Category Archives: 2016

Calling All Irrigators!!

If you are licensed irrigator or have in interest in landscape irrigation then we have two great programs for you in February. Drip Irrigation Workshop – February 14 This course provides an overview of drip irrigation systems design and management as well as a review of hydraulics of irrigation systems. Instruction is provided on the types of drip products available and how to evaluate their performance characteristics and quality. Topics include: advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation in landscape applications and product selection. Instruction is provided on: Design… Read More →

Top Caladium Performers-2016 Harris County Trials

We hit a bump in the road this year due to the tax day rains and the eventual flooding of our offices and growing beds at Bear Creek. At the writing of this blog, we are still in our temporary offices but hope to be back in our home offices soon. We were able to get a caladium trial planted off-site and here are the highlights. The caladiums were planted the first week of June, and evaluated for leaf color, uniformity of habit, resistance to insects and diseases… Read More →

Landscape Irrigation Workshop

A well-maintained irrigation system is vital to a healthy landscape. Weather you maintain residential, commercial or public landscape areas, this workshop will provide you and your technicians with the latest information. The speakers represent the top companies in landscape irrigation. Join us on Wednesday, October 19 to learn about the latest innovations in landscape irrigation and technology. Workshop Topics Smart Irrigation Controllers Troubleshooting an Irrigation System Irrigation Efficiency and Auditing Basic Precipitation Rates Drip Irrigation Systems Registration Fee – $35.00               CLICK HERE TO… Read More →


The Greater Houston Plant Conference is a great opportunity to learn about new plants, breeding programs and ornamental plant trials in Texas and around the country. Come hear from industry experts about which shrubs, annuals and perennials you should be growing. Get your tickets early, we are at a new venue for 2016 with limited seating.    REGISTER TODAY!

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 7 (4/14/16)

The last day of the CA Spring Trials is here and we will be visiting Benary and Pacific Plug & Liners in Watsonville, CA. After driving approximately 1000 miles from San Diego to San Jose we will have visited many plant breeding companies and seen many new promising plants. Let’s see what caught my attention today. Success Trailing Petunias is a new spreading series from Benary. The series has a strong color range and uniform plant habit. BIG Begonia from Benary is a vigorous well-branched landscape begonia. Funky… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 6 (4/13/16)

Hey there, it is day 6 and we are in Gilroy, CA visiting Danziger, Syngenta Flowers and Proven Winners. Those of us that started in southern CA are all converging on the north as the trials end soon. Let’s take a look at what caught my eye today. Craspedia Golf Beauty is unique plant from Danziger. This plant has a unique yellow, globe-like flower and fine grass-like foliage. This plant will work well as a thriller-plant in containers. Amore Series Petunia from Danziger has a cascading habit with… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 5 (4/12/16)

Day 5 brings us to Salinas, CA to visit the Sakata, Takii and Speedling facilities. Each day brings more and more interesting plants. Let’s take a look at what they had to offer. SuperCal Petunia is a calibrachoa x petunia hybrid from Sakata. The series has an excellent color range and flower size. Red Robin Tomato from Sakata will be a great choice for container production. The compact habit and dense branching will provide plenty of tomatoes throughout the season. Salvia Summer Jewell Series (Salvia coccinea) from Takii… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 4 (4/11/16)

It is day 4 and we are at the half way point of the 2016 spring trials. The weather has been much nicer since we’ve reached the central coast and the plant introductions just keep getting better and better. Today we visited the second site for Dummen Orange in Paso Robles, CA and Floricultura which is hosting Westhoff, Plug Connection, Beekenkamp and Pac-Eisner. Here are the highlights of today’s visits. Coreopsis Red Elf is a new dwarf perennial from Dummen Orange. Red Elf has dark scarlet flowers presented… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 3 (4/10/16)

It is day three and we have a few stops along the central coast. Today we visited Windmill Nursery who hosted 9 companies in Buellton, CA and Dummen Orange in Edna Valley, CA. The visits are starting to increase the number of “WOW” plants should also increase. Let’s see what Sunday had to offer. Agastache Kudos Series from Terra Nova has a compact habit along with an awesome color range. Agastache is a great perennial for summer flowers. Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone from Dummen Orange is an interesting introduction… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 2 (4/9/16)

It’s day two, here are some plants of interest. Stop 1 – GroLink Plant Company – Oxnard, CA. GroLink was the host to 13 companies, and there was plenty to see. Sun Parasol Apricot is the newest addition to the Sun Parasol Mandevilla series from Suntory Flowers. The growth habit is similar to the other colors in the series, but the apricot flower color is a first to the market. Patio Gerbera Volcanoes is ideal for your favorite planter on your deck or patio. Available from Florist Holland, the Volcanoes variety… Read More →