Trial Gardens at MYP

Our “Living Catalog”

We’re proud to to offer our customers, sales representatives, and breeders the opportunity to experience our program offerings live at our Trial Garden. The Mast Young Plants Trial Garden serves as our “Living Catalog” and includes all of the varieties offered in our liner program from over 25 breeders and features:

Over 100 genera including 200+ new additions,

1,200+ varieties,

400+ combination planters, pots, and hanging baskets,

20 raised beds,

and one amazing team!

All varieties are sorted by genera, and clearly labeled. This offers a unique opportunity for customers to compare size, color, and vigor in order to make informed selections and find the perfect plant for their needs. MYP also displays more than 400 different custom combinations shown in hanging baskets and in containers throughout the display gardens. Each combination lists each “ingredient” so customers and re-create their favorite!

Annual Comparison Trials

Due to high demand, our expanded lower garden featured blind trials that are no longer blind! We allowed guests to discover what’s new and exciting about 2019. This year, we featured a large display of assorted coleus and verbena varieties and had our visitors vote on their favorites

We’ve tallied the votes and here are the top three favorites in each category!

  • #3 Coleus: Stained Glass Golden Gate

Download our results here!

All-America Selections Trial Ground

We have been an All-America Selections (AAS) trial site since 2012.

For more information about AAS, click here.

2018 Second Annual Shaded Mum Trial

 The Michigan Garden Plant Tour

The Mast Young Plants Trial Garden is also a destination on the Michigan Garden Plant Tour! This is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University. The objective of the tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing garden plants and how they perform in different settings.

Greenhouse growers, landscapers, garden center operators, and nurserymen are invited to participating tour sites during the two week period.

The Michigan Garden Plant Tour runs July 24th – August 4th.

Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

Schedule a Visit

Take a day trip and come visit! Schedule your private tour or event today now! We offer shaded sitting and meeting space areas with wireless internet. Our knowledgeable and helpful  staff is eager to welcome you to our trial garden and are happy to assist you with any questions.

Our Trial Garden is open and staffed mid-July though mid-September, Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM. Located at 3525 Bristol Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.

Evening and weekend self-guided tours are available!

For more information, please contact Tyler Duncan, 800.541.3910 or