Longwood Gardens Announces Winners of Competition Among Its Expert Staff

Image of Little Jewel by Cynthia Bachman.

Longwood Gardens has announced the winners of its 2015 and 2016 Combination Challenge that were selected by the attraction’s visitors, writes Matt Taylor for Greenhouse Grower.

The challenge was created as friendly competition among the expert staff at Longwood Gardens. They were tasked with designing the most captivating plant combinations they could come up with. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Longwood displayed 38 different combinations in its Trial Garden. Guests then voted for their favorites.

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The first summer, 26 combinations were on display, while the next year had 15, including three winners from the previous year. Some restrictions were placed on the designers. They were given the option of choosing three to eight plants from a list of more than 160. All of the combinations were given names, such as Land of Fire and Ice and Textural Tendencies.

The winner in 2015 was Hot Hot Hot! created by Senior Horticulturist April Bevans. The winner for 2016 was Little Jewel, a joint effort by Continuing Education Associate Julie Bodenstab, Instructional Designer and Learning Techniques Manager Susan Caldwell, and Continuing Education Registrar Susan Nichols.

Read more about the Combination Challenge winners in Greenhouse Grower here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of Longwood Gardens here.

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