SOURCE: Gardener's Supply

Gardener's Supply

April 07, 2011 17:25 ET

Top 10 New Garden Plants and Products for 2011 - Green Thumb Award Winners

ELKRIDGE, MD--(Marketwire - Apr 7, 2011) - Five new plant varieties and five new gardening products have won 2011 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly known as the Mailorder Gardening Association).

Honored in the Plants, Bulbs and Seeds division were Grafted Vegetable Plants from Territorial Seed Company, Tickled Pink™ Grape from Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co., Salt and Pepper Cucumber from Johnny's Selected Seeds, Double Oriental Lily 'Magic Star' from Van Bourgondien and All-Ways Greener™ Brand Grass Seed Mix from Gardens Alive!

Honored in the Tools, Supplies and Accessories division were Bean Grow Bag from Gardener's Supply, Thatch Control from Natural Industries, Encapsulated Compost Worm Cocoons from Gardens Alive!, MiniGarden from EarthBox, and Timelapse ProjectCam from Wingscapes.

Winners of the 2011 Green Thumb Awards were chosen by an independent panel of garden writers and editors. The winning products were selected based on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity.

The Green Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the Direct Gardening Association (DGA), which recently changed its name from the Mailorder Gardening Association. The DGA is the world's largest nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers via catalogs and websites.

For more information about each of the 2011 Green Thumb Winners, click here for the full news release.

Grafted Vegetables are now available from Territorial Seed Company and represent a true technological advance, combining age-old techniques for grafting woody plants with innovative methods of healing and curing tender vegetable grafts. Grafted vegetables help solve common garden problems from temperature swings, drought, salt spray, pests and diseases. Grafted Tomato Plants are available with two varieties on one plant or single varieties such as Brandywine, San Marzano Gigante, Japanese Black Trifele and more.

The Tickled Pink™ Grape from Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. is seedless and has an intense sweet flavor with a tender-crisp texture. These larger plants have more developed root systems that will bear fruit fast. If planted in the spring, Tickled Pink™ Grape plants will fruit in the summer.

Salt and Pepper Cucumber from Johnny's Selected Seeds is the first white-skinned pickling cucumber with resistance to powdery mildew. This new variety has improved flavor along with increased disease resistance. Developed by Jason Cavatorta at Cornell University, the Salt and Pepper Cucumber will mature in 49 days.

Van Bourgondien is offering a new Double Oriental Lily 'Magic Star' combining the intense fragrance of its single counterparts with rich colors and a double set of "power petals" (sometimes even triple!). The petals are bi-colored in purple and white. The blooms reach 32-42 inches tall, and the flowers last from July through August.

All­Ways Greener™ Brand Grass Seed Mix from Gardens Alive! is an environmentally friendly blend of six superior fine fescues that offers the benefits of a lawn with significantly less hassle. This blend of grass varieties looks great when mowed just once a month at three to four inches tall. Or, leave it unmowed for a natural, meadow-like appearance. Either way, an All-Ways Greener™ lawn requires less water than many other turf grasses -- about half the water of older bluegrass varieties -- and is the result of years of breeding for superior heat and stress tolerance.

Thatch Control from Natural Industries offers a safe, biological way to break down harmful thatch and increase the health and vigor of lawns. Thatch is the layer between the green, actively growing part of lawn grass and the soil. This tightly woven layer of thatch acts like a sponge that keeps water and nutrients from reaching roots. When applied to lawns in a water solution, the patented microbes will germinate and grow on harmful thatch, using the thatch as a food source and turning it into nutrients that the lawn can use to promote healthy growth.

Encapsulated Compost Worm Cocoons from Gardens Alive! offer a new way to add redworms to your compost pile. Until now, adding redworms to a compost pile meant ordering live worms, which were shipped through the mail. Encapsulated Compost Worm Cocoons takes advantage of patented technology that gives the encapsulated worm eggs a shelf life of three months at room temperature. Just "plant" the encapsulated worm cocoons in a compost pile, and each cocoon can hatch up to 10 worms. Then the worms will start turning your kitchen scraps and yard waste into rich compost for your garden.

The Bean Grow Bag makes it possible to grow pole beans on a deck, front porch, anywhere -- even without a garden plot. The grow bag, available in red, black or blue, is made from patented double-layer polypropylene fabric that breathes better than other materials, so plants won't suffer from heat build-up, over-watering or poor aeration. The bag also root-prunes the plant for a healthier root system.

The Earthbox MiniGarden is an innovative modular growing container that makes it possible to have a vegetable plot, herb garden or decorative living wall virtually anywhere. Perfect for urban dwellers and suburbanites alike, MiniGarden's unique system of modules creates a self-contained vertical structure. Each MiniGarden kit includes three modules, which each have three planting pockets.

The new TimelapseProjectCam from Wingscapes offers the ultimate way to showcase projects from beginning to completion. The innovative, high-resolution digital camera takes photos at set time intervals, then automatically converts them into timelapse videos.

Since 1998, the Green Thumb Awards have recognized the best new plants and gardening products available each year from gardening catalogs and websites. The Direct Gardening Association (formerly the Mailorder Gardening Association) sponsors the annual Green Thumb Awards. For more information visit the website at

Contact Information

  • Tina Pipitone
    Executive Administrator
    Direct Gardening Association
    410.540.9830 P