UGA Horticulture Department

Public Open House UGA Trial Gardens

Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and workers and volunteers are pruning, watering and collecting data on annuals and perennials at the Trial Gardens at UGA. The garden will host their annual public open house on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. “It’s a plant party,” says garden manager Brandon Coker.

Although the garden is open to the public every day of the year, the public open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the garden and have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Dr. John Ruter, garden director, plant breeder, and author.

The garden is home to the newest varieties of plants from breeders across the country. The plants are being trialed for their ability to withstand the unpredictable, hot, and humid summertime climate of the southeast. Visitors can check out new varieties of annuals and perennials like hibiscus, ornamental peppers, Calibrachoas, and hundreds of other plants. This summer, the garden has over 350 plants on trial and countless perennials from growers across the country.

The event is open to anyone from avid gardeners to people who simply enjoy strolling through a colorful and lush garden. “Some may have been gardeners for 50 years, some may have started gardening this past spring. But either way, it’s a good opportunity for gardeners to come mingle and learn more about the newest varieties,” says Coker.

The open house is pet and kid friendly, so bring the whole family for a day in the garden. Hokulia shave ice will have a tent set up for visitors to grab a cool treat while they peruse the garden. A $5 donation is suggested to help keep the garden maintained.

For more information, contact Brandon Coker bcoker20@uga.edu