The Trial Gardens at UGA is open 24/7 on the campus of the University of Georgia. My favorite time to visit, besides the open house days, is on a Sunday morning, when the campus is quiet and I can roam with my camera in the early morning light. Annuals and perennials are trialed en masse, allowing you to compare plants side by side. Recently I have enjoyed the abundance of vivid caladiums and David Austin English Roses. The perennial borders around the edge are great inspiration and the gazebo in the center can be a quiet refuge surrounded by a riot of blooms and butterflies.
These photos were taken in mid-October. One of my favorite discoveries was the Echenbeckia, a cross between Echinacea and Rudbeckia.
Trial Gardens at UGA is not only a destination, but it also hosts plant sales and has a wealth of information on the website about the plants that perform the best there – great information about plants for the Southeastern U.S.
The UGA campus in Athens, Georgia, is also the home of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Founders Garden and Ethnobotanical Garden – a great opportunity to tour four very distinct gardens in one visit.
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