Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News h o r t i c u l t u re continued from page 12 Flower Carpet® Scarlet PHOTO: TESSELAAR PTY LTD. Festival™ Burgundy Cordyline PP PHOTO: TESSELAAR PLANTS At Village Nurseries we license patented plants from companies like Monrovia Nursery, Anthony Tesselaar International (creator of the Flower Carpet® brand), the Sunset Western Garden ™ Collection and PlantHaven®. All licensed plants must be of consistent quality and must remain true in name and nature. When a patented plant goes to market it must be labeled with its full botanical name, its PP (plant patent) or PPAF (plant patent applied for) number, plus a "plant propagation is prohibited except under license" clause. Owners of patented plants often hire a company such as Plant Watch, whose full-time job is to visit nurseries to ensure no one is propagating patented plants illegally. Meet the Breeders Some large companies have their own plant divisions. In 2003, Suntory® Flowers Ltd. of Japan introduced a new line of Mandevillas under the Sun Parasol® name that was a marked improvement over their predecessors. There are smaller breeding companies such as Terra Nova® Nurseries that are noted for producing numerous international winners like their Heuchera varieties. Dr. John Ruter, who teaches horticulture at the University of Georgia, has patented many plants over the years. The university licenses growers to produce his creations and bring them to market. Then there are the "plant explorers," people like Dan Hinkley who scour the globe looking for new plants. I've developed some very successful relationships with gardeners and experienced homeowners who have developed an eye for new seedlings or sports (plant features developed without human intervention or cross-pollination by insects). After they alert me of their discoveries we initiate trialing and evaluation. If the plant proves to be uniquely different or improved, the patenting process can begin.

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