Learn how to have a colorful yard next spring


It may be fall, but it’s time to look ahead to spring if you want your garden to look like those gorgeous pictures in the magazines. And Dewayne Gallatin is just the landscape designer to tell you how to do it.

Gallatin will reveal the planting secrets to producing lush masses of tulips and other bulbs at the next Backyard Association meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Gallatin’s lecture, “Layering Fall Bulbs in Your Annual Beds for Springtime Allure,” is free and open to the public.

Gallatin of Fortson will share his tips on how to design with bulbs to add “ground floor” and “upper floor” flowers to create springtime interest to those plain pansy beds. Adding bulbs to your beds provides that extra punch of color and vertical interest that can make your yard spectacular, says Gallatin.

But his advice is as practical as it is pretty. Gallatin will show you how to purchase quality bulbs and the proper planting methods for spring success in the garden. He also will reveal some of favorite fall bulbs that have proven reliable for our region in his almost 30 years of gardening.

A summer job at Callaway Gardens for a teenaged Gallatin turned into his life’s work. He was curator of plants at Callaway and manager of the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center for 15 years. Today he has his own landscape design business.

Gallatin’s talk will be illustrated with photographs he has taken of the gardens he designed.

The Backyard Association is an educational program sponsored by the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The presentations are free to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at UGA Extension-Coweta County, 255 Pine Road, Newnan.

Please call the Extension office at 770-254-2620 for more information and to register for plants and other garden-related door prizes.