Justin W. Hancock

Gardening Fun Miami Style

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Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Costa Farms, one of the coolest companies in the horticultural industry. They trucked me down, along with seven other editors (BHG field editor Helen Yoest, fab bloggers Chris Tidrick and Bren Haas, garden writer Judy Lowe, Apartment Therapy editor Aaron Able, Martha Stewart garden editor Stacey Hirvela, and Southern Living garden editor Steve Bender) for a social media summit.

We tweeted like crazy and talked a lot about the future of our industry. In between that “work,” though, we had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful facilities at Costa Farms — including their trial gardens (above), where they grow new and recent plant varieties. In addition to being downright gorgeous, these trial gardens are a testing ground to see which plant varieties live up to their marketing hype.

It was fun to see some of their great plant designs (how to incorporate Black Velvet petunia into the landscape, for example), and also how the different varieties stack up against one another.

The Costa Farms trial gardens are open to the public, and they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

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  1. It was good to see you again, Justin. Who knows, maybe next year we’ll get invited back!

    I was thoroughly impressed with Costa Farms – their plants and their people. It looked like a great place for 3,000 people to work – there and abroad. Happy early spring. H.

    P.S. I’m 30 days out until your last frost date – heehee.