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Plantapalooza: Combined Spring Plant Sales

  • April 14, 2012 - April 14, 2012
  • Location: UGA Horticulture Trial Garden
  • Venue Details: The Trial Gardens at UGA
  • Address: UGA Campus, Athens, GA 30602
  • Times: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Admission: No admission for any of the plant sales
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  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
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The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The UGA Horticulture Club and The Trial Gardens at UGA Combine Spring Plant Sales to Create 'Plantapalooza' Gardeners are expected to travel to Athens from throughout the state to attend plant sales held by the State Botanical Garden, the UGA Horticulture Club and The Trial Gardens at UGA. A wide array of garden plants will be available at each location, combined with horticulturists, volunteers and Master Gardeners to help with plant selections.

The Trial Gardens at UGA, which grows and tests the newest annuals and perennials from plant breeders throughout the world, will focus on offering unique plants that are difficult to find anywhere else. They will also offer Athens Select Plants, plants that have successfully survived and thrived in the hot and humid climate. Dr. Allan Armitage will be available to sign his books (which will be for sale) and lead tours of the Trial Garden ( Profits from all sales help fund the continuation of the Trial Gardens research and student employees in the gardens.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia (, headquarters of the Georgia Gold Medal Plant Program (, will have Gold Medal plants noted among its broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, and more. This sale will also offer many native plants grown at the State Botanical Garden, which has a successful Certificate in Native Plants program and has recently launched a Native Plant Initiative. The Garden Gift Shop, with a large selection of books and locally crafted items, will be open.

The UGA Horticulture Club will be selling a wide range of garden and landscape plants near the intersection of Riverbend Road and College Station Road. Profits from all sales fund projects for students in the Horticulture program. Gardeners who participate in the 2011 Plantapalooza will be able to see two gardens, chat with horticulturists, and choose from a large selection of plants in three venues. All the plants are selected to thrive in Southeastern gardens. Plant lists, directions, and more information are available online at

Coffee and light snacks will be sold at the two gardens. Admission is free for all plant sales. Information on Athens hotels and attractions can be found at

Site Locations:
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2450 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens
The Trial Gardens at UGA behind Snelling Dining Hall and next to the Pharmacy building on the UGA Campus, Athens
The UGA Horticulture Club near the intersection of Riverbend Road and College Station Road

Gardeners who participate in the 2012 Plantapalooza will be able to get a special card stamped to receive discounts in many area nurseries. Each participating retailer will have a drawing for $25 worth of plants for Plantapalooza participants. Directions and information about participating retailers are available online at


Participating retailers:


Cofer's Home and Garden Showplace

1145 Mitchell Bridge Road, Athens

(706) 353-1519,


Goodness Grows

332 Elberton Road, Lexington

(706) 743-5055,


Specialty Ornamentals

3650 Colham Ferry Road, Watkinsville

(706) 310-0143,


Thomas Orchard and Nursery

6091 Macon Highway, Bishop

(706) 769-5011,


Thyme After Thyme

550 Athens Road, Winterville

(706) 742-7149,


Wildwood Specialty Nursery

4970 Lexington Road, Athens

(706) 201-6559,


Wolfskin Nursery

10325 Double Bridges Road, Winterville