A Review from PANTS: Garden Splendor

The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association’s (PLNA) annual 2009 Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (PANTS) just ended last week, and we’ve heard several stories already about the show’s success once again this year.

While we were unable to attend, a client of ours, Garden Splendor®, was kind enough to pass over a few thoughts and photos from their company’s exhibit booth we thought everyone might enjoy.

This year’s Garden Splendor® 20’ by 20’ booth encompassed an outdoor room with deck and decorative wooden patio, a plethora of colorful and creative containers, and large backdrop of a memorable landscape with garden and pool. Garden Splendor® was also excited to enhance the space with a custom-designed Pent Arbor from Vixen Hill outdoor wood products.

However, the primary focus of the booth centered on the brands exciting line of fully sustainable decorative patio plants called Footprints™ an innovative line introduced last year. Because of its popularity and success over the past 12 months, Garden Splendor® wanted to provide visitors a glimpse into the expanded line with new plant offerings. Footprints™ plants are grown using sustainable practices such as compost made from renewable soil ingredients and recycled irrigation water. In addition, the plants are potted in natural-component containers and labeled with tags that are biodegradable.

Some visitor “favorites” from the display included Pentas ‘Pompom Rose’, Heuchera ‘Plum Royale’, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureloa’, Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’, Deschampsia c. ‘Northern Lights’, and Caladium ‘Candyland’.

While PANTS opted to not award prizes this year for notable booths, Garden Splendor® was pleased to hear very positive feedback all three days of the show from visitors. Judging by the photos, they were indeed correct!

If you were able to attend the PANTS show this year, what was your favorite Garden Splendor® plant? Any other notable trends you would like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

~ Leslie

Don Eberly

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