Not all new varieties are created equal, at least that was the mantra of the Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase selection committee.
The committee, made up of garden designers, retailers, wholesale growers, and garden media, only approved 60% of the varieties submitted for review. Three guest judges—a landscape designer, garden center manager and garden writer/gardener—narrowed it down finally to a “Best” for each category—annuals or tender perennials, grasses or perennials, shrubs and trees or conifers.
The winner in the shrub category was a big surprise: a hexaploid highbush blueberry. But, it’s not just any blueberry. This is the first pink blueberry ever introduced.
Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ from Briggs Nursery took ‘Best Shrub’ at the Farwest Show, the top nursery and greenhouse show in the western United States. With more than 850 exhibitors, the annual show in Portland, Oregon, boasts more green goods exhibitors than any other show in North America.
The submissions were evaluated on uniqueness of the plants, value at growing and retail levels, and desirability in the landscape and containers.