Athens, Ga. – The Friends of the State Botanical Garden announce that the annual fall plant sale scheduled for Oct. 6 has been cancelled. The lingering drought that has affected much of Georgia and the recent imposition of Level 4 watering restrictions in Barrow, Clarke, Oconee and Jackson Counties compelled them to call off the event.
The Botanical Garden promotes prudent use of our water resources and the garden staff encourages homeowners to practice water-wise landscapes. In the event there is more frequent rain over the next several months than during the past summer, this fall can still prove to be an excellent time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. The cooler fall and winter temperatures allow plants to grow healthy roots, enabling them to withstand future droughts better than plants with underdeveloped root systems.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a 313-acre preserve set aside by the University of Georgia in 1968 for the study and enjoyment of plants and nature. The garden is located at 2450 S. Milledge Ave. in Athens and online at www.uga.edu/botgarden.