Grass Collection Open Houses: People’s Favorite is Blue HeavenTM

In the summer of 2012, 4 Open House events were held at the Grass Collection at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Approximately 175 people attended, and many voted for their favorite grass by placing a flag beside their selection. Lots of favorites! So many grasses to choose from, many people were overwhelmed with the thought of selecting just one. However, the informal tally shows the one grass with the most votes is Schizachyrium scoparium ‘MinnBlueA’ Blue HeavenTM  with a total of 13 votes over the 4 events.  Other GENERA had higher votes, 24 people selected miscanthus cultivars, but this varied among 17 cultivars; similar for various switchgrass cultivars with 15 votes. Calamagrostis was more popular in July than October, as expected; and switchgrass was more popular in October than July. Grasses vary by season, providing change in the garden and landscape.

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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One Response to Grass Collection Open Houses: People’s Favorite is Blue HeavenTM

  1. Scott Weber says:

    It would be very hard to choose a favorite…but I tried ‘Blue Heaven’ for the first time this year and it really is stunning…can’t wait for mine to bulk up and look like that pic 🙂

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