Every year I look forward to the nursery trade show in the Northeast called New England Grows.
The show attracts thousands. It was held last week, only Wednesday and Thursday, cut short a day because of the snow storm.
What I like about New England Grows besides the lectures which always bring me new ideas, is the trade show component. Dozens of vendors line the rows of the Boston Exhibition hall. It takes hours to move through them all.
Several nurseries display their new plants.
In the nineteenth century novelty plants played a key role in each seed and nursery catalog.
For example the Childs Seed Company catalog said in 1890, “Customers will look every year for a lot of sterling novelties, which you must provide, and each must prove as worthy as you recommend.”
The company had to provide novelties because the gardener expected it.
At New England Grows several nurseries showcased many newer varieites of their plants.
A Proven Winners variety of coleus called ‘Neptune’s Net’ caught my attention on entering the Pleasant View Garden exhibit. I knew immediately I wanted to grow this plant in my summer garden.
Like the gardeners of the nineteenth century, today we too search out newer varieties.
Why do you think we like the newest?
And, of course, we know that the seed and plant companies provide the latest variety that could be from any place in the world to plant in our gardens.