Not legal type trials…flower trials. Horticulture plots. Usually these are open to the public… as was the one in Grand Rapids on the campus of the University of Minnesota. It is called the North Central Research and Outreach Center.
A lovely place to stop and see how the Mums are doing!
The trial gardens
The whole idea behind these gardens is to see what grows and flowers the best in Minnesota conditions. They are Zone 3 and the only facility in Minnesota that trials plants for cold hardiness…like Hydrangeas!
They planted 26 different varieties of Hydrangea in 2011.
Little Lime Hydrangea
She has the best flower heads (mopheads)..and a great compact shape.
Quick Fire Hydrangea
I like a paniculata type bloom too and this one was lovely…but it’s habit was a bit “off”…it was a tad spindly.
I am certain that you have all seen the Proven Winners reference or a PW tag on plant that you have purchased. Those plants have proved themselves to be the best in field trials all over the United States.
The University of Minnesota has the only public Chrysanthemum breeding project in the United States. They are trialed in seven different areas of Minnesota…Grand Rapids being the most northern spot.
I was intrigued with this Mum. It is called Minnbronze. It has great foliage and lots of buds but if it hadn’t begun to bloom by September 19…when would it bloom?