We welcome you to The University of Georgia Trial Gardens! The Gardens trials the newest varieties of annuals from the top plant breeders from all over the world and puts perennials to the test to find those that stand up to southeastern heat and humidity. The Gardens at UGA is open all year and is a great source of ideas and information for students, gardeners and industry professionals. We invite you to visit anytime!
Christmas in the Garden
The Trial Gardens at UGA are proud to announce Christmas in the Garden. A garden should be a year around affair and we have lit up our garden to celebrate Christmas. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are visiting:
--No garden employees will be on site after hours so please enjoy the garden responsibly and safely.
--This event is free and would like to continue to grow our display area for the 2018 season so please consider making an donation to the garden while there and all proceeds go straight back into the Trial Gardens.
--We will have a sign in sheet so we can track attendence so that we can guage our success with the event. And if you wish to receive email notifications you can click the link at the top of this page 'Contact us' to keep current with happening in the garden. Also follow us on Facebook...Trial Gardens @ UGA.
--Parking is best on the north side of the garden off W. Green St. in lot SO5 and enter into the garden on that side. The parking lot and the garden are both well lit and parking is free after hours.
--If you need to contact the garden manager directly you can email email@example.com. And please feel free to post pictures on social media and make sure to tag the Trial Gardens if you do!!
Merry Christmas Athens!!!
Classic City Award Winners 2017
We had a tremendous selection of plants this year with over 330 entries into the trials, in order for these 11 winning plants to be selected they really had the show out and rise above the rest of the pack. We could not do any of this without our student workers, volunteers and our wonderful supporters that can be found at the top of the page under 'Plant Sources'.
To view the complete list before publication visit our Facebook page under Trial Gardens at UGA for pictures and a description for each plant. You can also 'Contact Us' at the top of this page and write us in the comment box to be emailed our complete list. Official write up will be available on website soon!!
2017 Public Open House Winners. Click link to view PDF Top 10 Winners
Also click the Rose Data link below to see complete 2016 rose data
View this years Trial ratings for all plants by clicking link below 'Annuals'
Reading Trial Results
When viewing the Annual results these are some helpfull hints to keep in mind so that you can understand how to interpret the chart and each individual plants score.
1. We plant our garden in mid to late April and start taking data the first week of June. So plants that start out at a 4 or 5 have been growing for around a month getting regular fertilizer and water. When we do plant we only plant 'finished' pots. So anything that has not developed well in the pot in the greenhouse are planted later.
2. Generally speaking any plant with a score of 3 - 3.5 would be considered a desirable plant for any garden. Plants that are scoring at consistant 3's interprets to the plant looking healthy but not excelling in new growth or flower production.
3. Plants scoring between 3.5 and 4.5 are both flowering well and producing consistand new growth. These are the largest group in the garden.
4. Plants scoring between 4.5 and 5 are the plants that are truly standing out above the rest of the flock. These plants are both flowering profusely and/or maintaining a consistant desirable shape in the garden.
5. Watch for trends where some plants performed well early season and have dropped off as the summer has progressed. And likewise some plants have had a slow start and are coming into their season the later in the summer we go. Typically your better scoring plants are maintaining slight dips and rises that correlate with their bloom cycle. i.e. in bloom better score, out of bloom lesser score.