Society & Culture

Lecture series brings a world of gardens to Athens

UGA Trial Garden - Allan Armitage
Allan Armitage

Allan Armitage to hold monthly talks at the State Botanical Garden

Athens, Ga. – Noted horticulturist Allan Armitage will speak about gardens around the world in a series of talks at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Armitage is a writer, speaker and researcher who has studied a variety of plants—including annuals and perennials—in various climates. He also runs the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia.

Once a month through June, Armitage will present “The World is My Garden” lecture, starting with the gardens of Ireland on Jan. 24. The lectures will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the botanical garden’s visitor center and conservatory located at 2450 South Milledge Ave. in Athens.

The series is cosponsored by the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library. Proceeds will benefit the garden and library.

The Jan. 24 lecture is also the first evening for “TGIT: Think Garden – It’s Tuesday!” The botanical garden’s visitor center, which includes the gift shop and Donderos’ Kitchen, will be open until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings to give attendees and visitors a chance to see the garden at a later time of day.

“The World is My Garden” lecture series is as follows:
• Jan. 24, The Gardens of Ireland
• Feb. 21, The Gardens of Japan
• March 20, The Gardens of Wales
• April 17, The Gardens of Eastern Australia
• May 15, The Gardens of Western Canada
• June 19, The Gardens of New Zealand

The $10 price per lecture includes a $2 voucher good toward a purchase at Donderos’ Kitchen in the botanical garden cafe. For tickets, call 706/542-6138. For more information on Armitage, see