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About a brand new Coreopsis which is long-blooming
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale


Art Drysdale, a life-long resident of Toronto and a horticulturist well known all across Canada, is now a resident of Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo. He has reno-vated an old home and has a new garden there. His radio gardening vignettes are heard in south-western Ontario over radio station Easy 101 FM out of Tillsonburg at 2 PM weekdays.

Art also has his own website at

March 26, 2017

Above, Darwin Perennials’ newest introduction, Coreopsis UpTick series ‘Gold and Bronze’ (one of five colours in the series) as exhibited at the Four Oaks Trade Show recently. Below, the show garden at Darwin Perennials headquarters in Holland. Photos by Darwin Perennials.




Four Oaks Trade Show is the UK’s premier show for ornamental horticulture, and now in its 47th year. The glasshouse venue has a relaxed and informal atmosphere well suited to the event and the industry. It is cost-effective and user friendly with none of the restrictions of the purpose built exhibition halls.

Plants are the most prominent feature of the show, accounting for over 50% of exhibiting companies, with associated supplies and services from production to point-of-sale. Exhibits include a wide range of glasshouse equipment and machinery from seeders and handling equipment to fully automated transplanting systems.

Overseas exhibitor numbers last year exceeded 40% of the total. The visitor profile which is truly international, includes commercial growers, garden centres and retailers, farm shops, municipalties, landscapers & architects, garden designers and florists. The show is a combination of business and social activity, but above all it is a buyers show, which is particularly attractive to the grower retailer and the independent garden centres.

The site currently offers 17,000 m² of covered exhibition space all on concrete floors. Operating on our own site, we are able to offer exhibitors a level of flexibility and service that cannot be matched elsewhere. Unrestricted access during the week prior to the show, with free handling and free secure storage before and after the show, relieves the pressure of the September show circuit. Deliveries will be accepted 24 hours from the Friday onwards. On show days, beverages and packed lunches are served to the stands and are free of charge. The first day will close with an exhibitors’ Supper, also free of charge. It is all part of a service that makes this show unique.

Outside plots are also available which add an extra dimension to the site and offer a cost-effective option to companies who by the nature of their product need a larger site.

The new coreopsis series UpTick from Darwin Perennials recently was awarded as the “Best New Nursery Stock Plant Introduction” award from the judges at this year’s Four Oaks Trade Show. “This prestigious annual award highlights innovation and excellence in horticulture, and is evaluated by an industry panel. According to the judges, they were impressed with UpTick’s “continual flowering, good habit, shape and flower size.”

Darwin Plants is Holland’s largest exporter of bare root perennial plants, with a firm foothold in North America, Europe and The Far East.

“However, the Four Oaks award adds to the accolades given to the UpTick series since debut-ing at California Spring Trials”, memorizes Darwin Perennials in a press release. In July the series received a Medal Of Excellence Industry’s Choice award at Cultivate’16. Industry’s Choice and was described as a series that offers a larger flower size with no deadheading and a long bloom period. “Large, handsome flowers bloom longer than most coreopsis varieties from late spring through the end of summer, for more color at retail and in the garden. The UpTick Series’ tidy, mounded habit makes it easy to ship and attractive in the landscape. Its bright colors should at-tract consumers, and because coreopsis are great pollinator plants, this series will help growers continue the effort to be pollinator-friendly. Colours include Cream, Cream and Red, Gold and Bronze, and Yellow and Red.”

Darwin Perennials also refer to several trials across the US where UpTick scored well, including Costa in Miami, Florida and the University of Georgia, where it earned a “Plants of Distinction” mention this summer.


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