2020 - Competition Jury

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Alicja Cecot
Journalist

A graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Agricultural University in Krakow and postgraduate journalism studies at Jagiellonian University. Editor-in-chief of the bimonthly “Szkółkarstwo” for 14 years. Worked as an editor for the magazine “Hasło Ogrodnicze”. Deputy-editor of the quarterly “Kwiaty”. She is published in numerous gardening magazines at home and abroad, including FloraCulture International, Kertészet és Szőlészet. Co-author of the book “Potrety Kwiatów” and translator of English language books (including “Kompozycje kwiatowe”). A speaker at many trade conferences connected with national and international horticultural trade fairs. Currently editor of “Pod Osłonami” and portal www.podoslonami.pl.
Honory laureate of the Honorary Green Laurel award, granteded by the Polish Nurserymen Association.

Hanna Grzeszczak-Nowak
Botanical Garden at the University of Wrocław

Graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Agricultural University of Poznan. Since 1985, dendrologist at the Botanical Garden of the University of Wroclaw. Since 1988, acting director of the Wojsławice Arboretum, then inspector of this Arboretum. Has consistently revitalized and developed the Arboretum. Maintains many unique collections of plants, including four national collections of types of Buxus, Hedera, Hemerocallis, and Rhododendrons. For years, promotes the cultivation of ornamental plants, organizing a number of events, including “HEMEROmania”, The Autumn Flower and Grass Festival, Lower Silesia Pumpkin Festival, Ivy weekend. Member of the Polish Dendrology Society, “Ericaceous Plants” Group, Efeu Deutsche Gesellschaft, Deutsche Gesellschaft Rhododendron. The author of numerous scientific publications, both domestic and foreign, books and many articles devoted to ornamental plants.
Laureate of the Honorary Green Laurel, awarded by the Polish Nurserymen Association for consistent and creative promotion of ornamental plants and horticultural culture.

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Marek Jezierski
Journalist

Graduate of Landscape Architecture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Polish television presenter, writer and speaker on horticulture. Over the last twenty five years he has hosted and presented television gardening series “Rok w Ogrodzie”. He is a prolific author and has written numerous articles devoted to plants and gardening.
Winner of the prestigious Honorary Green Laurel award granted by the Polish Nurserymen Association for dissemination of knowledge about plants, their use and benefits.

 

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Mirosław Łakomiec
Polish Association of Garden Centers

Graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. He is the owner of the trade company ACM Agrocentrum dealing in retail and wholesale of products for agriculture and gardening. He has been cooperating for many years with the English association of producers GARDENEX. Participant of many international garden fairs and exhibitions. Currently, President of the Polish Association of Garden Centers.

 

Marketa Machackova

Marketa Machackova
Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, Pruhonice, Czech Republic

Curator of gene-pool collections in Pruhonice Botanic Garden, which is focused on genus Iris, Paeonia, Rosa and Hemerocallis. Devoted to collections of Daylilies and Siberian Irises. Master horticulturist from the Faculty of Horticulture at the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Member of Middle European Iris Society and Czech Botanical Gardens Union. Active in Czech National Programme on Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources and Agro-biodiversity. Author of articles about daylilies in horticulture magazines and booklets.

 

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Dr hab. Eng. Marta J. Monder
Polish Academy of Sciencs Botanical Garden in Powsin

A graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Ph. D of agricultural sciences of Lublin University of Life Sciences. Since 1998 she has worked in Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she has established National Collection of Roses Cultivars. In 2018 she established the very first in Poland Warsaw Rose Trials Garden, approved by World Federation of Rose Societies. Since 2017 she has led the Dendrological Collections Team, where she revitalizes and develop the collections. She conducts research on genus Rosa. Author of hundreds of popular-scientific and technical articles, scientific publications, author of several books, lecturer of numerous conferences. She organizes regular meeting devoted to wide popularization of roses, ornamental plants and botanical knowledge. Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science, Historic Rose Group, Polish Dendrology Society, Polish Botanical Society, Polish Association of Rose Breeders.

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Wojciech Podstolski PhD
Polish Dendrology Society

A graduate of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw and doctor of biological sciences at the Insitute of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Longtime collaborator and author of numerous articles concerning plant compositions and monographs of select types, published in magazines such as Kwietnik, Ogrody and Zieleń to Życie. Since 2009, he has worked in the Botanical Garden of the University of Warsaw, where he modernizes and develops the collection of the Plant Systems Department. He also consults about selection of plant species for garden designers. At the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, he lectures and conducts seminars on the history and upkeep of gardens, as well as the species selection and plant compositions. Member of the Polish Dendrology Society and ICOMOS.

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Maja Popielarska
Journalist

Graduate of Landscape Architecture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Popular and well-liked weather presenter on television since 1999.
Since 2004 she has her own advice show about plant care and garden design – “Maja in the garden”. Author of gardening books.
Winner of the prestigious Honorary Green Laurel award granted by the Polish Nurserymen Association for instilling and developing the passion of gardening in society.

 

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Wiesław Szydło PhD
chairman of the Jury
Polish Nurserymen Association, Szkółka Drzew i Krzewów „Iglak Niewierz”

A graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. As a researcher at the Department of Ornamental Plants for 25 years, he taught classes, gave lectures and seminars about ornamental nurseries. Author of numerous scientific publications and books, including “Ornamental Nursery”, “Propagating conifers”, co-author and editor of “Catalog of Plants”, “Plants for every garden” and popular scientific articles published in the columns of most magazines appearing on the market devoted to ornamental plants. Vice-president of the Polish Nurserymen Association, member of the Polish Dendrology Society, member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice. For 25 years, also operates his own nursery farm.

 

Acer rubrum REDPOINTE® ‘Frank Jr’ PBR

American variety of the red maple, distinguished by healthy foliage, recommended for planting in cities as a street tree. Contrary to the species, its leaves do not undergo chlorosis and yellowing when grown in soils with inadequate, too high pH. A medium-sized tree, up to 15 m tall, with a strong trunk and regularly arranged branches that naturally form a wide, conical crown. Three-lobed leaves, irregularly serrated at the edges, heart-shaped at the base, dark green and shiny on the upper side, paler and dull on the underside, growing on long, 10 cm long red petioles. The lobes are short and triangular. Healthy leaves, green throughout the season, change color to intense red in autumn. A tree with increased resistance to anthracnose and attacks of spider mites and leafhoppers. Red maple prefers acidic, moist and sunny positions. Frost-resistant variety (zone 5a), recommended for planting in parks, gardens, urban green areas and housing estates.

Breeder: Keith S. Warren, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Introduced to the market: 2012

Applicant: Minier Solutions pro (Hortival Difusion SAS) 25 route les fontaines de l'Aunay Beaufort en Anjou, France

Actinidia arguta HOKEY POKEY®

GOLD MEDAL OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

Actinidia arguta HOKEY POKEY®

Polish variety of actinidia selected at the Clematis Źródło Dobrych Pnączy nursery in Pruszków near Warsaw. It is a climber with two-colored leaves and tasty fruit, combining the features of an ornamental and a useful plant. It creates slender shoots twining around the supports, grows slowly up to 4 m in height. Lanceolate leaves, 5-10 cm long and 2-4 cm wide, green with an irregular, lemon-yellow border. The leaves turn yellow in the autumn. Small, white flowers, 1-2 cm in diameter, unfold in June. Parthenocarpic, self-fertile variety. The fruits are edible, green berries 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, with a taste similar to kiwi. They can be eaten with the peel and have a lemon flavor. They ripen at the end of September and October, and after ripening they remain on the shoots. The climber starts fruiting in the 2nd or 3rd year after planting. Requires warm, sheltered, sunny, fertile, moist and well-drained soil. The plant withstands temperatures down to about - 22°C in winter (zone 6b), but is sensitive to spring frosts. It is suitable for planting next to arbors, pergolas, mesh fences, as well as for running on wires stretched between posts. The variety is especially useful for growing in home gardens and allotments.

Breeder: Clematis Źródło Dobrych Pnączy Sp. z o. o. sp. k.

Introduced to the market: 2020

Applicant: Clematis Źródło Dobrych Pnączy Sp. z o. o. sp. k., ul. Duchnicka 27, 05-800 Pruszków, Poland

Alstroemeria INDIAN SUMMER® ‘Tesronto’PBR

DISTINCION OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

Alstroemeria INDIAN SUMMER® ‘Tesronto’PBR

Perennial with attractive, exotic flowers and compact habit, grows up to 60-90 cm in height. A variety from the SUMMER PARADISE® series, it forms tuberous rhizomes from which chocolate-claret stems and leaves emerge in the spring, dividing to the sides as they grow. Lanceolate leaves, smooth margins, tricolor, red-orange-yellow flowers, speckled, gathered in umbellate inflorescences at the tops of the stems. Blooms profusely from June to autumn. The above-ground part dies down in the winter. Alstroemeria requires a quiet position, sheltered from the wind, sunny or slightly shaded locations and fertile, humus soil, moist but permeable, slightly acidic (pH 5.5-6.5). It can be grown in the ground in warmer, western parts of the country or in large containers kept on balconies and terraces, kept indoors for the winter. Withstands temperatures to about - 15°C (zone 7a). In the autumn it requires mulching with a thick layer of bark (10-15 cm). Plants grown in containers should be wintered in rooms with a temperature of around 0°C (for example, an unheated basement, garage). The plant can be grown as a cut flower.

Breeder: Horti Partners VOF

Introduced to the market: 2012

Applicant: Clematis Źródło Dobrych Pnączy Sp. z o. o. sp. k., ul. Duchnicka 27, 05-800 Pruszków, Poland

Berberis thunbergii ‘Anna’ PBR

SILVER MEDAL OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

Berberis thunbergii ‘Anna’ PBR

A Polish variety bred by Janusz Szewczyk at a nursery in Krzywaczka near Krakow, characterized by interestingly colored, two-colored leaves. Dwarf shrub with a compact, flat-spherical habit and a slow growth rate. After six years of cultivation, it reaches a height of about 30 cm. Numerous, raised stems, densely arranged next to each other. Blade-shaped, yellow leaves with a characteristic orange blush at the edges. Tiny yellow flowers appear in spring with the developing leaves. The fruit, in the form of small oval berries, turns red when it ripens. Tolerant to substrate type, grows well in average, well-drained garden soils and in sunny locations. Frost resistant variety (zone 5b), recommended for small gardens, growing in flower beds and planting in containers placed on balconies and terraces. A great plant for creating colorful compositions with other low shrubs and perennials.

Breeder: Janusz Szewczyk

Introduced to the market: 2016

Applicant: Szkółka Drzew i Krzewów Ozdobnych Maria i Janusz Szewczyk, 32-442 Krzywaczka 289, Polska

Berberis thunbergii ‘Lime Star’ PBR

This Polish dwarf barberry variety bred by Janusz Szewczyk at the nursery in Krzywaczka near Krakow, is characterized by a very dense, flat-spherical habit resembling the 'Kobold' variety, but with yellow leaves. Slow growth rate. After six years of cultivation, the shrub reaches 50-60 cm in width and about 30 cm in height. Numerous, raised stems, densely arranged next to each other. The lemon yellow, spatulate leaves are oval with smooth edges. The youngest shoots are gently orange, the older leaves are lime green inside the bush. Tiny yellow flowers appear in spring along with the developing leaves. The fruit, in the form of small oval berries, turns red when it ripens. Tolerant to the soil type, grows well in average, well-drained, moderately moist garden soils, in sunny or slightly shaded positions. Frost resistant variety (zone 5b), recommended for small gardens, for creating low borders, cultivation in rock gardens and in containers placed on balconies and terraces. A great plant for creating colorful compositions with other low shrubs and perennials with dark foliage.

Breeder: Janusz Szewczyk

Introduced to the market: 2016

Applicant: Szkółka Drzew i Krzewów Ozdobnych Maria i Janusz Szewczyk, 32-442 Krzywaczka 289, Polska

Buddleja davidii ROCKETSTAR INDIGO® ‘SMNBDBT’ PBR

SILVER MEDAL OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

Buddleja davidii ROCKETSTAR INDIGO® ‘SMNBDBT’ PBR

A compact deciduous shrub with very large, dark blue inflorescences that look nice against the background of gray-green leaves. The variety is characterized by a low and compact habit, grows up to 1 m wide and 60 cm high. Seasonal leaves, broadly lanceolate, dark green, silvery underneath, covered with a white trichomes. Fragrant, dark blue flowers with an orange eye, gathered in elongated paniculate inflorescences on the tops of young shoots. The bush blooms in July, the flowers appear successively until late autumn, attracting numerous butterflies and other pollinating insects. The plant requires fertile, well-drained, permeable soil, warm, sunny positions, sheltered in the winter from wind. Withstands temperature drops down to about - 20°C (zone 6b). It is suitable for planting in flower beds, singly or in groups, in compositions with shrubs and perennials, and for cultivation in containers placed on balconies and terraces. The variety was awarded a gold medal in 2018 at the international Plantarium fair in the Netherlands.

Breeder: Timothy D. Wood

Introduced to the market: 2017

Applicant: Szkółki Kurowscy, ul. Kurowska 105, 24-130 Końskowola, Poland

Clematis ‘Golden Dream’ PBR

BROWN MEDAL OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

PRESS AWARD 2020

Clematis ‘Golden Dream’ PBR

A Polish clematis variety from the Atragene Group with semi-full, yellow flowers, selected by Szczepan Marczyński at a nursery in Pruszków near Warsaw. The climber grows up to 2-3 m in height, climbs with prehensile petioles. Dark green, trifoliate leaves. The flowers are semi-full or full, initially lime-yellow, 7-9 cm in diameter, one of the largest in this group of clematis, bell-shaped, set on purple stalks, with a pleasant grapefruit scent. A single flower consists of four lanceolate, slightly wavy and pointed sepals and 10-25 staminodes. The staminodes are narrowed, elongated, may be longer than the outer sepals, and their tops are raised. During flowering, the flowers become more yellow, and a maroon discoloration appears at the base of the staminode and along the main vein. The climber blooms most profusely in May and, again, but less abundantly, in the summer. Frost-resistant variety (zone 4), undemanding, grows well in average garden soils. Likes well-lit places, but not hot. It tolerates partial shade. Does not require cutting. The variety is useful for planting next to fences, garden supports, stones, old trunks, deciduous or coniferous shrubs. Can be used as a ground cover.

Breeder: Szczepan Marczyński

Introduced to the market: 2020

Applicant: Clematis Źródło Dobrych Pnączy Sp. z o. o. sp. k., ul. Duchnicka 27, 05-800 Pruszków, Poland

Echinacea ‘Tweety’ PBR

A low variety of Echinacea, growing only up to 20 cm in height and 15 cm in width, with erect, stiff shoots and large, yellow ligulate flowers. This perennial produces a rosette of dark green, lanceolate and rough to the touch leaves in the spring, from which, at the beginning of summer, inflorescence shoots grow, crowned with inflorescences in the form of an anthodium. The anthodium have a characteristic convex flower bottom with orange, club-shaped stalks, between which small and inconspicuous tubular flowers grow with yellow stamens and aquamarine pistils. On the edges of the inflorescences there are magnificent golden ligulate flowers. The perennial blooms from July to September, attracts butterflies and other pollinating insects. Requires sunny locations, moderately moist soil, well-drained. It is fully resistant to frost (zone 4). Thanks to its compact form, this variety is perfect for growing in pots and boxes placed on balconies and terraces, as well as in flower beds in home gardens, estate gardens and public green areas.

Breeder: Derrick Cornelis Bol

Introduced to the market: 2018

Applicant: PIECH Szkółka, ul. Polna 1, 24-130 Końskowola, Poland

Geum 'Bohema Pink' PBR

PRESS AWARD 2020

Geum 'Bohema Pink' PBR

A Polish variety of geum, bred by Przemysław Godlewski at a nursery in Skubianka. This tufted perennial forms rosettes of dark green, complex leaves in the spring, from which purple, branched inflorescence shoots emerge and crowned with flowers. The flowers are very large, the largest when compared to garden geum varieties; up to 5 cm in diameter, semi-full, pink, with a characteristic upward and side-up orientation. Crown petals are wrinkled and wavy, surrounded by yellow stamens and pistils gathered inside. Compared to the older cultivars of geum, ‘Bohema Pink’ blooms early, already at the turn of April and May. During flowering, it reaches 30-40 cm in height. The entire plant is covered with soft hairs. Frost-resistant perennial (zone 5b). It grows best in fresh, slightly moist soils and sunny positions. Recommended for planting in flower beds and in naturalistic compositions. It works very well in the company of low grasses and creeping perennials.

Breeder: Przemysław Godlewski

Introduced to the market: 2020

Applicant: OGRODY O ZIELONYCH PROGRACH - Szkółka Bylin, Przemysław Godlewski, Skubianka, ul. Zegrzyńska 80, 05-140 Serock, Poland

Hydrangea macrophylla BELLA PESCHE ‘HORE1644’ PBR

A compact variety of garden hydrangea with pastel flowers that change color during flowering. It is a shrub with erect, poorly branched shoots and a compact habit, growing up to 1 m in height and similar in width. Seasonal, green, elliptical leaves. Only sterile flowers gathered in large spherical inflorescences at the tops of the shoots. Initially aquamarine, then gently turning pink, salmon, and at the end of flowering, brick red. The shrub blooms in July, the inflorescences remain decorative until late autumn. Since flower buds develop in the summer and only develop in the next season, shrubs should be planted in secluded places, sheltered from the wind in the winter and protected against freezing – cover the stems with pine bark. Moderate frost resistance (zone 6b). The plant prefers fertile, humus, moist soils, and semi-shaded or shady locations. The variety is recommended for growing in home gardens in the warmer, western part of the country, and in containers kept during the winter in unheated rooms at a temperature of around 0°C. The variety was awarded with a silver medal in the new products competition of the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Spring Challenge in 2020.

Breeder: Lendert de Vos BV

Introduced to the market: 2020

Applicant: Duet sj Konopka, Pełka, Emilianów 31, 05-250 Radzymin, Poland

Hydrangea macrophylla MAGICAL JEWEL ‘HORE140103’ PBR

A compact variety garden hydrangea from the Magical® group. Characterized not only by a very compact habit, but also by a large number of shoots. The bushes grow up to 1 m in height and are similar in width. Stiff stems are straight and slightly branched. Seasonal, green, elliptical leaves. Only sterile flowers, gathered in large spherical inflorescences at the tops of the shoots. Initially lime-green, they take on different colors during development and flowering: shades of pink, green, purple, and at the end of summer they turn red. The shrub blooms in July, the inflorescences remain decorative until late autumn.  Since flower buds develop in summer and develop only in the next season, shrubs should be planted in secluded places, sheltered from the wind in the winter and protected against freezing – cover stems with pine bark. Moderate frost resistance (zone 6b). The plant prefers fertile, humus, moist soils ad semi-shaded or shady locations. The variety is recommended for growing in home gardens in the warmer, western part of the country, and in containers kept during the winter in unheated rooms at a temperature of around 0°C. The variety was awarded a bronze medal in the novelty competition of the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Spring Challenge in 2020.

Breeder: Lendert de Vos

Introduced to the market: 2020

Applicant: Duet sj Konopka, Pełka, Emilianów 31, 05-250 Radzymin, Poland

 

Hydrangea paniculata LIVING PINK & ROSE ‘LC NO14’ PBR

A fast-growing deciduous shrub, 1.3 m high and 1.2 m in diameter. Stiff, erect shoots. Dark green ovate leaves, pointed at the ends, hairy on both sides. Only sterile flowers, gathered in large paniculate inflorescences formed at the tops of the shoots. Flowering begins in July and lasts until September. The inflorescences are white at first, then turn pink. The flowers at the base change color first, then higher and higher, while the top of the panicle changes color the latest. In September, the inflorescences turn bright pink. After flowering the flowers dry up, but still adorn the shrub almost throughout the fall and winter. The variety is recommended for cultivation in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, in sunny or semi-shaded positions. Fully resistant to frost (zone 5) and rarely attacked by diseases and pests. Recommended for planting singly or in groups - in home gardens, on plots and estate greenery. Inflorescences can be cut, placed in vases and dried.

Breeder: Alex Frederick Schoemaker

Introduced to the market: 2018

Applicant: Duet sj Konopka, Pełka, Emilianów 31, 05-250 Radzymin, Poland

Hydrangea paniculata LIVING PINKY PROMISE ‘LC NO12’ PBR

A compact deciduous shrub which grows up to 0.8 m in height and 0.7 m in diameter. Stiff, erect shoots. Exceptionally dark green leaves, ovate, pointed at the ends, hairy on both sides. Only sterile flowers gathered in conical inflorescences on the tops of the shoots. Flowering lasts all summer. The inflorescences are white in July, in August they turn slightly pink, and in September they become intensely dark pink. After flowering, dried inflorescences remain a decoration of the bush. The variety is recommended for cultivation in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, in sunny or semi-shaded positions. Fully resistant to frost (zone 5) and rarely attacked by diseases and pests. Recommended for planting in groups in home gardens and neighborhood green areas, and for cultivation in containers on balconies and terraces. Inflorescences are perfect for bouquets and drying.

Breeder: Alex Frederick Schoemaker

Introduced to the market: 2018

Applicant: Duet sj Konopka, Pełka, Emilianów 31, 05-250 Radzymin, Poland

Hydrangea paniculata LIVING ROYAL FLOWER ‘LC NO6’ PBR

A fast-growing deciduous shrub, about 1 m tall and 75 cm in diameter. Stiff, erect shoots. Dark green, ovate leaves, pointed at the ends, hairy on both sides. Flowers exclusively sterile, gathered in very large conical inflorescences developing at the tops of the shoots. Flowering begins in July and lasts until September. Initially, the inflorescences are aquamarine, then they start to turn cream, and at the turn of July and August turn slightly pink. After flowering, the flowers dry up, but still adorn the shrub almost throughout the fall and winter. The variety is recommended for cultivation in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, in sunny or semi-shaded positions. Fully resistant to frost (zone 5) and rarely attacked by diseases and pests. Recommended for planting singly or in groups, in home gardens, on plots and in neighborhood green areas. Inflorescences can be cut, placed in vases and dried.

Breeder: Alex Frederick Schoemaker

Introduced to the market: 2018

Applicant: Duet sj Konopka, Pełka, Emilianów 31, 05-250 Radzymin, Poland

Parrotia persica PERSIAN SPIRE® ‘JLPN01’ PBR

GOLD MEDAL OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

Parrotia persica PERSIAN SPIRE® ‘JLPN01’ PBR

A slowly growing deciduous tree with a narrow, columnar habit, reaching about 2 m in height after 7 years of cultivation. Forms a short trunk covered with peeling, multi-colored bark, decorative in the leafless period. All branches are erect, leaves ovate, narrower and finer than other varieties of parotia. Glossy leaves on top, matte on the bottom. Young leaves are dark purple, light green in summer with a maroon border, turning yellow, orange and red in autumn. In our climatic conditions, it does not bloom or blooms very rarely. The flowers are small, hidden in brown pituitary glands, appear before the leaves develop. The variety is resistant to frost (zone 5b), drought and air pollution. Tolerates most garden soils, but dislikes alkaline soils. It grows best in sunny positions in home and estate gardens. It can be grown in containers placed on balconies and terraces.

Breeder: John Lewis

Introduced to the market: 2015

Applicant: PIECH Szkółka, ul. Polna 1, 24-130 Końskowola, Poland

Rhododendron ‘Devin’ PBR

WINNER OF THE INTERNET PLEBISCITE 2020

Rhododendron ‘Devin’ PBR

A late-flowering variety with colorful and fragrant flowers from the group of large-flowered rhododendrons. Fast-growing, evergreen shrub with an erect, dense habit, reaching 1.1 m in height after 10 years of cultivation. Elongated, leathery, bright green, glossy leaves. Pink-violet flowers, bell-shaped, about 8 cm in diameter, gathered at the tops of the shoots in domed inflorescences. After unfolding, the flowers are wide open, white-pink in the center with a large, purple pattern on the upper petal, creating an attractive eye, and a long, white,  upward bent pistil and white threads of stamens. Plants bloom in June. Frost resistant variety (zone 5b). Requires acidic soils, preferably humus, peat, constantly moderately moist and semi-shaded positions. The shrub is recommended for cultivation in home gardens, parks and urban green areas.

Breeder: Michal Severa, The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening

Introduced to the market: 2017

Applicant: Gospodarstwo Szkółkarskie Anna Ciepłucha-Kowalska, ul. Górna 50, 95-050 Konstantynów Łódzki, Poland

Rosa MAJA BABYLON EYES ‘Intereybabjam’ PBR

SILVER MEDAL OF PLANT NOVELTIES COMPETITION 2020

PRESS AWARD 2020

Rosa MAJA BABYLON EYES ‘Intereybabjam’ PBR

Multiflower rose from the Babylon Eyes® series with semi-full yellow flowers with a distinct, dark eye. A compact shrub with a hemispherical shape, slow growth and long flowering period, grows up to 60 cm in height. Small, complex, dark green and glossy leaves. The flowers are composed of a dozen or so cream-yellow petals with slightly wavy edges and characteristic purple-colored bases that form an attractive eye. The fully developed flowers show yellow pistil marks surrounded by red stamens. The shrub blooms from June to September. The variety is recommended for planting in fertile, loamy-sandy, humus-rich, permeable soils. Drought tolerant and frost-resistant (zone 6a). Plants require sunny positions. They are suitable for cultivation in containers on balconies and terraces as well as in flower beds in home gardens, in housing estate green areas and urban flowerbeds.

Breeder: Interplant Roses BV

Introduced to the market: 2016

Applicant: Szkółka Krzewów Ozdobnych Bogdan Hajdrowski, Mników 290, 32-084 Morawica, Poland

Rosa ZEPETI® ‘Meibenbino’ PBR

Profusely flowering miniature rose with short, upright shoots and intensely red, small flowers. It grows up to 70 cm in height. The small leaves are shiny, dark green and healthy. The flowers are full, red, made of about 25 petals, up to 5 cm in diameter after unfolding. The flowers form singly or gathered in two or threes at the ends of the shoots. The plant blooms profusely in June, repeating flowering until autumn. Healthy variety, highly resistant to powdery mildew and black spot disease, tolerates summer heat and frost well (zone 5a). It grows best in sunny positions, on fertile, sandy loam, well-drained and moderately moist soils. The variety is recommended for growing in pots on balconies and terraces, for interior decoration, and for planting in garden beds with low perennials and shrubs.

Breeder: Alain Antoine Meilland, Meilland International SA

Introduced to the market: 2019

Applicant: PLANTPOL Sp. z o. o., Jezioro 33-35, 32-600 Oświęcim, Poland

Salvia nemorosa BLUE MARVEL ‘Balsalarv’ PBR

Compact perennial with erect habit and large blue flowers that reliably repeats flowering. During flowering, it reaches 25-30 cm in height. Creates small, elliptical leaves with notched edges. The leaf blades are green and wrinkled. The very large, dorsal, dark blue flowers with pinkish-purple bracts, gathered in simple spiky inflorescences are considered to be one of the largest among salvia nemorosa. The plant blooms in June and July, attracting bees and butterflies. Removal of faded inflorescences stimulates plants to develop new flower buds and flower again. Tolerant perennial, grows well in moderately moist to dry soils, in sunny positions. Frost resistant variety (zone 5). Recommended for planting in groups in perennial beds, in rock gardens; also suitable for growing in containers.

Breeder: Christa Kievit, Ball Horticultrural Company

Introduced to the market: 2016

Applicant: Gospodarstwo Specjalistyczne Panek Dariusz Panek, ul. Dąbrowskiej 12, 05-800 Pruszków, Poland

Veronica spicata ‘Anniversary Rose’ PBR

Low, bushy perennial with numerous pink flowers, reaching 20-30 cm in height during flowering. The plant forms rosettes of dark green, lanceolate leaves, notched at the edges, from which short stalks grow, topped with slender, spike-shaped inflorescences. Distinct, small, dark pink flowers, gathered in unbranched, narrow clusters. While the first lower flower buds are developing, the tips of the inflorescences are still lush green, which gives an interesting color contrast. Shorter side inflorescences grow from the axils of the stem leaves below the apical inflorescence. The plant blooms in late June and blooms until August. Frost resistant variety (zone 3), prefers sunny positions, grows well in average garden soils. Recommended for planting in flower beds and suited for growing in pots or boxes on balconies and terraces.

Breeder: Florensis

Introduced to the market: 2020

Applicant: Gospodarstwo Specjalistyczne Panek Dariusz Panek, ul. Dąbrowskiej 12, 05-800 Pruszków, Poland

Plant Novelties Competition 2020

Dear All,

Please, feel invited to participate in the Plant Novelties Competition, organized as part of GREEN IS LIFE & FLOWER EXPO POLAND ONLINE!

This competition is aimed at any and all companies which want to popularize and promote their plants – breeders and nurserymen introducing new varieties to the market.

The objective of the competition is to broadly promote new interesting trees, shrubs, climbers, and perennials which have huge commercial potential. This year, the plants will be once again assessed by an international jury. As part of the promotion of the plants submitted to the competition, the winner will also be chosen by representatives of the industry media, as part of e-mail voting, as well as by gardeners and plant lovers, as part of a plebiscite organized on Facebook and/or Instagram.

Participation in the competition is related to a wide promotion of the novelties themselves and the companies submitting it. Plant portraits along with the information about the entity submitting the plant to the competition are:

  • to be published on the websites of the Polish Nurserymen Association (Związek Szkółkarzy Polskich) and the International Exhibition GREEN IS LIFE & FLOWER EXPO POLAND ONLINE, in a Virtual Guide sent to 31,000 industry recipients, in Facebook posts on the profiles of the Association and the Exhibition as well as at e-katalogroslin.pl, which was visited by over 730,000 users only in May this year,
  • to be displayed on A1 posters in public areas in Warsaw from 10 until 30 September 2020,
  • to be promoted in gardening magazines, also in the form of special supplements, and through social media.

Information about the awarded plants and plants with distinctions will be:

  • forwarded to horticultural publishing houses in Poland: AVC, Abrys, Media Expets, Burda Media, Hortpress, Plantpress, and leading foreign media, such as DeutscheBaumschule, FloraCulture International, Floral Daily, Horti Daily,
  • made available to special interest media, lifestyle media and gardening bloggers.,
  • published in the Nursery Catalogue of the Polish Nurserymen Association (Związek Szkółkarzy Polskich) 2021, issued in 4,000 copies and distributed among professionals, and the silhouette of the plant awarded with a gold medal will appear on the cover.

According to the Rules attached, the following is considered as novelties: new taxa which have been put into production and/or have been available for sale in Poland for no longer than 5 years. Varieties which have already appeared in previous editions cannot participate in the competition. Detailed requirements and criteria as well as information on who can submit plants for the competition are included in the Rules.

Due to the virtual nature of the competition, photos and information about the submitted plants will be of great importance this year because on the basis of them the jury will be able to choose the winners. These materials will also be forwarded to the media and widely published on the web, and this is why minimum 5 photos in high resolution with permission for their publication together with comprehensive descriptions of plants are required.

Submission of new varieties to the Competition  shall be made on the basis of the Application Form,   completed separately for each variety.

Any and all formalities related to completing the Application Form, sending photos and payment for participation in the competition must be completed by 24 July 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Applications sent after this date, or incomplete, e.g. without photographic material, will be rejected.

We count on your interest in this year's Plant Novelties Competition and submitting a lot of new attractive varieties.

Organizers

Polish Nurserymen Association (Związek Szkółkarzy Polskich)
and Greenery Promotion Agency (Agencja Promocji Zieleni)

LET'S APPLYRULES OF THE COMPETITION

>>detailed information on the history of the competition is available at www.zszp.pl<<