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Horticulture Research & Demonstration Gardens

Horticulture Gardens

Featuring an extensive collection of pre-1980 daylily cultivars and a substantial iris collection, this unique garden is the only recognized garden of its type in the world.


Esther McGinnis
Esther McGinnis, Extension Horticulturist

Barb Laschkewitsch
Barb Laschkewitsch, Research Specialist

Map of Gardens

Explore the Garden Areas

Cultivar Trials of Bedding Plants Report

Daylily Cultivars


Visit NDSU Historic Daylily Display on Facebook!


Opportunities Abound

The gardens provide a number of opportunities:

  1. They provide students with research opportunities and the ability to learn
    in a garden environment.
  2. They provide the public with an informative, beautiful and peaceful garden
    setting to view and to learn about available varieties. In the future, outdoor
    social functions may be held there.
  3. The gardens provide an attractive entrance to NDSU.


Regional Plants


Walk through the gardens on your own or with friends and see what plants grow best in this region. Each bed is named with the variety so make sure to take a notepad and pen! View the current Cultivar Trials of Bedding Plants Report above to find more information about each plant.





Formal or informal tours are available during the summer season. The advantage of taking a tour is that you can learn more about what varieties are available and grow well in this region. If you belong to a club or church group, arrange a tour as part of your activities for the year. Walk through the gardens on your own or with friends, enjoying the beauty that nature provides.


Come and Volunteer

There are various ways you can help:

  1. Arrange a time that suits you and enjoy the spacious gardens while helping to maintain them. Simple weeding, dead-heading of spent flowers, spreading mulch or helping to make paths are all ways to assist.
  2. Bring a friend, make it fun and afterwards relax under the trees, viewing the results of your labor.
  3. Local clubs, youth and church groups can organize an afternoon of fun and fellowship and enjoy the ambience while maintaining the beauty of the gardens.

Go to the Volunteer Form


supertuniaFuture Vision - Help Make It a Reality!

With a project like this there is always need for additional funds to purchase items that are not in NDSU budget allocations. Benches or even a whole garden bed can be donated and named if desired.

Our vision is that the gardens will eventually cover approximately 15 acres and will be a valuable asset to the Fargo community. Future plans include instruction and meeting facilities. Your donation will help make this a reality!

View map of the vision for future expansion of the gardens


For More Information

rudbeckiaHorticulture Research & Demonstration Gardens
Department of Plant Sciences
NDSU Dept. 7670
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-7971

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