Coreopsis becomes Flower of Hope

Coreopsis ‘Electric Avenue’ / Flower of Hope – photo: ItSaul Plants

Coreopsis ‘Electric Avenue’ / Flower of Hope – photo: ItSaul Plants

“At Mayo Clinic, we understand that enjoyment of nature can play a key role in the healing process”, explains this US clinic on its website. The Mayo brothers, Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie, grew up in the agricultural community of Rochester, Minnesota (US) and planned extensive gardens and greenhouses when they designed their homes in the early 1900s. Today, landscaping is a prominent feature at each Mayo Clinic location in the US states Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. To recognize the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial in 2014, the clinic looked for a flower that would grow at each Mayo site, as well as the Mayo Clinic Health System campuses in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Georgia. The result of this search is Coreopsis ‘Electric Avenue’, which now is renamed: the Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope. “This brilliant yellow flower, a newly developed hybrid coreopsis, expresses the spirit of hope and healing which, in turn, supports our primary value: The needs of the patient come first“.
In 2013 The Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope was introduced by ItSaul Plants as a light, bright blooming coreopsis. The clinic is proud to feature this flowering plant in landscaping throughout its locations, but underscores that it receives no proceeds from flower sales.