Welcome to Landisville Variety Trials at SEAREC*

Trial GardensWho we are ...

The gardens are living laboratories and garden classrooms for horticulture, plant pathology and entomology. Commercial visitors use the gardens to develop plant lists knowing that varieties have been fully tested in this climate and under standard cultural conditions. Others use the trials for photography, relaxation, inspiration or simply selecting the best plants for their own gardens.

What we do …

  • Evaluate plants during the growing season
  • Provide information for commercial growers and gardeners
  • Hold Field Day for visual evaluation and tour
  • Conduct tours upon request

Visitors are welcome dawn to dusk June 1st to August 31st. Groups who wish additional information, guided tours, or orientation should apply in advance, by calling 717-270-4391 (Lebanon County Extension), or 717-653-4728 (SEAREC).  Enjoy the flowers!

*Administered by:
Pennsylvania Floriculture Advisory Committee
Andy Brown, Chairman


Penn State Flower Trials aid industry, consumers in picking posies

Master Gardeners support 85-year-old tradition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Each May, the expression "flower power" takes on a new meaning at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, when an 85-year-old tradition — the Penn State Flower Trials — gets underway.   READ MORE

This is a project sponsored by:

  • Trial Donors [Read More]
  • Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center [Visit Site]
  • Penn State University - College of Ag Sciences, Dept. of Horticulture [Visit Site]
  • Pennsylvania Floriculture Advisory Committee [Read More]
  • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture [Visit Site]

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