Trial Gardens & Variety Day

“Testing the Best in the Midwest”

Gardens Open to the Public: July 1 to September 15, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Variety Day: First Friday in August. August 02, 2024, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Gardener Success Equals Grower and Retailer Success

Since our founding, gardener success is the focus. We know their experience dictates what they purchase, where they buy, and the word-of-mouth marketing they create. The more successful our gardeners, the more successful we all become. For two decades, this gardener success is the reason we invest in the trial gardens, research genetics, and host events which are based on the principal of “Testing the Best in the Midwest”. Breeding is global, but proving genetic performance is local. Experience our Trial Garden with nearly 1500 varieties of vegetative annuals from our global array of breeders and farms.

Variety Day: Experience, Educate, Enjoy!

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You are invited to join us! This is our opportunity to bring the industry together: All horticulture professionals in production, distribution, wholesale, retail, landscape, and allied trades are invited. For you and your team, this complimentary day full of genetics, breeders, seminars, tours, food, and networking awaits you. Evaluate the Trial Gardens and search out the best vegetative annuals from our global array of breeders and farms. Be educated by leading authorities on current industry topics. Tour and interact with a community of professionals. An outstanding opportunity to explore, expand, educate, and exchange ideas. This is also a beautiful place to take photos and gather information for social media and marketing. A day to grow your business!

Variety Day is always the first Friday in August, and for those early arriving guests, the “Feast at the Farm” is the Thursday night prior. Sponsorship opportunities for allied trades are available. There is no charge for this event and lunch is included, please RSVP if you will be attending.

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Feast at the Farm Thursday August 1, 2024

Variety Day Results & Recaps

Variety Day Full Video Release

September 1, 2023

To capture the action and color of Variety Day 2023, Plantpeddler announces …

Variety Day 2023 and Top 25 Results

August 8, 2023

Plantpeddler hosted Variety Day 2023 on Friday, August 4; a day focused …

Variety Day 2022

January 31, 2023

Plantpeddler hosted Variety Day 2022 on Friday August 5; a day focused …

Variety Day 2021

August 16, 2021

Take a look here for the top 25 winners.

Variety Day 2020

August 13, 2020

Results from the trial gardens.

Variety Day 2019

August 5, 2019

Over 250 to enjoy the beautiful day.