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2022 Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Spring Symposium

We are excited to have three outstanding speakers for the Spring Symposium on Thursday, May 5th. The plant sale include native plants, some must have annuals for that pop of color, the Rosalynn Carter and Jimmy Carter Native Azaleas (limited quantities will be available) and some unique planted containers.

The event begins at 8:30AM with registration, the plant sale and silent auction. The welcome and first program begin at 9:15AM. The event will end around 1:30PM. Dr. Gary Bachman’s new book will also be available for purchasing and he will be happy to sign your copy.

The Spring Symposium is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please email or call 229-824-4567.

2022 Program

Dr. Gary BachmanSouthern Gardening All Year Long

We are so fortunate to live in the south and enjoy gardening throughout the year. Gary is going to discuss the options available for four season butterfly and pollinator gardening. Whether you’re planning on having an inground garden, raised beds or growing in containers, Gary will discuss proper planting techniques, soil amendments and container mix recommendations. Also, plant selection is important depending on light conditions, soil characteristic and watering needs. He’ll make solid seasonal recommendations for annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs as well as shrubs and trees to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your garden all year long.

Kathy Crye – Establishing a Pollinator Friendly Garden

Having the correct plants in your garden to attract pollinators is crucial. Kathy will share tips for garden designs with annuals, perennials and native plants. The session will also provide information about plants that serve as host plants for pollinators common in Georgia. Learn ways to make your garden pollinator friendly as well as beautiful!

Dr. Bodie Pennisi – Creating a Healthy Biodiverse Community with Native Plants, Pollinators, and Other Beneficial Insects

Native plants are appreciated not only for their beauty but also for their importance in promoting a rich and living community – from the soil microorganisms and other soil-dwellers associated with their roots, to insects which feed on their foliage, to the bees and butterflies, which pollinate their flowers and ensure a seed set. A native garden should encourage not just transient visits but also invite various insects to stay around and rear their young. What are best gardening practices when it comes to protecting pollinator health? Bodie will answer these questions and share current research in the area of integrated pest management, ecosystem services, and wildflower species for floral provisioning of pollinators and beneficial insects.

2022 Speakers

Gary Bachman

Gary Bachman

Mississippi State University
Extension/Research Professor of Urban Horticulture
Host of Southern Gardening

Bodie Pennisi

Body Pennisi UGA

Department of Horticulture
Professor, Statewide Extension
Landscape Specialist
University of Georgia

Kathy Crye

Kathy Crye

Horticulturist, Former Manager of Callaway Gardens Pollinator Garden and developer of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail at Callaway Gardens

Previous Speakers

Erica Glasener

Erica Glasener

Nationally recognized Author/Writer/Speaker
Senior Producer of Growing a Greener World – PBS and CREATE TV series and
TV Host/Producer of A Gardener’s Diary – HGTV series

Dr. Jaap de Roode

Professor of Biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Director of Infectious Disease Across Scales Training Program

Board of Director for the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail

Ernest Koone

Ernest Koone

The largest grower of native azaleas in the United States and also is a landscape designer for some very well-known gardens.

Karen Oberhauser

Karen Oberhauser

Director, Arboretum;Professor, Department of Entomology University of Wisconsin; Chair of Monarch Joint Venture and recipient of a White House Champion of Change Award in 2013

Bill Starr

Bill Starr

County Extension Coordinator as well as the Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent for Sumter County.

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