School Daze blossoms Sept. 14, 15
by Marie Nesmith
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Jo Ann Dorsey looks over some plants she may enter in the School Daze flower show. The plant on the left is a heliotrope and next to it is an epipremnum aureum. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Jo Ann Dorsey looks over some plants she may enter in the School Daze flower show. The plant on the left is a heliotrope and next to it is an epipremnum aureum. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
For Magnolia Garden Club President Jo Ann Dorsey, the upcoming School Daze flower show is the ideal opportunity for her fellow members and the Bartow County Master Gardeners to share their love of horticulture with the community.

To be held at the Olin Tatum Agriculture Building’s Stiles Auditorium — 320 Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville — the offering will feature specimens from both organizations on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. While entries into the horticulture category need to be grown by the exhibitor, the design division also accepts purchased plants.

“We try to go through information and make sure we have things that are going to be blooming in the fall,” Dorsey said, adding the flower show is an outreach project of the Magnolia Garden Club in cooperation with the Bartow County Master Gardeners. “So we would be expecting, of course, dahlias. We even take potted plants that you’d grow inside as well as specimens that you just go out and maybe cut a bloom or cut a limb off of a tree. We’ll have bottles there with water and they’ll all be botanically named.”

With School Daze being free and open to the public, the organizations encourage people to view and ask questions about the displayed specimens.

“I hope it will enhance [the public’s] love of growing things,” Dorsey said. “They can see what we grow and we’ll have the information available if they like it and they want to go grow it as well. Of course, we’ll have shade-loving plants as well as plants that require full sun. And I think it’s good to have the potted plants as well, so that you can find out about how they’re taken care of.

“So it’s just been a big endeavor, and we’re all excited about it and looking forward to it. We’ve been planning it for several years. The ladies felt like they weren’t ready. They needed to take courses on design and courses on how to groom their horticulture. So they know to take off any leaves that have bug bites on them or they know to have them cleaned.”

Along with the flower show, the event also will offer an Ask a Master Gardener Clinic. School Daze will be one of two gatherings that weekend where the Bartow County Master Gardeners will field gardening questions, the other one being the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn — 224 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville — Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The clinics are always an opportunity for the general public to come up and ask questions that they might have, general gardening and landscaping questions,” Bartow County Extension Coordinator Paul Pugliese said. “And a lot of times, the Master Gardeners are able to answer or assist with those questions on-site. And a lot of folks will also bring maybe the plant sample or a tree to be identified or anything. It could be an insect or a weed or something that they need help identifying. They can also maybe provide recommendations on-site as far as how to deal with that pest issue.

“So that’s kind of the purpose and it’s also an outreach tool for us to get people used to the services that we provide through the Extension Office without having to come to the Extension Office ... such as soil testing and water testing. ... That’s basically what the Master Gardeners will be doing primarily at those two events. Also at Rose Lawn, of course, there’s going to be a plant sale going on simultaneously at the Ask A Master Gardener plant booth. Part of that is a fundraiser still to assist the Rose Lawn Museum with their roses.”

For more information about School Daze or to obtain more details about the Bartow County Master Gardeners’ programs, call 770-387-5142, email or visit