Planting natives is subject of Backyard Assn. meeting


Georgia’s native plants have withstood the test of time.

“Before the development of the nursery industry, dogwoods, redbuds and other native plants with nice flowers and foliage were the only choice for settlers to plant in their yards,” said Allen Summerlin, a Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. “And today, we are still planting these native plants because they are adapted to our Georgia climate.”

Landscape Architect Nancy S. Beckemeyer of Penfield will discuss the many benefits of planting natives in Georgia gardens at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. Her talk, “Landscape Design with Native Plants,” is free and open to the public.

Beckemeyer’s talk begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at UGA Extension – Coweta County, 255 Pine Road, Newnan. Free. You need not register in advance to attend, but call 770-254-2620 or email to register for door prizes.

Beckemeyer is president of Autumn Ridge Inc., a landscape architecture firm. Her 30 years of experience includes projects ranging from large estates to intimate backyards, each design customized for her clients.   

A popular speaker for numerous groups including the UGA cooperative extension, Garden Clubs of Georgia, Southeast Greenhouse conference and the Southern Nursery Association, she is contributing author to the book, “Gardening Around Atlanta”; advisor for “Step-by-Step Landscaping” by Better Homes and Gardens.

Georgia Director of the International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter, Beckemeyer developed the Landscape Horticulture Certificate programs at Kennesaw University, Clayton State University and DeKalb Tech. She was the 2014 Delegate on the Executive Board of Georgia Arborist Association and was honored with the Dr. Kim Coder Award for leadership in the arboriculture Industry for meritorious contribution and service in arboriculture.