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Top ten annuals for 2019!

The Horticulture Display Garden at the U of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, MN, boasts one of the largest and most impressive displays of annual flower in the Upper Midwest. 

Every year, horticulture scientist Steve Poppe and his team grow, plant and evaluate the performance of approximately 400 new annuals in Minnesota landscapes. With an eye on design, the annuals are planted into the display garden landscape and labeled. Only the highest ranking cultivars earn the distinction of a Top Ten Performing Annual for Minnesota. 

Get out your pen and paper, and read on to learn which annuals YOU might want to include in your 2020 garden!
2019 Top Performing Annuals
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