Canada Blooms’ plant of the year celebrates Canadian in­ge­nu­ity

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

There’s a big party planned for Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary in 2017, and Canada Blooms was there to help. Cen­tral to this years Oh! Canada theme was the 2017 Plant of the Year, the Canadian Shield™ rose.

“The Canadian Shield™ Rose is truly a made in Canada rose. It has rich colour and ma­jes­tic beauty, and like Cana­di­ans, it is hardy enough to sur­vive and thrive in the di­verse weather con­di­tions of our broad and di­verse land.” Branded and mar­keted by the Vineland Re­search and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (Vineland), the Canadian Shield™ Rose is the first of Vineland’s 49th Par­al­lel Col­lec­tion to be released. It will make its de­but in gar­den cen­tres across the coun­try in time for Canada’s 150th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions. The col­lec­tion is from the Canadian hardy rose pro­gram at Vineland, in part­ner­ship with the Canadian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion (CNLA).

The Canadian Shield™ Rose is a ver­sa­tile gar­den and land­scape rose with a more than one-me­tre spread and full, red flow­ers and glossy green fo­liage. It’s a repeat bloomer that stays stun­ning through­out the en­tire gar­den sea­son. Just as its name sug­gests, Canadian Shield™ is a hardy rose that’s re­sis­tant to black spot and is win­ter hardy from coast to coast. It is bred to be a gar­dener’s dream, with a vis­ual ap­peal that will high­light any land­scape project.

“We’re thrilled to have worked with CNLA and the best rose prop­a­ga­tors/grow­ers in the coun­try to help gardeners and land­scap­ers get their gar­den gloves on a rose they’ll be proud to plant in their flower beds,” says Lana Cul­ley, Vineland’s Direc­tor of Busi­ness Development. More than 20 Canadian nurs­eries are li­censed to prop­a­gate and grow 50,000 Canadian Shield™ roses for home gardeners and land­scap­ers to plant in time for Canada Day 2017.

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