National Garden Bureau Announces 2014 “Year of” Crops

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National Garden Bureau will feature three crops in its 2014 “Year of the” program — petunia. cucumber and echinacea.

National Garden Bureau will feature three crops in its 2014 “Year of the” program.

For annual flowers, 2014 is the "Year of the Petunia"; for vegetables/edibles, it is the "Year of the Cucumber"; and for perennials, it is the "Year of the Echinacea".

The non-profit organization says it selected crops that are easy to grow, genetically diverse with a lot of new varieties to choose from.

For more information on the program and the National Garden Bureau, visit www.ngb.org.

Publication Date: 
July 10, 2013

Echinacea

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‘Secret Affair’ is a double-flower echinacea that combines tyrian-rose, mauve and lavender colors. It possesses a low-branching habit with foliage to the base of the plant. This bold variety is perfect for mixed beds and mass landscape and performs well in Zones 4 to 9.

AAS Names Two 2013 Winners

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The All-America Selections Board of Directors met recently to approve two holdovers from previous trials as the first two winners for the 2013 gardening season. The two varieties selected are: Canna 'South Pacific Scarlet' F1 bred by Takii & Co. Ltd. and Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ bred by Kieft Seed.

Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'

Publication Date: 
July 6, 2012

Crop Culture Report: Echinacea Prairie Pillars Series

Can you remember what echinacea looked like 10 years ago? Lanky, pale, floppy plants? These were the norm. The older coneflowers in the trade had few blooms and two colors; faded pink and white. Thanks to the work of Jim Ault, Richard Saul, Ari Bloom and our own Harini Korlipara, the spectrum has grown to include luscious oranges, reds, corals and yellows.  

Terra Nova has approached this breeding trend with a fervor. These new varieties come in many colors as well as in a range of heights.

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Long-lasting, fragrant flowers on sturdy stems are a trademark of this series.

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Conor Carey is assistant nursery manager, and Dan Heims is president of Terra Nova Nurseries. They can be reached at conor@terranovanurseries and dan@terranovanurseries.com, respectively.

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May 10, 2012
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Long-lasting, fragrant flowers on sturdy stems are a trademark of the echinacea Prairie Pillars series.

Terra Nova Introduces 15 New Varieties

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Terra Nova Nurseries

Last week, Terra Nova Nurseries, Canby, Ore., announced 15 new plant introductions and a new series called Crocosmia Twilight Fairy will debut at OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio.

The 15 new plants are from a wide range of genera including 10 individual varieties, five plants added to four existing series, and one brand new series.

Publication Date: 
June 27, 2011
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Crop Culture Report: Echinacea Secret Series

One of America’s favorite natives, echinacea continue to be a necessity in any perennial collection, and new breeding has brought wonderful improvements to the straight species.

Echinacea is an All-American prairie flower that rewards its growers with an incredibly long bloom period, drought resistance, excellent hardiness, few diseases and cut-flower possibilities.

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Dan Heims is president of Terra Nova Nurseries. He can be reached at dan@terranovanurseries.com.

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January 12, 2012
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February 22, 2011
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Evaluating New Echinacea Cultivars

Researchers at Michigan State University are testing an assortment of new Echinacea cultivars for potted flowering crop potential and performance in a common growing environment as well as winter hardiness in Michigan.

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Catherine Whitman is research technician, Sonali Padhye is post-doctoral research associate, Arthur Cameron is professor, Erik Runkle is assistant professor and floriculture extension specialist, and Nate DuRussel is a student in the Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. Whitman can be reached at whitmanc@msu.edu.

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June 25, 2007
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