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Take a Virtual Trip to the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens of Savannah Georgia (Pictures Included).

Updated on March 10, 2011
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Looking for weeds in the annual trial beds.Annual Trial Bed
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I am an avid lover of nature and in this technology fixated world, it has always been my desire to instill this same love in my children as well.

A great place that will help instill this love is the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens of Savannah, Georgia.

Located at 2 Canebrake Road off of highway 204 in the picturesque town of Savannah, Georgia, this nature lovers paradise is a 50-acre facility that is an extension of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension.

Their mission? - To provide education, public outreach and applied research in environmental and horticultural sciences.

Nature lovers of all ages are provided with the opportunity to mingle and to get up close and personal with at least thrifty points of interests that include but are not limited to:

  1. The Pollination Garden - Also called the butterfly garden; the pollination garden is not treated with pesticides or herbicides and is used in a Roots and Shoots program for school groups ("Students in grades K through 5 take part in the Roots & Shoots program which brings science classes for half-day field trips to the Farm.").
  2. The Strawberry Field - this field uses a technique known as plasticulture. Plasticulture uses drip irrigation in raised row beds covered with a layer of black plastic as mulch. The benefits of plasticulture include: higher yields, an increased efficient use of fertilizer and water resources, a reduction in soil erosion, cleaner and higher quality of produce, fewer weeds, as well as disease and insect management.
  3. The Rose Garden - this amazing garden features five variety of roses that have been chosen by local rosarians as types that perform very well in the local climate (the heat and humidity we experience here in Savannah) and are fairly resistant to disease and insects.

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Pulling weeds from the flower bed. | Source
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kumquat treeYou'll find bamboo everywhere!Banana Research Plot.Going for a hike!You must visit the ponds! They are stocked with fish....but only employees of the farm are allowed to fish there.One of the employees catch of the day. A small wide mouth bass!Taking a needed break and picking wildflowers.The minature waterfall.PalmettosLet the kids climb a tree!A lounge of lizards resting in a water pipe.
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You'll find bamboo everywhere!
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Banana Research Plot.
Banana Research Plot. | Source
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You must visit the ponds! They are stocked with fish....but only employees of the farm are allowed to fish there.
You must visit the ponds! They are stocked with fish....but only employees of the farm are allowed to fish there. | Source
One of the employees catch of the day. A small wide mouth bass!
One of the employees catch of the day. A small wide mouth bass! | Source
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Taking a needed break and picking wildflowers.
Taking a needed break and picking wildflowers. | Source
The minature waterfall.
The minature waterfall. | Source
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Let the kids climb a tree!
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A lounge of lizards resting in a water pipe.
A lounge of lizards resting in a water pipe. | Source

Today, a handful of home-schooled children participated in a volunteer program that allowed them to volunteer their time in weeding the small annual trial beds.

What a grand opportunity to get one with nature, provide a service, and get dirty all at once!→

Several programs are offered at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Garden for all ages.

In addition to the Root and Shoot program; field trip programs such as Fall Outdoor Walks and Pick-your-Own Blackberries and Strawberries are offered to school age children.

Gardening classes and workshops are provided for the more experienced gardeners, horticulturist and the general public, and volunteer programs are offered as well.

There is so much to see and do at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Garden.

If gardening is of interest to you, then a walk through the varieties of gardens will tickle your fancy.

If hiking the trail is more up your alley, then the self-guided, marked trails will be your cup of tea. Don't forget to visit the small ponds while you're at it!

Are you a scientist by nature? Then the weather station, the banana research plot, and the plant research trials will give you much pleasure.

If you are simply a lover of plants and flowers, then a peaceful walk around the gazebo and miniature waterfall will fit the bill.

The public is invited to roam the farm and gardens at their leisure with the exception of the work and storage areas.

Bring along your four legged friend since leashed dogs are allowed as well.

Whenever you decide to visit this fascinating bamboo and plant reserve, keep an eye out for some little surprises such giant trees for the kids to climb as well as a lounge of lizards resting in an inconspicuous place!→

Opened free of charge to the public Sunday through Saturday; the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens of Savannah, Georgia has a worthy place on your traveling itinerary.

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    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for a great hub, and beautiful pictures, especially of the children. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed.creativeone59

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm like you I want to commune with nature and living in NYC I am more in need of it than ever. Fortunately, your hubs give me a chance to live vicariously. I had no idea such a place existed and bamboo intrigues me. It's on my list of places to travel to. And yes I do want to move to NC and have a garden again. Soon, very soon!

      A dose of nature is like a quick fix - whew!

      Rated up.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Nice hub. Well done. Thank you for all the pics. I had no idea this place was there.

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you all for stopping by and taking this virtual field trip with my family and me.

      Creativeone59 - thank you for the compliments on the pictures. I'm quickly becoming addicted to taking photos.

      BkCreative - I'm with you.....there is something about communing with nature that brings me so much peace and tranquility. I'm glad I can give a quick fix of nature since you do live in a concrete jungle of sorts. I hope you get your wish to move to NC and garden again....hopefully sooner than later.

      Granny's House - you know I did not know this place existed either until the field trip. Time literally flies when you are here. It is so peaceful. I hope you get a chance to visit one day.

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Veronica Allen I am in desperate need of some nature. Thanks so much for this most-needed virtual tour. Whew!

      Rated up! Lovely!

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Awwww! Thank you ListLady for such lovely feedback. I love nature and am so soothed by it. I must be out and about and am so fortunate to be able to immerse myself and my children in it. Thank you for stopping by, reading, commenting, and rating!

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Good hub,thanks for writing.

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you crystolite!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such wonderful and informative hub. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Awwww! Thank you Hello, hello. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      I love the pics and the message as well.

      youmeget

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you youmeget!

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      Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

      Seems a very nice place in Savannah Georgia. Warmer weather too. It is great to be plant flower garden and feel the morning sun - free Vit. D

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      Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes Ipeoney - this is a great place to visit and all that free vitamin D is perfect for anyone. Thanks for stopping by.

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