Athens, Ga. – The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, UGA Horticulture Club and UGA Trial Gardens will combine spring plant sales to create “Plantapalooza” in Athens on April 9, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. A wide array of garden plants will be available at each location, combined with horticulturists, volunteers and Master Gardeners to help with plant selections.
The Trial Gardens at UGA, which grow and test the newest annuals and perennials from plant breeders throughout the world, will focus on offering unique plants that are difficult to find anywhere else. They also will offer Athens Select Plants, plants that have successfully survived and thrived through Athens’ hot and humid climate. 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 (www.georgiagoldmedalplants.com), will have Gold Medal plants noted among its broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables and more. This sale also will offer many native plants grown at the State Botanical Garden, which has a successful Certificate in Native Plants program and has recently launched a Native Plant Initiative. The Garden Gift Shop, with a large selection of books and locally crafted items, will be open.
The UGA Horticulture Club will be selling a wide range of garden and landscape plants. Profits from all sales fund projects for students in the horticulture program.
Gardeners who participate in “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 are selected to thrive in Southeastern gardens.
Plant lists, directions, and more information are available online at http://www.ugatrialgardens.com/. Coffee and light snacks will be sold at the two gardens. Admission is free for all plant sales.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located at2450 S. Milledge Ave. in Athens: www.uga.edu/botgarden.
The Trial Gardens at UGA is behind Snelling Dining Hall and next to the Pharmacy building on the UGA Campus in Athens: www.uga.edu/ugatrial.
The UGA Horticulture Club is near the intersection of Riverbend Rd. and College Station Rd. in Athens: www.hortclub.uga.edu.