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October 11, 2005
Gwinnett Tech to Host ‘New Ideas in Horticulture’ Seminar
Plant sale held in conjunction with free event
Just in time for fall planting, the environmental horticulture program at Gwinnett Technical College is sponsoring a free, one-day ‘What’s New in Horticulture’ seminar on Tuesday, October 18 in conjunction with the college’s annual, fall plant sale. Items for sale will include ferns, perennials, trees and pansies.
The plant sale opens at 8:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:00 a.m. Plant sale and seminar will both take place in Building 600, Room 204 on Gwinnett Tech’s campus. Admission is free to the public.
Scheduled speakers include:
|9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.||Robin Ross of Eden BioScience, who will introduce Messenger, a breakthrough new product that harnesses plants immune systems.|
|10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m.||Bob Shields of Vista Lighting, who will address what’s new in outdoor lighting and provide design tips on how to use outdoor lighting in the landscape.|
|11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.||Dr. Donald H. Marx, chief scientist, Plant Health Care, Inc., who will address mycorrhizal and bacterial relationships as well as carbon allocation in the landscape. Dr. Marx received the Marcus Wallenberg Prize (considered the Nobel Prize for Forestry) for his work in this area.|
|1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Dr. Richard Ludwig of Gwinnett Tech, on “Mediocre or magnificent – what is outstanding landscape design?”|
|2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Shannon Pable, president of Gwinnett County Masters Gardeners, who will share ideas on gardening with native plants.|
|3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Teresa Schrum of Eco Terra Landscape Consultants, who will identify deer-resistant plants for the Georgia landscape.|
Prices for plants will be marked at or below wholesale on the day of the sale. But there are limited supplies – so shop early on Tuesday, Oct .18!
Gwinnett Tech offers an associate’s degree and diploma in environmental horticulture, with specializations in horticulturist, landscape management, plant production, floral design and golf course management. The degree program can typically be completed in six quarters, while the diploma program can be completed in four quarters. Certificates in landscape design and floral design, which can be completed in two or three quarters, are also possible through the environmental horticulture program at Gwinnett Tech.
For more information on the day’s activities or to learn more on the college’s environmental horticulture programs, contact the 678-226-6500.
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