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University of Georgia

College of Agricultural and Environmental Science
Through student education, our goal is to develop and disseminate new knowledge that leads to cost-effective and profitable production and improved postharvest handling. As a department, we strive to facilitate the application of horticultural commodities and services that conserve natural resources while protecting and enhancing the environment.

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.

John M. Ruter Professor and UGA Trial Gardens Director