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
- Landscape Basics: Designing a Quality Control Program for Your Company
- Safety Checklists for New Landscape Employees
- Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Containers for the Nursery Industry
- Alternatives to Synthetic Herbicides for Weed Management in Container Nurseries
- Georgia Green*A*Syst: Environmental Checklist for Nurseries, Greenhouses and Turfgrass Producers
- Bermudagrass in Georgia
- Controlling Moss and Algae in Turf
- Controlling Growth in Five Species of Herbaceous Foliage Plants
- Turfgrass Diseases in Georgia: Identification and Control
- Fertilizer Injectors: Selection, Maintenance and Calibration
- Spanish Series: Enfermedades de los Céspedes en Georgia: Identificación y Control
- Greenhouse*A*Syst Series: Water Source Use and Expansion Assessment
- Greenhouse*A*Syst Series: Irrigation and Technology Assessment
- Grasscycling: Let the Clippings Fall Where They May
- Success with Mixed Containers Using Perennial and Woody Plants
- Rain Gardens in Home Landscapes
- Great Plants Under 20 Feet for Small Spaces
- Native Plants of North Georgia: A Photo Guide for Plant Enthusiasts
- Landscape Plants for Georgia
- Gardening in Containers Using Tropical Plants
- Environmentally Friendly Landscape Practices
- New Trial Tropical Container Gardens
- Composting: Recycling Landscape Trimmings
- Think Outside the Boxwood: Alternative Plants for Gardens and Landscapes
- Growing Indoor Plants with Success
To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.
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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.