Thompson to speak on landscaping with native plants

Photo courtesy of NCHS

Don Thompson, of the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Program, will be the guest speaker for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society series of lectures on April 20, held on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Don Thompson, of the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Program, will be the guest speaker for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society series of lectures on April 20, held on Zoom and Facebook Live.

In time for the spring planting, Thompson will showcase native plant landscaping and explain the benefits of using native plants and examples that, according to a publication by the NCHS, are well adapted to our region.

Thompson lives in Senoia and has lived there for 13 years. He grew up in Coweta County and graduated from Newnan High School before attending Mercer University in Macon. After graduating from Mercer University, he later took horticultural courses at what was then Dekalb College.

Thompson previously worked for Pike Nurseries and became a Georgia Certified Nurseryman. Although he did not pursue his career in the kindergarten business, he retained his interest in horticulture and became a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer in 2012.

Since then, he has been actively involved with the local County Extension Office in a variety of projects including plant sales, efforts to restore native plants, and educate the public about the benefits of using native plants.

The series of lectures is presented in collaboration with the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension volunteers who help University of Georgia Extension staff provide research-based information on gardening and related topics to the public.

MGEVs receive classroom training and continue their lifelong learning through ongoing training and hands-on experience. The MGEV Speakers Bureau offers trained volunteers the opportunity to talk to civic groups, neighborhood associations, garden clubs, schools and other groups about various gardening topics.

Their mission is to educate the public about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices to build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

Those interested in attending the lecture can register in advance via Zoom or watch live on the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Facebook page on April 20.

All questions regarding the lecture can be directed to executiveivedirector@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or 770-251-0207.

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