The Best Green Thumbs

Association names top new plant varieties and new gardening products for the 2009 Green Thumb Awards.

Bonbini is the first Oriental Trumpet Lily with a candle flame in the center of the flower.

Bonbina is the first Oriental Trumpet Lily with a candle flame in the center of the flower.

courtesy Dutch Gardens/Mailorder Gardening Association

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2009 MGA Green Thumb AwardsSix new plant varieties and five new gardening products have won 2009 MGA Green Thumb Awards presented by the Mailorder Gardening Association.

Bringing home awards in the Plants, Bulbs and Seeds division were Rudbeckia x hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’ from Thompson & Morgan, Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Scentsation’ F1 Hybrid from Thompson & Morgan, Bonbini Lily from Dutch Gardens, Angel’s Trumpet ‘Angel’s Dream’ PPAF from Logee’s, Honey Bear Winter Squash from Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Organic Prairie Blush Potato from Wood Prairie Farm..

Honored in the Tools, Supplies and Accessories division were Liquid Net® for Pets from The Liquid Fence Co., Golden Delicious Apple Collection for Children from Stark Bro’s, Plant Cottage from Gardener’s Supply, Optimum Deep Plug Starter Kit from Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden, and Liquid Fence® Mole Repellent Worms from The Liquid Fence Co.

Winners of the 2009 MGA 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, and potential appeal to gardeners.

Since 1998, the MGA Green Thumb Awards have recognized the best new plants and gardening products available each year from gardening catalogs and Web sites. The awards are sponsored by the Mailorder Gardening Association, the world’s largest nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers. For more information, visit the MGA website.