July 25 - Aug. 5, 2016:
US (MI): 2016 Michigan Garden Plant Tour
In addition to the MSU Horticulture Gardens in East Lansing, Michigan, the participating tour sites are C. Raker and Sons in Litchfield, Four Star Greenhouse in Carleton, Mast Young Plants in Walker and Walters Gardens in Zeeland. The Michigan Garden Plant Tour is completely free, but the companies would appreciate a call or e-mail in advance to know you’ll be coming. For much more information on the tour, including highlights of each stop, visit the Michigan Garden Plant Tour website.
Last year, the tour launched a Michigan Garden Plant Tour Facebook page, which contains frequent updates and photos of some of the most exciting new plant introductions. See the plants as they grow, from the plants being produced in greenhouses to being transplanted outdoors to forming lovely displays. Join in the fun!
You are also welcome to participate in the annual MSU Plant Trial Field Day to be held this year on Tuesday, Aug. 2. This is probably the best opportunity to visit the MSU Trial Gardens to learn about and evaluate a wide range of annuals, perennials, vegetables and native plants. In addition to walking through the trial gardens, hear presentations from MSU gardens director Art Cameron and MSU trial garden manager Daedre McGrath about top-performing plants this year. MSU horticulturist Bridget Behe will discuss insights about consumer purchases, and MSU horticulturist Tom Fernandez will present great landscape shrubs for Michigan. Finally, the new perennial trials manager, Bethany Troy, will join Cameron in discussing great herbaceous perennials, both recent introductions and old favorites.
Registration is required for the MSU Plant Trial Field Day, and the early rate ends July 28. Lunch, refreshments, parking and a trial booklet are included in this one-day event. To register, go to: MSU Plant Trial Field Day. We encourage ornamental plant businesses to participate in the tour – it’s a great way to train your employees about garden plants and how they grow in the landscape.
Dr. Runkle’s work is funded in part by MSU’s AgBioResearch.
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