Retailer Fact Sheet

Background

Beautiful Gardens is a project of the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association designed for the introduction of new plants and the designation of plants of distinction.

New plants are selected for evaluation at test sites located in different climatic areas of Virginia. Plants exhibiting the characteristics of hardiness, resistance and beauty are chosen for propagation by Virginia producers. These "locally" grown plants are then made available to participating retail garden centers for sale. The Beautiful Gardens program is currently testing perennials, shrubs and trees.


Plants for 2011

The Beautiful Gardens program began selling plants in the spring of 2009. These first plants to wear the BG label included: Don Egolf Chinese Redbud, Pine Knot Strains Lenten Rose, Virginia Holly, Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea, Steeple Chase Arborvitae, Green Velvet Boxwood, Peachie’s Pick Stokes’ Aster and Hardy Banana. These first selections are all plants of merit – plants currently on the market – that the Beautiful Gardens Committee feels are underutilized and have great potential in the landscape.


Why Participate

We can help you sell these plants! Each one of these plants will look great in a residential or commercial landscape. These plants are grown in Virginia to help reduce transplant stress. All Beautiful Garden plants will be of top quality and uniformity. In the fall of 2008, the Beautiful Gardens program started providing banners and posters for your display and media releases. New plants will be added to the program each year and include plants of distinction and new introductions.

You must be – or become – a member of VNLA to participate.


Contact Us – Visit Us

Members of the Beautiful Gardens committee will be calling to introduce you to our project and encourage you to participate in 2011.


You may direct your questions to:

Rick Baker rick.baker@vdacs.virginia.gov  301-776-7147

Doug Hensel doug@greatbiggreenhouse.com  804-320-1317


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