Tuesday, April 7, 2009

'Tiki Torch' Wins at ANLA

A Grand Entrance…



This year’s American Nursery and Landscape Association Management Clinic in Louisville, Ky., was an amazing experience, as is always the case.



Garden Splendor, the premium plant collection that includes more than 500 perennials, annuals, shrubs, vines, and grasses – and known for its yearly Showcase varieties – was well represented with the announcement that the brand’s new Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch’ was the winning plant in the ANLA Plant Pavilion. This was truly a grand entrance for this attention-grabbing plant.



‘Tiki Torch’ features large, dark orange blooms with broad florets and a spicy fragrance. It does wonderfully in full sun and generally reaches a height of 24 – 30 inches. Attractive, burnished copper-colored seed cones can be left to fortify small birds or dead headed to encourage increased reblooming. Its robust color remains intense for weeks rather than days. True to the company’s tagline, this plant is truly a “Plant Worth Remembering.”



We also enjoyed the time we spent meeting and working with Ed and Gail Overdevest, co-owners, and David Wilson, marketing director, of Overdevest Nurseries and the Garden Splendor brand. Their passion for Garden Splendor and horticulture in general is readily apparent.



To learn more about this variety, please visit www.gardensplendor.com. If you are a member of the media and would like to feature this variety for spring or summer, we will be glad to assist you with some pretty incredible images and the story behind this winning plant.



- Doug

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