Tickets on sale now for the Fall for Gardening Symposium – Henry County Times

On Saturday, September 10, Henry County Master Gardeners will host the Fourth Annual Fall Symposium for Gardening at Heritage Park (97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the event is Bee a Mindful Gardener.

Four speakers will present information about gardening with purpose and thinking about plants, nature and wildlife.

• Trecia Neal was a biologist at the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for thirty years, retiring in 2017. Her areas of expertise include ornithology, environmental education, and designing classrooms and outdoor gardens. Upon retirement, Ms. Neal established Green Gardens Education and Designs LLC to design wildlife gardens for homeowners. Ms. Neal will present “Native Plant Myths and Why We Need Them”. She will discuss native plants, why we need them, and ecosystem services.

•Dr. Bodie Pennisi is a professor and statewide extension landscape specialist in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, which she joined in 2000. In addition to graduate teaching, the undergraduate and master gardener and extensive research, Dr. Pennisi coordinates a statewide outreach program to support the landscape industry. She will present “Make your garden a paradise for pollinators and beneficial insects”. It will detail common pollinators and natural enemies as well as best practices for attracting and keeping these insects.

•Sara Henderson has worked with public gardens at the Atlanta History Center, Vines Botanical Garden, Barnsley Gardens, Atlanta Botanical Garden and has served as Gardens Director of Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta for the past 14 years. She will discuss “Making the Most of Small Spaces”. His presentation will guide guests through the process of selecting appropriate plants and design principles for the small garden.

• Kathy Henderson Engeman operates a 25-acre farm in Locust Grove, Georgia, which includes a 3,000 square foot greenhouse and shadehouse producing plants for local gardeners. She is a former staff member of the Fernbank Science Center and volunteer for the Georgia Aquarium. In 2006, she founded The Locust Grove Heritage Foundation which preserves the history and heritage of the area. Ms. Engeman will present “Mindful Winter Gardening in the South”. She will explain why a winter garden is desirable, choosing interesting plants for winter and gardening vegetables in winter.

The day will also include local vendors offering plants and gardening items, a silent auction and several door prizes. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch prepared by Rutabaga’s Market and Café of Hampton are included in the ticket price.

Proceeds from the program support Henry County Master Gardeners’ educational endeavors, including college scholarships. Tickets are $35 until August 31 and $40 starting September 1. To register, call the extension office at 770-288-8421 or stop by the extension office at 97 Lake Dow Road. As places are limited, early registration is encouraged.

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Terri S. Tomasini