Gardener Jim Rodgers headlines Backyard Association Meeting


From Special Reports

Founder Jim Rodgers of the Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville has been gardening and propagating native plants for more than 30 years. Although Rodgers has some formal training in botany and landscape design, most of his knowledge is self-taught through fieldwork, textbooks, and gardening. 

Rodgers will share his knowledge of native plants during his lecture, “Collecting, Cleaning and Sowing Native Seeds” at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Coweta Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Backyard Association. 

Rodgers owns and operates Nearly Native Nursery, a walk-in retail and mail-order business in Fayetteville that specializes in native trees, shrubs and perennials for low-maintenance landscapes that will attract native wildlife. Nearly Native Nursery supplies native plants to many botanical gardens throughout the U.S. including Mt. Cuba Center in Maryland and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. 

Rodgers, who has been involved in many plant rescues and reclamation projects, is very knowledgeable on native plant identification, species habitat and propagation. His love for education has blossomed into a passion that is evident at Nearly Native Nursery as he reaches out to people who are interested in gardening with native plants.

Rodger’s latest project, the Native Oasis Botanical Garden, is a 1.5-acre garden in the beginning stages and is fast becoming a home for specimen displays and experimental gardens. This is a small but intensely planted garden, as diverse as any garden in the country. 

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 at 7 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension Office, 225 Pine Road, Newnan. 

To register for plants and other gardening goodies, please contact the extension office at 770-254-2620.

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