Georgia’s summer heat is on, bringing with it a wealth of beautiful blooms. View the best summer has to offer at the University of Georgia Trial Gardens open house July 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Located on the UGA campus in Athens, Ga., between Snelling Dining Hall and the R. C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, the gardens are where hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world are tested and displayed each year.
The gardens are always open to visitors free of charge. During the annual open house, however, tours will be led by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulture professor Allan Armitage and his students. A well-known writer, speaker, researcher and teacher, Armitage spearheaded the garden’s creation in 1982.
In addition to being a popular site for gardeners, CAES faculty and staff use it for research and teaching. The gardens are also a resource for breeders, retailers, growers, landscapers and consumers.
A plant sale featuring interesting and hard-to-find plants is a major feature of this year’s open house. Rain barrels and garden art from a local artist will be available for purchase, too. The event will be held rain or shine. A donation of $5 is requested. Parking is available in the South Campus Parking Deck. For more information, visit the website ugatrial.hort.uga.edu.
(April R. Sorrow is a science writer with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)