Don Thompson to speak on Landscaping at Lecture Series

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Don Thompson of the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Program will be the guest speaker for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s lecture series on Tuesday, April 20 held via Zoom and Facebook Live at 7 p.m.

Just in time for spring planting, Don Thompson will present on Landscaping with Native Plants and give the benefits of using native plants and examples that are well-adapted to our area.

Don Thompson is a resident of Senoia GA having lived there for the past 13 years. Don grew up in Coweta County and graduated from Newnan High School before attending Mercer University in Macon. After graduating from Mercer, he later took Horticulture classes at what was then Dekalb College.

Don previously worked for Pike Nurseries and became a Georgia Certified Nurseyman. Although he didn’t continue with a career in the Nursery business, he retained his interest in horticulture and became a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) in 2012. He has been actively involved with the local County Extension Office since then in a number of different projects including plant sales, native plant restoration efforts and educating the public on the benefits of using native plants.

The lecture series is presented in conjunction with the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEV) which helps University of Georgia Extension staff provide research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public. MGEVs receive classroom training and continue lifelong learning through ongoing training and practical experiences. The MGEV Speakers Bureau provides trained volunteers to speak to civic groups, neighborhood associations, garden clubs, schools and other groups on a variety of garden topics. Their mission is to educate the public about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices to build healthy gardens, landscapes and communities.

Those wishing to attend the lecture can register in advance via Zoom or watch live on the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Facebook page on April 20. All questions regarding the lecture can be directed to [email protected] or 770-251-0207.

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