Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Native Plant Symposium January 21, 2014

Learn how to incorporate native plants into your home landscape during this day-long symposium. This year, noted author, naturalist and activist, Janisse Ray ("The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food") will be our keynote speaker, making the connection between saving seeds and protecting native plants. Fee:  $60 (lunch included)
This program counts as an elective for the Certificate in Native Plants and includes the following topics:

Gardeners in Paradise:  Growing a Heirloom Planet
Janisse Ray, Author, Environmental Activist and Naturalist
Seed Collecting, Cleaning and Storage & StorageAnne Shenk, Director of Education, SBG
Plant Propagation Basics,   Heather Alley, Conservation Horticulturist, SBG
All About Seeds,   Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist, SBG
Restoring Native Plant Communities: Ecotypes and Ecological Restoration Planning Tools
Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, State Biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Georgia
Effects of Fire on Seed Germination,   David Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, UGA
Tour of Dunson Native and Flora Garden with Joey Allen, Curator of the Shade and Native Garden

Please see complete agenda on-line at
State Botanical Garden of Georgia                                         2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens
A part of Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia                 706-542-1244

Friday, December 12, 2014

Art Competition Winners

The time has come for us to announce our 2014 Student Art Competition winners!  We were pleased to have nearly 150 entries this year and so many great pieces.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

2014 Art Competition Winners
1st Place: 
“The Beauty of Fall,” acrylic paints, by Caitlin Landress, Fairmount
Kennesaw State University

2nd Place:   
Apis mellifera,” watercolor, pen and colored pencil, by Anna Sherlock, Grayson
Grayson High School

Third Place:   
“Turning Over a New Leaf,” acrylic paint on canvas, by Linda Teachey, Canton
Kennesaw State University

Third Place: 
Sarracenia 'Juthatip Soper',” colored pencils, by Claire Chang, Atlanta
Lakeside High School
Honorable Mentions:

A piece in a series entitled "Metamorphosis Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus life cycle," multimedia, by “OC” Carlisle, Athens
University of Georgia

-“The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, GA,” digital, by Sara Sturges, Watkinsville
Oconee County High School

-“Blue Simplicity” watercolor, by Emily Dove, McDonough
Union Grove High School

-“For Dallas” water mixable oil colour, by Matthew Miller, Sharpsburg
Newnan High School

-“Grasses of the Garden” sign pen on cardstock, by Katherine Sewell, Athens
University of Georgia

-“Georgia Royalty” watercolor, by Samantha Hentz, Marietta
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

-“Orchids” prismacolor pencil, by Neil Hancock, McDonough
Union Grove High School

-“Sunflowers” colored pencil, by Ashlyn Jones, McDonough
Union Grove High School

-“Morning Tulips” acrylic, by Tori Albright, Sandersville
Brentwood High School

-“Sunset at Bloom” acrylic, by Rachel Mathis, Nashville
Berrien County High School

-“Tulips” photography, by Emily Bowen, Athens
University of Georgia

-“Purple Paradise” prismacolor, by Sadie Launder, McDonough
Union Grove High School

-“State Botanical Garden” digital, by Victoria Sturges, Watkinsville
Oconee County High School

-“Mother Nature” photography, by Sarah Cottone, Roswell
St. Francis High School

-“The Cotton” color pencil/white charcoal, by Anaith Sanchez, Locust Grove
Locust Grove High School

-“Fauna” digital print, by Rachel Cottrell, Flowery Branch
Lakeview Academy High School

-“Botanical Symmetry” ink on paper, by Linda Teachey, Canton
Kennesaw State University

-“Une belle lumiere” pencil, by Ty’yonya Milner, Locust Grove
Locust Grove High School

-“Chrysanthemums” acrylic, by Katie Gwaltney, McDonough
Union Grove High School

-“Butterfly in the Wisteria” watercolor and sharpie on paper, E.D. Thompson, Grayson
Grayson High School

-“Tropics” printmaking (ink on linoleum block), Taja Cummings, East Point
St. Francis High School

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Decorations at the Garden

Bromeliad Tree

The main part of the Bromeliad tree is made up of Neoregelia ‘Cookie’ which is primarily native to Southeastern Brazil. The tree is accented with other varieties of Neoregelias including ‘Green Apples’,’Malbec’,’Maria’, ‘Mendoza’, ‘Amazonas’, ‘Charisma’ and ‘Jeffrey Block’. Also displayed on the tree are Vriesea ‘Gigantea’ which is native to Mexico and Central and South America and Tillandsia ‘Oerstediana’.Tiollandsia is the most diverse group in the Bromeliad family and is native to USA, Mexico, Central America and north of Argentina. The

trees on each side of the Bromeliad tree are covered with Tillandsias and Neoregelia ‘Fireball’. The base of the Bromeliad tree is highlighted with Alcantarea “Odorata” and ‘Imperialis Malbec’. Alcantarea is one of the largest genera in the bromeliad family and also get very large in the landscape.

We hope you enjoy our Holiday Display!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eat Your Landscape - An All Day Symposium On Edible Plants

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 An all-day symposium on edible landscaping

Eat Your Landscape!:
Edible Trees, Mushrooms, Vines, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Landscape
Saturday, September 27                      9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Ever tasted a salad with wild sorrel? Cooked fresh poke weed? Or served pawpaw ice cream at a party?  Would you like to grow your own Shitakes and herbs to enhance veggie dishes grown in your garden?  In this exciting day long symposium, find out how you can use fun, edibles – many of which are native - in your garden and your kitchen. Discover which edibles can add beauty to your garden while providing you with tasty and nutritious fruits, veggies and nuts as well as how to integrate these into a beautiful landscape design. Speakers include Tres Froomme, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Julie Runk, Department of Anthropology, UGA, Pam Butts, SBG, and several additional engaging presenters.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Romeo and Juliet at the Garden

Everyone knows one version of this classic tale, but which did Shakespeare's company probably use? The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company's production is going back to the First Quarto, which many scholars believe is the version that best represents the actual script that Shakespeare used both while touring the country and in London. Most people today, however, are only familiar with the revised Second Quarto and the First Folio versions, which were possibly edited for reading, adding considerable length and convoluted poetry to the mix.  Tickets are available at or call 706-362-2175.
Morning school shows available October 2 and 3. Call 706-362-2175 for details.