What can agricultural research do for you? Twenty University of Georgia scientists will be glad to show you at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Garden in Savannah May 13.
The scientists are working on a special project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They're conducting studies in horticulture, plant pathology, entomology and crop and soil sciences at the picturesque research facility.
The research covers a range of ornamental, fruit and vegetable studies specific to coastal Georgia.
Which hostas and hollies do best in the soils and climate here? How do exotic fruits fare? Which are the best annuals and perennials? That's just a sampling of the questions the researchers are answering at the Bamboo Farm.
The Coastal Cultivars Research Field Day will also include an Ornamental and Turf Pest Management Update. Nursery, greenhouse and landscape professionals can get three hours of pesticide certification credits through the update.
The field day itself is free and open to the public. Registration for the field day and lunch at the lakeside pavilion is $10. The fee for the field day, lunch and update is $25 ($15 if you sign up by May 6).
To learn more about the event or get a registration form, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens at (912) 921-5461.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)