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Chicago Flower & Garden Show Opens March 18
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show will open March 18 to 26 at the Navy Pier. With the addition of five more gardens in 2017, the show will present the most gardens in its recent history. The show presents different styles of landscape architecture and offers solutions for everyday sustainability.

NCNLA Assists Members in Hurricane Matthew Recovery Efforts
The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) has been developing resources to coordinate those efforts to best assist affected businesses in the short and long-term. NCNLA has deployed several resources to begin to assist members in their recovery efforts: the Hurricane Recovery Facebook Page; the Green Industry Damage and Loss Assessment Survey and the Hurricane Recovery Resource Page.

Mt. Cuba Center Launches Re-Designed Website
Mt. Cuba Center has launched its re-designed website. The new design features larger images, responsive design and enhanced navigation. Visitors who wish to see a preview of the gardens can “walk” the garden paths with a digital tour of Mt. Cuba Center’s garden. 

Claudia West to Lead Design Workshop at 2017 Western
Claudia West will be leading a 4-hour design workshop at the 2017 Western on Designing Resilient and Stunningly Beautiful Plant Communities. The workshop will teach attendees an alternative to traditional planting and will take the mystery out of a good plant combination. The event is limited to 25 participants and is $249 per person. 

All-America Selections Announces Winners of Landscape Design Contest
All-America Selections (AAS) has announced the winners for the Landscape Design Contest for Display Gardens.

Village Nurseries Introduces Exclusive Plant Offerings for Landscape Professionals
Village Nurseries Wholesale is now offering landscape architects and designers in the Western states seven new grasses, perennials and shrubs. 

The new offerings include: 

  • Cousin Itt Little River Wattle (Acacia cognata ‘ACCOG01’ PP#25,133)
    This low growing, mounding shrub with unique emerald green foliage will grow in sun or shade. The new growth is light green hardening to a deep green. The plant holds this wonderful color during the cooler months of the year. Cousin Itt shows high disease resistance as well as being drought tolerant, once established. And will look as beautiful in containers as in mass on a slope. Low maintenance, very little pruning is required.
  • Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde ambition’ PP#22,048)
    A long-lived warm season grass with fine-textured green leaves, it stays low at 2 to 2.5 feet tall. Beginning in early to mid-summer, the wheat-colored seed heads sway in the breeze about 18” to 20” above the foliage. The plant has not displayed any invasive tendencies. Native to the Southwest, this is a tough grass that can handle drought as well as extremely cold temperatures.
  • Clarity Blue™ Dianella (Dianella hybrid ‘DP401’)
    This is the ultimate easy care plant and a member of the Sunset Western Garden Collection. It’s a tough new hybrid that gets strong Phormium-like growth from ‘Cassa Blue’ and deep blue color from ‘Utopia’. It also works well with succulents and looks excellent in containers. 
  • ‘Meerlo’ Lavender (Lavandula allardi ‘Meerlo’ PP#25,559)
    Lavandula allardi are the most heat, humidity, and water-wise lavenders the company grows. These vigorous plants hold their beautifully variegated and highly fragrant foliage and sport pale blue flowers in the summer. They grow 2-3′ tall by 2-2.5′ wide, prefer full sun to part shade, and are low maintenance. This variety is a recent addition to the Sunset Western Garden Collection.
  • ‘Sunshine’ Ligustrum (Ligustrum sinensis ‘Sunshine’ PP#20,379)
    As Ligustrum is known to be, this is a very versatile and tough plant. Easy care, colorful, water-wise and non-invasive, it will work well in any full sun position within several miles of the coast. The further inland, the plant will need protection from the late afternoon sun. Its golden foliage provides year-round interest. At 3-5′ tall by 3-4′ wide, it makes an excellent foundation, border, or accent plant. It is also an addition to the Sunset Western Garden Collection.
  • Plumetastic™ Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Irvine’)
    Stately and showy foliage, with exceptional upright and slightly arching form, its glittering clouds of vivid purple-pink plumes emerge in late summer and persist through fall. It has an outstanding texture for specimen plant or en masse in borders, meadows, and native gardens. This is also part of the Monrovia Collection and is a Village Nurseries semi-exclusive.
  • ‘Lemon Lime’ Nandina (Nandina domestica ‘Lemon-Lime’ PP#24,749)
    The new growth on the 3-4′ tall by 3-4’ wide shrub is chartreuse that fades to a dark green, providing elegant and soft tones, while also adding a pop of color. It prefers full sun to partial shade and is hardy to -10°F. It is low maintenance, drought tolerant and even fire resistant. This is another new member of the Sunset Western Garden Collection.