Most garden blogs are written by home gardeners. A few are written by garden writers, and a few I’ve seen are written by nursery owners. The Plant Hunter – New Plants is the first blog I’ve seen written by someone involved in the process of bringing new plants to market. Tim Wood is currently the Product Development Manager for Spring Meadow Nursery. Does that ring a bell? No? How about ProvenChoice Winners, such as Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ or Sambucus ‘Black Lace.’ Yeah, those plants.
Well, Spring Meadow Nursery is a marketing machine like none other in the horticulture world and I was afraid this blog would be something akin to a link farm. You know, search engine fodder. Tim’s job is to find new plants for his firm to sell, so you will find plenty of them featured in his posts. But he gives you some background for how they were discovered and a little insight into what his job is like, and it’s not like each post is peppered with links. At this point I’ve just skimmed a few posts, but I have to confess I’m a bit curious about life on the other side of the tracks. His credibility will go up in my book if he can ever bring himself to admit that any of the plants his firm markets are even a teensy bit less than perfect.
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