MSU Plant Trial Field Day

Sponsoring Organization: MSU

Date: August 2, 2016

Start Time: 8:00 AM

End Time: 1 p.m.

Location : 1066 Bogue Street - MSU Campus Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor) East Lansing, MI 48823

Description of the Event: Join us for this popular annual event to learn about top-performing plants in the MSU Trial Gardens. In the morning we will host a half day program featuring presentations by top researchers. Dr. Bridget Behe (Professor of Horticulture, MSU) will share some of her research using eye-tracking technology to better understand how customers collect information at the point of purchase and how they use this to make a plant selection. Dr. Tom Fernanadez (Professor of Horticulture, MSU) will discuss his top 20 shrubs - new and old - which he just couldn't live without! Daedre McGrath (MSU Trial Garden Manager) will present "breeding breakthroughs", focusing on top performers over the past years. After a break, Daedre will then present her Best of the Best from our 2016 Trials, which will include information on performance, ornamental characters, and special needs of her favorite plants. Finally, Garden Director Dr. Art Cameron and our new Perennial Garden Manager Bethany Troy will highlight "great herbaceous perennials - new trends and old friends". Learn about superior native and non-native perennial plants for mid-Michigan gardens.


After lunch, there will be guided tours of our annual, perennial, and vegetable trials led by Daedre McGrath (Trial Garden Manager), Bethany Troy (Perennial Garden Manager) and Dr. Art Cameron (Garden Director).

Registration fee (includes morning refreshments, lunch, parking, trial booklet, and program):
On-line registration will close July 29th. Day of program registrations will be accepted at the rate of $52/person.

On or before July 28: 
$42 per person (1-2 per company)

$36 per person (3 or more per company)
After July 28: 
$52 per person (must be done on-site)


During your visit to campus, please save some time to tour our 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. Visit the MSU Gardens website for more information.

Education Credit Hours: Please check with your Extension agent.

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