Nominate a Plant

The Beautiful Gardens Plant Selection Committee is looking for plant nominations for the Plant Introduction Program. The "Plants of Distinction" for 2012 have been chosen. The plants to be promoted in 2013 will be announced at MANTS in January 2012.

If you would like to nominate a plant for promotion in 2013 & beyond or a plant that you have hybridized or selected for performance evaluation, please let us know. Would you have any questions regarding plant transfer agreements and related matter, please contact Lisa Lipsey, BG Program Coordinator at

The Plant Nomination Form can be used either for nominating plants of distinction for promotion or new plants for testing. The Beautiful Gardens Program has evaluation sites in all climatic zones of Virginia, so if you have a new plant that the buying public would love, it’s a great opportunity for you to see how it performs across our state and compares to similar plants already on the market.

To submit a nomination, download the form and fill it out. Send it by email, mail, or fax to either Linda Pinkham or Lisa Lipsey:

Lisa Lipsey
Program Coordinator
Beautiful Gardens Plant Introduction Program
206A Saunders Hall
Department of Horticulture (0327)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327
Tel. 540-231-6961
Fax. 540-231-3083

Linda Pinkham
Chair, Plant Selection Committee
Beautiful Gardens Plant Introduction Program
24389 Mouring Dr.
Carrollton, VA 23314-2419
Tel. 757-238-2505