Terra Nova Nurseries, a leader in plant breeding and genetics, has been awarded a blue ribbon for its Begonia ‘Metallic Mist’ by the American Begonia Society.


‘Metallic Mist’ earned a significant rating (96 out of 100 points) in the field of “New Introduction from a Commercial Grower.” The plant, with its heavily silvered, maple-like leaves, is a hybrid of two Chinese Begonia species, and is hardy in USDA zones 7B to 9.


Dan Heims, co-owner and president of Terra Nova Nurseries, is the hybridizer of the plant. “We are honored to receive this distinguished award,” said Heims. “Terra Nova Nurseries takes great pride in cultivating and introducing new and exciting plants such as ‘Metallic Mist,’ and looks forward to bringing additional robust and innovative varieties to market.”


The award was presented to Heims during the American Begonia Society’s national convention held in Houston, Texas, May 14-18, 2008. The organization, founded in 1932, maintains 54 branches across the United States and is made up of more than 2,000 members around the world.