With Georgia's excellent climate, it's no surprise that horticulture and professional lawn care and landscaping businesses are among the fastest growing segments of Georgia agriculture. Greenhouse horticulture contributed the most with 37.7 percent of the total value. The landscape and retail garden center sector also plays a large role. Greenhouses and container nurseries both ranked among the top 10 Georgia agricultural commodities in 2009. Lawn care and service industries employ more than 24,000 people in Georgia, and household spending on these services continues to increase.
The horticulture industry has a long history in the state of Georgia, thanks in large part to the former P. J. Berckman's Fruitlands Nursery near Augusta. Berckman's influence is still seen all across the South through his work in the fruit and ornamental industry. In 1908 the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared that he had done more for American horticulture than almost any other man.
Fruitlands Nursery became a world-class experimental station as well as a botanical garden that disseminated many of the most valuable plants of the Southern horticulturist including honey peaches, Kelsey plum, Japanese persimmon, hardy lemon, Amoor River privet, Berckman's dwarf arborvitae, eleagnus, wisteria, and other fruits and ornamentals. Fruitlands Nursery is still at the forefront of interest in Georgia. The nursery is now known as the Augusta National Golf Club and annually hosts the Masters Golf Tournament. The Augusta National Club House is the original family home of the Berckmans.
Horticulture and related professions are "Georgia's Green Industry" — thriving businesses providing an environmentally beneficial product to our state.
Commercial and Professional Publications
- Controlling Growth in Five Species of Herbaceous Foliage Plants
- Controlling Moss and Algae in Turf
- Landscape Basics: Crop Rotation and Cultural Practices Help Reduce Diseases in Seasonal Color Beds
- Landscape Basics: Success with Herbaceous Perennials
- Bermudagrass in Georgia
- Landscape Basics: Designing a Quality Control Program for Your Company
- Georgia Green*A*Syst: Environmental Checklist for Nurseries, Greenhouses and Turfgrass Producers
- Safety Checklists for New Landscape Employees
- Using Surfactants, Wetting Agents, and Adjuvants in the Greenhouse
- Hort Scape: For Landscape Installers
- Hort Management: For Landscape Managers
- Managing Organic Refuse: Options for Green Industry Professionals
- Success with Pansies in the Winter Landscape: A Guide for Landscape Professionals
- Alternatives to Synthetic Herbicides for Weed Management in Container Nurseries
- Commercial Production of English Ivy
- Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Containers for the Nursery Industry
- Enfermedades de los céspedes en Georgia: Identificación y Control
- Turfgrass Diseases in Georgia: Identification and Control
- Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use
- Fertilizer Injectors: Selection, Maintenance and Calibration
- Irrigation for Lawns and Gardens
- Liriope Culture in Georgia
- Care of Holiday and Gift Plants
- Composting: Recycling Landscape Trimmings
- Gardening in Containers Using Tropical Plants
- Great Plants under 20 feet for Small Spaces
- Selecting and Growing Azaleas
- Fall Gardening: A Collection of Information and Resources
- Mole Crickets in Turf
- Rain Gardens in Home Landscapes
- Tree Planting Details
- Landscape Design: Working with a Garden Designer
- Landscape Design: Drawing a Landscape Plan, The Base Map
- Landscape Design: Drawing a Landscape Plan - Site Analysis
- Landscape Design: Choosing a Landscape Design Professional
- Grasscycling: Let the Clippings Fall Where They May
- Ornamental Plantings on Septic Drainfields
- Deer-Tolerant Ornamental Plants
- Chainsaw Safety Tips
- Native Plants for Georgia Part IV: Grasses and Sedges
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- Use care when moving houseplants outside for the spring, summer
- Winter near average for Georgia in spite of some cold mornings
- Late-frost survival kits help gardeners weather whatever comes
- Lawncare can be simpler if homeowners will take time to get to know their grass
- North Georgia lawns may show cold damage this spring
- Native Plants of North Georgia app aims to help hikers, teachers and homeowners identify the plants around them
- Don't prune ice-covered ornamental plants until spring
- Georgia sod inventories low, prices high
- Protect plants from blast of cold temperatures
- Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden celebrates second century with expansion and renovation plans
- Department of Horticulture
Horticulture information and resources.
- Forest Nursery Management
Information about growing and maintaining container trees.
- Warm Season Grass Breeding: Ornamentals
Descriptions of various cultivars of ornamental grasses.
- Georgia Green Industry Association
Organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the economic, lifestyle and environmental benefits of Georgia horticulture for our members, our families, and our communities.