Oregon Garden Honored

OREGON GARDEN SELECTED AS DISPLAY GARDEN FOR NATIONAL AMERICAN GARDEN AWARD COMPETITION

One of Only 23 Chosen Gardens Nationwide, The Oregon Garden Will Display Seven New Flower Varieties that the Public May Visit and Vote on in May

Silverton, OR— The Oregon Garden is one of 23 public gardens nationwide to be selected as a display garden for the prestigious American Garden Award competition.

Each of the 23 participating gardens will display seven new flower varieties that some of the world’s most prominent breeders have selected to compete in this program.

Beginning May 13, the public is invited to view the flowers at The Oregon Garden and to vote on their favorites through August 31. The first, second and third-place winners will be announced in early September. Meanwhile, the seven new flower varieties will be available for purchase throughout the summer at a number of Oregon nurseries and independent garden retailers.

“We are honored to be selected as a display garden by such a prestigious organization,” said Heather Desmarteau-Fast, horticulture manager for The Oregon Garden. “This is a great opportunity for the public to vote and influence what plants will be available in stores and nurseries.”

Desmarteau-Fast adds that The Oregon Garden is in good company as the other display gardens chosen across the country include respected sites such as the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Denver Botanic Gardens and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

The seven varieties entered in this year’s competition are: Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Hypnotica Lavender’; Dianthus ‘Kahori’; Ornamental Pepper ‘Uchu’; Petunia ‘Easy Wave™ Neon Rose’; Petunia milliflora ‘Picobella Rose Star’; Scaevola ‘Surdiva® Light Blue’; and ‘SunPatiens® Variegated Spreading White’.

The American Garden Award program is administered by All-America Selections (AAS), a national organization focused on promoting new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America. While most AAS trials are judged by horticultural professionals, the American Garden Award program gets the public involved so that they can share which plants they feel have the most appealing garden characteristics.

The Oregon Garden offers more than 80 acres that showcase the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest with more than 20 individual themed gardens and related attractions. The mission of The Oregon Garden is to welcome and inspire all visitors with an appreciation for the extraordinary ecology of the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a meaningful educational experience for gardeners of all skill levels and ages. The Oregon Garden offers memberships that help support new improvements and visitor programs. Visit www.OregonGarden.org or call (503) 874-8100 for more information.