National Garden Bureau to host influential horticulturists during CAST 2020
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National Garden Bureau to host influential horticulturists during CAST 2020

The four guests attending the event come from public gardens and retailers.


DOWNERS GROVE, IL — National Garden Bureau (NGB), the nonprofit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, is again traveling to the California Spring Trials with four influential horticulturists. The goal and intent of this sponsored trip is to connect the originating breeder and broker side of the industry with consumers via public gardens and retailers.

The special guests attending the 2020 Spring Trials are:

  • Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Lucy Mercer, Home Depot Garden Club
  • Jason Reeves, University of Tennessee Gardens - Jackson
  • Jenny Wegley, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Each year since 2015, NGB has invited a group of horticulturists to accompany it to the California Spring Trials and/or the California Vegetable Trials. The list of #NGBplantnerd alumni now numbers more than 36 individuals whose exposure to this event has led to a greater understanding of annual, perennial and vegetable breeding and the chain of distribution from breeder to consumer.

National Garden Bureau encourages the industry to use the hashtag #CASpringTrials (without a year) to build community and exposure for the event and the new varieties introduced there.

National Garden Bureau would like to thank the following NGB Members for their sponsorship contributions which make this trip possible:

  • All-America Selections
  • American Takii
  • Ball Horticulture/PanAmerican Seed
  • Dümmen Orange
  • Ernst Benary
  • Hem Genetics
  • Sakata
  • Syngenta 

For more information about this program and/or membership in National Garden Bureau, please contact Diane Blazek at or at 630-963-0770.