Author Archives: Holly Hess

The greatest show on earth!

UGA Industry Open House: Tuesday,  June 15th, 2011 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody, from grower to landscaper, retailer and everything in between.  we have a garden full of new and exciting annual and perennial material from breeders across the world. Lunch will be served by the Ball Horticultural Company at 12 noon. Bring hats, notebooks and sunscreen for a good time. For more information contact Nathan King @ nking@ballhort.com. Here is some information on hotels in Athens. 

For more information about the open house go to www.ugatrialgardens.com or email contact@ugatrialgardens.com

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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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Dr. A speaking on gardening today

Well hello on this fine rainy day in Athens. Hope everyone is doing well! Here at the garden we’re in full swing of the maintenance phase. However, we’re taking some time this week to celebrate  summer success, Johannah’s wonderful presence/birthday, and Dr. A’s expertise. Today, he’s giving a presentation on the evolution of gardening and the goals of gardening. This will be taking place at 3:30 in the horticulture building on campus.Hope you can make it! Keep an eye out for exciting updates from all of our staff’s whereabouts in the coming days!

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Monarch catcher in the gardens

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Today, I met Mike, an entomologist catching Monarch butterflies. He’s testing them for a certain parasite. He told me most of the butterflies they’ve seen from the garden are heading to mexico!! They live up to 8 months and do a lot of traveling within that time. He also said tell where these butterflies have come from, guessing philadelphia. I thought it was the coolest thing! But do know, he returns the butterflies, unharmed to the garden! Here’s some quick photos:

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Get out there and get close.

As a photographer, I think gardens are one of the best places to go! These pictures were taken amidst working in the garden-always keep your camera with you..always. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend. Here’s some pictures to get you thinking.

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Photos by Holly Hess

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