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Dianthus, culinary sage, thyme and rosemary grow in
the herb garden at the UGA Georgia Mountain Research
and Education Center in Blairsville.

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UGA LATIN AMERICAN ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN

UGA LATIN AMERICAN ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN

UGA GEORGIA MOUNTAIN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER

GEORGIA Gardens

Above: The flowers
of the toothache
plant have
antibacterial and
anesthetic
properties that help
alleviate the pain of
toothache and
other mouth and
gum conditions.

visit and learn about the importance of
plants to humans," he says. "They will
also be in for some surprises as well,
such as learning that peanuts were first
The sap of variegated agave can be used to treat burns or
cultivated in Argentina and Bolivia more
than 7,500 years ago, that cotton originally wounds; the plant can also be fermented to make tequila.
came from Mexico 5,000 years ago and
that bananas were first grown in Southeast Asia
workshops. Many programs are open to the public.
and Africa."
"Many of the plants here can certainly be grown in home
landscapes and are already being used," Johnston says. "Herbs
Indigenous to North Georgia
like thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, mints and others have been
In Blairsville, the UGA Georgia Mountain
grown since ancient times and used for medicinal and food
Research and Education Center offers guided tours
purposes."
of the Ethnobotanic Gardens and Woodland Medi"The study of plants and how they have been used by
cine Trail on Mondays from May to September. The
humans will help us unlock many secrets of earlier peoples,"
public can also take self-guided tours on weekdays
Duncan says. "And it will further demonstrate the inseparable
to view edible and medicinal plants such as lavenrelationship and dependence between humans and plants."
der, bloodroot, bee balm, jewel weed, echinacea and
Pamela A. Keene is a freelance writer and Master Gardener
St. John's wort. The plants, trees and shrubs along
living in Flowery Branch.
the trail and in the garden are labeled with signs that
detail what the plants are most frequently used for.
"Some of these plants' uses will be familiar
When you go
to people, such as echinacea's infection-fighting
* Ethnobotanic Gardens and Woodland Medicine Trail,
traits or St. John's wort, which is sometimes used in
UGA Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center,
alternative medicine to treat depression, anxiety or
195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road, Blairsville.
insomnia," says Clare Johnston, agricultural techni(706) 745-2655. gamountain.caes.uga.edu.
cian at the center.
*
UGA Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden, 290 South
The center's Community Council also supports
Hull St., Athens. (706) 542-9079. ethnobot.uga.edu.
educational initiatives, such as school field trips,
hands-on programming, community events and

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