Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: 1,100 Varieties of Bed Plants at Colorado State’s Flower Trial Garden to be Evaluated

WHAT: The annual evaluation of varieties planted in the Annual Trial Garden at Colorado State University, the only such trial garden in the state. There are 1,100 varieties of plants for flower beds currently in full-bloom planted in the expansive garden beds. More than 75 experts, including seed growers, master gardeners, horticulture researchers and students, will be on hand conducting evaluations for the annual "best of" awards and performance reports.

WHEN/WHERE: From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, and Tuesday Aug. 8, at the Annual Flower Trial Garden, 1401 Remington St., Fort Collins. On-street parking is available.

DETAILS: This marks the 36th year for Colorado State’s annual flower trials and the sixth year at the Remington Street location. Seed producers and flower growers from across the nation contribute varieties to the Annual Flower Trial Garden program to determine a variety’s ability to grow in the high-sunlight, low-humidity condition of the Rocky Mountain plains region. The "best of" judging will take place on Monday.

To get to the Annual Trial Garden from Interstate 25, take the Mulberry Street (Colo. Highway 14) exit. Head west on Mulberry Street about 3.5 miles and take a left on Remington Street and head south about a mile to the garden.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Nik Olsen at (970) 491-7766.