Offering an intimate look at how more than 100 new seasonal plant varieties hold up in Florida’s grueling growing climates, the Florida Flower Trials returns to Central Florida for two days of learning, networking -- and plant admiration.
“Seasonal color can be an incredible addition to one’s landscape toolbox,” Linda Reindl, FNGLA’s director of education, said. “This event is a great place to sharpen business skills and get a first-hand glimpse of how the newest annual plant varieties can boost profit margins.”
The event will include tours of three unique trial locations and will highlight unique perspectives on planting designs, growing conditions and maintenance techniques, according to Reindl. In addition, each site location presents different growing challenges, including varying degrees of sun exposure, human interaction, and soil compositions.
“Trial sites were planted six weeks prior to the conference which allowed ample time for plants to show their beautiful colors,” Reindl added.
Also slated are 11 presentations geared toward growing insights for landscape professionals, garden center retailers and growers.
Each day of the event is slated to include a packed agenda:
Day One will offer tours of three trial sites: Walt Disney World’s nursery; Harry P. Leu Gardens; and, the University of Florida/IFAS Orange County Extension Service. Along with making stops at all trial sites, the tour will make a special stop at SeaWorld Orlando where the park’s horticulture employees will pull back the curtain a bit on how the theme park’s team of landscape professionals are using seasonal color to enhance park landscapes.
Day Two will include a full day of educational programs where top plant breeders, education experts and key industry members come together to exchange ideas. Each presenter will share their unique insights, aimed at delivering innovative business strategies and maintenance techniques.
The cost to attend for FNGLA members who register prior to May 7 is $189. Nonmembers prior to May 7 pay $219.
Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes to the event, and are strongly encouraged to bring wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen.
For more information on the program, visit www.floridaflowertrials.com, or contact Linda Reindl at: firstname.lastname@example.org. •