2016 RAKER TRIAL GARDENS
Welcome to the 2016 Raker Trial Gardens (RTG)! Each year, the RTG displays over 65,000 individual plants in both comparison trials and landscape environments. The Raker Trial Gardens – located in the middle of everywhere – offer an unmatched experience to all levels of horticulturist. See the newest varieties, the top performers, and most unique plants the horticulture industry has to offer. Check out what's happening in 2016:
THE RAKER TRIAL GARDENS (RTG) SAMPLER
New for 2016! Over the years, we consistently hear, "I want to take them home with me!" And, now you can. Introducing the RTG Sampler, a collection of the newest, hottest plants in North America. What's so special about the RTG Sampler? Every person attending the 2016 Raker Trial Gardens will get an RTG Sampler (limited to the first 1,500 visitors).
Come for the plants, leave with the plants!
Join us July 28 & 29 to celebrate the horticulture industry. Each year, we make the Connection better than the last! Our two-day event features conversation, food, concerts, greenhouse tours, and kids' activities. Bring your family, there are plenty of flowers for everyone.
Sun Row Comparison Trials 2016 is the year of the Begonia! There will be 150 fibrous Begonia row trials. Last year, Raker conducted a series of input (seed vs. vegetative cutting) trials . This year, we continue with Osteospermum, Salvia (annuals) and Vinca. Also included in Sun Row Comparisons are Bidens, Bracteantha, Canna, Millet, Ornamental Peppers, Red Trailing Petunias, and Zinnias. Shaded Row Comparison Trials Coming Soon!
30' x 30' raised beds designed and populated by breeders across the globe.
The Raker Trial Gardens provide you an opportunity to view literally hundreds of new varieties each year.
Over 200 new and unique varieties displayed in 14” hanging baskets, including Begonia boliviensis, Ipomoea, Scaevola, and Combinations (seed vs. vegetative trial).
Features over 260 large (20") patio pots dedicated to new introductions and unique varieties for both sun and shade. The Large Container Trial will feature 9 tuberous Begonias under shade.
HORT COUTURE™ GARDEN
Showcases plants from Raker's stylish and exclusive brand. Here you can see it all in our Catalog Garden, New Variety Catwalk, Comparison Container Trials, Hanging Baskets and beautiful FashionScape™ settings featured within the Gardens. There are over 400 varieties in the Experimental Area where you can provide feedback for potential future additions to the program.
ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS (AAS) TRIAL GROUND & DISPLAY GARDEN
The RTG 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.
Daily tours of the Raker Greenhouse – Monday thru Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Please call 517-542-2316 for additional information and to make reservations.