Welcome to the OSU Cultivar Trials!
The cultivar trials, located at Ohio State University's Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, are conducted each year in order to evaluate ornamental bedding and container plants. The objective of these trials is to observe the performance of new and recently introduced cultivated plant varieties under environmental conditions typical of central Ohio.
- Field Trial - ornamental bedding plants are grown in the ground, in full sun
- Container Trial - ornamental container plants are grown in plasic containers, in full sun
- Shade Trial - ornamental bedding & container plants are grown in plastic containers, under a shade structure
- Hanging Basket Trial - ornamental trailing plants are grown in baskets
It is our hope that growers, landscapers, homeowners, and plant enthusiasts will benefit from our evaluations.
During the OFA Short Course, buses from the Columbus Convention Center bring growers to our trials. We also host the Ohio Industry Open House in August, during which local growers & landscape contractors have an opportunity to browse our trial garden.
To view the evaluation results, please click here.