University of Georgia professor and author Alan Armitage, an expert on perennials, will be one of the guest speakers. Others will include George Schmidt, author of "Genus Hosta"; and Penny McHenry, founder of the Georgia Hydrangea Society.
The Blairsville Garden Club sponsors the event, along with the UGA Mountain Branch Experiment Station, the UGA Extension Service and the Southern Appalachian Growers Association.
Exhibits, Door Prizes
Landscape firms, plant societies and others will have exhibits. A number of plants and other garden items will be given as door prizes. And the garden club members will again have a plant sale.
A $20 preregistration fee (or $25 at the door) will cover a boxed lunch and other costs. Seating is limited. For reservations, call the Mountain Branch Station at (706) 745-2655.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)