C. Raker and Sons

10371 Rainey Rd.
Litchfield, MI 49252-9719

Contact : Deb Eichler to RSVP
Phone: 517-542-2316
Website: http://trialgardens.raker.com

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Information from 2015:

Garden Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Weekend visits by appointment. Trials are open from July 15 - August 28, 2015.

Welcome to the Raker Trial Gardens, displaying over 65,000 individual plants in comparison trial and landscape environments. The Gardens offer an unmatched experience to all levels of gardener. See the newest varieties, best performers, and most unique plants the horticulture industry has to offer - all within five acres of the Raker Trial Gardens.

2015 Highlights:

The Connection: Real Plants, Real People, Real Casual, Real Raker

Join us July 30 & 31 to celebrate the independent spirit of horticulture.  Raker serves the plants, food, music, and activities, You bring your staff and family.

Let's connect in the Gardens!

Hort Couture Garden. Showcases plants from an independent and stylish brand. Here you can see it all in our catalog garden, new variety catwalk, comparison container trials, hanging baskets, and a dedicated FashionScapeTM area. There are over 400 varieties in the experimental area where you can provide feedback for potential future additions to the program.

We also feature Hort Couture in all of the landscaped areas on our grounds.

Row Comparison Trials. This is an exceptional opportunity to view over 700 rows of annuals and perennials in a true, side-by-side comparison format. In 2015 we will exhibit:

  • Sun Row Comparison Trials - Seed vs. vegetative items, ornamental kale and cabbage, pentas, vegetative osteospermums, vegetative dahlias, nemesia, cosmos, tender grasses, Rudbeckia hirta, celosia, and a selection of herbs. Our first year over-wintered Perennial Comparison Trial features Gaura, Veronica and Phlox paniculata. Our second year overwintered perennials feature Digitalis, Echinacea, and Gaillardia.
  • Shaded Row Comparison Trial - Seed vs. vegetative items and ivy geraniums
  • Special Sun Row Comparison Trial - New "Eckibeckias"

Breeder Beds. The Raker Trial Gardens feature raised brick beds supported and designed by breeders across the globe. Our participants in 2015 include: American Takii, Ball Horticulture, Benary, EuroAmerica, Kientzler, Kieft/Darwin Perennials, Dummen Red Fox, Dummen Fides Oro, Floranova, Grimes, Jelitto, Pan American Seed, Greenfuse Botanicals, Selecta, Star Roses and Plants, and Vivero International.

Hanging Basket Comparison Showcase. The 2015 Hanging Basket Showcase features a comprehensive collection of New Guinea impatiens in 14" hanging baskets.

New Varieties. The Raker Trial Garden offers an opportunity to view hundreds of new varieties each year.

Hanging Baskets Showcase. Over 160 new and unique varieties displayed in 14" hanging baskets.

Steppes Showcase. Our popular brick and stone display area features 265 20" patio pots dedicated to unique varieties and 2015/16 new introductions for both sun and shade.

All-America Selections (AAS) Trial Ground and Display Garden. Raker is one of 47 locations across North America where potential new annual introductions are tested. Check out what new plants are under evaluation this year. See the last 5 years of winners of the flowering categories.

Facility Tours. Daily greenhouse tours - Monday thru Friday at 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Contact us at 517-542-2316 for information and reservations.