“The misfortune of a young man who returns to his native land after
years away is that he finds his native land foreign; whereas the lands
he left behind remain for ever like a mirage in his mind.
However, misfortune can itself sow seeds of creativity.
"The outdoor display and test areas at the Annual Flower Trial Garden were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowners and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticultural research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region," says Annual Flower Trial Garden site.
The garden is open every day, at no cost to those who wish to visit. And as any native gardener can attest, sharing ideas and getting plants to survive here, can be a challenge that takes creativity.
"Methods of gardening in this moderate Western region are a strange mixture of gardening practices at best. (Mysticism and luck, at worst.) Mostly, you will have to use what I call 'common sense gardening,' says Herb Gundell, in his "Complete Guide to Rocky Mountain Gardening."
"We cannot depend very much on the weather, on the the seasons or the soils of the Rocky Mountain territory, so don't let any weather changes take you by surprise. All have to be treated with savvy and measure of suspicion," says Gundell.
"The Pansy Trial program was initiated in 2003 to evaluate the capability of various Pansy and Viola varieties to overwinter in the Northern Colorado climate. The trial is also considered to be a Cool-season Crop Overwintering Trial, as we have trialed other genera, such as Delphinium and Dianthus, in the past. The relatively new Perennial Trial was initiated in the fall of 2006 at the request of our advisory committee. The intention of this trial is to test only newer perennial cultivars introduced in the past three years or less," according to the Trials site.