Just as I cut down the last of my 10-foot-high rudbeckia
hirta Herbstsonne, and survey with resignation the fairly ratty appearance of
the rest of my garden, perennial growers are arriving to decide my gardening
future. A major horticultural industry conference is happening right here in
Buffalo tomorrow through Tuesday. It’s the OFA
Perennial Production Conference, which is not open to the public, but isdesigned to educate those in the perennial production and retail industries
about what’s new and what’s what.
Having laboriously found the website for this and having finally
determined what OFA stood for (Ohio Florist Association, a group that clearly encompasses
more than its name), I took a look at the schedule. All I needed to see was
Hard-Core Production Sessions and Secrets Revealed! to be totally intrigued.
Here are some of the sessions: A View of Perennial Use Around the World: Ideas
& Innovations We Can All Use, Forcing Perennials Into Flower: Beyond the
Basics (ha–now I see why this is for professionals), Perennials for Containers, and —the one I really want to see—The
"Perfect Perennial" from a Landscape Contractor's Perspective &
20 Perennials That Almost Meet This Criteria. (I like the restraint of the title.) Fascinating! Hopefully, I can
check out some of this action and report back.