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UGA Horticulture Tour Set for Sept. 28
The University of Georgia horticulture department and State Botanical Garden of Georgia will offer a tour of research plots, ornamental plant evaluations and gardens Friday, Sept. 28 in Athens, Ga.

At the horticulture farm, see the latest research on landscape amendments. These include poultry-litter compost and products called stalite and zeolite.

UGA Professor Mike Dirr will discuss the woody ornamentals in his plant evaluation program. At the new College Station Road shade garden, you'll see Dirr's collection of Calycanthus, camellia, Cephalotaxus, fothergilla, gardenia and more than 80 hydrangea cultivars.

The annual and perennial trial garden on campus is always a favorite tour stop. Viewing an extensive evaluation of the newest annuals and perennials, you'll want to make notes of those still doing well in the late-summer heat.

Talk With Faculty

The tour will offer time to talk with UGA faculty from the Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses. Lunch will be in the new Heritage Garden at the State Botanical Garden. The garden staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Buses leave promptly at 9 a.m. from the upper parking lot of the State Botanical Garden at 2450 South Milledge Ave. (It's about 1 mile outside the Athens Bypass). The tour will end at 4 p.m.

The $20 fee covers the lunch and bus ride. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 21. Mail a check to "Georgia 4-H Foundation" to Extension Horticulture, Attn: Open House, 205 Hoke Smith Bldg., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

Driving directions to the State Botanical Garden are on the Internet at www.uga.edu/ ~botgarden/ConDir.html. To learn more, phone (706) 542-2861, or e-mail Angela Anderson at ama@uga.edu.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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