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2015 Raker Trial Gardens

Welcome to the 2015 Raker Trial Gardens, displaying over 65,000 individual plants in comparison trial and landscape environments. The Gardens offer an unmatched experience to all levels of gardener. See the newest varieties, best performers, and most unique plants the horticulture industry has to offer – all within five acres of the Raker Trial Gardens.


The Connection: Real Plants, Real People, Real Casual, Real Raker

Join us July 30 & 31 to celebrate the independent spirit of horticulture.
Raker serves the plants, food, music and activities – you bring your staff and family.

Let’s connect in the Gardens!

HORT COUTURE GARDEN Showcases plants from our 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.

ROW COMPARISON TRIALS Over 700 rows of Annuals and Perennials in true, side-by-side comparison format. For 2015 we feature:

  • Sun Row Comparison Trials Seed vs. Vegetative, Ornamental Kale and Cabbage, Pentas, vegetative Osteospermums, vegetative Dahlias,  Nemesia, Cosmos, tender Grasses, Rudbeckia hirta, Celosia, and a selection of Herbs. Our first year over-wintered Perennial comparison trial features Gaura, Veronica, and Phlox paniculata. Our second year overwintered perennials feature Digitalis, Echinacea, and Gaillardia.  

  • Shaded Row Comparison Trial  Seed vs. Vegetative and Ivy Geraniums

  • Special Sun Row Comparison Trial – New Eckibeckias

BREEDER BEDS Raised beds supported and designed by breeders across the globe. Our participants for 2015 include: American Takii, Ball Horticulture, Benary, EuroAmerica, Kientzler, Kieft/Darwin Perennials, Dummen Red Fox, Dummen Fides Oro, Floranova, Grimes, Jelitto, Pan American Seed, Greenfuse Botanicals, Selecta, Star Roses and Plants, Vivero International.

HANGING BASKET SHOWCASE features a comprehensive collection of New Guinea Impatiens in 14” hanging baskets.

NEW VARIETIES The Raker Trial Garden offers an opportunity to view hundreds of new varieties each year.  

Hanging Baskets Showcase Over 160 new and unique varieties displayed in 14” hanging baskets.

Steppes Showcase Our popular brick and stone display area features 265 20" patio pots dedicated to unique varieties and 2015/16 new introductions for both sun and shade.

New Variety Row Comparisons Over 300 sponsored rows showing the latest new introductions in an in-ground setting.

New Variety Container and Row Sponsors include: American Takii, Ball Ingenuity, Ball FloraPlant, Beekenkamp, Benary, Concept Plants, Danziger, Dummen, EuroAmerica, Floranova, Florensis, Florist North America, Gerbera Factory, HM Clause, Kientzler, Sakata, Suntory, Syngenta Flowers, DuPont Nursery, Westflowers and Terra Nova Nurseries.

ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS (AAS) TRIAL GROUND & DISPLAY GARDEN Raker 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.

GREENHOUSE TOURS Daily tours of the Raker Greenhouse – Monday thru Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

CONTACT US at 517-542-2316 for additional information and to make reservations.

Trial Garden Details

Where: C. Raker and Sons, Inc.
10371 Rainey Rd.
Litchfield, MI 49252
When: July 15, 2015 - August 28, 2015
9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Monday thru Friday
Contact: Greg Michalak
Trial Gardens Director
(517) 542-4550
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C. Raker & Sons, one of Michigan’s premium horticulture suppliers, is proud to present our 2014 Raker Garden Trials.