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New England Trial Garden

Trial GardenThe New England Trial Garden was established at Elm Bank in 1996 as a cooperative effort between the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Flower Growers’ Association and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Breeding companies from all over the world contribute the newest and best varieties of annuals to the New England Trial Garden for viewing by amateur and professional gardeners. This garden also tests new and unreleased varieties competing for All-America Selections awards, displays previous winners, and grows hundreds of cultivars submitted for evaluation by commercial plant breeders.

Visit the gardens and vote for your favorite plants. Here is the full list of plants for this season.


 

Reports from the Trial Garden 


Each year our Gardens Curator, David Fiske, publishes the results of the trials. The plants are judged on a number of criteria, and David picks his favorites from each companies submissions.

Mass Hort's Trial Garden results for 2015 publsihed.  Read the article here.

David Fiske, garden curator, presents to MNLA conference on Mass Hort's trial garden and tells us his favorite picks for 2014.  Read the article here.

2013 Trials: Notes from the trials
click here (pdf)

2012 Trials: Notes from the trials
click here (pdf)

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Volunteering in the Trial Garden

If you would like to volunteer in this garden please visit the Gardening Volunteer Schedule

  Ted Haworth and other volunteers in the Trial Garden

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

2017 Calendar & Courses

2017 Calendar and Courses

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Thu May 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Camel's Garden
Sun May 07 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Early Season Gardening Workshop
Tue May 09 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
New England Wildflowers
Sat May 13 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
The Gardeners' Fair and Plant Sale
Thu May 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tried and True Techniques for a Successful Vegetable Garden
Sun May 21 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Share the Love: Dividing Perennials Workshop
Thu May 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Tour: The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes
Sun Jun 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Summer Sustainability
Wed Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 08 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Ecological Gardening
Thu Jun 15 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Second Annual Garden Party Benefit
Tue Jul 18 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Permaculture Design
Thu Sep 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design

Friends of Mass Hort Events

Thu May 04 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
2017 Master Gardener Training Course
Thu May 04 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Taste of Wellesley
Thu May 11 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
City Sprouts - Dig it!