Pinky Winky Hydrangea

I finally own one. This is the third summer I have been searching garden centers and asking for this perennial. Check out Proven Winners Pinky Winky Hydrangea video , you will see why I fell in love with this gynormus hydrangea.

Proven Winner

Proven Winner

The Master Gardener in me saw this in a magazine a few winters ago and it was a ” have to have”. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Master Gardener Programs are volunteer programs affiliated with a Cooperative extension service office and a land-grant university that educates the public on gardening and horticultural issues. Typically Master Gardeners answer questions via phone, speak at public events and participate in community gardening displays.

The program started in Washington State in 1972. It is in 45 states and 4 provinces in Canada. The cost is anywhere from $65 to $400 (I think I paid $75, but then again it might have been only $35, during the mid 90’s.) It is 40 – 60 hours of classroom and another 60 hours of answering  phones and walk in questions. (check out the numbers to be sure) I was asked questions from “How do I get rid of the wild turkeys in my yard” to “my plant has leaf drop, what do I do.” The classes were very informative, covered various topics and were taught by professors from our state cooperative extension.

Oh yeah…and we went on many garden tours (not included in classroom time) from people in the class. The plant swaps…the best.

So sign up and don’t forget to wear sun screen and a garden hat.