MSU Plant Trial Field Day

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1066 Bogue Street - MSU Campus
Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor)
East Lansing, MI 48824

Registration is closed. On-site registration will be available from 8:30- 9:00am on July 25th.

For more information:
Contact Daedre McGrath or Art Cameron
Phone: 517-353-0329 (Daedre) 517-353-0338 (Art)

Parking in our visitor lot off Bogue Street is included in the registration fee
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Join us for this popular annual event to learn about top-performing plants in the MSU Trial Gardens. In the morning, we feature presentations by MSU faculty and staff who work with garden plants:

  • Dr. Roberto Lopez will discuss electronic resources (phone apps, websites, etc.) developed for commercial greenhouse and nursery growers.
  • Dr. Erik Runkle will provide an overview of plant lighting from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) including their applications, pros, and cons.
  • Dr. Art Cameron will share his insights and perspectives on gardening with pollinator-friendly plants.
  • Dr. Garrett Owen, who just joined MSU in January, will report on the European Flower Trials.
  • Daedre McGrath will present the top performers so far in the 2017 season.
  • Bethany Troy will highlight herbaceous perennials that deserve special attention.

After lunch, there will be guided tours of our annual, perennial, and vegetable trials led by Daedre McGrath (Trial Garden Manager), Bethany Troy (Perennial Garden Manager) and Dr. Art Cameron (Garden Director).

During your visit to campus, please save some time to tour our 14 acres of beautiful landscapes including a vast array of annuals, perennials, and woody plants. There are a multitude of theme gardens including our award-winning 4H Children's Garden, our annual display and trial gardens, roof-top gardens, demonstration vegetable garden, a Japanese garden, and more. Visit the MSU Gardens website for more information.  You might also want to check out the new Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) that can be viewed through windows on the first floor of the Plant & Soil Science Building.


MSU Plant Trial Field Day 2017 Program

Click here to register
Online registration ends on July 19th.
Please contact Jennifer Sweet with any questions ( or 517-353-0443)

Registration fee (includes morning refreshments, lunch, parking, trial booklet, and program):
Online registration will close July 19th. Day of program registrations will be accepted at the rate of $52/person.

On or before July 19
 $42 per person (1-2 per company)

 $36 per person (3 or more per company)
After July 19:

 $52 per person (must be done on site)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Time Topic Speaker
  8:30 am Registration and refreshments
  9:00 am Welcome!  
Dr. Art Cameron, MSU Horticulture Gardens Director 
  9:10 am Must have Grower APPs, Websites, and Calculators
Dr. Roberto Lopez, MSU Assistant Professor of Horticulture
  9:30 am LED Lighting of Plants: Applications and Considerations
Dr. Erik Runkle, MSU Professor of Horticulture
  9:50 am Pollinator-friendly Gardening: A Professor's Perspective
Dr. Art Cameron, MSU Horticulture Gardens Director
10:10 am Break
10:30 am The European Flower Trials: Where Plants Meet People
Dr Garrett Owen, MSU Floriculture and Greenhouse Outreach Specialist (Eastern MI)
11:00 am Best of the Best of the 2017 MSU Plant Trials
Daedre McGrath, MSU Horticulture Gardens Annual Trial Manager
11:45 am
Noteworthy Herbaceous Perennials! Bethany Troy, MSU Horticulture Gardens, Perennial Garden Manager
12:15 pm Lunch
  1:00 pm Garden tours:
     Annuals - Daedre McGrath
     Perennials - Bethany Troy
     Overview Tour - Dr. Art Cameron