Spring has sprung! And it’s time for Plantapalooza. On April 9, the Trial Gardens at UGA, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the UGA Horticulture Club will hold spring plant sales at three different locations in Athens, Ga., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each location will offer an array of plants – some rare – and gardening experts to answer questions.
The Trial Gardens at UGA are located on the UGA campus 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. Allan Armitage will lead tours through the garden. A well-known writer, speaker, researcher and teacher, Armitage spearheaded the garden’s creation in 1982. The gardens are always open to visitors free of charge.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located at 2450 S. Milledge Ave. It will have Georgia Gold Medal plants Georgia Gold Medal plants for sale among its broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables. The selection includes many native plants.
The UGA Horticulture Club will have a wide range of garden and landscape plants near the intersection of Riverbend Road and College Station Road. They will also be selling rain barrels.
Profits from all sales will fund projects for students in the UGA horticulture program. For more information, directions, parking details or overnight accommodations, visit www.ugatrialgardens.com.
(April R. Sorrow is a science writer with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)