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Ornamental Plant Research

Plant Breeding

plant breeding

The program continues to develop and evaluate new perennial plants for introduction to the horticulture industry and gardeners. 2016 is proving to be an exciting year for the program, with eight new false indigo (Baptisia) hybrids and two new Phlox hybrids poised for introduction. Three more Phlox hybrids and a compact speedwell (Veronica) are being distributed this year to licensed nurseries around the country for evaluation and propagation. Be watching for these new introductions in 2017 or 2018!

Plant Evaluation

plant evaluation program

The program evaluates herbaceous and woody plants in comparative trials, ultimately recommending the top performers to gardeners and the horticulture industry. In 2016, 900 taxa were evaluated in the Bernice E. Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden, the Green Roof Gardens, and the Rose Trial Garden. A comparative trial of 105 non-hardy sages (Salvia spp.) was initiated in 2016.

Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction

Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction

The program continues to develop and evaluate new perennial plants for introduction to the horticulture industry and gardeners. 2016 is proving to be an exciting year for the program, with eight new false indigo (Baptisia) hybrids and two new Phlox hybrids poised for introduction.  Three more Phlox hybrids and a compact speedwell (Veronica) are being distributed this year to licensed nurseries around the country for evaluation and propagation.  Be watching for these new introductions in 2017 or 2018!

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