Thursday, July 17, 2014

GrowIt! App Launch Event

GrowIt! Launch Event
Help create the newest plant app!
Thursday, July 17        6:00 – 7:30 pm
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
GrowIt! is, a mobile app that is also social. It helps you find plants and ideas that work well in your area by connecting you to photos and comments of gardeners in the same area. It will be available in the App Store in July, but before it can be marketed on a large scale, folks around the country need to be entering data.
GrowIt! is an initiative of Ball Horticultural Company, but includes all plants, not just one brand. The goal is to engage the next generation of gardeners (Millennials mostly, ages 20-38).  This free mobile app is the first of its kind creating a social platform for users to promote plants they love and help others steer clear of plants that just don’t perform.  The app uses geo-locating technology in the phone to ensure that the users only see local information.  This will help ensure the next generation gardener knows what they should and should not buy so that their first gardening experience is a success.
To make this a successful tool for the next generation content needs to be built within the app.  An important aspect of GrowIt! is that it runs entirely on user submission with none of the digitally enhanced images that can come from big brands.  So….we need REAL images from REAL gardeners supporting a real social network.  So GrowIt! Is hosting a gathering at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitor Center (2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens), where garden enthusiasts from the community download the app, walk around the gardens, take photos, and rate plants. 
Your comments and photos will help guide new gardeners on the best plants and the ones to avoid. Check it out at or
Contact Connie for more information at 706-542-6014 or

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sunflower Concert Series at the Garden

It's time for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia's 2014 Sunflower Music Series, with the first concert this Tuesday!
The Sunflower Concert Series at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia showcases an eclectic mix of talented, awarded artists in an outdoor garden setting.
All concerts are on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm, in the terraced Flower Garden. This summer's schedule:

Sunflower Concert Series at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Outdoor summer concerts in the Flower Garden - one of the most beautiful and relaxing settings possible. Bring a picnic basket, spread a blanket, kick off your shoes and enjoy a summer evening outdoors.
7:00-9:00 p.m., $15 ($10 for members of Friends of the Garden)
Buy tickets here.
Concert moves indoors in wet weather.
Tuesday, June 10                   Saint Francis, with Rachel O'Neal
Think Southern Rock or artsy soul, as played by folks who have strong ties to nature and our community ( Bridge Radio calls Saint Francis "Inspired songwriting, masterful presentation, and a musical vibe we haven't felt in some time…" Rachel O'Neal will not only warm-up, but join the band in a few songs, as she has on a recent album. Saint Francis has over 14,000 followers on Facebook – come hear why. Click here to watch a video of one of their songs.

Tuesday, July 8                      Randall Bramblett with Dodd Ferrelle
Randall Bramblett ( returns to the State Botanical Garden for an intimate acoustic concert. The Intelligencer wrote about his album released last year: "Elements of pop, soul, blues, and the sounds of the church combine with Randall's often wistful, beautifully conceived lyrics..."

Tuesday, August 26               Grogus
Grogus will play Latin jazz, traditional Cuban and Caribbean styles and funk versions of jazz standards. They just make you feel good, listening to the upbeat lyrics and tempo or kicking off your shoes and dancing in the super-soft grass in front of the stage.
Tuesday, September 30         Klezmer Local 42, with Mary Sigalas opening
Klezmer Local 42 will perform toe-tapping Eastern European style dance tunes packed with emotion.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Get the Scoop on Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plants:  Learn to Identify, Grow 

and Conserve Carnivorous Plants

June 7, 2014 | 9 AM - 1 PM 
Visitor Center & Conservatory -- Adult Classroom 
2450 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605
Cost: $50                 Friends of the Garden Members: $45
Georgia is home to nearly 30 species of carnivorous plants --  plants that get most of their nutrients from capturing and digesting the living organisms -- insects, spiders, frogs, etc. -- that fall or are lured into their traps. They inhabit some of our most interesting and endangered habitats -- bogs, savannas, and other wetlands. This class will look at their fascinating life history and explore some of the plant communities that support them.

Kevin Tarner, Greenhouse Manager for UGA's Plant Biology Department, will cover identification of Georgia's carnivorous plants, as well as propagation and cultivation. He will also discuss their endangered and species-rich habitats and the conservation steps being taken to preserve them.  Each participant will have the chance to get their hands dirty by potting up their own carnivorous plants to take home. The class will also visit the Plant Biology Greenhouses on Riverbend Road and tour Kevin's extensive collection of carnivorous plants. 
For more information or to register, contact Cora Keber [] 706-542-6156, or go to the Garden's online registration site:

Sarracenia flava, Yellow Pitcherplant  Photo by Hugh and Carol Nourse

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Celebrating Emily Dickinson: Readings, Discussions and a Garden Walk

Celebrating Emily Dickinson: Readings, Discussions and a Garden Walk
May 20, 6-8 p.m., The Visitor Center & Conservatory, $5 includes reception
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens

When volunteer Greg Wagstaff approached the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to create an event around Emily Dickinson in the garden, the brainstorming that followed led to "Celebrating Emily Dickinson: Readings, Discussions and a Garden Walk" on May 20, 6-8 p.m.

This $5 event (free for Friends of the Garden) will include an opening reception at 6 pm, a talk by Greg about Dickinson with at 6:30 pm, a guided poetry walk through the State Botanical Garden, and an illustrated brochure that will be available at the Garden’s front desk for the next few weeks. Highlighting the program will be readings by graduate student Emily Stutler, Stephen Corey, Editor of the Georgia Review, and Caroline Jean Bartunek of the Georgia Review. Greg consulted with leading authorities on Emily Dickinson in the Northeast (Dickinson was born in Massachusetts in 1830), garden curators, Master Gardeners, and The Georgia Review staff for direction and ideas.

Scheduling the event seemed to coincide with ‘Celebrating Wildflowers Week’ at the Garden, which included led walks by the Conservation Biologist and working beside the Conservation Horticulturist. Would this fit in with these events?

“Certainly!” Greg replied. “When Emily Dickinson was a student at Amherst Academy, she roamed the woods collecting wildflower specimens and pressing them into her own herbarium.”   Emily's collection can be seen online at: 

Dickinson’s love of flowers and natural areas are often expressed in her poetry, but she saw very few of her poems published. “During her lifetime, only a few people knew that Emily was a poet, but everyone knew that she was a gardener.” Greg wrote in the brochure.

Join us Tuesday, May 20 for an evening celebrating nature and a lady that many believe to be ‘America’s greatest poet.’ And meet Greg, now on staff at the State Botanical Garden. Information at or (706) 542-9353.

Emily Dickinson poems:

Source: THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON, Thomas H. Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright © 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.  

J404 - How many Flowers fail in Wood --

How many Flowers fail in Wood --
Or perish from the Hill --
Without the privilege to know
That they are Beautiful -- 

J111 - The Bee is not afraid of me.

The Bee is not afraid of me.
I know the Butterfly.
The pretty people in the Woods
Receive me cordially -- 

J1650 - A lane of Yellow led the eye

A lane of Yellow led the eye
Unto a Purple Wood
Whose soft inhabitants to be
Surpasses solitude 

A useful link to Emily Dickinson activities and lessons:

Other events during ‘Celebrating Wildflowers Week’:
Conservation Work Day
May 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies
Botanical Garden Wildflower Walk with Conservation Botanist Linda Chafin
May 21, 4:15 p.m.
Meet under the shade arbor beside the Callaway parking lot
RSVP to 706-542-9353
Rock and Shoals Native Plant Walk with Conservation Botanist Linda Chafin
May 22, 9 a.m.
Meet at the Callaway parking lot to carpool to site
RSVP to 706-542-9353

The State Botanical Garden is a public service and outreach unit at the University of Georgia. For more information call 706-542-9353, email or see