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Updates on trials and awards from the Royal Horticultural Society by Graham Rice

Improved trials and awards coverage

Posted by Graham Rice on 18 May 2010 at 01:46 PM

Verbena trial at Wisley. Image: Ali Cundy, RHS Trials OfficeWell, I’m pleased to say that the RHS has been upgrading its coverage of plant trials and plant awards here on the website. Naturally, this means change and one of the changes is that this blog is disappearing – this is my last post. But I’m glad to say that it’s being replaced by two new features.

So starting today, every month I’ll be bringing you news of one of the plants which has recently been given an Award of Garden Merit. I start with the lovely fragrant pink Dianthus Candy Floss ('Devon Flavia’) (below right, click to enlarge) which gained its award after last year’s trial at Wisley. Look for my piece on the Latest AGM Plants around this time every month.Dianthus Candy Floss ('Devon Flavia’). Image: Caroline Beck, RHS.

I’m also starting a second new series, featuring a seasonal choice of ten Award of Garden Merit plants. Every month I’ll pick a seasonal theme – the first will be a choice of plants for containers – and select ten appropriate plants which have received an Award of Garden Merit. Look for this around the beginning of each month.

And there’s plenty more happening on the new upgraded Plant Trials and Awards pages.
Find out how plants qualify for an AGM
Download lists of AGM plants
Search for AGM plants
Find out about the plant trials which help decide which plants receive an AGM
Check out which plants are currently being trialed
Download free full colour bulletins on important plant trials
Look over all my previous posts about trials and awards
And start here for news of events - like next month’s Pink and Carnations Open Day - awards and everything else about plant trials and awards.

So thanks for following this blog, and for your comments here and also your many comments by email. My RHS New Plants blog continues. Be sure to hop over to the enhanced Plant Trials and Awards pages where my coverage starts today.

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