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Greenhouse 'clinic' set in February
The Greenhouse Short Course isn't all that short, and you don't have to have a greenhouse to find it appealing. The three-day program is really four workshops in one.

The short course is offered at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens in Savannah, Ga., Feb. 20-22 and at the University of Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga., Feb. 27-March 1.

In each city, the first day includes workshops on either basic greenhouse skills or greenhouse management skills. The second day is a plant propagation school, and the third is an industry tour.

Pesticide credits in Category 24 will be awarded.

The fees are $145 for the greenhouse skills workshop, $65 for management skills, $195 for the plant propagation school and $75 for the industry tour. You can register for all or any combination.

Hands-on workshops

The workshops will be a mix of classroom-style lectures and hands-on workshops. The basic skills workshop covers fundamentals of plant growth, fertilizers, potting mixes, pH and soluble salts, planting, watering, pests and diseases, pesticide application and safety and spraying techniques.

The propagation school covers all the basics of taking and rooting cuttings. Much of the program is hands-on training, and you get to take your handiwork home.

Finally, the bus tour will visit some of the best Georgia greenhouses and nurseries and take a look at the newest annual and perennial flowers. Stops for beautiful landscapes, leading garden centers and fine dining are included.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 each day and ends at 5 p.m. Early registration is strongly encouraged and should be postmarked by Jan. 31. After that date, fees increase by $20.

You must specify the location you will attend. For full details, call (770) 229-3477. Or check the Web at conted/greenhouseworkshop/index.htm.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)