The 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.
Volunteering in the Trial Garden
If you would like to volunteer in this garden please visit the Gardening Volunteer Schedule