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 4:30pm. Weekend visits by appointment. Trials are open from July 19 to September 1, 2017.

Presenting the 2017 Raker Trial Gardens (RTG17) - over 10 acres and 100,000 unique plants dedicated to the horticulture industry. RTG17 is open to all plant lovers.

Visitors to RTG17 will experience daily greenhouse tours (10:30 am & 1:30 pm) and lunch (12:00 pm). Every visitor will also receive iced cold refreshments, a complimentary RTG17 Trial Book, and access to the most comprehensive plant trial database (trialgardens.raker.com)

Highlights:

Expanded Perennial Trials
New for 2017: Three- year sponsored overwintering trials along with three, three-year marketing perennial trials.

Events
We consider every day an event at RTG17! In addition to daily activities, RTG17 routinely hosts broker and field events that are open to everyone.

Make the Connection! During the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, the RTG17 hosts a two-day event. Please join us July 27-28, 2017, for great food, music, and activities.

Trials
RTG17 will trial over 1,000 varieties in side-by-side row and hanging basket comparisons.

ROW - 600 raised rows containing annuals and perennials 
HANGING BASKET - 250 hanging baskets (14") of trailing plants

Displays
RTG17 offers an array of displays sponsored by the best horticultural breeders:

SPONSOR BED - 16 raised beds of new and unique varieties
SPONSOR ROWS - 300 sun rows of new introductions and top breeder picks.
HANGING BASKET - 100 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