Plant lovers are invited to take one last walk around the UGA Trial Gardens with horticulturalist Allan “Dr. A” Armitage at the gardens’ annual public open house July 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A short thank-you recognition will be held at 11 a.m. for Armitage, who has helped support the green industry and inspire gardeners since he arrived at UGA 31 years ago and founded the Trial Gardens. Every year at the gardens’ open house, visitors have the chance to get an up-close look at a new class of vetted ornamentals ranging from roses to bulbs and learn inside knowledge about this year’s most promising plant varieties.
Armitage will give tours throughout the day and will demonstrate his new smartphone app, “Armitage’s Greatest Perennials and Annuals.” He also will hold a book signing, and his recent titles will be on sale.
Located at 220 W. Green St. between the Snelling Dining Hall and the pharmacy building, the gardens display hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world.
A $5 donation will go toward the Trial Gardens and its student workers. Parking will be available in the surface lots surrounding the gardens and in the South Campus parking deck.