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!
Mark your calendars for Plantapalooza 2018! This is our annual plant sale here at the Trial Gardens on UGA's Athens campus. We will have many hard-to-find and unique plants (such as annuals, perennials, vines, tropicals, succulents, and more) in 1-3 gallon pots ready to sell at affordable prices. Horticulturalists and Master Gardeners will be available to assist in plant selections. This event is held in conjunction with the State Botanical Gardens and the UGA Horticulture Club. It's going to be a great time, so bring everyone out and enjoy a beautiful day at the gardens. Stay tuned for more info!
When: Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Industry Open House 2018
The Trial Gardens will be a part of the 2018 Southern Garden Tour which will arrive here Wednesday June 6th 8:00am till 1:00pm. This is for any Industry professional in agriculture, horticulture, or Landscape services showcasing the newest selections of annuals and perennials for 2019. For more information on the 2018 Southern Garden Tour please Contact Us.
Public Open House 2018
Our Annual Public Open House will be Saturday July 21st from 9:00am till 2:00pm. More information to come!
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.