A Cornucopia of Burpee’s Best Vegetable Plants Arrive for the First Time at Local Garden Centers this Spring

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For the first time in gardening history, W. Atlee Burpee is offering 32 of its most beloved vegetables and herbs at local garden centers as part of a new and exciting plant collection.

Finding a vegetable and herb to satisfy your appetite has never been so easy thanks to the new Burpee Gardens™ plant series.

For the first time ever, Burpee is offering 32 of its most beloved vegetables and herbs at local garden centers as part of a new and exciting plant collection.

The collection’s introduction means that local garden centers will now offer the widest selection ever available of the “best of the best” homegrown tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other garden favorites.

“A home gardener now has 20 tomatoes instead of just three from which to choose,” says George Ball, president of Burpee. “If you are a sauce lover, a salsa lover or a BLT lover, there’s a specific tomato for your taste and cooking needs in the Burpee Gardens™ collection.”

Included in the collection are all-time favorites like the Big Boy and Brandy Boy tomatoes, Big Burpless cucumber and Butter Boy squash.

There are also some new exclusive varieties like Big Mama, the world’s largest paste tomato, and Biker Billy, the world’s largest jalapeno pepper, as well as Health Kick, the only tomato with 50% more heart healthy lycopene.

Scheduled to arrive in select Mid-Atlantic garden centers this spring, the Burpee Gardens™ collection showcases an extensive range of plants for every use and every personality, offering various colors, flavors and tastes.

The plants will be climate-conditioned, or hardened-off, before they reach the garden center, making them especially hardy for spring home gardens. Plus, they’ll be packaged in 4-inch containers to optimize home garden performance.

Burpee vegetables are an American tradition. “The Burpee name represents a long-standing commitment to quality that spans 130 years,” says Ball. “The new Burpee Gardens™ plants continue this tradition by offering hand-selected varieties that are the best available and by honing our growing skills down to a fine edge.”

Ball promises that home garden connoisseurs will notice a difference between the quality of Burpee Gardens™ plants and generic commodities usually found at the garden center. “Burpee plants are healthy, lush and ready-to-grow—not tender or stretched”.

According to Ball, Americans are eager to embrace healthy living habits. “After years of counting calories, fats and carbohydrates, the public is shifting to a more positive way of thinking about food,” he said.

“It’s our hope that Burpee Gardens™ will offer home gardeners an easier way to grow vegetables while at the same time make eating a well-balanced diet more compelling. Succulent, fresh picked, homegrown flavor is the key.”

Consumers can expect to find the Burpee Gardens™ plants in gar-den centers beginning in mid-April through May, depending on their climate. All of the plants will feature a large and colorful plant tag printed with the Burpee logo, care instructions and nutritional benefits.

Home garden devotees can visit the Burpee Gardens™ web site, http://www.burpeegardens.net for more information while growing the vegetables. The site will include planting instructions, gardening tips and recipes.

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