Research and Collections
Research at Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden has flourished in the past year with new partnerships being built and several exciting innovative projects beginning. Some of the interesting projects that the Garden has been involved with include rare plant research on the Northern Peninsula's limestone barrens, investigating invasive plant species, as well as being the local contact for PlantWatch, a nation wide monitoring project.
Since 2008 we have been a trail station for BallFlora, one of the largest developers of new plant varieties, especially annuals, in North America. In 2012, we became a satellite trialing station for Guelph University, who trials a selection of new annual varieties from Sakata and Syngenta seed. We monitor these plants on the basis of their habit, resistence to pests and disease and their floral displays. As of 2015 we have become an "All American Selections" garden featuring award-winning bedding plants from across North America.
The Garden has well over 2500 taxa represented in our collection. Our single largest genus is Rhododendron with over 250 taxa, many of them bred locally in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. The rhododendrons are part of our ericaceous plant collection which includes heaths, heathers and mountain laurels. Hosta are also well represented with close to 100 cultivars on display. And then there are the alpines, with plants from nearly every major mountain range in the world.
More information about these interesting projects will be available on the website in the near future, however please feel free to contact the following with any questions: