts. She is a Cornell University Floriculture graduate, as well as a graduate of ANLA's Garden Center University. In addition to her primary role as grower of herbaceous plants, she creates all of the advertising, marketing, merchandising and promotional events. She teaches more than 200 workshops a year on container gardening and garden-related design projects. Along with her husband, Ed, she hosts the cable television gardening show "Bloomin’ with the Bemises."
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).
Jonathan Pedersen has more than 20 years experience in the horticulture industry. His job as Brand and Business Development Manager at Bailey Nurseries allows him to merge homeowner insight with industry know-how. “We want to make gardening easy for people to enjoy,” says Pedersen. “Having a beautiful outdoor space can be simple, no matter what color your thumb may be. The key is to make good choices.” A native of New Zealand, Jonathan travels all over the world in search of new plants for U.S. gardeners. As a full time resident of Minnesota for many years, he has come to appreciate the challenges many home gardeners face. “Our goal at Bailey Nurseries is to bring great plants to the marketplace, that are easier for homeowners to care for and enjoy.”
Hydrangea Part II or Something New?
Ball FloraPlant's Black Velvet Petunia
Spring Meadow Nursery's Little Lime Hydrangea
Syngenta Flowers' Strawberries and Cream Lanai Verbena
Ball Ornamentals' Fire and Ice Hydrangea
Intrinsic Perennials' Mai Tai and Alabama Slammer Geums
PanAmerican Seed's Plentifall Pansy and Gryphon Begonia
Bailey Nurseries' 2011 New Introductions
The Garden Idol 2011 Finalists
The Garden Idol 2011 Winner Is...?
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