2018 Southern Garden Tour Includes Visits to Young’s Plant Farm, the University of Georgia, and Metrolina Greenhouses
The 2018 Southern Garden Tour, scheduled to take place June 5-7, will once again be hosted by Young’s Plant Farm, the University of Georgia (UGA), and Metrolina Greenhouses. All retailers, breeders, brokers, growers, industry professionals, media, and students are welcome to attend.
Young’s Plant Farm will host an Open House on June 5. The Young’s trial garden consists of 26,400 square feet of raised beds that include both sun and shade conditions. The garden features more than 300 combination plantings in containers, hanging baskets, and landscaped beds, as well as 432 in-ground comparison trials with new varieties. The trial garden gives Young’s the ability to test varieties and find those that perform best in the mid-south. This will help ensure the highest success potential for consumers who purchase product from regional garden centers. Click here to check out highlights from Young’s 2017 trials.
The University of Georgia’s Open House is on June 6. The garden is located in an extremely unique setting in the heart of UGA’s south campus with 23 raised beds, shade garden, bog garden, water garden, sun garden, and eye-level garden. Some features are 190 stone cast containers, 150 hanging baskets, a perennial collection, and a garden of 121 rose cultivars. The trial garden includes the newest ornamental plants every year, as well as classic plants that people still love. UGA has a history of training numerous students who are now leaders in the industry.
Metrolina Greenhouses will host an Open House on Thursday, June 7. The trial garden at Metrolina is 3 acres and includes 1,200 varieties of annuals (introductions and benchmarks) planted in ground and in containers, an extensive perennial garden that is overwintered for two years, 450 combinations in hanging baskets and containers in both sun and shade, a Hydrangea comparison trial that was planted in 2016, and a Zinnia comparison trial new this summer. The purpose of the trial garden at Metrolina is to test garden performance under North Carolina conditions, which provides suppliers with the ability to select the very best varieties for the end consumer. Click here to check out highlights from Metrolina’s 2017 trials.