Plants that Do Something,
Thomas joined the University of Georgia’s Department of Extension
Horticulture in 1990. He holds a B.S. degree in botany and a M.S.
degree in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University.
He earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from The Pennsylvania State
University with specialization in plant carbohydrate transport.
responsibilities include planning and implementing regional and
state programs involving the greenhouse and florist industry and
serving as State Extension Specialist in Floriculture. He teaches
Greenhouse Management and Interiorscaping classes. Founder of Southeastern
Floriculture Magazine, Dr. Thomas currently serves as their editorial
content advisor. He also serves on the board of directors of the
Southeast Greenhouse Conference and the Floriculture Industry Research
and Scholarship Trust.
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Bir has been a professional horticulturist for over 40 years. But
more importantly, he is a gardener. As a faculty member in the horticulture
department at North Carolina State University, his primary responsibilities
are working with county agents and nurserymen to grow better plants
for the landscape. A large part of his work is devoted to seeking
better ways to grow native plants. In this role, he has been director
and program coordinator for the Conference on Landscaping with Native
Plants (held each summer at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee,
NC), and has lectured on growing native woody plants from Florida
writing on native plants is read around the world. His book, Growing
and Propagating Showy Native Woody Plants, was published by UNC
Press in 1992. Dick is also a frequent contributor to gardening
magazines and trade journals including American Gardener, NMPRO
and the American Nurseryman.
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is currently the Natural Resources Manager of The Parks at Chehaw
in Albany, Georgia. He received his Associate degrees in Forest
Technology and Wildlife Technology at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College in Tifton, Georgia.
Kirkland is a certified Arborist with the International Society
of Arboriculture and a certified Prescribed Burner with the Georgia
Forestry Commission. He is also a facilitator for Project Wild,
Project Wet and Project Learning Tree programs. His main avocation
is the primitive technologies of native cultures and he has been
teaching workshops since 1990.
a horticultural consultant, John Gibson owns and operates the Gopher
Ridge Native Plants Nursery located in Tifton, Georgia. Mr. Gibson
brings a world of experience and expertise to this year’s
symposium as he has served in the following capacities:
Director-Georgia Southern University Botanical Garden.
1989-1995: Curator-Statewide Arboretum, University of Nebraska.
1979-1989: Extension Horticulturist, University of Georgia.
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