The Trial Gardens at UGA , Athens, GA

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 Georgiathe Founders Garden and Ethnobotanical Garden – a great opportunity to tour four very distinct gardens in one visit.