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Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium set for Thursday

Continuing their “great partnership,” Chattahoochee Technical College and the Bartow County Cooperative Extension Office will present the fourth annual Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium.

“Chattahoochee Technical College has partnered with UGA Extension to bring educational opportunities to horticulture industry professionals as well as advanced home gardeners,” said Rex Bishop, vice president for Economic Development for CTC. “The lecture topics are tailored to meet the needs of professionals eager to enhance their knowledge and skills. Speakers will discuss the best plant choices for the garden, landscape irrigation and balancing your water budget. In addition, recertification evaluations will be available for green industry professionals.”

Set for Thursday, the event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CTC’s North Metro Campus, Building D, Room 400, at 5198 Ross Road in Acworth.

Bishop will kick off the Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation, “Best Plant Choices for the Garden: New and Old.” Following his program, the speakers will consist of Joe Washington, Cobb Master Gardener Extension volunteer, “Adapt and Garden Smart!” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Greg Huber, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, “Landscape Irrigation Scheduling for Disease Management and Efficiency” from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.; Dr. Elizabeth Benton, UGA Warnell School of Forestry, “Urban Forest Insect Pest Update” from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; and Kathy Nguyen, Cobb County Water senior project manager, “Water Efficient Landscapes: Balancing Your Landscape Goals and Water Budget” from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

“The Bartow County Extension Office partnered with the North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College four years ago to offer the Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium,” Bartow County Extension Coordinator Paul Pugliese said. “Chattahoochee Tech provides the facility and handles the registration for this program. The Extension office and Master Gardener Extension volunteers coordinate the presentations, exhibitors, sponsors and lunch during the program. The Extension office also provides the continuing education hours for certified arborists and commercial pesticide applicators during the program. This is a great partnership, since Chattahoochee Tech has a terrific facility with enough space to host this event, and by working together, we tend to draw a larger crowd through our collaborative efforts.

“Each year, we feature a variety of speakers and topics based on current trends in landscaping and gardening. The symposium is geared toward any home gardener as well as commercial landscapers and arborists. This is a hybrid program that provides practical, applied information that can be used by consumers as well as commercial businesses. Also, the networking lunch and opportunity to visit with exhibitors allows consumers to locate professional services and connect with local businesses that they might not have the time to find on their own.”

The event also will be the second offering in the Bartow County Master Gardener Extension volunteers’ 2017 Bartow Lawn & Garden Seminar series. The remaining seminars will include “Organic Gardening” March 7 from 7 to 8 p.m.; “Growing Herbs” April 4 from 7 to 8 p.m.; “Pet Safe Gardens” May 2 from 7 to 8 p.m.; “Landscape Design Made Simple” Aug. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m.; and Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Following the gardening symposium, the Bartow Lawn & Garden Seminar series will be conducted in the Olin Tatum Agricultural Building’s Stiles Auditorium at 320 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville.

“The symposium is our first consumer horticulture education event of the new year and is part of our annual Bartow Lawn & Garden Seminar series,” Pugliese said. “This seminar series has been formally hosted and coordinated by our Master Gardener Extension volunteers since 2012. The primary purpose of this educational series is to increase awareness of the latest research, information and services offered by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to our local community.

“Most farm families and agribusinesses have been using their local Extension office since 1914. However, many people today are two or three generations removed from farming and don’t realize that the services and educational programs that we offer can also benefit them as home gardeners and consumers.”

To sign up for the Northwest Georgia Green Industry & Gardening Symposium, call 770-528-4550 or visit http://t.uga.edu/2OD. The $35 registration fee also will cover door prizes, a networking lunch and visits with landscape supply vendors.

Further information about the Bartow Lawn & Garden Seminar series can be obtained online at http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bartow or by calling 770-387-5142.

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