New Zealand Adventures: Mystic Delights

New Zealand Adventures: Mystic Delights

New Zealand Adventures – Mystic Delights Dr Keith Hammett and his team were able to give a sneak peek of some of the newest gems in their breeding portfolio of Mystic Dahlias. In February and March 2018, we will begin to see the first flowering of their newest seedlings. Lots of exciting opportunities on the horizon. »Mystic Dahlia...
New Zealand Adventures: Tissue Culture

New Zealand Adventures: Tissue Culture

New Zealand Adventures – Tissue Culture Christmas adventures in New Zealand gave great opportunity for catch up with some of PlantHaven’s New Zealand breeders and production partners. Mark Wilson and the team at Lifetech Laboratories are doing a wonderful job with some new and exciting Hellebore and Pseudopanax from Malcolm Woolmore and the KiwiFlora team. First USA trials arrived just before Christmas. These project are going to be ones to watch this coming year. Unique foliage and flowers. Interested in future tissue culture trials. Contact the PlantHaven Team to express an...
FarWest Show Highlights from PlantHaven

FarWest Show Highlights from PlantHaven

The PlantHaven team had a fantastic time at the FarWest Show in Portland last month. Kevin Hobbs, Head of Research & Development at Hillier Nurseries in the UK, was one of several speakers featured and spoke on “Plants from Across the Pond”. Hillier Nurseries is a key PlantHaven breeder client. We have been delighted to introduce several awesome varieties already from Hillier Nurseries for first USA retail 2018. PlantHaven is very excited to continue to work with Hillier, and we look forward to exciting new introductions in the years to come. IN THE NEW VARIETIES SHOWCASE: Among the stellar introductions so far, Corydalis HILLIER™ ‘Porcelain Blue’ has been turning heads since its first introduction in April at CAST 2017. The FarWest Show saw ‘Porcelain Blue’ taking home ribbons in both the “Award of Merit” and “People’s Choice” categories. This marvelous aqua blue flowered crop is indeed a crowd pleaser. Other New Variety standouts were Dianthus AMERICAN PIE™ Collection and from UK breeder Clients PINKS BY WHETMAN®. The beautiful contemporary colors of this collection are a hit with consumers. New lifestyle videos are providing inspiration and highlighting the versatility of the flower, including how they can be used as edible additions to food and drinks. WATCH VIDEO Viola MAGNIFI SCENT® varieties, also with edible flowers, were used to great effect as hanging containers to adorn an arbor; filling the air with their beautiful sweet fragrance. These flowers are particularly alluring in the early evening when their essential oils are freely released into the warm evening...
PlantHaven Family – Lifetech Laboratories

PlantHaven Family – Lifetech Laboratories

Lifetech Laboratories Ltd, New Zealand has provided clients with professional service and high quality on time deliveries of plant tissue culture since 1981. 

Lifetech is a major international supplier of tissue culture for perennial nursery stock; more than 80% of production is exported. Lifetech is a key supplier and have cracked the code for commercial production of the beautiful Helleborus WALBERTON’S® Rosemary. See: Hot Selection – Spring Stunner Lifetech is one of our key vendor partners for the supply of unique new crops bred in New Zealand and Australia. Continue to watch for some truly unique new trial candidate heading to North America from Lifetech and our partners in New Zealand &...
Happy Retirement, Denise!

Happy Retirement, Denise!

Happy Retirement Denise The PlantHaven Team enjoying a delicious retirement luncheon with Denise. Denise has been with PlantHaven for eight years and is now enjoying a well-earned retirement. I am sure all of you who have worked with Denise over the years will join with us in wishing Denise every success on her new adventures. Denise is looking forward to spending time with her art. A beautiful original piece was Denise’s gift to the team. Exciting times ahead. Huge Hugs from everyone here at...

New Faces in the PlantHaven Family — Welcome!

PlantHaven is delighted to welcome our newest team members: Amanda Flint, Plant Projects Manager & Dave Doolittle, Special Projects Manager. Amanda Flint, Project Manager We are excited to welcome Amanda Flint to the PlantHaven team.  Amanda previously worked for EuroAmerican Propagators as their Product Development Manager. Her passions lie in edibles, perennials and shrubs. With her previous trial experience, we look forward to adding her skills to our team.  Amanda will be heading up the project management on the following key PlantHaven Portfolios: PINKS BY WHETMAN® & REALFLOR® Gaillardia & Leucanthemum. Amanda looks forward to introducing herself over the coming weeks. Dave Doolittle, Special Projects Manager Dave has spent more than 15 years in the horticulture industry. In that time, he has worn many hats including marketing, sales and plant breeder relations to name but a few. He is a man of many talents! This will be the 16th Spring Trials for Dave and the enthusiasm and wonder have stayed as fresh as the first time. He is a dedicated plantsman and his excitement is infectious. Just hear his take on Abutilon PATIO LANTERN™ Passion. “Abutilon PATIO LANTERN™ Passion is beyond cool. From a retail standpoint I’ve noticed our younger customers at the farmer’s markets have been drawn to Abutilons, and we market them as miniature Hibiscus for the patio. This is the best one I’ve ever seen or...

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