Perennials, Classic City Awards 2011

Dear Friends of The Trial Garden at UGA

We take great pride in the Trials at the University of Georgia.  We don’t trial for the sake of trialing or to make us look good or to give us something to do – we trial in the steadfast belief that what we do makes a difference.  When we provide real data under real world conditions, we do so in the belief that someone, breeders, growers, retailers and consumers, will pay attention.  That they are, as seen by better plants being put in front of my daughters, speaks to quality of selection and freshness in the marketplace.   Quality is not limited to fertility standards and spacing, quality is also what consumers, from landscapers to buyers, see when they have a little money to spend.

So, in the steadfast belief that what we do does make a difference, here are the Classic City* Perennial Award winners for 2011, the very best perennials in the trial gardens, based on year round performance and/or eye-clutching beauty.  Of the over 2000 plants in the garden, being a Classic City Award winner is equivalent to the Oscar and Tony rolled up as one.

The Perennials: (in alphabetical order.  All are winter hardy to at least zone 5, unless otherwise noted). The companies in parentheses either bred the plant or supplied the plant to us; however, your broker should be able to obtain all of the winners.

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Classic City Awards 2011 Annuals

Dear All,

We take great pride in the Trials at the University of Georgia.  We don’t trial for the sake of trialing or to make us look good or to give us something to do – we trial in the steadfast belief that what we do makes a difference.  When we provide real data under real world conditions, we do so in the belief that someone, breeders, growers, retailers and consumers, will pay attention.  Quality is not limited to fertility standards and spacing, quality is also what consumers, from landscapers to buyers, see when they have a little money to spend.

So, in the steadfast belief that what we do does make a difference, here are the Classic City* Award winners for 2011, the very best plants in the trial gardens, based on year round performance and/or eye-clutching beauty.  Of the over 2000 plants in the garden, being a Classic City Award winner is equivalent to the Oscar and Tony rolled up as one.

Happy Gardening,

Dr. Allan Armitage

P.S. Check your inboxes for the full write-up and breeder of each plant. Not on our mailing list? Send your name and email address to contact@ugatrialgardens.com and we will send you the Classic City Awards 2011 and our weekly Plants of Distinctions.

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“An Evening in the Gardens” Great Success

The UGA Trial Gardens hosted their annual “Evening in the Gardens” on Thursday, September 29, 2011. It was a tremendous success with over 230 people in the garden! Real gardeners walked through our garden and flagged their favorite plants that looked the best this late in the season. Enjoy the slideshow!

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Thank you!

“An Evening in the Gardens”

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out and supported us last night!! The evening went off without a hitch and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed having you. Our next big thing: PLANTAPALOOZA! If any of you picked up a coupon last night the date is on there, but for everyone else we have decided on April 14, 2012. Check out our website and watch your emails for more details as the event draws closer. Thanks again from everyone here at The Gardens. Until then….

Happy Gardening!

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“An Evening in the Garden” Thursday, Sept. 29th

TOMORROW’S THE BIG DAY! Can’t wait to see everyone at The Gardens from 5:30-7:30 for some wine and hors d’oeuvres with Dr. A!

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Save the date! You won’t want to miss this.

The date has been set for this year’s “An Evening in the Garden” presented by the UGA Trial Gardens. Thursday, September 29th, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Trial Gardens will be hosting an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, featuring live jazz by “Dial Indicators,” guided tours by Dr. Allan Armitage, and a book sale and signing. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the entrances. This is a beautiful and relaxing evening that gives all visitors a unique view of The Garden as the sun goes down. Don’t miss out!

For more information or any questions you may have, feel free to contact us at contact@ugatrialgardens.com or check out our website http://www.ugatrialgardens.com/

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Perennial Plant Association flags

Another group has passed through The Gardens and cast their votes on their favorite plants. We have some familiar plants on the list, but also some new ones that have come in nicely as we get later into the summer season. This is just another opportunity to see the wonderful work we are doing here and the beauty that we have to show for it. Enjoy!

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