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Mass Hort Trial Garden

Trial GardenThe Mass Hort 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 Mass Hort 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 Jun 29 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pruning the Early Bloomers
Fri Jun 30 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Free Fun Friday at Mass Hort
Sun Jul 09 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Strawberry Bed Rejuvenation Workshop
Tue Jul 11 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
The First Honey Harvest
Wed Jul 12 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
Tue Jul 18 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Permaculture Design
Sun Jul 23 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Planting for Hummingbirds
Sun Jul 23 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Garden Transitions for Fall Workshop
Tue Jul 25 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Bressingham Garden Symposium 2017: Inspiration in Your Landscape
Thu Jul 27 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Evening at Elm Bank: Third Annual Arts on the Green
Sun Jul 30 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Tue Aug 01 @10:30AM - 01:00PM
Horticulture Experience at Plimoth Plantation Museum
Thu Sep 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design
Thu Sep 21 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Art & Spirit in the Garden: Incorporating Sculpture into Your Outdoor Landscape

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