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Summertime Fun at the Signature Gardens

Visit the gardens of Proven Winners.

Contributors: Susan Martin

 

When you’re out and about traveling this summer, consider visiting one of Proven Winners’ five Signature Gardens, four Display Gardens or the Botanical Trail, all of which feature our plants growing in magnificently designed, showcase displays.  Visitors and guests, garden clubs, trade groups, landscape professionals and designers are all welcome! Immerse yourself in the beauty of Proven Winners flowers and plants, observe how butterflies, bees and birds interact there, and let your spirit soar in these captivating green spaces.  

Where to Visit

   

Midwest

East Coast

South

         

Planning Checklist

  1. Call ahead to ask when the best time to visit might be if your schedule is flexible. All of these locations have gardens that are open to the public and typically do not require an appointment.
  2. Pack your camera and leave plenty of space on your memory cards or phone. You’re about to see some magnificent gardens!
  3. Wear comfortable walking shoes as some of these gardens are quite large and there is much to see.
  4. Bring plenty of sunscreen or a hat and something to drink—these are outdoor gardens and it can get pretty toasty in the summer months.
  5. Check in to the office (if there is one on site) when you arrive to let someone there know that you’re there to spend some time in the gardens. While you’re at it, ask about washroom facilities.
  6. Share your experience online! We would love to see some of your photos and hear about your experience in our gardens. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Do you know of a magnificent public garden that features Proven Winners plants?
Nominate them to become a Signature Garden.

 

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:50pm

What about the West Coast and especially California? We have great climate and loads of gardeners!

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Anonymous Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:55pm

Where are they? So many Canadians prefer PW plants and spend megabucks on then. I would love to see a trial garden in British Columbia Province, Canada. Please!

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Kerry Meyer Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:24am

If you have any suggestions for trial gardens in BC, I would love to hear about them.  The trials I know of are in the Eastern half of Canada, which is, obviously, quite far from Britich Columbia! 

The closest trial to you is probably in Oregon, whichiisn't all that close either.

This link will get you a list of the trials we have plants at this year.  You can filter by area, if you want.

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Anonymous Sun, 07/17/2016 - 10:28am

As members of a Garden and Greenhouse Committee we are looking to buy videotapes of beautiful gardens to share with our nursing home residents. For this purpose, we don't need "how to" videos, just tours that would help our residents enjoy nature's beauty.
Could you help us find sources? Thank you so much.

Brenda Snyder
Cornwall Manor
A continuing care retirement community
Cornwall, PA

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Kerry Meyer Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:12am

Brenda,

Here are a couple of links from Jeanine, who works in social media for us:

http://goodgardeningvideos.org/

https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videoscategory/gardens-to-visit/

Kerry

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Kerry Meyer Wed, 07/20/2016 - 8:02am

Brenda,

I did some googling and found these leads - I haven't seen them, but they seem promising:

http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=12293020

http://www.gardenarena.co.uk/dvds.htm - a number of ideas here

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Kerry Meyer Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:40am

Brenda,

I am reaching our to our network for suggestions.  I think I will also ask our social media experts to post your question to facebook.  It seems like that might be a good avenue to get some feedback.

Please email me direclty at kerry@provenwinners.com.  that will make it much easier to communicate.

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Anonymous Fri, 07/15/2016 - 5:02pm

Where are the ones in Canada?

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Kerry Meyer Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:31am

You can use this link to see all of the gardens we send plants to https://www.provenwinners.com/learn/plant-trials.  Once on the page, you can filter by Canada.  The gardens we send plants to in Canada include:

Montreal Botanic Garden

Toronto Botanci Garden

University of Laval

University of Guelph

Sawaya Garden Trial

 

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Anonymous Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:31pm

Beautiful gardens but why wasn't the West and Southwest represented? As you know climates are so different and plants may not grow in the West as they do in the locations you are showing. Please do not leave us out. Thanks...

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Kerry Meyer Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:37am

I woiuld dearly LOVE to have trial gardens in the Southwest and California.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find trial gardens in those areas to send plants to.  I had this same problem in the Northwest for a long time before finding two trial sites in Oregon.  I have found that if there isn't a dedicated actual trial then sending plants does no good.  I have tried in the past to get plants trialed by gardens or companies that don't have established gardens and I never get data or information back from them.  Without data coming back to me, the trial doesn't do any good.  

If you know of a trial and a contact person for that trial, please pass the information along.  I would love to add trials in those areas.

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