My Favorite Natives
Vicki Tucker is department chair of Environmental Horticulture at
Albany Technical Institute. With degrees from the University of
Georgia and Georgia Southwestern University, she has received numerous
honors and awards including Teacher of the Year (1991 and 2000)
and the Award of Excellence (1993).
In addition to speaking to Garden Clubs around the area, Ms. Tucker
is a certified plant professional for the Georgia Green Industry
Association and has served on the State Standards Committee for
Hugh & Carol Nourse
Hugh and Carol Nourse are freelance photographers and writers
on botanical and horticultural subjects. One book is published,
"Wildflowers in Georgia" (Athens: UGA Press, 2000); another
is in process, "The State Botanical Garden of Georgia"
(Athens: UGA Press, forthcoming late 2001). Photos and articles
with photos have appeared in the American Gardener, Backpacker,
Nature Photographer, Tipularia, and Wildflower magazines.
The Nourses have been volunteer photographers for the State Botanical
Garden of Georgia since 1996. Their extraordinary photos have been
used by the Garden in posters, brochures, newsletters, advertising
and annual reports. They do not consider themselves to be professional
botanists. Hugh has a Ph.D. in economics and is a professor emeritus,
The Terry College, University of Georgia.
Art and Science of Restoring Biodiversity in Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass
Dr. Kay Kirkman
Kay Kirkman is an Associate Scientist at the J.W. Jones Ecological
Research Center in Newton, Georgia. Dr. Kirkman is a co-author of
"Trees of Georgia" published by Timber Press. Her research
interests include restoration of longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystems
and associated wetlands, rare plant biology and conservation, and
vegetation responses to disturbances.
Writer and environmental activist Janisse Ray lives on
a family farm in the coastal plains of southern Georgia. Her nonfiction
book about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine
ecosystem of the Southeast - "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood"
- was published by Milkweed Editions in October 1999 and has won
numerous awards. Besides being a plea to protect and restore the
glorious forests of the South, the book deals with such topics as
mental illness, poverty, and fundamentalist religion,
As an environmental activist, Janisse is working to slow the rate
of logging of Southern forests. She helped form the Georgia Nature-Based
Tourism Assocation and worked to save the 34,000 acres Moody Swamp
in her home county of Appling. For the past two years, she has organized
a gathering of Southern nature writers on Ossabaw Island.
Dr. John Ruter
Dr. John Ruter is an Associate Professor with The University
of Georgia. He has been with the Department of Horticulture at the
Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton since 1990.
His research focuses on nursery crop production in the state of Georgia
and he has published over 200 scientific and popular articles. Dr.
Ruter oversees development of the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum
in Tifton, Georgia and is currently supervising the installation and
maintenance of the native plant community-based landscape at the National
Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory. In 2000,
he received the prestigious D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research.
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