C. Raker and Sons

10371 Rainey Rd.
Litchfield, MI 49252-9719

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

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Garden Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Weekend visits by appointment. Trials are open from July 13 to August 26, 2016.

Presenting the 2016 Raker Trial Gardens (RTG16) - over 10 acres and 100,000 unique plants dedicated to the horticulture industry. RTG16 is open to all plant lovers.

Every visitor to RTG16 will experience daily garden and greenhouse tours (10:30 am & 1:30 pm) and lunch (12:00 pm). Every visitor will also receive iced cold refreshments, a complimentary RTG16 Trial Book, and access to the most comprehensive plant trial database (trialgardens.raker.com)


New for 2016: the first 1,500 visitors will receive an RTG16 Sampler - a six-pack of new plants - provided by our sponsors for you.

We consider every day an event at RTG16! In addition to daily activities, RTG16 routinely hosts broker and field events that are open to everyone.

Make the Connection! During the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, the RTG16 hosts a two-day event. Please join us July 28-29, 2016, for great food, music, and activities.

RTG16 will trial over 1,000 varieties in side-by-side row and hanging basket comparisons.

ROW - 700 raised rows containing annuals and perennials
HANGING BASKET - 200 hanging baskets (14") of trailing plants

RTG16 offers an array of displays sponsored by the best horticultural breeders:

SPONSOR BED - 16 raised beds of new and unique varieties
SPONSOR ROWS - 240 sun and 60 shade rows of new introductions and top breeder picks.
HANGING BASKET - 160 hanging baskets (14") of new introductions and top breeder picks
LARGE CONTAINER - 265 large containers (20") in sun and shade
HORT COUTURE GARDEN - Over 600 containers showcasing unique and exciting varieties, including many experimental items
ALL-AMERICAN SELECTIONS (AAS) TRIAL & DISPLAY - New seed and vegetative annual testing
LANDSCAPE DISPLAYS - Throughout the Gardens, real-world applications of favorite RTG plants