Held on Saturday, April 14 from 8am to 2pm in Athens, Ga., Plantapalooza 2012 brings together avid gardeners, horticulturists, volunteers and Master Gardeners. As the plant enthusiasts mingle, a wide array of garden plants that thrive in the Southeast will be available for purchase. Admission is free for all plant sales.
Plantapalooza will be held at three locations simultaneously: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, UGA Horticulture Club and The Trial Gardens at UGA.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia (BotGarden.uga.edu), headquarters of the Georgia Gold Medal Plant Program (GeorgiaGoldMedalPlants.org), will have Gold Medal plants noted among a 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. The garden gift shop and Donderos’ Kitchen, which serves coffee drinks and a handmade breakfast and lunch items, will be open.
The UGA Horticulture Club will offer 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.
The Trial Gardens at UGA grows and tests the newest annuals and perennials from plant breeders throughout the world and will sell unique plants that are difficult to find anywhere else in the state. Dr. Allan Armitage will be available to sign his books, which will be for sale, and lead tours of the Trial Garden (UGATrialGardens.com). Profits from all sales go to funding research and student employees in the gardens.
Gardeners who participate in the 2012 Plantapalooza have the opportunity to receive a special card stamped to receive discounts in many area nurseries. Each participating retailer will also have a drawing for $25 worth of plants for Plantapalooza attendees. For directions and information about participating retailers, visit UGATrialGardens.com.