CSU Flower Trials Ranks in the Top Colorado Tourist Attractions

Are you familiar with the flower trial and display garden on the Colorado State University Campus in Fort Collins? The outdoor display and the Annual Flower Trial Garden were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowners and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticultural research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region. It is immaculately cared for and visually stunning. July through September it is at its peak. The trial garden also includes perennial trials and cool season trials.   So, nearly anytime of year there is something to see and learn. The cool season plant trial is a personal favorite. This trial includes pansies and violas which are planting in the late fall, and then evaluated in the spring. An early spring visit to the garden will clearly demonstrate the advantages of fall planting and the hardiness and endurance of the not so delicate pansies and violas!  A sure sign of the end of winter and arrival of spring are pansies peeking up through the snow.

Photo courtesy of Tagawa Gardens

Photo courtesy of Tagawa Gardens

As this is a professional/industry trial, extensive data is gathered throughout the trial period and is available for anyone to review on the Flower Trial website.  

This garden is the place to go if you are looking for garden inspiration, want to learn about new plant varieties that perform best in our Colorado climate, or just want to enjoy a beautiful garden where someone else does the planting, weeding, and other garden maintenance tasks.

For a quick preview  of what to expect, watch this Unique 2 Colorado story from July 2018.

Industry evaluation day

Industry evaluation day

Trip Advisor list the CSU Trial Garden as #2 of 80 things to do in Fort Collins. The garden is free and open to the public.  Bring the entire family, pack a lunch and make a day of it!

Allison Gault