Canada Blooms’ plant of the year celebrates Canadian ingenuity
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.