Dad and I just got back from Columbus, Ohio, where we attended the Cultivate’15 greenhouse industry convention. Awesome stuff! Dad goes every year, but it’s been a long time since I attended.
If you’re wondering what could possibly go on at a greenhouse convention, prepare to be boggled.
The main attraction for us was the trade show. This thing is huge– hundreds of vendors, many with some seriously glamorous displays. The neat thing about the show is that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a small retail location like us, a huge production range with hundreds of acres of greenhouses, or anything in between. There were companies selling greenhouse frames, shade/heat curtains, water treatment systems, forklifts, shipping and shopping carts, soil, fertilizers, display solutions, flat fillers, seeders, tags and labels, printing systems to make your own tags and labels, pots and trays; breeders and distributors of seed, starter plugs, finished plants, roses, trees and nursery stock, succulents, carnivorous plants, anything and everything you can imagine and more… Solutions and products for huge growers all the way down to home gardeners.
We visited with many of our regular suppliers and kept an eye out for cool new plants and other products. We also made a point of looking for promising roses so that in the future we can offer more options than just Knock Out, but with a similar level of disease resistance and easy maintenance.
Another highlight was the showcase of new plant varieties. There were some neat new plants there, but it’s always hard to tell how good anything really is until you see it in a field trial (since they’re obviously going to bring the best-looking specimens to the show).
So I know I mentioned this last year after our field trial/greenhouse hopping trip, but I’m really not fond of ‘Platinum Blonde’ lavender. The feeling escalated on this trip because it was everywhere. At the greenhouses we visited, at the show in the booths of its distributors… I just don’t like it. You can spot it from twenty feet away because it looks so yellow.
And then, there was ‘Meerlo’.
*swoon* It was in the new variety section. I have to have it. It is just gorgeous. That is what a variegated lavender should look like! Beautiful cream/white variegation… Check it out on Sunset Western Garden Collection’s website, their pics do it far better justice (accursed artificial lighting…!).