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Welcome to the 2014 Raker Trial Gardens

Since 2009, over 7,600 horticulturists have visited the Raker Trial Gardens – more than 1,500 individuals each year. The Gardens offer over five acres of row trials, sponsored showcase beds, hanging basket trials, and beautifully landscaped grounds. The 2014 Raker Trial Gardens will contain over 2,100 unique plant varieties and well over 65,000 individual plants.The Gardens' purpose is to provide valuable trial information to the horticulture industry.

Our 44-day trial season begins July 16, immediately following the Americanhort Cultivate14 trade show (previously OFA) and ends August 29. The Gardens are open to everyone who loves flowers.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS: Plan to attend the Connection (July 31 – August 2). A joint Raker / Hort Couture Plants event, the Connection will provide a forum for all aspects of the horticulture industry to connect. Breeders, brokerages, finish and retail growers, home gardeners, IGC owners, young plant producers, everyone. Bring your kids – this is an industry event for the whole family.

Please join us for presentations, food, drinks, music and fun!

Wednesday, July 30
Vendor Set-up

Thursday, July 31
6:00 - 7:30 pm  Victor McDermott and the New American Standard
8:00 - 9:30 pm  Bill Bynum & Co.

Friday, August 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm  Kelly Trudell & Co.
8:00 - 9:30 pm  Kev Nichols and Blue Tuesday

More to come!

Sponsors: please contact Greg Michalak (517-542-4550).

General information: please contact Deb Eichler (517-542-2316) 

Trial Garden Details

Where: C. Raker and Sons, Inc.
10371 Rainey Rd.
Litchfield, MI 49252
When: July 16, 2014 - August 29, 2014
9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Monday thru Friday
Contact: Greg Michalak
Trial Gardens Director
(517) 542-4550
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Join Us!

C. Raker & Sons, one of Michigan’s premium horticulture suppliers, is proud to present our 2014 Raker Garden Trials.