Published on 02/02/06

Spring garden symposium planned March 4 in Macon

University of Georgia

How do you create a moss garden? What ferns grow in the Southeast? What is bog gardening? Which insect is your friend or foe? What are some good tips for pruning trees?

The answers to all these questions and more will be there for the taking at the third annual Spring Garden Symposium March 4 at Macon State College.

The Saturday symposium, presented by the Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens, will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college's Arts Complex and Theatre. Seating is limited, so register early.

'Pretty Enough to Eat'

The keynote speaker is 10th-generation Southern gardener, writer and radio personality Felder Rushing. He will speak on "Pretty Enough to Eat: Growing Stuff You Can Eat When You're Tired of Looking at It."

Other speakers include:

  • Kristine Braman, a University of Georgia professor of entomology.
  • Ronald P. Clay, an assistant professor of biology at Macon State College.
  • Tom Goforth, owner of Crow Dog Company Native Ferns and Gardens near Table Rock, S.C.
  • Henning Von Schmeling of the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
  • Hal Massie, a naturalist and lifetime Georgia Master Gardener.
  • Jan Midgley, owner of Wildflower, a nursery in Birmingham, Ala.
  • J. Dan Pittillo, a biology professor at Western Carolina University.
The fee covers three presentations, two breakout sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch. It's $30 per person before Feb. 20, or $35 per person after that. To sign up, call the MSC Department of Continuing Education at (478) 471-2770.

Or visit the college's Web site ( for a printable form. Go to the main menu, click on "Academics," select "Continuing Education Courses" and scroll down to "Spring Garden Symposium."

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