We made it to the middle of summer and through 2020! This month I wanted to share a few things to look forward to so I’ve gathered together some new plant introductions, upcoming virtual events, a 2021 garden trends forecast, and more. Keep growing and I hope you are looking forward to something new blooming in your garden too. We’d love to see you sharing about it on Plants Map.
NEWS & UPDATES
Congratulations: The Virginia Big Tree program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Click here for a short video from the Virginia Forest Landowners Association on the history of the program and an introduction to a couple state and national champions. Learn more about the VA Big Tree program at plantsmap.com/organizations/virginia-big-tree-program.
NGB 2021: National Garden Bureau has announced their 2021 ‘Year of’ horticulture campaigns in the categories of bulb, annual, edible, perennial and shrub. The 2021 campaigns will feature hyacinth, sunflower, garden bean, and hardy hibiscus. Additional information will be provided soon. Learn more about the National Garden Bureau.
“Year of” Educational Opportunity: New for 2021, NGB has introduced a “Year of” educational exhibit opportunity for public gardens that will feature the horticulture plant campaigns. For more information and to register your garden visit ngb.org/public-garden-special-exhibit-opportunity.
Now Available: The latest edition of “Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes, 4th edition” by Allan Armitage is now available in both hardback and paperback editions. The newest edition includes dozens of new species and hundreds of new cultivars from breeders throughout the world. Learn more at plantsmap.com/organizations/dr-allan-armitage.
Cultivate’20 Virtual: This year the Cultivate trade show presented by American Horticulture was held online. Here are a few of the exciting new introductions and trends for 2021 from the event as compiled by Nursery Management magazine online:
- The great reset: Garden Media Group shares the 6 consumer trends that will shape 2021 garden trends – Nursery Management
- Monrovia introduces 2021 Featured Plants at Cultivate – Nursery Management
- Spring Meadow Nursery introduces three new Hydrangea paniculata cultivars at Cultivate‘20 Virtual – Nursery Management
Cultivating Good: Suntory Flowers Alive With Flowers Initiative donated plants to great causes impacted by COVID-19. See the Alive With Flowers Initiative stories here.
Buy It Plants: Plants Map Resource members have been actively adding Buy It Plants that can be delivered to your door to enjoy in your garden. More than 1,300 plants are now available! Learn about becoming a Resource and our Buy It plants service
Virtual Events: This year a number of annual meetings and events are being hosted online. Below are a couple of great opportunities to learn more about these organizations and virtually attend an event….without the travel.
- FARWEST New Varieties Showcase – vote for your favorite new variety about to hit the market in Spring 2021 and be entered to win a pass for the 2021 show. Voting ends 8/28/20.
- GardenComm Virtual Conference – join GardenComm for a Virtual Conference August 10-13th for four days of networking and educational opportunities. Registration ends August 9.
- Perennial Plant Association Virtual Edition Meet Your New Favorites – an educational webinar introducing new plants and products plus an optional happy hour too. Webinar is August 26. Registration ends August 24.
- ANCA Virtual Summit – online workshops, discussions and more are planned for the online event for the Association of Nature Center Administrators. The ANCA Virtual Summit will be September 14-17th. Registration begins in August.
Virtual Field Days: Many of the most popular plant destinations for new variety showcases are going either partially or totally virtual this year. For a list of some upcoming virtual tours visit this resource from Greenhouse Grower.
More to Explore
Our July 2020 cover photo feature is
Eucomis ‘Twinkle Stars’
- The Fascinating Science of How Trees Communicate, Animated | Brain Pickings
- If you can’t get to a national park, appreciate their beauty with these 11 photos | Washington Post
- Unique Trees in our National Forests | National Forest Foundation
- How to Design a Garden That Celebrates Summer Light | Garden Design
- Near Me Interactive Map Feature – Plantsmap.com
- Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness – CDC
- Summer Tree Care Tips – Canopy Blog
- COVID-19 Resources from ANCA – Links, resources, and updates for public spaces such as nature centers, parks, gardens, trails and more.
- The Coronavirus Resource Center from American Hort – Get horticulture related updates and resources for businesses, garden centers, and growers.
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