SAVANNAH — This summer, many families in coastal Georgia are looking for locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens in Savannah has a bumper crop of sweet, juicy, ripe blackberries for visitors to pick straight from the bush.
From 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 2 p.m. on Saturday, visitors to the Bamboo Farm may pick blackberries. Pickers are provided with a bucket for picking, lined with a new plastic bag to take your fruit home in. Blackberries are weighed after picking and cost $3 per pound.
Folks who are making jellies and jams — as well as those delicious blackberry cobblers — are finding the fruit plentiful and easy to pick. Moms with kids are coming out to pick. School groups may come to pick (please let the Farm know you are coming). There’s weed barrier cloth beneath the rows and the middles are mowed regularly, so picking is easy. The fruit is expected to continue to ripen through July.
Visitors to the 50-acre Bamboo Farm experience one of Savannah’s hidden treasures. Display gardens, bamboo groves, pick-your-own strawberries and blackberries in season, places to picnic and to walk are to be found in this historic site. Nationally known for the bamboo collection and palm collection, the farm is now developing an extensive camellia garden with the help of the Southeast Camellia Society. Recently the Farm drew public attention for research into growing bananas in the local area. Admission is free.
Begun in 1918 as a USDA plant introduction station, the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens is today a part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension with the mission to provide education, public outreach and applied research in horticulture and environmental sciences. The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway. 17 South, going toward Richmond Hill, and Canebrake Road.
The entrance is a quarter mile south of Wal-Mart and a mile north of the Ogeechee River Bridge.