MSU Plant Trial Field Day

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1066 Bogue Street - MSU Campus
Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor)
East Lansing, MI 48823

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

Parking is included in the registration fee and is available
in our visitor lot off Bogue Street.
Garden Map  |  Visitor Information


Online registration is closed, but on-site registration is available for $52. Please contact Jennifer Sweet with any questions ( or 517-353-0443)

Join us for this popular annual event to learn about top-performing plants in the MSU Trial Gardens. In the morning we will host a half day program featuring presentations by top researchers.  Dr. Bridget Behe (Professor of Horticulture, MSU) will share some of her research using eye-tracking technology to better understand how customers collect information at the point of purchase and how they use this to make a plant selection. Dr. Tom Fernanadez (Professor of Horticulture, MSU) will discuss his top 20 shrubs - new and old - which he just couldn't live without! Daedre McGrath (MSU Trial Garden Manager) will present "breeding breakthroughs", focusing on top performers over the past years. After a break, Daedre will then present her Best of the Best from our 2016 Trials, which will include information on performance, ornamental characters, and special needs of her favorite plants. Finally, Garden Director Dr. Art Cameron and our new Perennial Garden Manager Bethany Troy will highlight "great herbaceous perennials - new trends and old friends". Learn about superior native and non-native perennial plants for mid-Michigan gardens.

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.

MSU Plant Trial Field Day 2016 Program

Online registration is closed, but on-site registration is available for $52. Please contact Jennifer Sweet with any questions ( or 517-353-0443)

Registration fee (includes morning refreshments, lunch, parking, trial booklet, and program):
On-line registration will close July 29th. Day of program registrations will be accepted at the rate of $52/person.

On or before July 28
 $42 per person (1-2 per company)

 $36 per person (3 or more per company)
After July 28:

 $52 per person (must be done on-site)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time Topic Speaker
8:30 am Registration and refreshments
9:00 am Introductions: What's up in the MSU Horticulture Gardens?  
Dr. Art Cameron, Horticulture Gardens Director 
9:10 am Plant purchases from the eye of the beholder
Dr. Bridget Behe, Professor of Horticulture
9:30 am 20 great shrubs you can't live without! Dr. Tom Fernandez, Professor of Horticulture
10:00 am Annuals - Breeding breakthroughs over the years
Daedre McGrath, Annial Trial Garden Manager
10:20 am Break
10:40 am The best of the best new plant introductions from the
2016 MSU plant trials
Daedre McGrath
11:40am Great herbaceous perennials - New trends and old friends Dr. Art Cameron and Bethany Troy,
Perennial Gardens Manager
12:20 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Organized tours:
     Annuals - Daedre McGrath
     Perennials - Bethany Troy
     Director's choice - Dr. Art Cameron