State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA

State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is part of the University of Georgia. Come discover our display gardens, nature trails, and conservatory in Athens.
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Just posted – dozens of new plant varieties added to our online plant sale, including ferns,  perennials, and shrubs. ht...
04/28/2020
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Plant Sale Goes Online! - UGA State Botanical Garden

Just posted – dozens of new plant varieties added to our online plant sale, including ferns, perennials, and shrubs.
https://t.uga.edu/5Rb

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA is moving its annual spring plant sale to an online platform because of the state’s restriction on gathering in groups and directive to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The sale... Full story

Sending this #MuseumBouquet to you – The Georgia Museum of Art. We thought you would appreciate the sculptural bloom on ...
04/27/2020

Sending this #MuseumBouquet to you – The Georgia Museum of Art. We thought you would appreciate the sculptural bloom on a pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba). Did you know this is a host plant for the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly? Find out more in this coloring page we are sending to you: https://t.uga.edu/5TI

#UGAServes #pollinators

04/25/2020
UGA Office of Sustainability

UGA Office of Sustainability

Tree Walk Q&A:
Join intern, Kendall Busher, as she tells us everything you need to know about the flora around Athens!

04/25/2020
IMG 5344 1 Maggie and Susan sheltering-in-place for EarthDay songs

We are pleased to share this fun, virtual, outdoor concert by two talented ladies, Susan Staley and Maggie Hunter, who often sing at the botanical garden - family-friendly, nature-friendly, sing-a-long friendly. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q36y2-YPtBA

Wishing all of our friends good health and a happy Earth Day! Roy G. Biv -M. Hunter Dig a Duck- R. Konzak and J. Elfendahl Froggie Went a-Courtin -trad. What...

Our Dir. of Education Cora Keber is a recipient of the 2020 Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence, reco...
04/23/2020

Our Dir. of Education Cora Keber is a recipient of the 2020 Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence, recognizing the amazing work she does with educational programs here at the garden! Congratulations Cora!

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Happy Earth Day! From the pitcher plant bog in the children’s garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Sending b...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! From the pitcher plant bog in the children’s garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Sending best wishes and sincere thanks to our partners and botanical gardens around the world working to conserve imperiled native habitats #museumbouquet #plantlove #ourgardensyourhome #earthday #earthday2020 #sarracenia #pitcherpants #nativeplants #museumfromhome #bewell #nativehabitat #floweryourfeed #bgci

Congratulations to our own Conservation Coordinator Jennifer Ceska, recipient of the 2020 Walter Barnard Hill Award for ...
04/22/2020

Congratulations to our own Conservation Coordinator Jennifer Ceska, recipient of the 2020 Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach!

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While the traditional UGA Public Service and Outreach Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon did not take place this week, w...
04/21/2020

While the traditional UGA Public Service and Outreach Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon did not take place this week, we're still celebrating the outstanding faculty and staff who embody the land- and sea-grant mission of the University of Georgia.

Follow the link to learn more about all of our amazing award winners and their unique work happening throughout the state, including our own Cora Keber and Jennifer Ceska. So well deserved!

t.uga.edu/5RU

Over 100 varieties of plants are still available and new varieties added during our online spring plant sale. Our choice...
04/20/2020
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Plant Sale Goes Online! - UGA State Botanical Garden

Over 100 varieties of plants are still available and new varieties added during our online spring plant sale. Our choices include native milkweed grown in the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies, vegetables and several varieties of tropical orchids. We are selling out of some plants, so place your order soon!
https://t.uga.edu/5Rb

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA is moving its annual spring plant sale to an online platform because of the state’s restriction on gathering in groups and directive to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The sale... Full story

Rosa ‘Ducher’ was bred in Lyon, France by Jean-Claude Ducher in the year 1869 and is one of the few white China roses. T...
04/17/2020

Rosa ‘Ducher’ was bred in Lyon, France by Jean-Claude Ducher in the year 1869 and is one of the few white China roses. They have medium-sized, double blooms that are very fragrant, and they bloom repeatedly from early spring through summer, possibly longer. This shrub rose grows about 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide, tolerates heat and full sun, and prefers mild acidic to acidic soil.
Ducher Roses are Earth-Kind® roses. This is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and is given only to those roses that demonstrate superior pest tolerance and outstanding landscape performance. The Rose Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia features many Earth-Kind® roses because of their pest-hardiness and beauty.

Our annual Spring Plant Sale is now online! Browse our extensive selection of spring plants and place your order online,...
04/17/2020
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Plant Sale Goes Online! - UGA State Botanical Garden

Our annual Spring Plant Sale is now online! Browse our extensive selection of spring plants and place your order online, then safely pick up your new plants during a chosen time slot. One thing that hasn’t changed, all proceeds from the sales still benefit our horticulture and conservation programs! https://t.uga.edu/5R
#AthensGA #Gardening #UGAServes #UGA

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA is moving its annual spring plant sale to an online platform because of the state’s restriction on gathering in groups and directive to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The sale... Full story

Is your Oakleaf Hydrangea or old-fashioned Spirea too tall? Best to cut the tallest branches back to a few inches above ...
04/16/2020

Is your Oakleaf Hydrangea or old-fashioned Spirea too tall? Best to cut the tallest branches back to a few inches above ground level. This will lower the height of the plant while leaving its beautiful, natural form. You may want to wait until after the shrub blooms, but you will still have plenty of blooms if you leave the flower buds on other branches. A well-illustrated pruning book is a good investment for any gardener.

Birds are fascinating creatures with unique qualities. Talk with your children about what makes a bird a bird (feathers,...
04/15/2020

Birds are fascinating creatures with unique qualities. Talk with your children about what makes a bird a bird (feathers, etc.) and how they adapt to their environment (ducks have webbed feet for swimming, etc.) You can then get creative by acting like birds. Who has the best penguin waddle? How long can you stand on one foot like a flamingo?If you want to kick it up a notch, decorate your own paper roll binoculars and look for birds in your own backyard. Can you identify the birds that you see?

Fennel and dill are not only flavorful herbs, but are also great host plants for butterflies. (A host plant is actually ...
04/14/2020

Fennel and dill are not only flavorful herbs, but are also great host plants for butterflies. (A host plant is actually hosting the caterpillar stage of a butterfly) Caterpillars can feed ravenously as they are storing energy to go on to the pupa stage and then emerge as a butterfly. So when you see caterpillars eating your host plants, see if you can identify what butterfly (or moth) those hungry caterpillars will become. Soon you will see them flying around your garden. (BTW: It is best not to touch a caterpillar until you know more about it – some caterpillars do sting!)

Reminder for all Georgia small business owners:A new series of webinars from the University of Georgia Small Business De...
04/13/2020

Reminder for all Georgia small business owners:

A new series of webinars from the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center are scheduled for April 14 & 15. SBDC consultants, along with partners from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, will give an overview and answer questions about the SBA Emergency Loan programs available to small businesses through the CARES Act.

Follow the link for more info and to find the webinar for your part of the state.
www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/

The pollinator of the month for April is the Southeastern Blueberry Bee (Habropoda laboriosa). This bee specializes in p...
04/13/2020

The pollinator of the month for April is the Southeastern Blueberry Bee (Habropoda laboriosa). This bee specializes in pollinating one of Georgia’s leading fruit crops, the Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei). These special bees hug the urn-shaped blueberry flowers and vibrate their flight muscles at the exact frequency needed to release pollen grains from the small opening of the flower. Talk about specialization!

From February to April, the Southeastern Blueberry Bees emerge from nests in the ground, usually found in loose sandy soil in sunny locations. Their emergence coincides perfectly with the flowering period of Highbush Blueberries, one of their primary pollen sources. Take some time today to thank these charming native pollinators for providing us with tasty and nutritious berries!

Photo Credit: Alan Cressler

Azaleas are blooming at the garden and throughout the Southeast, a sure sign that spring has arrived! Azaleas are in the...
04/10/2020

Azaleas are blooming at the garden and throughout the Southeast, a sure sign that spring has arrived! Azaleas are in the genus Rhododendron and native to several continents including Asia, Europe, and North America. Rhododendron 'Hinode Giri' (Hinode Giri Azalea) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that grows to 3-4 ft. tall with deep pink flowers.

Rhododendron canescens, commonly called Piedmont Azalea, is a large deciduous shrub that is native from North Carolina to Texas and typically grows 6-8 ft. tall. Its flowers are shades of pink and white and prefer moist, well-drained, acidic soils and dappled shade. Clay soils should be amended with plenty of organic matter, and shrubs should be pruned soon after flowers have faded to keep Rhododendrons at their best. Please note that all parts of the Rhododendron are highly poisonous.

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center has scheduled 10 additional webinars for April 14 and 15 to ...
04/10/2020

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center has scheduled 10 additional webinars for April 14 and 15 to help Georgia small business owners navigate the application process for federal assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Follow the link to find the webinar for your part of the state and to learn more about SBDC's partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/

This beautiful art is on display inside our closed Visitor Center, so we thought we would treat you to a virtual art sho...
04/09/2020

This beautiful art is on display inside our closed Visitor Center, so we thought we would treat you to a virtual art show. Marlene Lipinski (marlenelipinski.com) is a Mid-Hudson Valley, NY, nature painter whose interest is in the intimate connections we have with nature, the ones we feel when we get up close. Many of her pieces come from a series she thinks of as portraits: trees depicted as family members or characters to know, as in Live Oak (Quercus viginiana).

Through close-up representation, Lipinski invites the viewer to contemplate the magnificence of a tree's form and the beauty of its shapes, textures, colors and patterns, feeling the closeness and intimacy of its habitat and the power of what it has given us and what we have taken away.

Have you ever wondered why worms are on the sidewalk after a lot of rain? The reason is that as groundwater rises, the w...
04/08/2020

Have you ever wondered why worms are on the sidewalk after a lot of rain? The reason is that as groundwater rises, the worms' underground homes are flooded out. Earthworms are great decomposers that break large organic material into smaller pieces.

Are you interested in knowing what other decomposers are at your home? Try creating a pitfall trap with a plastic cup. Bury the cup in the ground and cover with leaf debris. As an insect crawls by, it will fall into the trap. What decomposers can you find in your home garden? Do not forget to let them go back to work after you make your observations!

Along with our partners at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Georgia DNR and The Environmental Resources Net...
04/08/2020

Along with our partners at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Georgia DNR and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc., we invite you to virtually participate in the 30th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest! Students in grades K-5th are encouraged to explore Georgia’s native plants and animals by designing their own artwork with this year’s theme - Georgia Bogs: Unique Wetlands for Rare Species. All statewide winners submissions are due by Friday, April 10th. School coordinators can submit images and contest forms digitally to Audrey Stadler, SBG Children’s Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

For more details please visit www.georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest or contact: Linda May [email protected] or Cora Keber [email protected]

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of webinars on Monday, April 6 and Tuesd...
04/04/2020

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of webinars on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7 to discuss the resources available to small business owners through the CARES Act.

Partnering with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the webinars will help answer questions and provide support for small businesses throughout Georgia.

Follow the link for more information and to find the webinar for your region of the state. www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/#webinars

Governor Brian Kemp has announced a series of COVID-19 relief programs for small businesses and the  University of Georg...
04/03/2020

Governor Brian Kemp has announced a series of COVID-19 relief programs for small businesses and the University of Georgia is helping to lead the effort.

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to provide small businesses with vital information and assistance during this time of need, including a schedule of webinars to help answer questions and provide support.

Follow the link for more info. https://www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/

Bees are insects that help Earth and people by pollinating the plants we eat.  When a bee visits a flower, the bee is co...
04/01/2020

Bees are insects that help Earth and people by pollinating the plants we eat. When a bee visits a flower, the bee is covered in the pollen of that flower. After the bee is done visiting that flower, it will move on to the next flower and leave pollen - a process known as pollination.

Want to make your own bee puppet and visit the flowers in your own garden? Follow our guide for this fun craft.

Materials required: 1 black pipe cleaner; 1 yellow pipe cleaner; 1 white pipe cleaner; scissors; glue

Step 1: Starting with the base of your pointer finger, wrap the yellow and black pipe cleaners around until you reach the tip of the finger.

Step 2: Tuck the ends of the pipe cleaners into the body of the bee.

Step 3: To make the wings, cute the white pipe cleaner in half. Then fold one of the pieces in half. Bring the ends of the pipe cleaner together to create a heart shape and finish by twisting the ends in a secure fashion.

Step 4: Use glue to secure the wings to the top of the bee or thread them through the bee body for an instant puppet.

Now that your puppet is finished, go outside and see how many flowers you can visit to pollinate! Try counting all the flowers and colors you see, too
#learningathome #SBGServes

This mosaic in our children’s garden by Krysia Ara shows a fruit of the pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba). This native tree ...
03/31/2020

This mosaic in our children’s garden by Krysia Ara shows a fruit of the pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba). This native tree is coming into bloom now. The flowers are sculptural and red-brown and show up on bare branches. They also are kinda stinky – to attract pollinating beetles and flies.

Did you think every pollinator was a pretty little butterfly? Well there are pretty butterflies in this story, because Zebra Swallowtail butterflies depend on the pawpaw foliage the way Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed foliage.
In August the creamy and custardy pawpaw fruit can be harvested from this understory tree. The botanical garden’s pawpaw patch is beside the bridge connecting Peace Plaza with the Heritage Garden.

More information from the Atlanta Journal Constitution: https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/environment/pawpaws-butterflies-and-mastodons/UfeBfeRliDLsub2Z8pbBWP/

Alfalfa Long-Horned Bees (genus Eucera) are our featured pollinators for the month of March and can be found in this ado...
03/30/2020

Alfalfa Long-Horned Bees (genus Eucera) are our featured pollinators for the month of March and can be found in this adorable mosaic in our Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden by Krysia Ara. Male Alfalfa Long-Horned Bees have a comically large antennae that can be longer than half the bee’s total body length. These bees are found in Georgia from spring to summer and are important pollinators of many native plants and alfalfa crops. Throughout the U.S there are 54 known species within the Eucera genus.

Cercis glabra, ‘Celestial Plum,’ a redbud located at the edge of the lawn in the International Garden, is a real winner....
03/27/2020

Cercis glabra, ‘Celestial Plum,’ a redbud located at the edge of the lawn in the International Garden, is a real winner. C. glabra (also known as C. yunnanensis) is an early bloomer and covered with light plum purple flowers on bare branches.

C. glabra is a deciduous tree that grows to 15 feet tall with an upright spreading habit to about 12 feet. It is a relatively low maintenance tree and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing the next season’s flowers. It does best in full sun to part shade and prefers moist conditions. This species was once thought to be lost from cultivation, but we’re happy it’s back.

In Defense of Plants
03/26/2020
In Defense of Plants

In Defense of Plants

Ep. 237 of the In Defense of Plants Podcast is here!!

This week its all about saving the torreya pine (Torreya taxifolia) 🌲🌲🌲

"Torreya was so common until it wasn't and then it started crashing like falling giants..." Within the span of a few decades, the torreya pine (Torreya taxifolia) has become one of the most endangered trees in the world. Luckily a small group of conservation-minded individuals came together to try and save this species. The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, along with their partners, are leading the way in torreya conservation. From ex situ collections to studying the ecological nuances of its niche, they are giving this tree a fighting chance. Joining us to discuss this work is Conservation Coordinator Jennifer Ceska. Listen in as she tells the story of their fight to save this incredible tree from the brink of extinction. This episode was produced in part by Joanna, Griff, Philip, Paul, Matthew, Clark, Bobby, Kate, Steven, Brittney, McMansion Hell, Joey, Catherine, Brandon, Hall, Vegreville Creek and Wetlands Fund, Kevin, Oliver, John, Johansson, Christina, Jared, Hannah, Katy Pye, Brandon, Gwen, Carly, Stephen, Botanical Tours, Moonwort Studios, Liba, Mohsin Kazmi Takes Pictures, doeg, Clifton, Stephanie, Benjamin, Eli, Rachael, Plant By Design, Philip, Brent, Ron, Tim, Homestead Brooklyn, Brodie, Kevin, Sophia, Mark, Rens, Bendix, Irene, Holly, Caitlin, Manuel, Jennifer, Sara, and Margie.

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Are the grounds open during the new phase of the Shelter in Place order?
Any photos of wisteria this year?
Does anyone know if the gates will be open during the shutdown so that people can access the trails?
The 2020 wildflower season at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is officially under way with the recent appearance of the Round-lobed Hepatica and Bloodroot on the lower Orange Trail. Next, the Dunson Native Flora Garden should be heating up in March.
What do you think about doing a Trillium section in the Native Garden dedicated to Tom Patrick?
When is the Groundbreaking for new building, and what is the name of this building?
My Mongolian sunflower head
First dance
Double ballerina datura/angel trumpet
Jelly melons will be bright orange red when ripe!
Growing melacoton cassabana here in Georgia!!