|Annual trial gardens at Costa Farms|
|One of the display beds at the Costa Farms annual trial gardens.|
|New Guinea Impatiens 'Magnum Purple' (from Dummen)|
|Argyranthemum 'Beauty Yellow' (from Westflowers)|
|Gazania SunBathers 'Sunset' (from NuFlora International)|
|Petunia Cascadias™ 'Great Spark', Petunia Cascadias™ 'Bicolor Cabernet' (from Danzinger, in background) and Geranium Graziosa™ 'Royal Salmon' (from Dummen, in foreground)|
|Graziosa™ Geraniums and Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)|
Though it was difficult to return to the drab hues of the Midwest after visiting the Costa Farms annual trial gardens without feeling an increased sense of impatience for our own spring and summer color, I wouldn't have passed up the opportunity to learn about these new varieties from Dr. Kate Santos. After our tour, we had a bit of free time to explore and take photos in the gardens. The excitement in the group was as palpable as the thunderstorm growing in the clouds over our heads. There are few things more enjoyable than roaming a garden with other gardeners, talking about the plants that catch our eye and inspire us.
I visited Costa Farms as a part of their first-ever Costa Farms Social Summit, along with Justin Hancock of Better Homes and Gardens, Steve Bender of Southern Living, Stacey Hirvela of Martha Stewart Living, Judy Lowe of Christian Science Monitor, Aaron Able of Apartment Therapy, Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence, and Brenda Haas of BG Garden.