Researching and Teaching
The Gardens at UGA serves research and teaching functions and is an important resource for breeders, retailers, growers, landscapers, and consumers. The data collected are an invaluable addition to the pool of knowledge of ornamental plants. Our open houses provide opportunities for gardeners, breeders and growers to view the trials. We enjoy visits by plant breeders and representatives of many of the major international horticultural firms who want first-hand data to produce better cultivars for the expanding southern market.
As a teaching facility, the garden allows students to take advantage of the myriad of annual and perennial species and to study the different growth habits, tolerances and uses of herbaceous material. Students can also learn about those elusive terms called quality and performance by viewing the good, the bad, and the ugly under garden conditions. And even if nobody ever visited, the trials have helped educate a whole army of dedicated student workers who plant, dig, weed, clean and worry about the trial garden. While the plants provide the color, they provide the soul.
Lastly, our garden is simply a pleasant place to spend a little time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Each year improvements in the garden make it a prettier place to be. Where is it written that research cannot be beautiful? We extend an invitation to all people in commercial or home horticulture to visit the garden at the University of Georgia. A phone call or fax will get you a knowledgeable guide. Not only will you see the trials, but the old town of Athens holds wonderful historic gems and oozes Southern charm. We look forward to meeting you. You will always be welcome.