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Planning a garden? Learn from the experts

Submitted by Joy Moore • Feb 19, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Dr. Andy Pulte, from the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences, will present “Overachievers: How to Know and Choose the Best Plant for Your Space” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at BrightRidge Auditorium in Johnson City.

Sponsored by Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), the program is free and open to the public.

In this talk, Dr. Pulte will help you sort through the endless stream of new plants on the market and focus on the important factors of personal style and the mood you wish to create in your garden. You will learn about some of the most garden-worthy plants, explore some gardening history, and get clued in to what the scientific name of a plant can tell you about their garden worthiness.

Pulte grew up in the nursery industry in Grand Island, Nebraska. He received his bachelor of science in horticulture from the University of Nebraska in December 2000. Following graduation, he worked for the National Arbor Day Foundation in the education department. This was followed by work at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. While at the zoo, Andy was in charge of all recruitment and training for the zoo’s 650 full-time and seasonal employees. Andy received a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the area of public horticulture. His current responsibilities include teaching, advising and coordination of the UT Plant Sciences undergraduate program. His additional responsibilities include the CASNR scholarship committee and assisting UT Gardens programming.

Andy has spoken widely to diverse audiences and his articles have been published in Fine Gardening, State by State Gardening and many other publications. He is an internationally-certified arborist.

The BrightRidge auditorium, formerly the Johnson City Power Board, is located at 2600 Boones Creek Road (Hwy. 354) in Johnson City. For more information, call (423) 348-6572 or email sapsinfo@embarqmail.com. You can also visit the website at: http://saps.us/.

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