At this time of year, our thoughts are occupied with proper pruning time and technique, taking the plug out of the irrigation pump to prevent freezing, how quickly the leaves pile up on the deck and many other seasonal tasks and obligations. While pondering your garden and landscape, please take the time to consider this: What will you do next year to learn more about gardening? What educational events will provide information to help you do a better job taking care of your own landscape, your community, your state? How can you be better informed, so that you can make better choices and decisions?
The South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium (SGNPWS) is an excellent, award winning educational event! Held at UGA“s Tifton Campus, this will be the 14th year of great presentations from regional experts on timely topics. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday March 26, 2014. Speakers will be presenting on topics that are high priority for conscientious gardeners: butterflies and other pollinators, providing habitat for birds, and roadside beautification. Come and be prepared to learn something to take back to your home and your community. Visit here often for more information.
In addition to great presentations there will be educational displays, a native plant sale and tours of UGA“s Future Farmstead project and the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum. A meeting will be held during the day to encourage membership in the Georgia Native Plant Society and to elect officers for the Coastal Plain Chapter.
Mark your calendar and set your GPS for 2355 Rainwater Road, Tifton. NESPAL - the original location for the SGNPWS - will be an excellent place to gather with old - and new- friends, to share ideas and to be encouraged by avid and experienced gardeners. See you in Tifton!