National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening in North America on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, has announced the four plant classes that will be featured in the NGB’s 2019 “Year of the” program in a press release:
- For the bulb crop, 2019 will be the Year of the Dahlia.
- For annuals, 2019 will be the Year of the Snapdragon.
- For edibles, 2019 will be the Year of the Pumpkin.
- For perennials, 2019 will be the Year of the Salvia (nemorosa and others).
NGB’s “Year of the” will be on display in the concourse of the Columbus Convention Center during Cultivate’18.
Breeders, brokers, seed companies, growers and garden centers throughout the U.S. and Canada are "urged to highlight these varieties when planning their marketing for the 2019 season as the publicity generated from this program is substantial," according to press release. Both members and non-members are encouraged to take advantage of the publicity this program generates by using the Year of logos in their 2019 catalogs, websites, advertisements and other marketing materials.
By mid-November 2018, National Garden Bureau will have photos of numerous varieties of all four crops (provided by NGB members) posted on its website. NGB also provides PDFs of fact sheets, flyers, handouts, signage etc. After Nov. 15, all of the above can be downloaded at no charge from the NGB website. Special POP posters are also available for order from the NGB office.