Published on 07/25/02

Tri-state Horticulture Short Course Aug. 23

People interested in growing things come from all angles. For three big groups -- gardeners, greenhouse growers and nursery, landscape and turf professionals -- three universities from three states have put together the Tri-state Horticulture Short Course Aug. 23 in Milton, Fla.

Georgia, Florida and Auburn may fight it out in sports, but their extension services have joined to put on quite a program. From 9 a.m. until 4:35 p.m. in three parallel tracks, 18 university and industry experts will speak in 24 sessions, eight in each track.

Home gardeners will have sessions on coastal plain soils, effective use of screens, water-wise landscapes, thirsty butterflies, garden plants, weeds in turf, insects and flowering vines.

Greenhouse topics

The greenhouse folks will learn about plant growth regulators, potting-mix basics, plant diseases, insect ID, heat-loving annuals, greenhouse safety, Boston ferns and fertilizers.

And the nursery, landscape and turf track includes ornamental grasses, insect ID, turf weed control, container crop weeds, new landscape plants, pot-in-pot production, worker safety and water testing.

Pesticide applicator license holders will get 6 credits in category 24.

The fee is $55 and includes lunch. You must preregister by Aug. 10. You can register on-line ( horticulture.htm). For more information, call Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216, extension 100.

Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.