Mark has been the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI for the last 14 years. Along with dedicated staff and volunteers, Mark coordinates the development and improvement of this 20-acre botanical showcase. Mark’s background is in landscape architecture and urban forestry although his true passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all manner of plants.


‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Coneflowers
by Mark Dwyer - posted 12/29/14


The patch of 'Cheyenne Spirit' coneflower (Echinacea hybrida) seen above was photographed at the Ball Customer Day (West Chicago, IL) this past July and really showcased the beauty and color range of this seed selection.  We started growing this variety last year and have enjoyed the color variability (photo directly below is from RBG).  This variety blooms the first year from seed (when started early) and exhibits an exciting color range including red, orange, purple, pink, scarlet, cream, yellow and white.  This brilliant color range is exhibited at a height between 18" and 30" on strong, sturdy stems.  This summer bloomer has a long bloom period and is excellent for wildlife.  This drought tolerant selection also looks great en masse as seen in these photos (most from the Ball Trial Gardens) and has been awarded both the Fleuroselect Gold Medal (Europe) and the All-America Selection (AAS) award in 2013. 










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