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March 13, 2013


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growing tomatoes at home

Like famous people gets awards for their achievement, its fair enough to give awards to plants according to what one deserves. Quite interesting information shared in this blog. Loved it!

Graham Rice

Thank you, growing tomatoes at home - what awards are there over in New Zealand where you are?


The revision of the AGM was long overdue and I'm glad that more Japanese maples and conifers have been awarded the AGM. Some genera like Camellia and Fuchsia are overrepresented in my opinion and I question the awards given to some plants. Choisya ternata Sundance for example does not look very happy in most Dutch gardens (but looks good when seen at nurseries!). I also question the general availability of some of plants given the AGM.
In the Netherlands the Koninklijke Vereniging van Boskoopse Culturen (KVBC)[translated: Royal Society for Boskoop Cultures] each year surveys some plant genera. The results are published in the Dendroflora yearbook (

Ron Rabideau

Hi Graham,
There is also the Cary Award for New England.

Ron Rabideau
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The splendidly named Heucheraholics and Plantagogo are streets ahead of everyone else in the wide range of heucheras they offer and the promotion that they’ve given heucheras over the last few years.

Graham Rice

Yes, Theo, I'm afraid some unexpected plants have retained their AGM, and I agree that Sundance is one of them. It needs exactly the right situation to thrive. Availability, as you say, is also a big issue and I've noticed this especially amongst the veg that have been added. The new RHS PlantFinder is out next month and that will certainly be a help with ornamentals.

Graham Rice

Thanks, Ron, for pointing out the Cary Award although unfortunately it only covers trees, shrubs and vines.

Graham Rice

Anyone know of plant awards programs in Kansas, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia? Thanks.


Hi there, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post. It was funny. Keep on posting!

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