Published on 08/02/18

Ornamental education sessions follow UGA Turfgrass Research Field Day

By Sharon Dowdy

The University of Georgia Turfgrass Research Field Day is set for Thursday, Aug. 9, on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. This year, two optional, interactive sessions especially designed for landscape experts will follow the field day.

The field day will be held from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at UGA-Griffin. For a $25 fee, participants can attend their choice of two in-depth horticulture sessions from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Troubleshooting Ornamentals will be taught by Bodie Pennisi, professor of horticulture, and Greg Huber, training coordinator of the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. Participants will learn to spot signs of trouble in the landscape early, which is important to maintaining healthy and attractive plants, Pennisi said.

Stunted growth, discoloration, spots, lesions, holes and other symptoms can be caused by diseases, pests or nutritional problems. The first hour of the session will be focused on learning to identify the signs of trouble, and the second hour will be a hands-on look at a variety of common problems encountered among landscape ornamentals.

The other session option, Practical Tools for Identifying and Tracking Invasive Plants, will cover how to protect native plant habitats from invasive plants. Participants will also learn how to identify invasive plants. Timothy Daly, UGA Cooperative Extension agent in Gwinnett County, and Ben Ackerley, garden manager at Woodland Gardens, will lead the session on identifying invasive plants. Karan Rawlins, invasive species coordinator for the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at UGA-Tifton, will teach participants how to use EDDMapS, or Early Detection and Distribution Tracking System, an app that helps citizen-scientists track and report invasive species.

Two hours of category 24 Georgia Pesticide License Credit are available for attending either session.

Register the day of the event or by:

Calling the UGA-Griffin Office of Continuing Education at 770-229-3477.

Going online to

Faxing the form to 770-233-6180.

Visiting the UGA-Griffin continuing education campus.

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

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