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Exciting program and 2 days of tours!
Allen D. Owings, Regina P. Bracy and Roger Rosendale
The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station evaluates approximately 300-350 cool-season bedding plants in landscape settings each year from October through May.
Of the annual flowers for the cool season of the year, most people are familiar with pansies, snapdragons, petunias, garden mums and older varieties of dianthus. But there are many more.
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This year, the 2012 Coastal Green will be held at the Coastal Gardens & Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia on September 28, 2012. Registration is $50 per person until September 19 and $65 per person after September 19; registration includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch. To register, please visit this website. The agenda and driving directions for
Coastal Green details are below.
8:15 – 8:45 AM Registration
8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome – GGIA Chapter 4 Leadership
9:00 – 10:00 AM Hot New Annuals and Perennials for the Landscape – Bodie Pennisi
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Non-Native Invasive Pests of Georgia – Mark Raines
11:15 – 12:15 PM Biological Control of Pests in the Landscape – Kris Braman
12:15 – 12:45 PM Lunch (included with registration fee)
12:45 – 1:45 PM Best Shrubs and Woodies for the Coast – Matthew Chappell
1:45 – 2:45 PM On-Site Consulting: A New Business Opportunity – Don Gardner
2:45 – 3:45 PM Pre-emergent and Post-Emergent Use, Safety, and New Products for the Landscape – Mark Czarnota,
3:45 – 4:30 PM Enjoy fellowship and networking.
New England Wild Flower Society has a new website for identification and learning about 1,200 of the more common New England plants. Please let everyone know about www.newenglandwild.org/gobotany.
There is a great tutorial on video at http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/go-botany/tutorial-for-go-botany.html/
If you or friends happen to be in the Boston, MA area this weekend and would like an in-person tutorial, we have one scheduled at Garden in the Woods this Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. with Elizabeth Farnsworth, PhD – details at http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/lec5001. It is a free class, but pre-registration is appreciated.
Join us Saturday morning, February 18, to learn about, see and celebrate magnolias! Members of the Magnolia Family are prized worldwide for their flowers and have become some of the most widely planted trees. Since 2000, Environmental Horticulture Professor Gary Knox has planted more than 120 species and cultivars of Magnolia at the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy (NFREC). The purpose of the Magnolia Garden is to evaluate new magnolias and compare them to “standards” in the industry. Many of these magnolias are expected to be in full bloom.
Sponsored by Gardening Friends of the Big Bend (GFBB) and Magnolia Society International, the February 18 program includes special guest speakers Andrew Bunting and John Tobe along with NFREC’s Gary Knox. GFBB and NFREC are very honored to host Andrew Bunting. Andrew is Curator of Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia and President of Magnolia Society International. As part of the American Public Gardens Association, he is also leading a continent-wide effort to coordinate and organize 16 gardens into the national collection of Magnolia species. Andrew will speak on magnolias for the home garden, based on his extensive knowledge of these magnificent ornamentals from working at Scott Arboretum as well as from viewing magnolias during his travels.
As a professional botanist, speaker John Tobe is often in the “woods” and knows our native plants intimately. John will speak about the various magnolias native to our area, and how to incorporate them into our gardens and landscapes. Incidentally, John and his family are the creators of Tobe Botanical Garden in Quitman, Georgia. This beautiful garden features magnolias, many of which were shared with Gary Knox to help create NFREC’s Magnolia Garden. Finally, Gary Knox will report on the best performing magnolias in the Magnolia Garden at NFREC, based on 10 years of data and observations.
Following the presentations and a break, participants will board trolleys to ride to the Magnolia Garden. NFREC’s Gary Knox and GFBB Volunteer Jill Williams will provide a tour highlighting the best performing magnolias.
Upon returning from the Magnolia Garden Tour, GFBB will host a plant sale featuring several magnolias, as well as other seasonal plants. Proceeds are used by GFBB to support ornamental horticulture research and extension at NFREC.
Join us February 18 to learn more about magnolias! Pre-registration is $5 for GFBB members and $10 for non-members; registration at the door is $10 for GFBB members and $15 for non-members. To register and for additional information, please go to
The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation. NAPCC was organized by the American Public Gardens Association and the USDA Agricultural Research Service to identify national collections of plant species. In addition to displaying and preserving plants, germplasm in these plant collections may be shared with researchers and assayed for resistance to new pests or diseases and as sources of germplasm for new plant introduction or breeding efforts. For more information, go to http://www.publicgardens.org/content/what-napcc.
NAPCC already has identified national collections for more than 35 genera or groups (http://www.publicgardens.org/content/napcc-collections-name). Some, like Sarracenia (pitcher plants), are held by one institution (i.e., Atlanta Botanical Garden). Other genera have diverse climatic ranges and require multiple locations. Magnolia is one of these, and is one of the newest groups being authorized by NAPCC. The National Collection of Magnolia will encompass 16 sites, including southeastern US sites of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, JC Raulston Arboretum, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories Arboretum and the Magnolia Garden at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy, Florida. A Magnolia Field Day will be held at NFREC on Sat., Feb. 18, to showcase the collection of magnolias and celebrate its inclusion in the Multi-site Collection of Magnolia. For more information, go to http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/events/Magnolia_Day_2012.pdf.