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Upcoming Events for Georgia

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October 4, Athens
Warm-Season Grasses of the Georgia Piedmont
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class, we will learn to recognize common grass species of the Georgia Piedmont and will dissect grass plants to learn the basic structures that are useful for identification in the field. The last two hours of the class will be spent in the field examining a variety of native and exotic grasses. Bring a hand lens. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. To register, visit or call 706-542-6156.

October 5, LaGrange
One Writer’s Garden
Hills and Dales Estate

Susan Haltom, garden designer and preservation coordinator of the Eudora Welty garden, will speak on her book about famed writer, Eudora Welty. The event will include a reception and book signing. 6:30 p.m. reception followed by presentation at 7 p.m. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or email

October 5-14, Athens
Connect to Protect Native Plant Sale
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Six days of shopping among 100 species of Georgia native plants that can be incorporated into every urban garden and patio. Experts can help guide your selections and inspire you to try new species. Collections are grown at the garden, majority from locally collected seeds, and all without harmful chemicals. All sales benefit the center’s operating budget and conservation actions.
• Oct. 5, 6, 7: 4-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
• Oct. 12, 13, 14: 4-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
See details and a plant list before the sale at Directional signs in the garden will help you find the center.

October 6, Athens
Friends First Friday: Exotica in your Own Garden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Chuck Murphy, Athens-based award-winning nature photographer, will share his experiences in finding and photographing the unique and beautiful native flora and fauna in his own garden, yard, and ponds. This presentation ties into the “Meet Your Neighbors exhibit that Chuck and his colleague Jena Johnson have on display in the Visitor Center gallery from August 27 through October 8. 9-10:30 a.m., $12, includes breakfast. Make reservations by Sep. 29 at 706-542-6138 or

Oct 6-7, Buford
Georgia Master Gardener
2017 State Conference

This two-day conference is open to all. Talks include: Carnivores in the Garden? Yes!, Creating Fairy Gardens, Invasives in Georgia, What’s in a “Post-Wild” Garden?, Creating a Low(er) Maintenance Garden, Using Expected and Unexpected Native Plants and Concepts, Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast, Growing Medicinal Herbs and their Historical Journey and Container Gardening. Registrations costs vary. Register online at

October 7, Athens
Plants We Love to Hate: Identifying and Controlling Exotic Pest Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This class is an introduction to invasive, non-native pest plants in the Georgia Piedmont. Students will learn to identify the major offenders, their current ranges and habitats, and how these plants impact natural plant communities. Basic management and control strategies will be discussed and demonstrated. A portion of the class will be indoors, followed by field identification exercises and control demonstrations in a nearby park where control efforts are underway. Please bring snacks and water for the field portion of the class. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. To register, visit or call 706-542-6156.

October 14, Athens
Salamander and Stream Ecology Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join husband and wife herpetology team Matt Elliott and Stacy Smith for a ramble along and in the streams and wet areas of the botanical garden. You’ll learn about what salamanders are found around Athens and about the habitat conditions they need to survive and thrive. Come ready to get wet and dirty. Families are welcome. Insect repellents are discouraged when handling these fragile creatures. 10-11 a.m. Free. To register, visit or call 706-542-6156.

October 15, LaGrange
6th Annual Stories in the Garden
Hills & Dales Estate

This storytelling event will feature Dolores Hydock performing “In Her Own Fashion,” based on Ninette Griffith, a Southern department store manager. Refreshments will be served. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs to sit in the pecan grove. The event is free but reservations are requested. 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or email

October 21, Athens
Bird Speak: An Introduction to Bird Language
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In this class we will explore bird language, bird behaviors, our most common local birds and how to attract birds to your yard. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $35. For more information, visit,

October 21, Gainesville
Elachee Tree Sale & Festival
Elachee Nature Science Center

Join Elachee naturalists on guided tree identification hikes that will explore the unique eco-diversity of the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, one of Georgia’s largest protected green spaces. North Georgia resident, author, and environmental and survival training educator Mark Warren will be on site for a book signing of Volume 1 of his new nature book series, Secrets of the Forest. Elachee offers a fabulous selection of deciduous and evergreen trees, and shrubs (including native azaleas) in 10- and 20-gallon containers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more information, call 770-535-1976 or visit

October 21, Athens
Basic Botany: Lives of the Plants
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Explore the biology of flowering plants in this introduction to general plant anatomy, morphology, physiology, and genetics, with an emphasis on relating form to function. Students will be introduced to plant cells, tissues, and vegetative organs (roots, stems, and leaves), as well as reproductive organs (flowers, fruits, and seeds). Basic life processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration will be discussed, as well as Mendelian genetics. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $105. To register, visit or call 706-542-6156.

October 25, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 2: Mass Design and Foliage Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Unit 2 in this National Garden Club series focuses on mass and foliage design. Additional units of study include designs for dining table, fruit and vegetable design, and creative miniature design. Participants will be provided with a list of materials to bring to class. The class is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to those participants who have completed Unit 1. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring sack lunch), $45. Pre-registration is required at or 706-542-6156.

October 26, Jonesboro
Growing Fall Bulbs and Making Grapevine Wreaths
Clayton County International Park

Learn which fall-planted bulbs will pay off with eye-catching displays of color and form. Olivia Stephens, Clayton County master gardener extension volunteer, will include tips on planting and feeding bulbs as part of the class. In addition, attendees will learn to make grapevine wreaths for the holidays and beyond from Carolyne Outlaw, master gardener extension volunteer for Clayton County. Noon-1 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 770-473-5437.  

October 27-28, Savannah
Autumn Gardenfest
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Choose to attend on either of two days and attend free gardening seminars in the Visitor Center (see schedule online). Browse vendors for garden-related items, including plants (fall is the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs in our region!). We encourage and appreciate carpooling to alleviate parking issues! Plus, you save by filling the car with friends and family. Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 912-921-5460 or visit

October 28, Columbus
Fall Festival
Columbus Botanical Garden

9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 706-327-8400 or visit

October 31, LaGrange
Halloween at the Callaway Family Home
Hills & Dales Estate

The long-standing tradition of celebrating Halloween at the estate continues. Trick or treat for little goblins will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. To participate, enter the Hills & Dales Drive entrance gate and our staff will direct visitors to the north side of the house where we will continue the custom of giving candy bars to all costumed children. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or visit


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