David Brown to speak at next Backyard Association Meeting


From Special Reports

Want to make your yard the envy of your neighborhood? Guest speaker David Brown, Greenhouse Manager and Floral Designer at Hills and Dales Estate, will show you how at the August meeting of the Coweta County Master Gardeners Backyard Association.

The free Master Gardener Extension Volunteer presentation, “Gardening Potpourri: Secrets of a Great Flower Garden, Ornamental Grasses, and Containers, Too,” is set for Tuesday, Aug. 13 at  7 p.m. The event takes place at the UGA Extension – Coweta County, located at 255 Pine Road in Newnan.

Hills and Dales, a magnificent home and gardens in LaGrange that belongs to the Fuller E. Callaway Family, is now a house museum. Its gardens are also open for the public’s enjoyment.

What is blooming right now at Hills and Dales? Angel’s trumpet, bush clover, cannas, castor bean, elephant ears, franklin tree, firespike, goldenrod, harlequin glory bower, hydrangeas, Joe Pye weeds, lantanas, liriope, milk and wine lilies, roses, rudbeckia, seven son flower, slender goldshower, sweet autumn clematis and zinnia. And that’s just a start.

Before coming to Hills & Dales in 2014, Brown taught high school horticulture for 30 years and was then an adjunct instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College for eight years. He also owned and operated his own floral shop.

Brown, who holds a BS degree in Horticulture and Agriculture Education from Purdue University, uses his wealth of experience and knowledge as the Greenhouse Manager and Floral Designer to create and nurture exciting gardens at Hills and Dales (www.hillsanddales.org).

The Backyard Association is an educational program sponsored by the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs). The presentations are free to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

You do not have to be registered to attend, but if you want to be in the drawing for door prizes, usually plants and gardening supplies, please call the Extension office at (770) 254-2620 or email [email protected]. For more information, visit:  www.ugaextension.org/coweta.

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