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The Grand Finale Award winner for the 2021 Classic City Awards is the ‘Sumati Orange’ Marigold from AmeriSeed. Judges said "Not only in fall, but all through the early spring and summer sun, these marigolds have flower power. Plants grown from seed are healthy, quickly germinating, and ready for planting in two to three weeks. Stems are tall and perfect for cut-flower production." CAES News
2021 Classic City Awards
The Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia have announced the 2021 Classic City Award winners from the hundreds of varieties tested over the long, hot summer. The Trial Gardens are known as the “go-to research trial garden to test plants for the combination of heat and humidity,” said John Ruter, director of the Trial Gardens and 2021 UGA Inventor of the Year.
John Ruter, Allan M. Armitage Professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, was named UGA’s 2021 Inventor of the Year, recognizing his many years of work developing and testing new ornamental plant cultivars, many of which are sold commercially and adorn landscapes around the country. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski) CAES News
Master Gardener
John Ruter realized at a young age that he belonged in a garden. He came to UGA in 1990 to serve as the nursery crop research specialist at the Tifton Campus after earning bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida, respectively. He now serves as the Allan M. Armitage Professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, specializing in ornamental plant breeding and production.
The Passion hibiscus, developed by UGA plant breeder John Ruter, has burgundy and red leaves and bright-green flower buds that bloom into massive pink flowers. CAES News
Mother's Day Gifts
Plants and flowers are popular choices for Mother’s Day gifts each year and University of Georgia plant breeders are responsible for many beautiful varieties available in garden stores.
The Tecomaria capensis 'Orange' is only one of dozens of varieties of plants available at the UGA Trial Gardens online plant sale. CAES News
Spring Plants
With the weather warming and spring buds popping, eager gardeners can take advantage of three spring plant sales being held by the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia, the UGA Horticulture Club and UGArden, all part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The Tecomaria capensis 'Orange' is only one of dozens of varieties of plants available at the UGA Trial Gardens online plant sale. CAES News
Virtual Plant Sale
The Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia will hold its annual plant sale in a virtual format this year. The sale will be open for online orders from 1 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, through 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, and plant pickup will be on Saturday, May 16, and Monday, May 18.
Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension consumer horticulturist, demonstrates a pruning technique during a class held on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
Fall Gardening
As summer finally winds down, so do a lot of landscape plants. With a break from the 90-degree heat, it’s time to get ready for winter.
UGA horticulture Professor Donglin Zhang shows a group around his greenhouse at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville during a past farm tour. The 2019 Horticulture Farm Tour will be held on Oct. 4 at 1221 Hog Mountain Road. CAES News
Durham Field Day
Before they are available to the public, many new varieties of bushes and landscape plants are first planted at the University of Georgia’s Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.
UGA Extension is looking for citizen scientist to help with the first-ever statewide census of pollinators, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, on Aug. 23-24. CAES News
Pollinator Census
With just 15 minutes and proximity to any blooming plant, Georgians can help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension researchers gain a clearer picture of pollinator health across our state.
Greenhouse and nursery growers from across the southeastern United States converged in Athens June 12-15 for the inaugural Academy of Crop Production hosted by the UGA Department of Horticulture. Part of the program included the annual Industry Open House at the Trial Gardens at UGA. CAES News
Trial Gardens Open House
Each year the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia hosts a summer open house to show off the season’s best plants. This year they’re working to beat the heat by moving the party from July to June.
Through the "Trees for Bees" project, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are teaching children and adults how to create pollinator habitats. To promote a diverse pollinator habitat, plant pollinator-friendly plants, provide nesting boxes for cavity-nesting bees, leave spots of bare ground for ground-nesting bees and allow winter weeds to bloom to increase floral resources. CAES News
Trees for Bees
Georgia’s Arbor Day celebration, Feb. 16, is a great time for Georgians to show some love for the state’s pollinators by planting trees that help support their habitat, said Becky Griffin, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension School and Community Garden coordinator.