MSU Plant Trial Field Day

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

8:30am - 2:15pm; see program below

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: 517-355-5191 x1329 (Daedre) or x1338 (Art)

Free parking available in our visitor lot off Bogue Street
Click here for a map of the Gardens


Online registration closed.  You can pay by check on site.

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 with presentations on the Best of the Best from our Trial Manager Daedre Craig and Garden Director Art Cameron. Learn about some of the best new plants and how they perform in mid-Michigan in our trials. Plant performance, ornamental characters, and special needs of plants will be covered.

This year, we have added an hour-long session on “What’s the buzz? Pollinators, pesticides, and 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. This is an important issue and it is critical for producers and retailers to have the best, unbiased information to deal with consumers who have real concerns about production techniques and their influence on our environment.

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). Also, Rufus Isaacs (Entomologist) will lead a tour focused on native insects in our planted landscapes.

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.

Registration (coming soon) is required for this event.  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.

2014 MSU Plant Trial Field Day Program - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Online registration closed. You can pay by check on site.

Time Topic Speaker(s)
8:30 am Registration and refreshments
9:00 am Introduction to the MSU Plant Trial Field Day and the MSU Horticulture Gardens Dr. Art Cameron, Horticulture Gardens Director
9:15 am What's the buzz? Pollinators, pesticides, and the evolving ethics of American gardeners Dr. Art Cameron
9:25 am What's the buzz on neonicotinoids and pollinators?
Dr. Erik Runkle, Professor of Floriculture and
Dr. Dave Smitley, Professor of Entomology
9:40 am What do consumers think about bee friendly plant production? Dr. Kristin Getter, Floriculture Outreach Specialist
10:00 am Native pollinators and other insects in planted gardens Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Professor of Entomology
10:20 am Break
10:40 am Grow-It! A new mobile ap.
Seth Reed, Ball Horticulture
10:50 am The best of the best new plant introductions in the 2014 MSU Plant Trials Daedre Craig, Trial Garden Manager
11:45 am Selecting and promoting the best new plants; sponsored trials, All-American Selections,
Fleuroselect, and other marketing schemes that influence buying patterns
Dr. Art Cameron
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Organized tours:
     Annuals - Daedre Craig
     Perennials - Renata Reibitz
     Plant potpourri - Dr. Art Cameron
     Native insects in the garden - Dr. Rufus Isaacs