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
- Greenhouses: Heating, Cooling and Ventilation
- Safety for Hispanic Landscape Workers
- Seguridad para Trabajadores Hispanos de Jardineria [Safety for Hispanic Landscape Workers]
- Top 10 Nursery Production Integrated Pest Management Practices in the Southeast
- 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
- Weed Control in Home Lawns
- Home Garden Muscadines
- Flowering Annuals for Georgia Gardens
- Control of Lace Bugs on Ornamental Plants
- Pecan Trees for the Home or Backyard Orchard
- Shade Trees for Georgia
- Native Plants for Georgia Part III: Wildflowers
- Planting Your Bare-Root Fruit Tree
- Lespedeza Identification and Control in Turfgrass
- Tips for Saving Water in the Landscape
- Landscape Basics: Color Theory
- Identification and Control of Spring Dead Spot in Georgia
- Turfgrass Fertility: Soil Texture, Organic Matter, Aeration, and pH
- Starting Plants From Seed for the Home Gardener
- Ten Steps to a Healthier Home Lawn
- Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines
- Shade and Street Tree Care
- Centipedegrass Decline
- Roses in Georgia: Selecting and Growing Techniques
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- 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.
- Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm
Regional botanical garden providing education, public outreach and applied research in horticultural and environmental sciences and a facility of the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension, with support from the "Friends of the Coastal Gardens."
- 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.