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Plant Trials

Kerry's Trial Tours:

See the highlights of what’s looking good at the nine southern trial locations
Kerry Meyer visited.  The four days below cover six states and nine trials.

Day 1
June 5, 2018

Harmmond, LA
Poplarville, MS
Crystal Spring, MS

Day 2
June 6, 2018

Starkville, MS
Auburn, AL

Day 3
June 7, 2018

Athens, GA
Knoxville, TN

Day 4
June 8, 2018

Huntersville, NC
Raleigh, NC


Every plant in North America is subject to at least one weather- or critter-related problem. What few gardeners realize, however is that these problems can be avoided by selecting plants that are more suitable for the specific region you live in. That's where trials come in!

Trials are the plant industry's way of measuring how well a particular variety will perform in different parts of the country and evaluating new plant varieties.  There are two kinds of trials:  University field trials which generally consist of beds where each plant is grown in a small plot (called a row trial), and public gardens, where plants are often put in display beds or pots.  Proven Winners sends plant material to both kinds of trials, and also conducts their own trials at test sites across North America.

By visiting a trial in your area, you will be able to see how plants perform in an environment similar to your own.  For instance, if there is a new Verbena that is tolerant to mildew, gardeners in the Midwest and Southeast would like to know about it. And while all Proven Winners varieties perform well in a range of environments, there will always be some that are better suited to certain regions than others.

Use our search function to find trial locations in your area where Proven Winner plants can be viewed and start your journey to a garden that is not only beautiful but also the longest-lasting

Different varieties are grown side by side for comparison.

Boerner Botanical Garden
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corner, WI
Open Daily to the Public 8 a.m. to Dusk, May through October

Admission is Charged

Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
South Lincoln Avenue
Champaign, IL
Open Daily to the public

Michigan State University
500 S. Bogue St
East Lansing, MI
(517) 355-5191 ext. 1359
Open to the public Daily, Limited access November through March

Limited parking is available in the gardens visitor lot, south of the Plant and Soil Sciences building on Bogue Street and Wilson Road. During university business hours (8:00 am to 6:00 pm) parking tokens are required to exit the lot and are available at the Visitor Booth for $3.00. At other times parking is free.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
8 a.m to 6 p.m. daily except Sundays 10 a.m. t0 6 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day

Admission is Charged.

Addresss: 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318



Raker Greenhouse Trial
(517) 542-4550
OPEN: July 19 - September 1, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm

This Trial is located at C. Raker and Sons Greenhouses, 10371 Rainey Rd., Litchfield, MI 49252

South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
Brookings, SD
Dawn to Dusk
The Gardens at Ball
622 Town Road
West Chicago, IL
630 231-3600.

Located at the Ball Horticulture headquarters.
633 Town Road
West Chicago, IL 60185

University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
South Lincoln Ave
Ubrana, IL
Open Daily to the Public

No admission Fee.

The Idea Garden is located within University of Illinois Arboretum on south Lincoln Avenue in Urbana, just south of the corner of Florida and Lincoln Avenues.

University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
1861 E Hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN
Open daily to the public, Horticulture Day August 27th

University of Minnesota - Morris
46352 State Hwy. #329
Morris, MN
Open Daily to the public, Horticulture Night TBA

For more information download PDF of the Top 10 Performing Annuals or search

University of Minnesota Arboretum

Visitor Information: 



University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Bradford Farm:

Bradford Research and Extension Center
4968 Rangeline Road
Columbia, MO 65201

South Farm:

University of Wisconsin
8502 Mineral Point Rd
Verona, WI
Dawn to Dusk

For more information:

Free to the public.

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