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Euro Trials at Teagasc

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Teagasc has been involved with Euro-Trial since 2008 when it established its first trials. These plant trials are a collaboration between 7 countries in Europe; Netherlands, Germany, France, Britain, Austria, Finland and Ireland. An independent organization in each country grows and arranges judging of the plants. By growing and assessing the plants over a wide geographic area, it is possible to assess the plant's performance and suitability to local climates. The plant species are selected by the committee each year. All new plants are propagated in one location and distributed to all trial sites for planting outside. The plants are assessed between the second and fourth years. Judging panels consist of growers, traders, and gardeners and meet a number of times during the year. Assessment criteria vary depending on local preferences, however, floriferousnous, hardiness and disease resistance are some of the most important features.

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Irelands involvement to date has been with the grateful support of Fitzgerald's nursery in Kilkenny, who have hosted the Weigela and Hibiscus trials.

Trial Reports

Weigela completed – report (Dutch) - Weigela Euro Trials D51 DEF (PDF), Weigela Euro trials final results table (PDF), Weigela Euro trials bruinbladig (PDF)
Buddleja completed – report (Dutch) - Euro trials Buddleja (PDF)
Hydrangea completed – report (English) HNS Euro-trials Hydrangea report (PDF)
Vinca completed RHS results
Hibiscus on going
Physocarpus – planted 2017
Spirea – commencing 2018

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Physocarpus plants before planting out in the 2017 trial

Euro Trial Partner organizations

Germany Bund Deutscher Baumschulen (BdB), Ellerhoop
Finland LUKE, Piikkiö
France Agro Campus Ouest, Angers
Netherlands Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Boskoop      
Austria Höhere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Gartenbau (HBLFA), Wienna 
Great Britain Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Wisley
Ireland Teagasc, Kildalton College

Contact Paul Fitters for further information or visit the Euro-Trial website

Source: Teagasc - Euro Trials at Teagasc


Featured Event


11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017

The NEC @ North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Glee Birmingham 2017

Join us at Glee 2017 to see the launch of hundreds of new products, discover the future customer buying trends and seize the opportunity to meet over 500 suppliers!

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Offering thousands of the newest and most inspirational garden retail products from over 550+ suppliers, Glee welcomes all kinds of exhibitors from across 8 carefully edited show sectors. If you have your own brand, garden centre, shop or make or grow your own products, we have a spot just for you. With visitors from multiples, independents and online retailers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch and showcase your product collections, nurture your existing relationships and grow new ones.

Date, Time & Location
11 to 13 September 2017

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 11 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 12 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 13 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00