MSU Plant Trial Field Day

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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

For more information:
Contact Daedre Craig 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.
Click here for a map of the Gardens


Join us for this annual event to learn about top-performing plants in the MSU Trial Gardens including bedding plants, vegetative ornamentals, and vegetables. In the morning we will host a half day program featuring presentations on the Best of the Best from our Trial Manager Daedre Craig and Garden Director Art Cameron. Learn about some of the superior new plants and how they perform in mid-Michigan in our trials. Plant performance, ornamental characters, and special needs of plants will be covered.

We will also host presentations on the most recent research on the development and spread of impatiens downy mildew and up-to-date discussions on the evolving ethics of American gardeners.  For this important and timely topic, Entomologists and Horticultural Extension Specialists will bring us up-to-date on the latest news in pollinators, native insects, and pesticides such as neonicotinoids.

After lunch, there will be guided tours of our annual, perennial, and vegetable trials led by Daedre Craig (Trial Garden Manager), Renata Reibitz (Perennial Garden Manager) and Art Cameron (Garden Director). In addition, you should take time while on campus 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.

Please park in the MSU Garden visitor parking lot, which is located on Bogue Street, just north of the railroad tracks. Click here for a map of the Gardens.

MSU Plant Trial Field Day 2015 Program

Details below are for the 2015 event.  Information on the 2016 Field Day on August 2nd will be available in late spring, 2016

Registration fee (includes morning refreshments, lunch, parking, trial booklet, and program):

On or before July 30
 $42 per person (1-2 per company)

 $36 per person (3 or more per company)
After July 30:  $52 per person

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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
9:15 am Bees and neonicotinoides - A current assessment
Dr. Dave Smitley, Professor of Entomology
9:40 am
Consumer neonic update: Are insect management practices more important   
than other production eco-friendly practices?
Dr. Dr. Kristin Getter, Outreach Specialist in Floriculture

10:00 am Update on impatiens downy mildew
Mr. Blair Harlan - Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Mary Hausbeck,
Professor of Plant Pathology
10:30 am Break
11:00 am The best of the best new plant introductions in the 2015 MSU Plant Trial Ms. Daedre Craig, Trial Garden Manager
11:50 am The world of plants - Designing with ornamentals and edibles Dr. Art Cameron
12:20 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Organized tours:
     Annuals - Daedre Craig
     Perennials - Renata Reibitz
     Unique plants and features - Dr. Art Cameron