US plant show gives Hillier award of merit

An expert panel of judges selected Mesa de Maya Southwest Oak (Quercus x undulate 'Mesa de Maya') as the Best in Show winner at the 2017 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase, with Corydalis Hillier 'Porcelain Blue' among those commended.

Mesa de Maya Southwest Oak
Mesa de Maya Southwest Oak
The show was held August 23–25, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
Mesa de Maya Southwest Oak was selected from seedlings grown by Dr. Allan Taylor, oak explorer and expert, in Boulder, Colorado. It is part of the curated programme of Western adapted oaks branded as Southwest Oaks, released by Heritage Seedlings & Liners of Salem, Oregon.
Three Awards of Merit were given by the judges. They were:
Corydalis Hillier ‘Porcelain Blue’ (Corydalis ‘Porcelain Blue’) —Bred by Hillier Nurseries in the UK and introduced by PlantHaven International and Skagit Horticulture. Zone 5. Most Corydalis selections are summer dormant, whereas ‘Porcelain Blue’ blooms from early spring through fall. Strong growth habit. Produces masses of electric-blue flowers, with profuse repeat flowering. Attractive cut blue-green foliage. Works well in pots and containers, as a garden border and in modern landscapes. Grows best in well-drained soil. Tidy, clumping growth habit reaching 10 by 12 inches.
First Editions Sweet Tea Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘PIIGA-II’ PP27258) — Introduced by Bailey
Nurseries, this new, reblooming double gardenia has fragrant tennis-ball-sized flowers. 
Burgundy Lace Hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Burgundy Lace’ (OSU 954.076) PPAF) — Introduced by Heritage Seedlings and Liners and selected from seedlings at Oregon State University from crosses made in 1998.
Black Diamond Purely PurpleTM Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘#18 Li’ PPAF) was chosen for the People’s Choice Best in Show award. Bred by Jim Berry of J. Berry Nursery. 
In addition to the People’s Choice Best in Show award, two People’s Choice Awards of Merit were also announced as a result of the voting:
Strait-LacedTM Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘SNR1292’ USPPAF) — Developed by Ken Tobutt and Fiona Wilson in the United Kingdom and introduced by Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs. 
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Miss Saori’ PP26657 — Bred by Ryoji Irie from Japan and introduced by Concept Plants. Presented as a debutant at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, winning 2014 Chelsea Plant of the Year. 

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