Campbell’s Nursery reveals its new spring plants

Story and photo by Bethany Schmidt, NewsNetNebraska

At the Campbell’s Nursery spring festival, it was easy to stop and smell the Brandywine Lenten Roses. At least, it was for garden center manager Randy Wolf.

People begin to gather for the presentation of new plants for spring 2013 at Campbell's Nursery in Lincoln.

People begin to gather for the presentation of new plants for spring 2013 at Campbell's Nursery in Lincoln.

Wolf led an hour-long seminar on Saturday afternoon about the nursery’s new plant selection for the upcoming spring planting season.

The Brandywine Lentin Rose, Maestro Tall Sedum, Omamuki Daylilly and Venus False Sunflower are just a few of the 41 new varieties of flowers, bushes and trees that Campbell’s Nursery will have available come spring.

“I’m kind of a sucker for a good Lenten Rose,” Wolf said. “That’s always been one of my favorites.”

The crowd of about 30 people got an inside look into how the nursery selects and ships in their plants each spring.

The process of ordering this year’s new plants started at the beginning of last summer. The garden center managers began looking for their 2013 plants in June of 2012. They placed their order in July and are preparing for flowers to arrive early next month.

Wolf and the other managers use weather patterns, past sales trends and word of mouth, among other variables, to guide their selection process. After last year’s drought, the garden decided to order more “drought tolerant” plants like daylilies and sedums for this year’s selection.

“The weather will really dictate which [flowers] we tell people to plant,” Wolf said. “I really like to push plants that I know people will succeed with.”

The spring festival is also a way to get Lincoln gardeners out to start to enjoy the coming of spring.

“They’ve been cooped up all winter,” said Duane Novotny, a garden center manager at Campbell’s Nursery, “and they’re ready to see something in bloom.”

Here is a recap of the live coverage on Twitter of the session on new plants.

 

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