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Trial Garden

Explore an abundance of cultivars in this Garden that showcases our research and plant evaluation processes.

Changing annually, the Trial Garden puts new cultivars and combinations to the test.

Which Plant is Your Favorite?

Your opinion is of great value to Longwood and the horticulture community including gardeners, nurserymen, and plant breeders. Knowing which plants or combinations the public prefers allows our designers to create remarkable displays and helps the industry focus their efforts. When you visit the Trial Garden, be sure to stop by our voting station and cast your ballot for your favorites. We’ll tally the results and publish them here.

2016 Voting Ends September 30!

This summer’s trial garden features 15 beds, each with a different combination of plants. Each bed was designed by different members of Longwood staff, who selected three to eight plants for each bed from a list of over 160 plant species and cultivars. The percentages of each of the selected plants along with a name for the combination appears on a blue sign in each of the beds. The ballots and ballot box are located near the entrance to the Trial Garden. Voting is self-guided and guests should select their three favorite combinations out of the 15. Happy Voting!

History of this Garden

This Garden was formerly dedicated to groundcovers, ornamental grasses, vines, and roses. The ornamental grasses have remained in the Garden, but have been relocated to the easternmost bed where they are displayed in long, naturalized sweeps. The Trial Garden is located within the greater Idea Garden.

Garden Features

Longwood Hybrid Canna

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