Michigan State University

1066 Bogue Street
(SW corner of Wilson & Bogue)
East Lansing, MI 48824

Plant Trial Field Day: July 25, 2017

Contact : Daedre McGrath or Art Cameron
Phone: 517-353-0329 (Daedre) or 517-353-0338 (Art)
Garden Map  |  Visitor Information  |  Plant Trials

To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Daedre in advance.

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Update: November 2017.  Download the final results of the 2017 Trial Garden evaluation, in pdf format.

Garden Hours: The Gardens are always open to the public. Building and office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Daedre McGrath in advance at 517-353-0329.


The MSU Horticulture Gardens include 14 acres of beautiful landscapes highlighting 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, green roof gardens, demonstration vegetable garden, Japanese garden, dwarf conifer collection, and more. A unique highlight this year will be our Aphrodisiac Garden featuring plants to spice up your life!

The MSU Plant Trial Garden showcases a wide range of annuals, vegetables, herbs, herbaceous perennials, and Michigan native plants. New this year, we will also be trialing a wide variety of hardy and tender succulents for the Michigan landscape. We evaluate plants submitted by breeding companies, the All American Selection Committee, and Fleuroselect. We track plant performance, vigor, uniformity, ornamental value, disease tolerance, and response to climatic conditions. This unbiased information is summarized and made available to participating companies, industry professionals, and the general gardening public. For more information on the MSU gardens, visit the MSU Trial Gardens website.

An MSU Horticulture Gardens volunteer or staff member will be in our visitors booth located on the west end of the Garden parking lot from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, from July 24 to August 4. Stop by for a brief orientation, a Plant Trial Booklet, and a map of the Gardens. When visiting, please park in the MSU Garden Parking Lot, which is located on Bogue Street, just north of the railroad tracks. Click here for a map of the Gardens.

2017 MSU Plant Trial Field Day - Tuesday, July 25

Join us for this annual event to learn about top-performing plants, talk with Gardens staff, participate in presentations from MSU faculty, and stroll through the MSU Gardens. Registration is required for this one-time event.  Click here for more information.