Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Our First Spring Trials

We spent ten great days in Carpinteria, California at California Spring Trials. Great plants (45 new varieties for 2011), great people visiting all week and even greater opportunity.

The highlights of the week were our introduction of the first Smart Gardening Tag to Horticulture. Using "Quick Response" (QR) Code technology, we can link our tags and signage to webpages, video and text messages. Wow! The possibilities are endless. Visit our Facebook page to see several videos about this!

As for the plants, Calibrachoa KIMONO 'Hot Pink' is a great new plant. There are lots of pics from Spring Trials on FLICKR at hortcouture. Check them out!

Also our new Argyranthemum DRESS UP from Heuger were well recieved. Excellent new breeding that will revolutionize the genus. We are excited! Chocolate Princess is among the best in the series.

The other series that got lots of attention from the cameras are the new PERFECTUNIAS. This is a very exciting new compact Petunia in very cool colors. They will be very popular!
It was an incredible experience to be the new company at an event like this. The excitement for our new genetics and ideas was very high. We were the only genetics in the entire trial that are exclusive to the independent garden retailer. That speaks volumes about what Hort Couture means to the industry. We are proud!