The UGA Trial Gardens will host its 32nd annual open house July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Every year at the Trial Gardens’ open house, visitors get an up close view of a new class of vetted ornamentals-ranging from brilliantly colored flowers to hardy shrubs.
Dozens of new perennials should be in bloom during this year’s open house, in addition to an array of roses and the gardens’ 2014 rotation of annuals.
Located between Snelling Dining Commons and the R. C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, the gardens display hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world.
Plant nurseries and breeding companies send hundreds of new plants each year and fund the gardens by paying to have their plants evaluated. Their goal is to see if their plants can survive in the hot and rainfall-variable Southeast.
The money goes toward the gardens’ upkeep and a team of student workers who keep the gardens running.
The Trial Gardens also serve as a teaching and research facility for the horticulture and other academic departments.
The open house will be held rain or shine. The gardens staff requests a $5 donation to help offset the cost of the event and support the gardens. Parking will be available in the South Campus parking deck.