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WELCOME TO THE 2016 RAKER TRIAL GARDENS (RTG)!  Each year, the RTG displays over 100,000 individual plants in both comparison trials and landscape environments. The RTG – located in the middle of everywhere – offers an unmatched experience to all levels of horticulturist.

See the newest varieties, top performers, and most unique plants the horticulture industry offers. If you would like to receive regular announcements about the RTG16, please contact Greg Michalak.


OPEN: July 13 - August 26, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm  CONTACT: Greg Michalak, RTG Director, (517) 542-4550



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2016 RTG HIGHLIGHTS:
THE 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!

THE CONNECTION
JOIN US JULY 28 & 29 TO CELEBRATE THE HORT 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. 

GREENHOUSE TOURS 
DAILY TOURS OF THE RAKER GREENHOUSE – Monday thru Friday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. 

COMPARISON TRIALS
SUN ROW  
2016 IS THE YEAR OF THE BEGONIA! The RTG will display Begonias in most every flavor and form – in the sun and the shade and in hanging baskets, large containers, and row trials. There will be at least 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. 

SHADE ROW & CONTAINER
Tuberous Begonias
SUN HANGING BASKET
Over 200 new and unique varieties displayed in 14” hanging baskets, including Begonia boliviensis, Ipomoea, Scaevola, and Combinations (seed vs. vegetative trial). 

SPONSOR BEDS 
30' x 30' raised beds designed and populated by breeders across the globe.

NEW VARIETIES
The RTG provide you an opportunity to view literally hundreds of new varieties each year.

HANGING BASKETS  
In addition to 200 Hanging Basket Trials, RTG offers 160 more containing new introductions and top breeder picks.

LARGE CONTAINERS
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.

QUESTIONS / RESERVATIONS
Please contact Deb Eichler at 517-542-2316 for additional information and to make reservations. Reservations are not required, but please contact us with groups of larger than 10 people.

Join Us!

C. Raker & Sons, one of Michigan’s premium horticulture suppliers, is proud to present our 2016 Raker Garden Trials.