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WELCOME TO THE 2017 RAKER TRIAL GARDENS (RTG)!  Each year, the RTG displays over 110,000 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 RTG17, please contact Greg Michalak.


OPEN: July 19 - September 1, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm  CONTACT: Greg Michalak, Director of Trials, (517) 542-4550



We've got to get back to the Gardens!








2017 RTG HIGHLIGHTS:
The Raker Perennial area

Over the years, we consistently hear, "I didn't know you guys did perennials". We do. The Raker Trial Gardens reflect a small piece of what we offer. We've always had marketing perennial trials but new for this year, we have a sponsored perennial bed. Up to 102 of the best Zone 5 varieties will be displayed for 3 years. Data and photos will be collected every week during the trial season and also at the end and beginning of the growing seasons. 

THE CONNECTION 2017
JOIN US JULY 27 & 28 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  
We are comparing French Marigolds, Angelonia, Coleus, Double Petunias, Geraniums and Pentas. 2017 is the National Garden Bureau's year of the Brassica and we'll be showing them here. Also, last year our Blind Red Petunia trial was such a hit, we are repeating it this year with Pink Petunias!
SHADE ROW & CONTAINER
In the shade, we'll be showing Impatiens walleriana. Even with the threat of disease they still are one of the shade standards. 
In containers, we are showing annual combos that contain at least one perennial and we are also showing annual combos that contain at least one edible.
SUN HANGING BASKET
We are showing about 300 Calibrachoa this year. If you can't find one you like, you aren't looking!

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 300 Hanging Basket Trials, RTG offers 100 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. .

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, 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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION 
Please contact Greg Michalak at 517-542-4550 for sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship documents are below:

Join Us!

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