Tour de Michigan

Features - L&L On the Road

Our editors take stock of one of the Midwest’s leading plant trials.

September 11, 2012
Kristy J. O'Hara

The ninth annual Michigan Gardens Tour took us to seven different stops in two days from Detroit to Grand Rapids: Four Star Greenhouse, Michigan State Horticulture Gardens, Walters Gardens, Spring Meadow Nursery, Pell Greenhouses, Mast Young Plants and C. Raker and Sons.

The display gardens, field trials and All-America Selections trials each displayed the newest varieties of annuals, perennials, shrubs and vegetables.

The tour gives contractors and growers the opportunity to see these new species in their natural habitat – how do they hold up when they’re surrounded by other plants and subjected to the elements? How did they handle the drought?

Here are some postcards from the tour that we thought you might enjoy, just in case you couldn’t make it yourself.



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