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University of Georgia horticulture professor John Ruter has been awarded the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction. CAES News
Armitage professorship
When University of Georgia horticulture professor Allan Armitage retired in November 2010, he left big shoes to fill. Earlier this month, John Ruter was tapped to continue Armitage’s work as part of the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction.
In the spring, crape myrtles add color with flowers. In the fall, they add color with brightly colored leaves. CAES News
Size matters when selecting crape myrtles
Like people, crape myrtles come in all shapes and sizes. And thanks to horticulture breeding programs, today there are crape myrtles to fit any landscape space.
Gary Wade describes one of the palm trees growing in his test plot near Watkinsville, Ga. CAES News
Palms add a tropical flair
To most folks, the word “palm” triggers thoughts of Florida, southern California, Hawaii or Georgia’s coastal islands. But you don’t have to live in any of these areas to enjoy palms.
Athens, Ga., was blanketed in snow and then ice, much like the rest of north Georgia, on Jan. 9, 2011. The aftermath left homeowners and agribusinesses alike trying to dig out of the storm. CAES News
Winter storms
Severe winter weather struck Georgia last week. The dangerous mix of snow and ice that locked down much of the middle and northern parts of the state brought unusual winter worries to farmers in those regions.
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CANR grants
The Center for Applied Nursery Research, directed by the University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Tennessee and University of Florida, announces its latest round of research funding.
Unlike many blueberry plants, Blue Suede holds on to its foilage throughout the year.  It is brightly colored in the fall and green in the winter. CAES News
New berrry bred for home gardens
For years, University of Georgia plant breeder Scott NeSmith has created new blueberry varieties for the commercial market. Now, he has bred one just for home gardeners.
Pears hang from a tree in a middle Georgia home landscape. CAES News
Home orchard
Plucking fresh fruit from your own orchard can be a delicious way to add beauty and taste to your home landscape. The best time to plant fruit trees in Georgia is in the fall, according to a University of Georgia expert.
Gwen Roland admires an angel trumpet plant growing in a greenhouse at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga. CAES News
Plant poison
During summer, children are outside more, and the vibrant colors and smells of blooming flowers might lead them to take a little taste of a plant. This can be dangerous.
Five-leafed clover covers this plant with a little extra luck. CAES News
Gene for luck
Wayne Parrott has answered a question that has stumped plant breeders for the past century: Why do some white clover plants have four leaves?