Plant Collections & Merit Award Winners
Within the plant library you will find plants that have been selected for outstanding characteristics. These plants are marked with the following awards of merit:
These Kansas natives have been grown and evaluated for good growth habit in the arboretum gardens. Plants selected for this designation are well-suited to the soils and climate of this region and deserve more attention by consumers. Because these plants reflect our prairie heritage, they create a sense of our place on the Great Plains in our designed landscapes.
A joint effort of the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, the GreatPlants program is designed to identify plants with potential to do well in the Great Plains area, promote public awareness of new or underutilized plants, generate consumer enthusiasm and increase the selection of plants available to consumers.
The Kansas Association of Garden Clubs, Kansas Wildflower Society, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains and Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, sponsor a wildflower of the year. A proclamation is signed by the Governor of Kansas recognizing the beauty and merits of this flower.
Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association (KNLA) sponsor this program which includes plants specifically selected to thrive in Kansas climates.
An industry program designed to seek out and distribute the very best plants for gardens from the high plains to the intermountain region. The cooperative program is administered by the Denver Botanic Garden and the Colorado State University, together with landscape and nursery professionals throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. Plants promoted through this program include those grown in the region for years but still underused, plants being discovered by program coordinators and superior forms or hybrids.
The Grow Native! program encourages growing, selling and using seeds and plants of native perennials, shrubs, trees and vines to provide an enhanced natural landscape for aesthetic enjoyment and for benefit of wildlife. This is a regional program featuring plant species naturally occurring in some part of the Missouri/Kansas/Illinois region. Grow Native! is a conservation and education program sponsored and promoted by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Perennial Plant Association is a professional trade organization dedicated to improving the perennial plant industry. Each year the membership of the PPA elects a Perennial Plant of the Year. Selection criteria include suitability for a wide range of climate types, low maintenance needs, ease of propagation and multiple season interest.
Since 1933, All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit organization, has been testing and introducing significantly improved new flower and vegetable varieties. AAS tests are conducted nationwide at a network of trial ground locations with official AAS Judges supervising the trials. Only the entries with the highest average score for home garden performance are considered for the prestigious AAS Award.
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