Society & Culture

Trial Gardens at UGA to hold ‘Evening in the Garden’ on Oct. 9

Athens, Ga. – Staff members with the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia are offering gardeners and garden fans the chance to experience the fruits of their summer’s work with the fifth annual “Evening in the Garden” on Oct. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event will highlight plants that have survived the summer heat and flourish in the fall. In addition to the Trial Gardens’ natural ambiance, there will be live music and refreshments provided by Earth Fare and Jittery Joe’s Coffee. Visitors also will have the chance to chat with Allan Armitage, a UGA horticulture professor and founder of the gardens.

“The Trial Gardens are Athens’ greatest hidden treasure,” Armitage said.

Since 1982, the Trial Gardens have been testing plants from around the world. By studying new breeds of annuals and perennials, the gardens’ staff has helped introduce new plants to the Southeast’s plant industry and the general public.

The gardens are open to the public during the day.

While the event is free, “Evening in the Garden” visitors are asked to donate $5 to benefit the gardens’ research and student education.

Parking will be available in the South Campus Deck. The gardens are located at 220 W. Green St. For more information, email, call Sheridan Weaver at 706/583-0285 or see