Mark Your Calendar for the 2019 Southern Garden Tour

Metrolina-trial-gardenYoung’s Plant Farm, the University of Georgia (UGA), and Metrolina Greenhouses will once again host the 2019 Southern Garden Tour in June. The tour will take place June 4-6 and is open to retailers, breeders, brokers, growers, industry professionals, media, and students.

Young’s Plant Farm to Host Open House on June 4

The Young’s trial garden consists of 26,400 square feet of raised beds that include both sun and shade conditions. The garden features 750 annual and 75 perennial varieties, including 432 single varieties, 40 combination landscape beds, 56 hanging baskets, and 180 combination planters. One popular feature every year is the four landscape beds that illustrate current gardening trends. Everything in the garden will be installed the week of April 15 and will remain in the ground through the end of August. RSVP to [email protected].

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University of Georgia is the Second Stop on June 5

The University of Georgia’s trial garden is in an extremely unique setting in the heart of UGA’s south campus with 23 raised beds, 190 stone cast containers, 150 hanging baskets, a perennial collection, and 121 rose cultivars. 2019 will feature 500 trial varieties from all over the world, including most of the major breeding companies and many botanical gardens from Asia, South America, South Africa, and Europe. This open-to-the-public trial garden includes the newest ornamental plants every year, as well as classic plants that people still love. The University of Georgia has a history of training numerous students who are now leaders in the industry. Garden transplant starts in mid-April and plants are removed by mid-September. RSVP to trial-[email protected].

Metrolina Greenhouses Will Host an Open House on June 6

The Metrolina trial garden consists of 104 sun and shade raised beds, includes 1,200 varieties of annuals (introductions and Metrolina benchmarks) planted in ground and in containers, an extensive perennial garden with 700 varieties that are overwintered for two years, 400 sun and shade combinations in hanging baskets and planters, a hydrangea comparison trial that was planted in 2016, and a second-year Echinacea and Phlox (paniculata and sabulata) comparison trial. This year Metrolina is also adding display gardens and 40 vegetable combinations. The purpose of the trial garden at Metrolina is to test garden performance under North Carolina conditions. The garden is installed the last week of April and remains in the ground until mid-September. RSVP to [email protected].

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