Michigan State University

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

Contact : Daedre Craig or Art Cameron
Phone: 517-353-0329 (Daedre) or 517-353-0338 (Art)
Website: http://trialgardens.hrt.msu.edu
Gardens map: http://tinyurl.com/Trialsmap

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

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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 Craig at 517-353-0329.


Located on the Michigan State University campus, the MSU Horticulture Gardens include 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. 

Our plant trial gardens include a wide range of annuals, vegetables, herbs, herbaceous perennials, and Michigan native plants. 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 collated 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 27 to August 7. Stop by for a brief orientation, a Plant Trials Booklet, and map of the Gardens.  If you would like to have a personal, guided tour of the MSU Plant Trials during the Tour, please contact Daedre Craig (Trials Manager) at least a few days in advance. 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.

2015 MSU Plant Trial Field Day: Tuesday, August 4

Join us for this annual event to learn about top-performing plants, talk with Gardens staff, interact with representatives from leading breeding companies, and stroll through the MSU Gardens. Registration is required for this one-time event.  More details will be available in late spring.