Monthly Archives: February 2011

Tales from the Garden

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind some of this world’s crazily named plants?  Say the R. ‘Champneys’ Pink Cluster’ or R. ‘Blush Noisette’? Well Dr. Armitage did, and went on a journey to find out the backstories. Legends in the Garden introduces some 46 people, some familiar and others not, as well as places associated with popular garden plants.If you’re interested in hearing those tales, head over to Cobb Galleria in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 27th to hear Dr. Armitage share some “Tales from the Garden” at the Southeastern Flower show. If you can’t make it, consider buying his book Legends in the Garden for an informative and entertaining read. Happy Learning!


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A Call For Art!

Happy Presidents’ Day!

We are looking for local artists who would like to donate, display, or put their work on consignment in the garden for the spring and summer season. We are also looking to purchase some more permanent pieces.

We feel like this is an opportunity for the Campus and Athens Community to be a little more tightly knit. This also gives the artists an opportunity to get their work out, as well as their name. On our website, we will have a display of the artist name and their medium, as well as contact information for purchasing or inquiries into more work.

image courtesy of: Bob Brussack,

Last year, we had a potter bring up some sculptures and display them for our annual Evening in the Garden. We would love to have something like that again this year for our Plant Sales and Open Houses.

The Dates Are:

Plant Sale: April 9th
Industry Open House: June 15th
Public Open House: June 25th

Each of these events brings in hundreds of people and allows for some great exposure as well as opportunities for sales. Please consider this offer and spread the word to all your students, colleagues and friends.

Please contact:

Kelly Preslar
University of Georgia
Horticulture Department
Coordinator of Perennial Trials and Ornamental Breeding
Athens, Georgia 30602

There are some limitations to this offer, while we can work with the artists to take measures we must state:
– We cannot be held responsible for theft or damage (We have no way of securing art, the Garden does not have gates or locks)
– Any permanent pieces will remain outdoors and are subject to the environment, unless the artist delivers and picks up pieces
– Anything brought to the Open Houses or Sales are the responsibility of the artists and should be delivered, displayed and picked up before and after the events

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2011 Plantapalooza

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Trial Gardens at UGA, and The UGA Horticulture Club combine to bring Spring plant sales to Athens, Ga. Mark your calendars!
Saturday, April 9th, 2011
8 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Attention all Gardeners and plant lovers alike: this is a plant sale you can’t afford to miss. A wide array of garden plants will be available at each location, combined with horticulturists, volunteers and Master Gardeners to help you with your plant selections.

The Trial Gardens at UGA, which grows and tests the newest annuals and perennials from plant breeders throughout the world, will focus on offering unique plants that will are be difficult to find anywhere else. They will also offer Athens Select Plants, plants that have successfully survived and thrived through Athens’ tremendously hot and humid climate. Dr. Allan Armitage will be available to sign his books (which will be for sale) and lead tours of the Trial Gardens. Profits from all sales help fund the continuation of the Trial Gardens research and student employees in the gardens.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, headquarters of the Georgia Gold Medal Plant Program, will have Georgia Gold Medal Plants noted among its broad selection. The State Botanical Garden has a successful Certificate in Native Plants program, has recently launched its Native Plant Initiative, and will be offering many native plants for purchase at their sale. Also, the Garden Gift Shop, with many books and locally crafted items, will be open.

The UGA Horticulture club will be selling a wide range of garden and landscape plants at their sales venue off College Station Road. Profits from all sales fund projects for students in the Horticulture program.

Gardeners who participate in the 2011 Plantapalooza will be able to see two gardens, chat with horticulturists, and choose from a large selection of plants in three venues. All the plants sold will do well in any Southeastern garden. Hotel packages are available through for those who want to be rested and ready when the sales.

Those who are Friends of the Garden will be able to go to the State Botanical Garden’s Preview Sale Friday night.

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