Trial Garden

We grow and evaluate hundreds of new varieties each year including annuals, perennials, and vegetables.

Our goals are:

  • To determine how these plants perform in our mid-Michigan growing conditions
  • Inspire the gardening public to explore new varieties and plant combinations
  • To educate the horticulture industry and our garden visitors about our findings and recommendations.

To learn more about our trials, visit our Plant Trial Field Day page.

The 2021 Trial Booklet is available now!  It booklet lists information about our 2021 trialing process, as well as a complete list of all plants in the 2021 trial program.

2021 Trial Booklet- Word format (for e-readers)

2021 Trial Booklet- PDF format (for mobile users)


2020 Trial Results (an Excel spreadsheet)