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Evaluation Day at the Trial Gardens

August 13, 2014

Dozens of judges descended on Colorado State University's Annual Flower Trial Garden on Aug. 4 and chose the best-performing flowers from about 1,100 varieties of annuals and perennials planted in the showy garden. Evaluators inspected flower varieties for overall growth, bloom and other factors.

2014 Annual Trial Garden Evaluation

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Evaluation results will be compiled as a list of best-performing varieties in a number of popular genera, such as dahlia, petunia, geranium, impatiens and verbena.

About 100 evaluators analyzed the flowers for their ability to thrive in Colorado's regional conditions.

The All-America Selection Bed - a nationwide program to promote superior seed propagated plants.

Judges identify best-performing plants in the categories of new variety, novelty, and, of course, best of show.

A showcase of some of the 'Best Of' winners from 2013.


The Trial Garden, a northern Colorado showpiece and CSU gem, spans nearly 3 acres and is the largest university trial garden west of the Mississippi River. The Trial Garden draws visitors from near and far, but has a distinct research focus: The cultivars planted here are scrutinized for their ability to flourish in Colorado’s harsh growing conditions, and the varieties deemed winners are touted to home gardeners who want to cultivate their green thumbs.

“Evaluations at the Trial Garden ultimately help home gardeners and the horticultural industry tremendously because results help gardeners choose what to plant. With the information we provide, gardeners will be more successful in getting the best plants for the Rocky Mountain and High Plains regions,” said Jim Klett, garden coordinator and a professor in the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Employee appreciation event Aug. 15

The Classified Personnel Council and Administrative Professional Council are proud to host the Employee Appreciation Event at CSU’s Trial Gardens from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. The Trial Garden is located at 1401 Remington St., across from the University Center for the Arts.