Michigan State University
1066 Bogue Street
MSU Plant Trial Field Day
Contact : Katie McCarver (Trials Manager)
To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Katie in advance.
Garden Hours: The Gardens are always open to the public. Building and office hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Katie McCarver at 517-355-5191 x1329.
In the MSU Plant Trials, we grow and evaluate a wide range of annuals, vegetables, herbs, herbaceous perennials, and Michigan native plants. Plants are largely submitted by breeding companies, the All American Selection Committee, and native plant producers. Fleuroselect Winners are also included. Performance of each plant in the trials is evaluated by MSU staff based on vigor, uniformity, and ornamental value. Other plant responses, such as susceptibility to diseases and tolerance to changes in climatic conditions, are noted when appropriate. This unbiased information is collated and available to participating companies, industry professionals, and the general gardening public in our website. For more information on the MSU gardens, visit the MSU Trial Gardens website.
An MSU Horticulture Gardens staff member will be welcoming Tour visitors to the Gardens during the Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July 29 - August 9). Our greeter will be in the visitors booth located at the end of the Gardens parking lot. Stop by to say hello and get a brief orientation of the Gardens. If you would like to have a personal, guided tour of the MSU Plant Trials during the Tour, please contact Katie McCarver (Trials Manager) at least a few days in advance at 517-355-5191 x1329 or email@example.com. When visiting, please park in the MSU Garden Parking Lot, which is located on Bogue Street and is just north of the railroad tracks. Click here for a map.
Join us for this annual event to stroll through the MSU Gardens, talk with Gardens staff, interact with representatives from leading breeding companies, and learn about top-performing plants. The MSU Horticulture Gardens are 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. More details will be provided in the spring.