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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

Commitment to historic land preservation and education earns national award for UGA donors

Longtime UGA supporters and alumni Craig and Diana Barrow were awarded the prestigious Margaret Douglas Medal by The Garden Club of America (GCA) for their commitment and service to conservation education at their Wormsloe estate near Savannah, Georgia. The national… Full story

Stop and smell the native roses: UGA student creates coloring book for botanical garden

Suzie Henderson has been sketching plants and insects since she was a child. As an ecology major and horticulture minor, she is familiar with Georgia’s native plants—from the bright orange butterfly weed to the ivory yucca. During her internship with… Full story

State Botanical Garden honors supporter who founded first advisory board and fundraising ball

By Christopher James Around Georgia, the name Callaway is practically synonymous with gardens. So it’s no surprise that members of the Callaway family from LaGrange, who created Callaway Gardens, also played a role in developing the State Botanical Garden of… Full story

State Botanical Garden honors Deen Day Sanders for 50 years of service

Deen Day Sanders has been planting seeds her entire life. She has supported the State Botanical Garden of Georgia since its establishment 50 years ago. Sanders’ love for gardening first took root in the small town of Adrian, Georgia, where… Full story

May Native Plant of the Month: Canby’s Dropwart

Canby’s Dropwart Oxypolis canbyi Canby’s Dropwort is an important endangered perennial. It’s essential to the lifecycle of the black swallowtail butterflies who lay their eggs on the stems. When the larvae (caterpillars) emerge, they eat the stems and leaves before… Full story