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Brandywine Viburnum named Woody Cut of the Year by the American Society of Cut Flower Growers

June 24, 2024

Recipient of the 2024 Woody Cut of the Year, Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Brandywine™ Viburnum Nudum, is a highly ornamental Witherod viburnum. Starting in late spring, it bears clusters of foamy white flowers, and handsome, glossy green foliage carries it through summer. Late in August, the green berries turn ivory, then vivid pink, then blue. Each berry cluster often displays all three colors at once for a truly memorable effect! As the berries change color, so does the foliage, taking on a vivid red that makes the berries seem even more colorful.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shines in Times Square!

May 15, 2024

Proven Winners ColorChoice has secured space on a digital billboard in Times Square, located at the corner of 43rd Street and Broadway, across from the Nasdaq screen. Since its debut at the end of April, the advertisement has been running a minimum of 80 times per day, at least 15 minutes every hour from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., and will continue to do so until the end of July. This campaign is projected to generate over 10 million impressions for the Proven Winners ColorChoice brand throughout its duration.

Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® scholarships awarded to five students for 2023-24

March 21, 2024

Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023-2024 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund scholarships. Five students were awarded scholarships for the named granting period, bringing the total amount of awards distributed through the fund to over $130,000. The students were chosen from a competitive national applicant pool for their academic achievements, outstanding leadership abilities, and commitment to pursuing horticulture careers. 

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Expands Catalog with the Addition of Hollywood™ Hibiscus

January 10, 2024

Spring Meadow Nursery is thrilled to announce the exciting addition of J. Berry's renowned Hollywood™ Hibiscus to its catalog of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrubs. This strategic partnership between Spring Meadow Nursery and J. Berry marks a significant expansion in its array of exceptional flowering shrubs. The strategic alliance ensures seamless access to Hollywood Hibiscus varieties through Spring Meadow Nursery's growers as well as the existing network of Hollywood Hibiscus licensed growers.

Pugster® Amethyst Buddleia named 2024 Flower of the Year in Japan

December 27, 2023

Pugster® Amethyst Buddleia, a Proven Winners® ColorChoice® variety, has earned the 2024 “Flower of the Year” award from the Japan Flower Selections Association (JFA). Sixty-one varieties were selected as award-winners, and from those, one plant in each category.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice Shrubs® Celebrates Remarkable Milestone

December 21, 2023

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs has announced a monumental achievement in its 2023 marketing endeavors, reaching an impressive total of nearly 450 million impressions. This remarkable accomplishment underscores the company's unwavering commitment to supporting growers, garden centers, and landscapers throughout North America.

SUGAR SHACK® Cephalanthus awarded PHS Gold Medal

December 11, 2023

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has included Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Sugar Shack® buttonbush (Cephalanthus) in its 2024 list of Gold Medal Plants. Sugar Shack® buttonbush is one of six plants awarded the 2024 PHS Gold Medal award. Plants are selected for the program based on hardiness, ease of growing, weather tolerance, and pest resistance.

Spring Meadow Nursery Introduces FIRE BALL SEEDLESS™ Burning Bush

October 05, 2023

Spring Meadow Nursery is proud to unveil Proven Winners® ColorChoice® FIRE BALL SEEDLESS™, the first seedless burning bush on the market, which will be available to wholesale growers in the spring of 2024. Bred by Dr. Tom Ranney and his crew at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in North Carolina, FIRE BALL SEEDLESS™ Euonymus alatus provides the same blazing fall color as a traditional burning bush but without the seeds and stigma.

Gardening Simplified Show Celebrates First Anniversary with High Ratings

September 12, 2023

Hosted by Stacey Hirvela and Rick Vuyst and produced by Adriana Robinson, the show is designed to share their love of plants and gardening with gardeners of all skill and experience levels. The radio show and podcast has had over 81 million unique listeners since its kickoff a year ago, and based on the number of downloads, it has placed in the top 3-5% of all podcasts nationally.

Spring Meadow Nursery Receives Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Medal

August 23, 2023

GardenComm International celebrated a successful return to in-person events with its recent conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A highlight of the conference is the honors and awards ceremony, where among the many awards presented was the Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Medal, of which Spring Meadow Nursery/Proven Winners® ColorChoice® was the recipient.

CENTER STAGE® Red Lagerstroemia Earns Blue Chip Designation

July 21, 2023

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® CENTER STAGE® Red Lagerstroemia has earned a 2023 Blue Chip designation from the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter, earning its reputation for beauty and toughness, with exceptional heat tolerance.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® roses continue to earn top marks in trials

May 19, 2023

The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® landscape rose collection again proves its merit this spring, earning awards in the American Rose Trials for Sustainability and in the American Rose Center International Rose Trials.  The American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.) recently announced trial results for the 2024 season, with two Proven Winners® ColorChoice® roses earning top marks. 

Three students named beneficiaries of 2022-2023 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® HRI scholarships

March 15, 2023

Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022-2023 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund scholarships. Three students were awarded scholarships for the 2021-2022 granting period. The students were chosen from a competitive national applicant pool for their academic achievements, outstanding leadership abilities, and commitment to pursuing horticulture careers.

Oso Easy Urban Legend® rose earns top marks in AGRS trials.

January 30, 2023

American Garden Rose Selections (AGRS™) recently announced trial results for the 2023 season, and Oso Easy® Urban Legend ® landscape rose has landed among a group of five awardees as a Regional Award Winner. Bred by Christopher Hugh Warner and introduced by Spring Meadow Nursery, Oso Easy® Urban Legend® shrub rose offers bright red, doubled blooms with contrasting bright yellow stamens.

Spring Meadow Nursery introduces 2023 Proven Winners® ColorChoice®  varieties

January 09, 2023

Spring Meadow Nursery is proud to unveil 25 new Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrub varieties for 2023, many of which will be available for viewing this January in the Spring Meadow booth at trade shows across the country. Attendees of the MANTS trade show will find Spring Meadow in booth #1038. Spring Meadow will also be in attendance at Northern Green (MN), Green & Grown’ (NC), INLA Hort Expo...

Spring Meadow Nursery Receives Gold 2022 GardenComm Media Award

October 20, 2022

The creative team at Spring Meadow Nursery received a Gold Medal of Achievement at the 2022 Media Awards, presented by GardenComm: Garden Communicators International, at their mid-October virtual conference. This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2022 competition had more than 165 entries in 67 categories.  Recipients of the Gold Medal represent the best in their category.

Proven Winners® cultivars scoop up multiple awards at 2022 Farwest Show

September 15, 2022

This year 61 new varieties were showcasedat the Farwest Show, and Proven Winners® plants earned five awards across three categories. Eight New Varieties Showcase awards are presented overall in the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice categories. Of those eight, half were Proven Winners® varieties. Three awards went to Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs, and one was earned by a Proven Winners® perennial.

Oso Easy® Double Red® rose earns A.R.T.S. Local Artist awards in three regions.

May 24, 2022

Already the recipient of 10 awards overseas, Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Oso Easy Double Red® rose is making news this spring, earning important U.S. regional awards.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs among the best low-water plants at UC Davis

May 09, 2022

Projects like the University of California Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials are giving the horticulture and landscaping industry data they can use to identify plants that can withstand minimal irrigation over a sustained period. Over the course of the trials, plants are evaluated for overall appearance, flowering time and duration, and pest or disease problems on their lowest irrigation treatment. Those that perform best earn a Blue Ribbon™ designation.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® cultivars named Rhododendron of the Year

April 26, 2022

The American Rhododendron Society has released the results of its 2022 Rhododendron of the Year Awards and two Proven Winners® ColorChoice® cultivars have earned regional awards.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® hydrangeas receive excellent marks in Chicago Botanic Garden Evaluations

April 14, 2022

The Chicago Botanic Garden completed a 20-year staggered trial of Hydrangea paniculata cultivars and the program has compiled and released Plant Evaluation Notes with observations and results.

Shrub Madness Crowns 2022 Champ!

April 01, 2022

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® crowns the 2022 Shrub Madness winner as the world’s only plant bracket competition comes to a close. The contest is populated with a wide variety of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs, which compete throughout the month of March for the chance to be crowned the leader of the pack!

Shrub Madness® rolls out the red carpet

March 03, 2022

Shrub Madness brackets are now open in prediction mode until March 6. Players can create an account and fill out a bracket with their predictions as to which shrubs will win each faceoff to the final round. Participants are eligible for month-long plant drawings, and at the end of Shrub Madness, four players are randomly selected to win a collection of the top four Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs standing.

Three students named beneficiaries of 2021-2022 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® HRI scholarships

January 28, 2022

Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce the recipients of 2021-2022 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund scholarships. A total of 39 Spring Meadow-Proven Winners® Endowed Fund scholarships have been awarded to students since 2004. Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 granting period will open in April 2022.

Simply Scentsational® Calycanthus earns Green Thumb Award

December 17, 2021

The National Garden Bureau has released its choices for the 2022 Green Thumb Awards, and Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Simply Scentsational® Calycanthus has been named winner of the shrub category. This win follows the 2019 awards for Spring Meadow Nursery's Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Illuminati  Tower® Philadelphus and Peppy Le Pom™ Punica, and the 2018 Green Thumb Award for Invincibelle Wee White® Hydrangea arborescens.

Oso Easy® Double Pink rose continues to make a splash in US rose trials.

November 18, 2021

​​​​​​​The American Rose Center has released results of their 2021 trials, and Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Oso Easy® Double Pink rose has once again proved to be a top competitor.

Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund tops $1 million

July 27, 2021

Grand Haven’s Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce that the Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund has topped $1 million. Dale & Liz Deppe established the Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund with HRI in 1999 with the belief that bright, well-trained, and qualified people are essential to the green industry and that backing motivated students plays a vital role in protecting and growing the industry.

Proven Winners® to present Landscape Roadshow at Cincinnati Zoo

July 20, 2021

The Proven Winners Landscape Roadshow is back in person and is coming to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden this summer. Attendees are invited to meet Proven Winners landscape experts and enjoy a lineup of landscape presentations covering a wide range of topics, including new plants, tried & true shrubs for the Midwest, and landscape design tips & stories.

Suñorita® Rosa receives 2022 American Rose Society Award of Excellence

July 16, 2021

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Suñorita® Rosa has been honored with the 2022 Award of Excellence by the American Rose Society. In 1973 the American Rose Society Board of Directors established the Award of Excellence (AOE) to recognize new miniature and miniflora rose varieties of superior quality and marked distinction. Since the inception of the award, there have been 137 AOE winners.

‘Aphrodite’ Calycanthus receives the Theodore Klein Plant Award

June 25, 2021

‘Aphrodite’ sweetshrub is one of six plants chosen for the 2021 Theodore Klein award. Plants are selected based on their ability to be efficiently propagated and produced; found established in Kentucky, and to be non-invasive and pest resistant.

Horticulture Industry Magazine Selects Dr. Judson LeCompte to Prestigious 40 Under 40 Class

May 11, 2021

Nominated by his industry peers, Dr. LeCompte is one of 40 trailblazers under the age of 40 who exemplifies superior leadership, creativity, innovative thinking, excellence, and compassion in and outside the horticulture field.

BOBO® H. paniculata chosen for the PHS Award Gold Medal

March 19, 2021

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has included Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Bobo® Hydrangea paniculata in its 2021 list of Gold Medal Plants.

Shrub Madness partners with Corona Tools to make this year’s competition more exciting than ever

February 22, 2021

It’s year eight for Shrub Madness, the thrilling contest that pits shrub-against-shrub in a fierce single-elimination tournament where 64 Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs will once again compete in a no-holds-barred battle for the chance to be crowned National Champion. Making sure year eight is ever more great, Shrub Madness has partnered with Corona® Tools to create a grand prize that is bigger and better than ever.

Three students named beneficiaries of 2020-2021 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® HRI scholarships

February 05, 2021

Horticulture students Hunter Hall, Davis Harmon, and Erin Pfarr were each awarded $3000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 granting period, bringing the total amount of awards distributed through the fund to $92,750. The students were chosen from a competitive national applicant pool for their academic achievements, outstanding leadership abilities, and commitment to pursuing horticulture careers. 

Proven Winners® to present a 2-day virtual Landscape Roadshow series

January 15, 2021

As part of its online educational event series, Proven Winners® will be presenting a Landscape Roadshow on the afternoons of February 9 and 11, 2021.

Spring Meadow Nursery introduces new varieties for 2021 MANTS trade show attendees

January 08, 2021

Spring Meadow Nursery is proud to unveil 27 new Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrub varieties as part of the virtual MANTS trade show press package.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® bare root roses, an on-time solution for greater demand

January 04, 2021

Spring Meadow Nursery, the manager of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrubs, heads into its third year of offering its hardy shrub roses in bare root stock, and the timing couldn’t be better.

Proven Winners to present Landscape Roadshow series

October 22, 2020

As part of its virtual event series, Proven Winners® will be presenting a Landscape Roadshow on the afternoons of November 2, 4, and 6, 2020. Professional CEU credits are available for ASLA and APLD members.

Two DOUBLE PLAY® Spiraea awarded KVBC Awards

August 31, 2020

Awards were recently presented by the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society (RBHS) to two Spiraea in the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® DOUBLE PLAY® series. The KVBC-Award Gold Medal was awarded to Proven Winners® ColorChoice® DOUBLE PLAY BIG BANG® Spiraea, and the Plantarium Digital Expo 2020 presented Spiraea DOUBLE PLAY DOOZIE® the single gold award in the summer edition and named it the overall winner.

Spring Meadow Nursery introduces new H. paniculata cultivars at Cultivate ‘20

July 20, 2020

Spring Meadow Nursery introduced three new cultivars of panicle hydrangeas at the Cultivate’20 Virtual conference and trade show. Attendees were able to learn more about three new cultivars of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® panicle hydrangeas: FIRE LIGHT TIDBIT™, QUICK FIRE FAB™, and LIMELIGHT PRIME™.

Oso Easy® Double Pink rose proves a strong competitor in 2021 trials

May 12, 2020

The American Rose Society has released its choices for the 2021 Award of Excellence, and Oso Easy® Double Pink rose was honored with the top award in the no spray division.

2021 New ColorChoice Variety Introductions

April 09, 2020

Spring Meadow Nursery has introduced 27 new Proven Winners ColorChoice shrub varieties available to growers for the 2020 season.

Oso Easy Italian Ice® - winner of Shrub Madness 2020

April 03, 2020

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® crowns 2020 Shrub Madness winner as the world’s only plant bracket competition comes to a close.

Spring Meadow implements safety policies amid COVID-19 crisis

March 16, 2020

With the recognition that every member of the worldwide community needs to go the extra mile to slow down the spread of COVID-19, Spring Meadow is doing its part by putting in place internal policies that reference the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local government and health authorities.

It’s our seventh year of Shrub Madness!

February 10, 2020

It’s lucky seven for the world’s only plant bracket competition, Shrub Madness. Spanning March 2-31, a selection of proud and determined shrubs will move through six rounds of competition.

Four students named beneficiaries of Spring Meadow Proven Winners HRI scholarships

December 16, 2019

Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce the recipients of 2019-2020 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund scholarships.

Ground Hog™ Aronia earns Farwest judges’ Award of Merit

September 30, 2019

The 2019 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, hosted more than 5,000 industry professionals from 20 countries, with nearly 400 exhibitors.

Spring Meadow Nursery receives Gold and Silver 2019 GardenComm Media Awards

September 23, 2019

Spring Meadow Nursery received Gold and Silver Medals of Achievement at the 2019 GardenComm Media Awards. This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications.

Deppe Family Recognized by Horticultural Research Institute

August 05, 2019

The Deppe Family and Spring Meadow Nursery were given a milestone recognition for commitment to Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) at Cultivate ‘19 on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Dale Deppe receives Horticulture Industries Leadership Award

July 31, 2019

Dale Deppe was presented a Horticulture Industries Leadership Award (HILA) at a special dinner and presentation ceremony, Sunday, July 14, during the Cultivate 2019 conference in Columbus, OH.

Greenhouse Product News announces Megan Mathey of Spring Meadow Nursery in 40 Under 40 class of 2019

July 17, 2019

Every year, the trade publication Greenhouse Product News (GPN) announces a new class of 40 men and women, under the age of 40 in the horticulture industry, who refuse to conform to the average and instead, strive to keep moving the industry forward.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® introduces deco planter program

June 20, 2019

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® is introducing the Decked Out™ deco planter program, giving retailers a new way to offer consumers its extensive line of flowering shrubs.

Spring Meadow partners with Reynolda Gardens response to boxwood blight

May 20, 2019

The boxwood blight that is wiping out generations-old plants across the southeast, hit Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Gardens in the fall of 2018, prompting experts to connect with Spring Meadow Nursery, growers of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrub liners, to identify a boxwood replacement that is both consistent with the historic landscape and resistant to disease.

Spring Meadow adds Proven Winners® ColorChoice® ornamental trees

April 22, 2019

Spring Meadow Nursery is adding Proven Winners® ColorChoice® ornamental trees to its already wide variety of woody plants in the 2019 growing season. Spring Meadow has partnered with the horticulture firm UpShoot, owned and run by the longtime industry professional Maria Zampini.

Shrub Madness 2019 crowns a winner!

April 05, 2019

After a month of voting, Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® Hydrangea serrata has been crowned the 2019 Shrub Madness National Champion. Coming from a crowded field of 64 contenders, the competition narrowed to the Floral Four, and then the final two after multiple rounds of voting. This year’s Floral Four included Pugster® Blue Buddleia, Let’s Dance® Rhythmic Blue® bigleaf hydrangea, Suñorita™ rose, and champion, Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® mountain hydrangea. 

2019-20 edition of ‘Gardening Simplified’ publication takes new approach

March 18, 2019

The 100-page reference guide is part of the company’s direct-to-consumer advertising and provides gardening information, colorful photos, planting and landscaping ideas and growing tips about a wide variety of Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs. The 2019-20 edition organizes a wide variety of shrubs according to their landscape roles. From specimen plants to winter interest, beginning and experienced gardeners alike will gain inspiration and get valuable tips about how to use shrubs to create the landscapes of their dreams.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® expands 2019 radio advertising

March 04, 2019

With a goal to reach broader audiences of gardening enthusiasts in 2019, Proven Winners® ColorChoice® has scheduled increased media exposure with the largest broadcast and internet radio campaign they have ever planned, generating over 80 million impressions this year.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® celebrates March with Shrub Madness

March 01, 2019

The world’s only plant bracket competition, Shrub Madness, has just embarked on its sixth year of the thrilling contest that pits shrub-against-shrub in a fierce single-elimination tournament where 64 Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs will compete in a no-holds-barred battle for the chance to be crowned National Champion.

Dale Deppe receives WNLA Western Legend Award

January 30, 2019

Spring Meadow Nursery owner Dale Deppe was presented with the 2019 Western Legend Award which recognizes “accomplishments that have contributed to the advancement of the green industry, bringing the realization of significant value to society.”

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs earn two 2019 Green Thumb Awards

January 25, 2019

The Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mailorder Gardening Association) has presented Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Illuminati Tiny Tower™ Philadelphus and Peppy Le Pom™ Punica granatum, with 2019 Green Thumb Awards for best new plants in the plants, bulbs and seeds division.

Three students named beneficiaries of Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® HRI scholarships

December 19, 2018

Horticulture students William Lewis, Yufei Qian, and Aaron Sledge were each awarded $3500 scholarships for the 2018-2019 granting period, bringing the total amount of awards distributed through the fund to $73,750. The students were chosen from a competitive national applicant pool for their academic achievements, exemplary leadership abilities, and commitment to pursuing careers in horticulture. 

Quick Fire® hydrangea named Woody Cut of the Year by the American Society of Cut Flower Growers

November 21, 2018

Quick Fire® hydrangea paniculata was named the 2019 Woody Cut of the Year by the American Society of Cut Flower Growers.

Dale Deppe receives Jackson Dawson Memorial Award

October 26, 2018

Dale Deppe, owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, was presented the Jackson Dawson Memorial Award. This award is given for exceptional skill in the science or practice of hybridization or propagation of hardy, woody plants.

Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Rosa earns its Proven Winners® moniker

October 05, 2018

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Rosa has been awarded the Lord Burleigh Award for Best Disease Resistance, plus the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose at the 2018 Biltmore International Rose Trials at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® varieties take multiple awards at 2018 Plantarium

September 07, 2018

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® plants fared well at this year’s Plantarium 2018 which took place August 22-24 in Boskoop, Netherlands. The top honor was earned by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster Blue® Buddleia, which was pronounced Novelty Plant Winner of Plantarium 2018. Buddleja davidii 'SMNBDBT' (Pugster Blue) was submitted by Valkplant BV and was chosen by judges from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.

Spring Meadow Nursery announces $1 million raised for breast cancer research

July 19, 2018

Spring Meadow Nursery has made the announcement that they have surpassed their million-dollar fundraising goal for breast cancer research. Owner Dale Deppe and PR specialist Natalie Carmolli took the stage prior to the July 16 State of the Industry keynote address at the Cultivate ‘18 conference in Columbus, announcing the Invincibelle Spirit Campaign has surpassed the $1,000,000 goal that was set just under 10 years ago.

Two 2018 GWA Media Silver Medals of Achievement awarded to Spring Meadow Nursery publications

July 03, 2018

Spring Meadow Nursery has received the Association for Garden Communicators (GWA) 2018 Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement for two of their recent publications.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea paniculata named Louisiana Super Plant

June 18, 2018

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea Paniculata has been honored with the distinction of Louisiana Super Plant by the LSU AgCenter.

New Spring Meadow Nursery website offers improved tools for customer success

June 13, 2018

Spring Meadow Nursery has launched a fully redesigned website with new interactive user tools designed to improve the user experience and reinforce the updated company brand.

Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Rosa wins 2019 American Rose Society Award of Excellence

June 06, 2018

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Rosa has been honored with the 2019 Award of Excellence by the American Rose Society.

Oso Easy® Petit Pink rose designated A.R.T.S. Master Rose

May 21, 2018

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Oso Easy® Petit Pink Rosa has been honored with the designation as a 2019 A.R.T.S. Master Rose. The distinction has been awarded by the American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.)

Licensing Account Manager Gary Nienhuis joins 40 Under 40 class of ‘18

May 14, 2018

Greenhouse Product News recently named Gary Nienhuis, Licensing Account Manager for Spring Meadow Nursery, as an honoree in its 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

Proven Winners® expands Shrubs of the Year program 

April 25, 2018

Proven Winners® will expand its National Plant of the Year program in 2019, highlighting four shrubs from the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® line, in addition to its Perennial and Annual Plants of the Year.

2018 Shrub Madness champion crowned, smashing voting records

April 06, 2018

Shrub Madness®, has come to a close for 2018 and a champion has emerged from a contest that is populated with a wide variety of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs, which compete throughout the month of March for the chance to be crowned National Champion.

Double Take Pink™ quince wins FLORALL award

April 05, 2018

Proven Winners® Double Take Pink™ Chaenomeles took the 2018 Silver FLORALL Award for best new variety at the March 6 Belgian trade fair, FLORALL.

Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund reaches new heights

February 09, 2018

Spring Meadow Nursery and HRI are pleased to announce that the Spring Meadow - Proven Winners® Endowment Fund has topped $800,000. Last Nov. horticultural students Kristin Neill, Madeline Olberg, and Cornell Ph.D. student Brandon Miller, were recipients of the 2017 round of scholarships, bringing the total amount of awards distributed to over $63,000.

MarkWatch™ competitive collaborative educates industry on trademark usage

February 07, 2018

In response to the need for trademark usage oversight in the horticulture industry, Spring Meadow Nursery, Bailey Nurseries, Plant Development Services, Inc. and Star® Roses and Plants teamed up in 2016 to create the “competitive collaborative”, MarkWatch™.

Spring Meadow Nursery releases new logo

December 04, 2017

December 4, 2017, marks the release of Spring Meadow Nursery’s bold, new logo - the first update in a decade and the most dramatic change in company branding since Deppe family started the business in 1981.

Invincibelle Wee White® hydrangea wins Green Thumb Award

November 22, 2017

The Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mailorder Gardening Association) has given the Proven Winners® Invincibelle Wee White® hydrangea a 2018 Green Thumb Award for best new plant in the plants, bulbs and seeds division.

Anna Brooks receives Proven Winners® Landscape Professional certification

May 24, 2017

Anna Brooks of Arcadia Gardens, LLC is the newest landscaper to achieve the certification as a Proven Winners® Landscape Professional.  

Aren Phillips in 40 Under 40 Class of ‘17

May 08, 2017

Greenhouse Product News (GPN) named Aren Phillips, Assistant Propagation Manager at Spring Meadow Nursery, as an honoree in its 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. 

2017 Shrub Madness champion crowned

April 11, 2017

The 2017 Shrub Madness competition has come to an end after a highly competitive month of voting with Tuff Stuff™ mountain hydrangea being crowned the 2017 National Champion.

New gardening video grows consumer confidence

February 24, 2017

Proven Winners® has launched an all-new flagship video as a key element of their consumer marketing campaign for 2017. Posted on the Proven Winners ColorChoice® Facebook page the video has been viewed over 700,000 times in just two weeks.

Spring Meadow – Proven Winners Endowment Fund scholarship recipients announced

February 16, 2017

Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce the names of the three recipients of the 2017 Spring Meadow – Proven Winners Endowment Fund Scholarship. Each student received $3000 in scholarship funding to achieve their educational goals. 

Ring in spring with Shrub Madness!

February 13, 2017

Now in its fourth year, Shrub Madness places 64 Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrubs into brackets as competitors. Spanning March 1-31, shrubs will move through six rounds of competition at www.ShrubMadness.com, using popular vote to determine the winner of each shrub matchup.

Spring Meadow Nursery building destroyed by fire

January 16, 2017

A massive fire destroyed the main office building at Spring Meadow Nursery early in the morning on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Six fire departments responded to the blaze and were successful in keeping the fire from spreading to any greenhouses or other structures. 

Invincibelle® Spirit Campaign nears goal

December 30, 2016

The Invincibelle® Spirit Campaign has raised over $973,000 for breast cancer research and will surpass the $1 million dollar benchmark in the coming year.

2017 Landscape Plant of the Year: Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia

November 17, 2016

Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia has been selected as the 2017 Plant of the Year by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs.

PWCC receives 2017 Green Thumb Awards

November 08, 2016

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs received Green Thumb Awards for Purple Pillar™ Rose of Sharon Hibiscus and Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea.  

Spring Meadow Nursery welcomes Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

November 02, 2016

Spring Meadow Nursery will be welcoming over 200 ASCFG conference attendees to their facilities in Grand Haven, Michigan from November 6-9.

Four awards received at Plantarium

September 14, 2016

Over 16,000 industry professionals and visitors attended the 34th annual "Plantarium" show, held in the Netherlands. Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs received four honors in the prestigious awards program.

Purple Pillar™ Hibiscus Receives Honorable Mention at Farwest Show

September 06, 2016

Purple Pillar™ rose of Sharon, introduced by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs, received Honorable Mention from the panel of judges for its unique upright habit and vibrant semi-double purple flowers. 

Hydrangea featured in community program

August 12, 2016

The Haslett Beautification Association (HBA) recently planted dozens of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Invincibelle® Spirit II hydrangeas as part of their “Plant it Pink” program.

At Last™ Rosa crowned Shrub Madness champ

April 01, 2016

The 2016 Shrub Madness competition has come to an end after a tumultuous month of voting with At Last™ rose being crowned the 2016 National Champion.

Scott Arboretum to honor Dale Deppe

February 26, 2016

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College has selected Dale Deppe, president and owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, as the 2016 Scott Medal and Award recipient.

Shrub Madness returns for third year

February 15, 2016

Shrub Madness, horticulture’s original bracket competition, returns for its third year, just in time to lift spirits as gardeners begin planning for spring.

PWCC Expands with new partnership

January 26, 2016

Spring Meadow Nursery Inc. has entered into an exclusive partnership with Proven Winners® Europe Ltd. to introduce its flowering shrubs under the Proven Winners® brand in Europe along with ValkPlant BV.

Invincibelle Spirit Campaign milestone reached

December 21, 2015

At the end of 2015, fundraising efforts reached over $900,000 toward its million dollar goal. In addition to donating one dollar for every plant sold, it serves as the heart of hundreds of Pink Day fundraisers hosted at garden centers across the US and Canada. 

Little Lime® Hydrangea, 2016 Plant of the Year

October 27, 2015

Little Lime® hydrangea has been selected as the 2016 Plant of the Year by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs. Since its introduction, this dwarf ‘Limelight’ hydrangea has become an undeniable favorite among landscapers, gardeners, and homeowners.