Trials by the KVBC
Every year dozens of new ornamental plant varieties are introduced. New introductions often concern another hybrid or mutant of known plants. But are they always an improvement? And what selections of certain species provide the most value for the cultivation and trade?
To answer these questions, the KVBC carries out three types of trials:
- field trials
- trade show trials
- star trials
The field trials take place in Boskoop on the Harry van de Laar Show Garden and in Zundert at Boomkwekerij Bömer. After application, the plants are planted and they are judged several times on ornamental and utility value. The variety concerned is trialled by the trials committee and can be awarded with a KVBC-Award. The applicant receives a report of the jury’s findings.
For members, the cost of a trial is € 250,- per cultivar. If an applicant hires space in the Harry van de Laar Show Garden, the cost will be € 125,-. For non-members, the cost is € 250,-; this includes membership of the KVBC. The cost for a trial in Zundert is always € 250,-. The conditions are that the plant is new and is signed up by (or on behalf of) the breeder.
If your plant is awarded, you will receive the following “package”:
- Press release (with photo) in trade magazines (in the Netherlands).
- The award will be mentioned on the website of the KVBC.
- Plant description incl. photo in Dendroflora.
- Text jury report to be used for example on your website.
- Use of the stylized image of the KVBC-Award that is awarded to your variety for use on labels, in catalogues, on website, etc.
Trade Show Trials
On the trade shows Garden Trials and Trede in Boskoop (June) GrootGroenPlus in Zundert (October) and Plantarium in Boskoop (August) plant trials are performed by the KVBC. In contrast to the field trials, the trade show trials concern a random indication. The plants are mainly assessed visually with as much background information taken into account as possible. Application for these trials are conducted via the fair organizations. The awards are given in the form of medal certificates.
The most qualitative trial is the so-called Star trial. This includes several varieties from a particular genus or species that are planted in the field. During multiple years, the performance of the plants is observed. Plants are rated with stars and three stars is the highest rating. However, some varieties get an “o”, which means that the variety can be dismissed from culture without narrowing the assortment. In Europe, there is a cooperation of eight countries that work together on star trials, named the Euro-trials. In addition to the Netherlands, the participating countries are: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
All trials in the Netherlands are conducted by members of the KVBC. The results are published yearly in Dendroflora.
For more information about the trials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.