Trial Garden Hosts Open House

August 14, 2008 - News Release

The University of Guelph is holding its annual trial garden open house Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, 328 Victoria Rd. The event is free and open to the public.

The open house is designed to encourage the community to familiarize itself with the facility. Master gardeners will be on hand to provide information about the various plant and flowers and answer questions from visitors, said Rodger Tschanz, a U of G plant agriculture technician who manages the trial garden.

In addition, there will be a presentation on the future of pest control in Guelph at 1 p.m., a workshop on cut-flower arranging at 4 p.m. and a talk on boulevards and bylaws at 6 p.m. (cost of the cut-flower workshop is $10 and registration is limited).

Located along the entrance to the Turfgrass Institute, the trial garden has 1,400 square metres of growing space that allows gardeners to see what flowers and plants perform best in southwestern Ontario's climate.

It's the only university-operated ornamental trial garden in Ontario and is part of a network of research centres across North America. Greenhouse growers, seed companies and landscapers can use the trial garden's results to choose species that will be successful in and around Guelph, said Tschanz.

This year's garden features numerous plant trials, including the All-American Selections flower and bedding plant trial, the Blooms of Bressingham perennial trial, the lily perennialization trial and the field-grown cut-flower trial.

For workshop registration or more information, contact Tschanz at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52788, or More information is also available online at

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1