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Two of the new plants introduced at Four Oaks Trade Show in the UK
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

September 17, 2017

Above, UpTick (Coreopsis) [or Tickseed] Gold & Bronze The plant also comes in four other colour combinations. Below, the new Austin Rose Roald Dahl.




Last year about this time I wrote extensively about the Four Oaks Trade Show and especially about the new plants introduced at the show I have the same intent this year.

The big winner this year is one of the new UpTick Coreopsis (or Tickseed) It was actually introduced in the USA first

The excitement behind the new coreopsis series UpTick™ continues, as Darwin Perennials recently accepted the “Best New Nursery Stock Plant Introduction” award from the judges at this year’s Four Oaks Trade Show in the UK in September. This prestigious annual award high-lights 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.”

The Four Oaks award adds to the accolades given to the UpTick series since debuting at the California Spring Trials. In July the series received a Medal Of Excellence Industry’s Choice award at Cultivate’16. UpTick has also scored well at trials across the country, including Costa in Miami, Florida and the University of Georgia, where it earned a “Plants Of Distinction” mention this summer.

“Darwin Perennials is glad to see the industry respond so positively to the UpTick series. Our product team was confident it would impress the industry, and these awards cement our excitement for its introduction to the marketplace,” said Mike Klopmeyer, General Manager for Darwin Perennials. Darwin Perennials is a division of the Ball Horticultural Company, head-quartered in West Chicago, Illinois and often known by the original name, George J. Ball Company.

UpTick Coreopsis features large flowers with distinctive colors. It blooms earlier and longer for gardeners to enjoy spring through fall. The series’ tidy, mounded habit ships well and holds at retail and in the perennial garden. It is hardy through USDA Zone 5.

Of course many of the plant exhibitors had new plants to display including famous rose growers, David Austin Roses also displayed their new one Dame Judi Dench which I wrote about and showed on these pages several weeks ago. David Austin also showed Roald Dahl (Ausowlish), an English Musk Hybrid.

The peach coloured rose is a tribute to Roald’s first major literary success as a children’s author. Very free-flowering peach coloured blooms produced almost continuously. A remarkably free-flowering variety that will be a valuable addition to any garden. Beautiful orange-red buds open to cupped peach rosettes with a lovely Tea fragrance. It matures into a very attractive rounded bushy shrub with few thorns. A percentage of every ‘Roald Dahl’ rose sold will be donated to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

There are a large number of other new cultivars of various plants to write about and I will try to do that over the coming weeks.


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