The Cultivar Trial Gardens, located at The Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, are conducted each year in order to evaluate ornamental bedding plants. The objective of these trials is to observe the performance of the plants under environmental conditions typical of central Ohio, as well as to determine local consumer preference for each plant.
Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens at Ohio State University and Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum in Springfield, each grow the same 250+ varieties of annuals sent to them from breeders from around the country and are evaluated based on two levels of maintenance. They will be evaluated throughout the summer by staff, students, and volunteers for performance and consumer appeal, and the results are posted on this page at the end of the growing season.
The trial gardens are always open to the public and are a favorite place to visit with beautiful color throughout the growing season. Planting takes place in May and plants are removed in October. Chadwick Arboretum volunteers help with preparing and planting the gardens as well as evaluating the plants.
The field trials feature ornamental bedding plants grown in the ground and in full sun. These gardens are located at the southeast corner of Fyffe Road and Woody Hayes Drive and will be exceptionally maintained as examples of how a cultivar can look with proper handling and maintenance.
Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum Cultivar Trials
The cultivar trials at Clark County will feature the bedding plants in the ground and in full sun, using the same stock of plants that are grown at Chadwick Arboretum. These gardens will have minimal maintenance and care.