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McCrory Gardens Trial Report 2022

Updated May 15, 2023
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Kristine Lang

Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist

Written collaboratively by Kristine Lang, Christopher Schlenker, Amy Knofczynski, Bryanna Chipley and Regan Jacoby

Number of Cultivars in Each Trial Category

  • 60 In-ground Annuals
  • 36 Container Annuals
  • 43 Perennials
  • 47 Roses
  • 3 Tree and Shrubs


McCrory Gardens and SDSU Extension would like to thank the companies who continue to participate in our plant trials. Without their cooperation and support, the research completed at McCrory Gardens would not be possible.

Special thank you to Rhoda Burrows for her peer review of this research report.

About McCrory Gardens

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Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, McCrory Gardens sits on the edge of the tall grass prairie in Brookings, South Dakota. Beginning with just 2 acres in 1965, McCrory Gardens has grown to include 25 acres of formal gardens and a 45-acre arboretum. In the heart of the 70-acre botanical garden sits the Education and Visitor Center, a facility designed to further enhance the mission of ‘Connecting people and plants through education, discovery, research, and enjoyment of the natural and built landscape.’

The formal gardens house a multitude of themed gardens and plant collections in addition to the annual and perennial plant trial programs. These plant trial programs in addition to those conducted in the arboretum are managed and maintained by the McCrory Gardens horticulture staff with evaluations conducted by SDSU Extension and McCrory Gardens staff with the purpose of determining performance and survivability of varieties when tested against the unique environmental conditions of the northern great plains.

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