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Get intimate view of Dunaway restoration

Dunaway Gardens

Garden group sponsoring event

The story of Newnan's Dunaway Gardens is nearly as delightful as the gardens themselves and will be shared from an intimate point of view by one of those responsible for its modern-day restoration.

Josh Fisher, Dunaway director of operations and son of owner Jennifer Bigham, will tell the story on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Newnan. He will be speaking at the Backyard Association (BYA) Meeting sponsored by the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. Read More»

Bell awarded highest rose society honor

Stephen Bell, Linda Reed of rose society

Linda Reed, President of the South Metro Rose Society (SMRS) recently presented the American Rose Society (ARS) Bronze Honor Medal for 2014 to Stephen Bell.

The Bronze Medal is the highest award that can be given at the local rose society level and is given for outstanding service over a sustained period of time.

Bell is an ARS Consulting Rosarian and has served as SMRS president for two years and 2nd vice president before that. He has served many years on the Garden Committee and on the Rose Show Committee in addition to working at many public outreach events. Read More»

Extension office teaching how to ready red clay for real results

Several gardening classes set for February

Several different classes are being offered in February by the Horticulture Program of the University of Georgia Fayette Extension office.

The classes are free and held next door to the Extension office in Room 210 of the Fayette County Administrative Complex. The times for each class vary, however.

The classes include the following;

Feb. 3 – Working with Georgia Clay; 10 a.m. Read More»

A rose by any other name would still need pruning

Learn how to prune with experts

The South Metro Rose Society, a local affiliate of the American Rose Society, is hosting its annual rose pruning clinic in February and inviting the public to attend free of charge.

The workshop is set for Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Bank rose garden, 440 N. Jeff Davis Dr. in Fayetteville. In case of rain, the workshop will be held Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

Attendees will gain valuable hands-on experience in rose pruning as well as answers to any rose-growing questions. Read More»

New board for master gardeners

Master Gardener Board

The Fayette Master Gardener Association recently introduced its newly elected board members.

The 2015 Board includes (Left to Right) Fluff Winship (corresponding secretary), Don Adkins (president-elect), Myriam Cousin (president), Art Ayers (treasurer), and Ellen O'Neill (recording secretary).

The association is comprised of master gardeners whose mission is to provide unbiased horticultural information through volunteer community service and educational gardening projects.

Rosarians to learn proper planting techniques

Both novice and expert growers welcome

Master Rosarian, or cultivator of roses, Walt Reed will speak to the South Metro Rose Society this month about soil preparation and the proper techniques for planting new roses either in the ground or in raised beds.

Reed is a past president of the group and also a horticulture judge who will explain why proper planting is key to growing quality roses. Read More»

Railroad news: Call these trains the City of Pittsburgh, via PTC

Wonderland by rail — Seven-year-old Peachtree City resident Caidan Reaves explores the meticulous work that went into the massive layout of HO-scale trains and the accompanying buildings and scenery on annual display at the home of Denny and Paulette Durst in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is a labor of love for Peachtree City residents Denny and Paulette Durst that began nine years ago. The couple on Nov. 22 held their eighth open house and welcomed nearly 200 visitors to experience their expansive HO-scale model display that includes six trains running on hundreds of feet of track and features a realistic rendering of the sights around the Pittsburgh area half a century ago.
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We’re talking tomato here

We’re talking tomato here

Fayette Woman publisher Joyce Beverly congratulates Arlene Hege from Better Earth Farm as the winner of the largest tomato at last week's Tomato Tasting in Peachtree City. Photo/Staff.

South Metro Rose Show is May 17-18

Honey Corbin of Peachtree City stops to smell the roses at the 2013 South Metro Rose Society Annual Rose Show. Photo/Special.

The South Metro Rose Society will be holding its 29th annual Rose Show on May 17-18 at Fayetteville Church of Christ fellowship hall at 870 Redwine Rd. 

Local rose growers are invited to enter their roses into competition. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded. Members of the society will advise newcomers on entering their roses by calling the number below. Entries must be made at the show site by 9:30 a.m. on May 17 for judging. The show is free to the public from 1-4 p.m. on both days to view, smell, and photograph the exhibited roses. Read More»

Two years later, Senoia’s Idea House still a draw

Susan and Evan Stitt are not the only ones who enjoy the swing on the front porch of Southern Living magazine’s 2012 Idea House in Senoia. The former Peachtree City residents moved to Senoia more than a year ago, but continue to get visitors from out of town and out of state wanting to see the home and have their picture taken on the front porch swing. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A tour of Southern Living magazine’s 2012 Idea House on the Gin Property in Senoia by Peachtree City residents Susan and Evan Stitt soon became an adventure that the couple had not predicted.

Though they purchased the home and moved in more than a year ago, Evan and Susan are still contacted weekly by people wanting a peek at the custom home which features an Old South/New South theme.

The former Peachtree City residents bought their new home on the Gin Property in September 2012 while the Idea House tours were ongoing and moved into the home in February 2013 after the tours ended. Read More»