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GEORGIA News

Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett

Classic City Awards highlight garden winners

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA TRIAL GARDEN

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eat. Humidity. Uneven rainfall.
It may not be a trial by fire, but
a Georgia summer is a proving ground for plants. At the University
of Georgia (UGA) Trial Garden, these
conditions help pinpoint the best new
varieties for Southern gardens.
Tucked in the center of the Athens
campus, rows of tidy beds and hanging
baskets are filled with hundreds of flowers, vines, vegetables and foliage plants,
planted by students and volunteers each
spring.
By June, the garden is a riot of
color. While visitors are welcome
anytime, an annual open house
gives the public a chance to vote
for their favorites.
Plants are scrutinized on a
more scientific basis, too, with
weekly assessments of bloom
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disease resistance. This information is
sent back to plant breeders to help them
decide whether the plant will make it to market-the last step in
a process that can take years. Plants that make the cut will likely
show up in garden centers the following year.
Results are also used to determine which plants are worthy
of the Classic City Award. This honor recognizes the best overall
season-long performance, which, as Garden Manager Brandon

Above: A rose-covered gazebo is a central fixture in a
display of annuals and perennials that changes yearly.
Left: Flags mark fan favorites at the annual open house.

Coker points out, means looking good from April until
November.
Homeowners can learn what made these winning plants
stand out and find weekly "best of the best" lists at ugatrial.
hort.uga.edu. Or plan your own visit to the UGA Trial Garden-
open year-round free of charge-and be able to say, "I saw
it first."
-Helen Newling Lawson

Atlanta attractions team up for 'Field Trip Fridays'

JEFF ROFFMAN

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Children's Museum of Atlanta

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ore than 15 Atlanta-area attractions have
joined together to help Georgians weather
social-distancing orders.
ATLMuseumsatHome.org offers virtual
programming that can be enjoyed via computers,
tablets and mobile phones.
Audiences can take virtual tours and experience
activities from the safety of their homes. Participating groups include the Atlanta Botanical Garden,
Atlanta History Center, The Breman Museum,
Children's Museum of Atlanta, College Football Hall
of Fame, Fernbank Museum, Georgia Aquarium,
High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum,
National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Zoo
Atlanta.
-Pamela A. Keene


http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu http://www.ATLMuseumsatHome.org

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