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November Native Plant of the Month: Carolina birds-in-a-nest

Carolina birds-in-a-nest, Macbridea caroliniana, is a threatened perennial herb that grows in sulphuric blackwater creek swamps, wet pinelands and in roadside ditches. It receives its common name from its dark pink flowers that resemble baby birds poking their heads out… Full story

Callaway gift will help make the State Botanical Garden more accessible

A $1 million gift from the Callaway Foundation will help fund a new visitor entrance to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia, enhancing access to the galleries, classrooms, collections and displays. The new entrance will… Full story

UGA grows education across the southeast with new Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden

Celebrate the breathtaking world of nature with a journey into dark caves brimming with dinosaur fossils, climb through a larger-than-life overturned chestnut tree, and soar above the tree canopy in a magical treehouse in the woods. The Alice H. Richards… Full story

October Native Plant of the Month: Georgia Aster

GEORGIA ASTER Symphyotrichum georgianum Our October native plant, the Georgia aster, Symphyotrichum georgianum, is a threatened perennial that grows in the prairies of the Southeast and on the edges of woodlands where there is enough sun to mimic a prairie environment…. Full story

State Botanical Garden of Georgia celebrates longtime donors at Giving Tree Tribute

Six longtime supporters of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia were honored recently during the biennial “Giving Tree” celebration that recognizes patrons who have given their time and money to the garden. “We are fortunate to have a strong group… Full story

September Native Plant of the Month: Pondberry

Lindera melissifolia Pondberry is an endangered shrub found on the coastal plain of Georgia and around the South. Its name comes from the bright red berries that form along the stem and its tendency to form dense thickets around the… Full story

August Native Plant of the Month: Dwarf Sumac

Rhus michauxii    Dwarf Sumac is an endangered shrub with sharply toothed leaves and clusters of tiny, greenish-yellow flowers. It produces tiny dark red fruit in dense clusters which birds sometimes eat. It is found only in two counties in… Full story

July Native Plant of the Month: Royal Catchfly

ROYAL CATCHFLY Silene regia   Royal Catchfly is an endangered perennial with sticky-hairy stems and bright red flowers in an open cluster at the top of the stem. Though found across the southeast and midwest, it is very rare throughout… Full story

UGA, food bank partnership promotes healthy eating

Teaching people to grow, cook and eat healthy foods is the key goal of a partnership between the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Camaria Welch, a graduate student in the University… Full story

June Native Plant of the Month: Hairy Rattleweed

HAIRY RATTLEWEED Baptisia arachnifera Hairy Rattleweed is an endangered plant now only found in two counties in Georgia, Brantley and Wayne, and nowhere else in the world.  It is a pine flatwood perennial and is named for the white, cobwebby… Full story