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Azalea talk is April 17
April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fayette Master Gardener Association invites the public to the free lecture on Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at the Bridge Community Center, 225 Willow Bend Road, Peachtree City. By profession, Joe Coleman is a dentist in general practice and along with his wife, Donna, is an ardent gardener in Lithonia, and collector of azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, and native plant material. He is a recognized authority on native azaleas and has a very extensive collection of evergreen and deciduous azaleas. Their garden encompasses almost four acres and is full of the results of almost thirty years of collecting, propagating and rescuing from the wild, thousands of varieties of beautiful plants.
Starting with their original home, Joe discovered the wonder of azaleas in the garden, particularly the fact they didn’t have to be mowed weekly… which led to growing pine straw islands that had to be filled with a greater variety of flowers. This increasing need proceeded with membership in the American Rhododendron Society in a search for more information and sources of azalea. The results of all their acquisitions can be seen today in the garden they created starting in 1980.
Over the years, Joe served as a director of both the ARS and the ASA, acted as chairman of the 1984 ARS convention, filled numerous local offices, given numerous talks, opened the garden to annual cutting parties to spread the number of different varieties available, dabbling in hybridizing, chairman of flower shows, and continues hitting on friends for new and interesting cutting material and hounding nurserymen to provide more and better azaleas!