Each summer, leading horticultural universities, Extension agents and botanical gardens put new and more established varieties to the test in field trials. While many are in traditional plots and raised beds, others are in landscapes and large containers, which have become more popular with vegetative varieties. Growers, garden retailers and the public can see true performance in their region. While most new introductions look beautiful at the California Pack Trials, which varieties can really take heat, humidity, heavy rains or even hail?
Special thanks to the dozen trials managers who submitted their top performers to us.
View Field Trials in a map. Click on the map tabs below to see results from the 2009 and 2008 field trials locations near you.