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University of Georgia

The University of Georgia Trial Gardens in Athens, Georgia, were established in 1982. The primary functions of the garden have always been research, teaching and new crop introduction. The trials are planted in April and May, and consist of major and minor bedding classes, tropicals, vines, plantings of specialty annuals, more than 150 free-standing containers and three large perennial beds. The other major function of the garden is the evaluation and subsequent introduction of new crops for the greenhouse and landscape industries. The garden is open to professionals and the public.

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UGA Trial Gardens

The University of Georgia Trial Gardens will host the Industry Open House on Wednesday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; however, visitors can stop by any time, as the Trial Gardens are open to the public all year long. Industry members can also contact UGA Trial Gardens staff to meet at a time other than the open house if needed. Find their contact information below.


During the industry open house, the Trial Garden staff, horticulture students and volunteers will be onsite to assist, and will provide light refreshments. Registration is not required and attendance is free. Parking is pay-per-hour weekdays in the South Deck nearby, and free after 6 p.m. and on weekends.


This year the UGA Trial Gardens include 350 in-ground trials, including 55 All-America Selections ornamental in-ground entries, 65 containers and 65 hanging baskets.

On Saturday, June 8, the UGA Trial Gardens will host a Public Open House, where the community is invited to enjoy the garden. The event includes a plant sale and tours, and it is free and open to all!

Attendees are not required to RSVP but if you have any questions, you can click the register button below or follow this link here.



UGA Trials

1030 W Green St

Athens, GA 30602


100 W Green St

Athens, GA 30602



Garden Manager Sandra Begani:

Dr. John Ruter:

Industry Open House

June 5th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trial Gardens

All year

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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