The University of Minnesota North Central Research & Outreach Center (NCROC) will host its annual Visitor's Day Thursday, August 25 from 3-7 p.m.
During Visitor's Day guests can take part in featured activities, take tours through research areas, and visit various displays. U of M researchers will be on site to explain research programs and answer questions.
Learn how U of M research impacts your life! Come early to enjoy the tours and see the wide range of activities happening at NCROC!
Bring the family! All ages are welcome and admission is FREE!
Annual flower trials are hosted at the North Central Research and Outreach Center. This research is an extension of the flower trials occurring at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, MN. Companies such as All-America Selections, Proven Winners, Syngenta, and many others trial their flower varieties here at the NCROC in the field, in hanging baskets, and containers. During flower evaluations we grade the plants based on criteria such as color, uniformity, uniqueness, plant health, hardiness in zone 3, and insect/disease resistance.
2021 Top 10 Annual Flowers
|Coleus||ColorBlaze® El Brighto|
|Rudbeckia||Kokardia, yellow w. brown ring|
|Angelonia||Angelface® Cascade Blue|
|Petunia||Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry|
|Salvia farinacea||Victoria™ Blue|
Professor Jim Luby provides insight on the best apples for north central Minnesota based on his over 20 years of experience with apple trials at the CFANS North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids MN.
Andrew David, Associate Professor - Department of Forest Resources, takes you through a virtual tour of the NCROC bog.
NCROC was recently featured in a recent article on preparing native plants in the Grand Rapids Herald Review.
Each year the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center’s horticulture program hosts annual flower trials and rates the top 10 flowers. These trials are an evaluation of specific flower varieties and how well they perform in a field environment, a hanging basket and/or a container. We grade each ornamental variety for such criteria as color, uniformity, uniqueness, how floriferous they are and insect/disease resistance.