Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reception, Talk and Book Signing with Kimberly Cross Teter

    Did you know that the most famous orchestra in Europe at the beginning of the 18th Century was composed of all females, most of whom had been orphaned or abandoned as babies?  These remarkable musicians lived together in the Ospedale della Pietà, a unique orphanage in Venice, where they were directed by Don Antonio Vivaldi, the prolific composer who would become known for The Four Seasons. Vivaldi, ordained a Catholic priest in 1703, maintained an on-again, off-again relationship with the Pietà for 37 years and wrote a countless number of pieces for its girls during that time.  The main character in Kimberly Cross Teter's debut novel, Isabella's Libretto, is a 14-year-old cellist who lives at the Ospedale della Pietà and dreams that Vivaldi will write a solo that features her.

    Listen to Kimberly talk about her novel and this fascinating piece of history and hear a cellist perform in the Visitor Center on Wednesday March 4. Friends of the Garden will host a book signing and reception at 6:00 pm.  Kimberly's talk will begin at 6:30 pm.  This event is free.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Meet Ben - A 2015 Young Dawg

            Hi, my name is Ben Williams and I am a high school student participating in UGA’s Young Dawgs internship program. This semester I will be doing an internship here at the garden.
First of all I should tell you a little about myself. I am a homeschooled senior. I am fascinated by wildlife; particularly birds. I plan to pursue this interest in college, and this internship will be great preparation for that. I go birding regularly, whether I am in my backyard or places like the State Botanical Garden. Birding is an enhanced form of bird watching, involving more traveling in search of birds. I have had many opportunities to enjoy birds and wildlife in various ways. For instance, for five years I have participated in Georgia’s annual Youth Birding Competition, a 24 hour contest of who can find the most birds in the state. 2013 was a big year for me. In the summer I got to participate in a nature immersion camp in Puerto Rico, where I learned much about ecosystems on the island. Later that summer I went to another camp in Colorado which was all about birding. An exciting part of this camp was getting to visit the amazing landscapes there, including prairie and mountain tundra, in addition to seeing an abundance of wildlife.
Young Dawgs is a program that gives internships to students in a field of study that interests them. Many students work with professors from UGA. In my case, my internship will be focused around birding, and I will be working with Cora Keber and Andie Bisceglia who work at the garden. I will come to the garden regularly and record bird sightings at designated locations. With the data I collect, we hope to gain information on the migration habits of the birds at garden, as well as how the habitat restoration taking place here is affecting bird populations and which species are affected. For instance, the data collected in locations where nonnative plants have been eradicated will be compared with locations where these plants remain. If you are interested in hearing more, every week I will tell about my findings on the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Facebook page. I am very excited to be working here and enjoying nature!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Orchid Madness Horticulture Fundraising Events

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host an Orchid Madness fundraising event on Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the visitor center and conservatory.

The event will feature a reception, silent auction, exclusive view of rare orchids and an orchid for each guest to take home. Also included is a hands-on beginner orchid class Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. The class will teach participants how to take care of orchids and about the diversity of the orchid genus.

Proceeds from the fundraiser, including the silent auction, will benefit the garden's horticulture department. The silent auction will feature items including a painting by Athens-based artist and garden board member Mary Hardman.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. For more information or to register, go to botgarden.uga.edu or call 706-542-9353.

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  www.uga.edu/botgarden/educationalevents.html
State Botanical Garden of Georgia                                         2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens
A part of Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia               www.botgarden.uga.edu            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:

"Monarch Nectaring Liatris," 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!!!