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Skaggs: Learn from industry experts at the Winter Green conference
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If you’re part of Georgia’s horticulture and/or turfgrass industry, you will definitely want to attend the Georgia Green Industry Association’s Winter Green / Winter School conference on Jan.23-26 at the Classic Center in Athens.

The three-day conference offers workshops and seminars designed to bring industry professionals the latest in water management, landscaping, nursery practices and marketing. Many workshops earn pesticide recertification credit hours.

Classes included on the Winter Green schedule are:

Environmental issues, new plants, marketing and sustainable landscapes

GA Flower Growers Assoc. Workshop

Pesticide applicators training and exam

Pesticide applicator re-
certification workshop

Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam

Landscape design workshop

Hands-on demonstrations

Soil erosion control workshop

New employee benefits seminar

Winter Green showcases more than 250 booths of Georgia’s broadest selection of plants, trees, shrubs, equipment and essential supplies for all aspects of the green industry.

The Georgia Green Industry Association is a nonprofit association, incorporated in the State of Georgia, representing the interests of the state’s nursery, garden center and landscape industry. Membership is comprised of nursery stock growers, landscape contractors and maintenance firms, garden centers, arborists and allied suppliers.

Its mission is to lead the horticultural industry in marketing quality products and services by promoting professionalism through education, certification, and environmental stewardship, monitoring legislative issues and interacting with other industry allies.

If you are not a landscape or turf professional, but enjoy gardening, you may be interested in the "Gardener’s Niche — A Saturday with the Pros." This special event was designed especially for avid gardeners and consumers.

There will be retail garden center exhibits and sessions including, "Creating an Eco-Friendly Garden at Home" with Joe Lampl and "The Best Conifers for the Southeast" with Jody Karlin.

For more information or to check out the entire Winter Green schedule, visit the Georgia Green Industry Association online at