Allan M. Armitage
Instruction and Introduction
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New Crop Program
Dr. Allan Armitage is internationally known for his multifaceted teaching research in new crops for the garden and greenhouse. His New Crop Program is a highly regarded program and has produced numerous introductions for the ornamental market: Verbena 'Homestead Purple' (with Dr. Michael Dirr), sweet potato 'Margarita,'the Sunlover series of Coleus, Tibouchina 'Athens Blue, Plectranthus 'Athens Gem,' Dicentra 'Athens Yellow' and rosemary 'Athens Blue Spires., Dr. Armitage's research in the field of new cut flowers for American growers led to the formation of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, an international association of growers, researchers and allied trades people.
UGA Horticulture Garden
The Horticulture Garden, established by Dr. Armitage in 1982, has become a mecca for visitors wishing to see the newest in annual and perennial plants.
The garden is supported by plant breeding companies throughout the world, and his evaluations of herbaceous taxa for the Southeastern climate is followed closely by the floriculture industry. The garden not only is a research facility but also has been a powerful teaching tool for the last IO years. It is a training ground for horticulture, providing incomparable experience for students embarking on their careers in horticulture.
The garden is also special in that it is one of only 30 All-American Trial Gardens in North America, and, as an All- American judge, Dr. Armitage's opinion of the plants affects their potential to become national best sellers.
As a teacher and lecturer, Dr. Armitage engages his students in real world experiences. He was recognized as one of the best teachers in the nation when he received the distinguished National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society and The Medal of Honor, the highest award possible from the Garden Club of America. He has received the Educator of the Year from the Georgia Green Industry Association, The Horticulture Initiative Award from the Southeast Greenhouse Association and the Gold Medal of Achievement from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
He is in constant demand as a lecturer, having spoken in nearly all the states as well as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Columbia, Holland, Germany and Greece.
Dr. Armitage's well-known classroom and reference text, Herbaceous
Garden Perennials, A Treatise of Identification, Culture and Garden
Attributes, now in its second edition, was designated one of the 75
most important horticultural books written in the last 75 years by the
American Horticultural Society.
His book Specialty Cut Flowers was awarded the prestigious Educational Media Award from the Professional Plant Growers Association in 1994.
Allan, Armitage on Perennials, a guide- book to perennials, won the Garden Communications Award from the Garden Writers Association of America. He has authored four additional books and written more than 250 articles and papers.
His recent works include the completion of two CD-ROMs for plant professionals and gardeners.
The Photographic Library of Herbaceous Plants includes approximately 7,200 photographs of cultivars and species of annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns and cut flowers.
The second is an interactive CD-ROM titled The Educated Gardener, which allows gardeners, designers and students to rapidly search by flower color, height, climatic zone and sun/shade tolerance for thousands of perennials, including associated text and photographs. This CD-ROM was completed in December 1998 and received the Green Thumb Award from the Mail Order Gardening Association in 1999.
Dr. Armitage has been instrumental in establishing the University of Georgia Horticulture Department as one of the top teaching and research programs in the United States. His commitment to the introduction of new plants has translated to significant profits for growers. As a tribute to his contributions, the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia is establishing the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction. To establish an endowed professorship, a minimum of $250,000 must be raised. The endowment will perpetuate Dr. Armitage's work and influence the horticulture industry in America.