Published on 08/21/03

Business, skills classes set for landscape beginners

University of Georgia

With the economy limping, many people are trying to make ends meet by getting into the landscape business. Or they're thinking about it.

For them and others who haven't been in the business long, the University of Georgia offers the 2003 Business Skills and Practical Skills Workshops for Beginning Landscaping and Lawn Care Professionals.

The workshops will be Oct. 15-17 at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens in Savannah, Ga., and Oct. 29-31 at Gwinnett Technical Institute in Lawrenceville, Ga. They feature expert advice on everything from hiring help to troubleshooting plant problems.

Three days

The three days include instruction at all levels. Days one and two cover business skills needed in the industry.

Day three is set aside for practical skills training. This includes pesticide recertification credits to people who hold a commercial or private license in Georgia or South Carolina.

For a detailed schedule, visit the Web site at business-skills.htm.

A $100 fee (or a separate fee for each workshop) includes three days of instruction from university faculty and industry pros, printed materials, refreshment breaks and lunch on days two and three.

Daily events begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. A detailed list of fees is included on the registration form on-line.