Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - (Page 50C)

Georgia Gold Medal Plant of the Month 2011 Perennial Georgia Gold Medal Winner: Black-eyed Susan BY CONNIE COTTINGHAM F amiliar to many as a roadside perennial, black-eyed Susans are also available as annuals, bred to produce abundant yellow blooms all summer long. This plant does well in full sun to part shade, attracts butterflies to the garden and stands out in the landscape when placed against a dark background. Three specific varieties were chosen as Georgia Gold Medal winners for being especially desirable in the landscape: ‘Indian Summer,’ ‘Denver Daisy’ and ‘Irish Eyes.’ ‘Indian Summer’ has wide, golden petals around a brown center. The inner part of each petal on ‘Denver Daisy’ is red-brown, creating a dark circle inside each golden flower. ‘Irish Eyes’ has bright yellow petals around a green center. The flowers on each of these varieties can be large and dramatic and work well in cut arrangements. The flowers on ‘Irish Eyes’ are 4 inches across; flowers on the other two range from 6 inches to 8 inches in diameter. Plants are 2 feet to 3 feet tall. How are the plants selected? Plants are chosen by the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, a nonprofit organization composed of professionals in the horticulture industry, including nurserymen, flower growers, garden center retailers, landscape professionals, botanical gardens workers, county extension agents and faculty from the University of Georgia. Organized in 1993, this volunteer committee reviews plants nominated in the categories of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines or groundcover. Once selections are made, promotional literature on each winning plant is distributed to growers, retailers, landscapers, extension agents and consumers. For more Georgia gardens, see page 42. All three varieties are available as seeds, which can be started inside before the first frost date or directly sown in spring (follow the instructions on each packet). Even more inspiring is to buy a mature plant covered with a bouquet of vivid blooms at your local nursery. Take home a Georgia Gold Medal plant today, and take home a winner! Visit www.georgiagoldmedalplants.org to read about all the winners. Connie Cottingham is a garden writer and public relations specialist with the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES Every day that you’re outside, you’re exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family’s eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. May 2011 50C http://www.georgiagoldmedalplants.org http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - May 2011

Georgia Magazine - May 2011
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Special Energy Report
Dolphin Tales
Agrability in Georgia
Creature Comforts
Georgia@home
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - May 2011

Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Magazine - May 2011 (Page Cover1)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Magazine - May 2011 (Page Cover2)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Magazine - May 2011 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Calendar (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Calendar (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Currents (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Currents (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia’s Energy Outlook (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Special Energy Report (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Dolphin Tales (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Dolphin Tales (Page 19)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Dolphin Tales (Page 20)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Dolphin Tales (Page 21)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Agrability in Georgia (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Agrability in Georgia (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Agrability in Georgia (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Agrability in Georgia (Page 25)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Agrability in Georgia (Page 26)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Agrability in Georgia (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Creature Comforts (Page 28)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Creature Comforts (Page 29)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Creature Comforts (Page 30)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Creature Comforts (Page 31)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia@home (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia@home (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia@home (Page 34)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia@home (Page 35)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 36)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 37)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 38)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 39)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - My Georgia (Page 40)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - My Georgia (Page 41)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Gardens (Page 42)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Gardens (Page 43)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 44)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 45)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 46)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 48)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 49)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50A)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50B)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50C)
Georgia Magazine - May 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50D)
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