Florida Flower Trials

at Walt Disney World's Nursery | Harry P. Leu Gardens | UF-IFAS Orange County Extension




Here's what you'll see happening for 2017:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


8 – 9 a.m.


9 – 9:45 a.m.


Container Crazy (and Plants for Small Gardens)
Dan Heims, Terra Nova Nurseries (Canby, OR)

Dan’s trips around the world have exposed him to an amazing array of wild containers planted with the most unusual plants. Dan will cover these, plus a wide assortment of unusual plant materials which give new life to containers. He'll offer tips on how to design containers, small garden spaces, and provide helpful information on maintaining soil fertility and improved plant health.

9:45 – 10 a.m.

Sponsor Break

10 – 10:45 a.m.

Session details in the works

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Session details in the works

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Session details in the works

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Breeders' Showcase

Here is where it all starts... with the breeders. This is a fast-paced session where breeders pull out all the stops to show what they have to offer. Whether they are highlighting their new varieties from the trial gardens or something new that has never been seen... each company has just 7 minutes to pack in information pertinent to your needs. This is a must-see session!

2 - 3 p.m.

Travel tome to Harry P. Leu Gardens

3 - 5:30 p.m.

Close-Up Time with Breeders at the Trial Gardens
You’ll get your first glimpse of the 2017 Florida Flower Trial gardens! Breeders will be on hand at the trial sites to talk plants and answer questions about their new varieties before heading back into a jam-packed afternoon of top-notch educational sessions. We'll start at Harry P. Leu Gardens (from 3 - 4 p.m.) and move to Orange County Extension Service (from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.).

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Joined by FNGLA's Action Chapter Members.

Dinner & Lessons from Florida Flower Trial Garden's Site Managers: Lone Survivors of the Summer

Melissa Shepherd, Walt Disney World; Keri Byrum, Harry P. Leu Gardens; and, Kelly Greer, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Services

Every year, this program takes a close look at the current season’s new varieties but what happens to those varieties when attendees leave the conference? What varieties finished out the summer strong? During the final session of the day, the three trial site managers team up to share with you their thoughts on the best performers of the 2016 trial gardens. Hear which varieties beat the odds, lasted longer, showed to be great pollinators and offered great new options for many seasons to come!

Friday, May 19, 2017

  Happenings are in the works. Check back for details.