Let’s try this again. Last year, in the midst of recovery and busy seasons and all manner of distractions, we called for new submissions and new authors for our endpage, Field Notes. Not much of a response, which is understandable, given how busy everyone was.
This year, this regular feature turns 30 years old. So what do we want for our 30th? We’d like to hear from some new voices – and some trusted and cherished voices, as well.
Since 1985, American Nurseryman has reserved the last page of each issue to focus on a special plant. On our regular Field Notes page, we’ve featured trees and shrubs, bulbs and perennials, vines and groundcovers. Some are old favorites, and some are new selections. From skyscraping to groundhugging, from sun-loving to shade-preferring, we’ve featured it. Every type of leaf, stem, bark, flower – from Acer to Ziziphus – we’ve given each individual plant a place of honor.
Despite the astonishing number of plants that have graced this final page each issue, we know there’s a galaxy of plants out there just begging for much-deserved recognition.
Which is why we’d like to hear from you. What’s the one plant you think is underutilized? Which outstanding plant hasn’t been standing out enough? Is there a tree you believe should receive more attention? A particular perennial that’s been your go-to plant? Then please accept our invitation, and take this outstanding opportunity to share what you know with your hort colleagues. Doesn’t your preferred plant deserve it?
We’re not looking for Pulitzer prize- winning authors. We want the recommendations of growers and landscape professionals who know their plants. What’s unusual about your favorite; or, rather, what makes it stand out from similar plants? Why do you think it deserves more attention? What unique ornamental qualities make it a winner? Does it have exceptional resistance to the onslaughts of weather, weeds, critters and icky stuff? Is propagation easy? Does it perform well in sun and shade?
Why do you love it? Why do you recommend it?
We maintain a master list of plants featured in Field Notes, so if you’d like to contribute to an American Nurseryman tradition – and we hope you will! – contact us and we’ll check our archives.
Now, whip out that keyboard and start today. Doesn’t your special plant deserve your support?
Cover Photo courtesy of Mary Meyer