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first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaSee the newest plants for gardens and landscapes as you tour theUniversity of Georgia gardens at the annual UGA Trial GardensOpen House July 10.The event will include self-guided tours of the gardens, a plantsale including Athens Select plants, and a book signing andpersonal guided tours by world-renowned UGA horticulture expertAllan Armitage.The tours are on the hour and book signings on the half-hourbetween 8:30 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $5 at the gate.The gardens, on the UGA Campus in Athens, Ga., were created in1983 and serve as a testing ground for more than 600 kinds ofannual and perennial plants. The primary functions of thegardens are research and teaching, and detailed information onall plants is provided to all who are interested.The gardens are planted twice a year. The summer trials areusually planted in April and May and have major and minor beddingclasses, plantings of specialty annuals, many free-standingcontainers and two large perennial beds.Each type of plant is evaluated every two weeks to providedetailed information on the cultivars being tested. Performanceratings are collected based on flowering, leaf color, uniformityof habit and flower, resistance to insects and diseases andoverall appearance.Researchers also select the best cultivars for each color in eachclass of annuals and list them under “Best of the Best.” Eachyear they select the four to six recipients of the Classic CityAwards, the very best plants in the gardens over the entireseason, well worth a place in any landscape.The winter trials are planted in October and November.The gardens serve research and teaching and are an importantresource for breeders, retailers, growers, landscapers andconsumers.For more information and directions to the gardens, visit the UGATrial Gardens Web site .last_img

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