THE TRIAL GARDENS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA: AN EVOLUTION
The Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia (UGA) serve as a venue for teaching, new crop introductions and research. Horticulture teaching focuses on plant identification courses but other programs such as Entomology, Pathology and Arts also use the gardens. Numerous taxa have been introduced to the industry based on the breeding and trials in the gardens. The main function is to serve as a research facility for many of the worlds flower breeders. Data are gathered on crop entries from the breeders and placed online for breeders, retailers and growers to evaluate. Marketing and promotion of the garden as a research and crop introduction facility has grown in importance over the last five years and is accomplished through open houses, online award programs and continuous communication with the breeders and partners companies. Funding is accomplished through fees from the breeders as well as fund raisers.
Armitage, A.M. (2013). THE TRIAL GARDENS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA: AN EVOLUTION. Acta Hortic. 980, 125-128
flower evaluation, quality, promotion, Athens Select