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Longwood Gardens Releases Rare Green Clivia

February 28, 2019
Public invited to help name new clivia on display at the Philadelphia Flower Show March 2-10

KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Longwood Gardens has introduced the newest clivia from its respected breeding program, and is asking the public to help name it. The first green clivia released from the world-renowned Gardens’ breeding program, the clivia’s beautiful bloom features creamy green petals that gently cup a throat of deeper green. The blooms are offset by glossy, dark green foliage, creating a symphony of green, which is a rarity in the plant world.

Now through Saturday, March 9, clivia enthusiasts, plant lovers, and history buffs alike will have the chance to vote on the name for the clivia by visiting theflowershow.com/clivia.

Names in the running include:
1. ‘Longwood Hint of Mint’
2. ‘Longwood Winter Green’
3. ‘Longwood Green with Envy’

The new clivia will be on display at the Philadelphia Flower Show as part of an exhibit about Longwood Gardens’ Clivia Breeding Program in the Hamilton Horticourt.

The winning name will be announced March 10.

This is the sixth named clivia to be released from Longwood’s clivia breeding program, which began in 1976. Previous Longwood Clivia introductions include the Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Debutante’ in 2011, Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Fireworks’ in 2012, Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Sunrise’ in 2014, Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Chimes’ in 2016, and Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Sunset’ in 2017. All will be on display at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

About the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 2-10, 2019
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show introduces diverse and sustainable plant varieties and garden and design concepts. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, and the citywide Bloom Philly pre-Show celebration. The Philadelphia Flower Show has been honored as the best event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, competing with events such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Tournament of Roses Parade, Indianapolis 500 Festival, and other international celebrations.

About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,100 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Open daily, Longwood is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital. For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org.