Published on 09/20/12

The Trial Gardens at UGA host an "Evening in the Garden"

by Sheridan Weaver

After working in the blazing sun all day in the garden, there is nothing better than enjoying the fruits (or flowers) of your labor in the evening, glass of wine in hand.

Staff members with the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia are offering gardeners, and garden fans, the chance to experience the fruits of their hard work this summer with their 5th annual “Evening in the Garden” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Since 1982, the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia have been testing plants from around the world in Athens, Ga. By testing new breeds of annuals and perennials, the Trial Gardens’ staff has helped introduce new plants to the Southeast’s green industry and the general public.

While the Trial Gardens’ plant evaluations are respected across the globe, the gardens themselves remain a beautiful, secluded getaway in the middle of the university’s bustling campus.

The gardens are open to the public during the day, but one of the best times to visit the garden is in the evening as the sun is setting — when the garden takes on a relaxing, romantic persona. There is no better time to do this than during the “Evening in the Garden” event.

“The Garden is Athens' greatest hidden treasure. Come enjoy another reason why Athens, Georgia is so special,” said Allan Armitage, a UGA horticulture professor and founder of the Trial Gardens.

The event will highlight plants that have survived the summer heat and flourish in the fall. In addition to the garden’s natural ambiance, there will be live music, hors d’oeuvres and fine wine provided by Earth Fare, Jittery Joe’s coffee and a chance to chat with Armitage.

“Evening in the Garden” visitors are asked to donate $5 to benefit the gardens. All proceeds will go towards funding the research and student education at the gardens.

Parking is available in the South Campus parking deck. The Trial Gardens are located at 220 W. Green St., Athens, Ga. For more information, email, call Sheridan Weaver at 706-583-0285 or visit

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