Trial Gardens at UGA

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.

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John M. Ruter
John M. Ruter Allan M. Armitage Professor & UGA Trial Gardens Director; Emphasis: Ornamental breeding & production
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)