March 2019 Monthly Meeting

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to meet a living legend. On March 18, Dr. Michael A. Dirr, a renown Professor of Horticulture now retired from UGA, will literally explore the ABC’s of plants in a free presentation titled “Abelia to Ziziphus…Mining the Alphabet for the Next Great Garden Plant“.  Throughout his career, Dr. Dirr has published more then 300 scientific and popular papers and articles. His teaching, lectures, seminars, garden study tours and plant introduction programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural awareness not only in Georgia, but across the nation. He has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the Liberty Hyde Bailey Medal from the American Horticulture Society. Dirr’s “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” is the field’s leading horticultural text and reference work, and along with his “Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation” has become the bible for the landscape and nursery industry. In addition, Dr. Dirr’s photo library of woody landscape plants (on CD-ROM) is recognized as the field’s premier collection of plant images. In his presentation Dr. Dirr will share what he considers some of the best plant selections for Georgia gardens.  Please join us at the Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Bring a covered dish to share and join us for dinner at 6:30, or just come for the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m.