The three-day event will be at the Georgia Experiment Station. It includes two days of intensive classroom sessions and one of hands-on ornamental plant propagation workshops. It's sponsored by Georgia Flower Growers Association.
The business school Feb. 1-2 will cover step-by-step guidelines on starting a greenhouse business. It will include selecting bedding and perennial plants, scheduling and growing and marketing crops. Veteran greenhouse professionals will share the secrets of their success. They'll discuss some common mistakes, too.
Greenhouse and nursery owners, landscape professionals and University of Georgia faculty will present the topics sure to provide the background, insight and basic skills needed to start a business. Participants will take home a Greenhouse Manual filled with extensive, detailed information from the lectures.
The propagation school Feb. 3 will cover everything you need to know about basic and advanced propagation, or growing new plants from existing ones.
Two workshops are offered:
- A half-day session for beginners will introduce the scientific background of plant propagation. It will cover topics from basic cutting physiology and rooting hormones to details on specific systems. It also includes a half-day session of hands-on learning in how to propagate vegetative annuals, foliage plants, perennials, herbs and semiwoody ornamentals.
- For advanced participants, topics include propagating roses, cacti, gesneriads, orchids and hydrangeas. Hands-on sessions are in the afternoon.
(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)