Summer has arrived! How is your garden trending? As things are heating up outside, let us take you on a celebration of plants of the year, perennial gardening, sunflowers, flower shows and trials, summer recipes, pollinator week, and more.
And looking ahead to the end of summer, we are pleased to share that we are a sponsor of the ArbNet 10th Anniversary Virtual Conference, September 14-16.
Have some tea, find some shade and take a moment to sit back in your garden while we connect you with summertime plants, gardens, and events.
NEWS & UPDATES
Plants of the Year: Take a virtual tour of this year’s recipients of 2021 Plants of the Year distinction including bee balm, wisteria, buttonbush, beautyberry, and more. From annuals to perennials, roses to wildflowers, there is sure to be a winner that you will want to try in your garden this year.
Perennial Inspiration: June is Perennial Gardening Month, an educational campaign established by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) to encourage the use of perennials in gardens. Find ways to discover new perennials by learning more about Perennial Gardening Month.
What’s the Buzz: This year Pollinator Week is June 21-27. This outreach initiative from the Pollinator Partnership celebrates pollinators and shares ways to help protect them by encouraging pollinator friendly habitats and practices. Get buzzed during Pollinator Week.
Red, White and Bloom: American Flowers Week, June 28-July 4, was launched in 2015 as an event to highlight U.S.-grown cut flowers. All flower lovers are invited to celebrate the beauty, sustainability, and joy of local and seasonal flowers grown across the U.S. Learn more about American Flowers Week
Sunflower Fun: National Garden Bureau is celebrating sunflowers as their annual of the year. Sunflowers are easy to grow and have so many uses. It’s not too late to start some for a late summer flower show in your landscape. Learn how to plant a sunflower house and enter the #YearoftheSunflower video contest from National Garden Bureau.
AAS Winning Recipes: During the summertime who wants to cook? It’s hot! Cool off with these easy and fresh AAS Winners Recipes.
The Flower Show Must Go On: If you didn’t have the chance to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show this year during the new dates and venue, we have gathered together some virtual experiences for you to enjoy.
- PHS Flower Show Designers Get Emotional About “HABITAT: Nature’s Masterpiece”
- Splendor in the Park at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show | Cottage in the Court
- The 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show opens to record crowds – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun
CAST 2021: The California Spring Trials are now the California Summer Trials and will be held June 23 through Sunday, June 27. One of the most important industry events of the year, CAST is the best opportunity for breeders to showcase their full lineup of new perennials and annuals to brokers, growers, and retailers. Follow updates about new plants being introduced at CAST 2021.
More Summer Events
- National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, July 7-9
- Perennial Plant Association Hybrid National Symposium, July 27-29
- AmericanHort presents Cultivate’21, July 10 -13
- ANCA Virtual Summit 2021, August 23-26
- GardenComm Virtual Conference, August 11-14
- International Master Gardener Conference 2021, September 12-17
- ArbNet 10th Anniversary Virtual Conference, September 14-16
Plants to the Rescue: Seed Your Future and Scholastic are proud to announce the winners of the Plant Mash-Up 2021 Contest. The “Plants to the Rescue! Plant Mash-Up” engaged middle-school students in imagining and illustrating their own plant hybrid. See the creative contest winners at Seed Your Future.
More to Explore
Our Summer 2021 cover photo feature is
Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle Limetta®
- 10 Ways Public Gardens Can Use Plants
- Understanding the Economic Impact of Garden Tourism
- The Value of Reference Gardens
- Ancient seeds spill secrets about the evolution of flowering plants | Nature.com
- Hedgerows act as wildlife corridors for the wildlife that cannot walk | BotanyOne
- A never-before-documented flower blooms on one of world’s rarest trees | National Geographic
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