Published on 12/20/00

Greenhouse Schools Feb. 1-3 in Griffin

Whether you're a greenhouse or gardening enthusiast or a professional grower, you'll find something useful at the "Getting Started in the Greenhouse Business and Propagation School" Feb. 1-3 in Griffin.

The three-day event will be at the Georgia Experiment Station. It includes two days of intensive classroom sessions and one of hands-on ornamental plant propagation workshops. It's sponsored by Georgia Flower Growers Association.

Business School

The business school Feb. 1-2 will cover step-by-step guidelines on starting a greenhouse business. It will include selecting bedding and perennial plants, scheduling and growing and marketing crops. Veteran greenhouse professionals will share the secrets of their success. They'll discuss some common mistakes, too.

Greenhouse and nursery owners, landscape professionals and University of Georgia faculty will present the topics sure to provide the background, insight and basic skills needed to start a business. Participants will take home a Greenhouse Manual filled with extensive, detailed information from the lectures.

Propagation School

The propagation school Feb. 3 will cover everything you need to know about basic and advanced propagation, or growing new plants from existing ones.

Two workshops are offered:

  • A half-day session for beginners will introduce the scientific background of plant propagation. It will cover topics from basic cutting physiology and rooting hormones to details on specific systems. It also includes a half-day session of hands-on learning in how to propagate vegetative annuals, foliage plants, perennials, herbs and semiwoody ornamentals.
  • For advanced participants, topics include propagating roses, cacti, gesneriads, orchids and hydrangeas. Hands-on sessions are in the afternoon.
At the end, you can take your day's efforts home and watch your new plants grow. Reservations are required, and seats are limited. So register early. The fee is $105 for GFGA members or $130 for nonmembers. To sign up, call (770) 229-3477.

Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.