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Find the answers to your plant variety questions at Raker Trial Gardens this August

May 3, 2013

Imagine strolling through beautiful gardens with the latest plant varieties in the ground, in hanging baskets and in containers for you to check out in their natural environment. After your walk, you decide to wander over and learn more about merchandising at an educational session or visit some of the top vendors in the horticulture industry in an outdoor trade fair. Later on, you take a break to listen to a local band that gets your toe tapping. All of this is possible this August at the Raker Trial Gardens, where BloomaPalooza will celebrate its inaugural edition.

NOTE: As of 7/1/2013, BloomaPalooza 2013 has been canceled. Click here for more information:

Find out more about the Raker Trial Gardens at and BloomaPalooza at

Clockwise from left: 1| Overhead view of the Trial Gardens; 2| One of the 3,500 varieties on display; 3| Sponsored row trials; 4| Large container trials; 5| The Trial Gardens are open from July 17-August 30 this year.; 6| Hanging basket trials.


LOCATION: C. Raker and Sons, Inc. 10371 Rainey Rd. Litchfield, MI 49252
Open from July 17 through August 30

3,500 PLANT VARIETIES on display in row, hanging basket and large container trials

5+ ACRES of display and comparison trial gardens

300 SPONSOR ROWS, each 15 feet long

30 BREEDERS participating in the sponsored areas

120 NEW HANGING BASKET VARIETIES with 362 total baskets shown

190 NEW VARIETIES IN LARGE CONTAINERS (20” pots) with 265 total large containers shown

1,750 HORTICULTURE PROFESSIONALS visited the Gardens in 2012

10th YEAR of being a stop on the Michigan Garden Plant Tour