State Botanical Garden to host perennial plant symposium

Perennial plant sale will be open to the public

Athens, Ga. – The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia will host a perennial plant symposium Oct. 16 from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Callaway Building Auditorium.

In addition, perennial plants will be available for purchase in the front plaza of the Callaway Building from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The sale is open to the public.

Focusing on plants from around the world, the daylong plant exploration will feature several experts who will speak about plants that have come to Georgia from Mexico and the desert southwest, the Mediterranean, Africa and China. Understanding the origins of plants allows people to understand and choose the best plants for specific growing conditions.

The symposium also will include a presentation on important beverages and food products of the world, such as coffee, chocolate and tea, and how the crops that produce these products affect environments, cultures and songbirds. At the end of the plant symposium, Billie Gotsch, international garden curator at the State Botanical Garden, will guide participants on a walking tour through the International Garden.

Admission to the symposium is $60, which includes a buffet lunch, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 706/542-6156 or see www.botgarden.uga.edu.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides the public of all ages and UGA faculty, staff and students opportunities for recreation, events, research and learning through its natural areas, display gardens and building spaces.