Research at the Garden

A variety of research projects are routinely conducted within the confines of the UGA Research and Education Garden. These projects are readily seen throughout the Garden with many of the plots adding to the Garden’s aesthetic beauty. Various data are collected and analyzed from these plots to provide science-based information for our professional and homeowner clientele. Project leaders are CAES scientists and their cooperators and include such topics as biodiversity, plant variety evaluation and selection, management of insect and weed pests, conservation of pollinators and natural enemies, environmental quality, and best management practices for landscapes and home gardens.

Current research projects in the Garden include:

  • Pollinator and Natural Enemy Conservation (Entomology & Horticulture)
  • Azalea Breeding, Evaluation, and Selection (Horticulture)
  • Roadside Weed Management (Crop & Soil Sciences)
  • Commercial Blueberry Variety Evaluation, Selection, and Management (Horticulture)
  • Edible Landscape Blueberry Variety Development (Horticulture)
  • National Germplasm Warm-Season Grass Biomass Clonal Collection (USDA, ARS)
  • Ornamental Grasses Evaluation for Nursery and Landscape Industries (USDA, Entomology, Crop & Soil Sciences)
  • Momi Fir as a Viable Christmas Tree Alternative or as Root Stock for Fraser Fir in the Southeast (Horticulture)
  • Turfgrass Weed Management (Crop & Soil Sciences)
  • Insect Pest Management in Turfgrasses (Entomology)
  • Identification of Pest-Resistant Turfgrasses (Entomology, Crop & Soil Sciences, USDA)
  • Tolerance of Selected Ornamental Annuals and Perennials to Herbicides (Horticulture)
  • Daylily Rust Management (Plant Pathology)
  • Plant Growth Regulator Impacts on Ornamental Shrub Growth Characteristics (Horticulture)
  • Squash Pest Suppression Potential in Farmscapes for Home Gardens and Small Market Vegetable Growers (Entomology)
  • Raised Bed Vegetable Production Feasibility Study (Horticulture)
  • Evaluation of Canna Lily Varieties for Insect Pest and Natural Enemy Occurrence (Entomology)
  • Insect Pest Management on Knockout Roses (Entomology)
  • Chinese Privet Management Using Selected Herbicide Paints (Horticulture)
  • Hybrid Sweet Corn Variety Trials for Home Gardens (Horticulture)