ProGreen is the annual regional green industry expo that includes more than 100 seminars, 650 tradeshow booths and plenty of networking.
Every year I get to participate in the ProGreen Expo as a master gardener volunteer. After my volunteer duties end, the fun begins.
Not only do I get to attend an entire day of classes, but I also get to tromp around the tradeshow to see all the new gardening products, gadgets and new plants nurseries and garden centers will have for gardeners this year.
Here are some of the highlights of the tradeshow. Next week I’ll feature my top 3 new products for gardening.
ProGreen judges selected Bella Bluegrass as the best new product for 2012 and I can understand why. This new bluegrass, from Graff’s Turf Farms, requires 50-80% less mowing than other bluegrass varieties. Mowing less saves money on fuel and means lower emissions. In addition, Bella is drought-tolerant and helps with erosion control.
Another “Best Of” at the tradeshow is this cute Bosnian Pine (Pinus leucodermis ‘Gnome’) from Bixon Nursery. Judges selected this pine because once it’s established in the landscape–especially in rock gardens–it needs minimal water. Gnome develops into an upright cylindrical shape.
There were quite a few displays of pottery, fountains, birdbaths and other garden art. I loved these feet planters! I spent some time staring at them and imagining what kind of plants would look best in them. What ideas do they inspire in you?
I stopped by the Plant Select display and was delighted to see a Ruby Voodoo Rose in bloom. I’ve been growing one of these beautiful (and fragrant) roses in my cottage garden for the last two seasons and now other gardeners will also have the chance to plant one. Rosa ‘Ruby Voodoo’ is a Plant Select introduction for 2012.
My vote for best display goes to Welby Gardens/Hardy Boy plants. The display featured a fun carnival theme with plenty of colorful Hardy Boy plants on display. It was a popular booth with its carnival games and comfy benches. You can recognize Hardy Boy plants at your favorite garden center because they’re the annuals in the bright-red 4-packs.