Published on 04/12/18

UGA Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden hosts six-week Southern gardening course

By Sharon Dowdy

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will offer a six-week “Gardening in the South” short course on Saturdays from April 21 until May 26 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden (CGBG) at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia.

UGA Extension agents will lead the course, which will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday at the CGBG.

The session dates, topics and instructors are as follows.

April 21: “Soil Health: Where It All Begins and Ends — The Soil,” by Chatham County Extension Coordinator Tim Davis

This course will cover the how-tos of soil amendments and their essential role in plant health.

April 28: “Urban Trees in the Landscape,” by Glynn County Extension Coordinator Don Gardner

This session will cover the selection, planting and care of trees.

May 5: “Annuals, Perennials and Woody Ornamentals,” by CGBG Grounds Foreman Shane Sexton

This class will cover selecting plants and varieties and the practices to follow to take your garden to a new level.

May 12: “Vegetables and Pollinators,” by Liberty County Extension Agent Ashley Hoppers

Participants will learn about the vegetables that perform best in southern Georgia and plants that attract pollinating insects.

May 19: “Integrated Pest Management,” by Bryan County Extension Agent Richard Evans

This session will cover cultural, biological and chemical approaches to controlling pests in the landscape.

May 26: “Turf Management: ‘Lawn’ is not a Four-Letter Word,” by Chatham County Extension Coordinator Tim Davis

Participants will learn how to establish, grow, maintain and troubleshoot lawns.

Registration for the entire gardening series is $100, or participants can choose to attend individual sessions for $20 each. Friends of the Gardens members can attend the series for $80 or $15 per session.

To register or for more information, call Rene Clayton at 912-921-5460 or For more on CGBG, go to

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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