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Fall is a great time to garden in the South. Cooler weather makes for great planting of trees and shrubs. Milder weather is just the thing for fall vegetable garden. Need some help getting your garden off to a good start? Alabama Extension’s Tallapoosa County office​ and the Tallapoosa County Master Gardeners Association will host a Fall Gardening Extravaganza Friday, Oct. 10 at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City.


The six hour workshop includes a number of  horticulture and garden experts. Shane Harris​, Tallapoosa County Extension coordinator, calls the speakers an all-star lineup.


“This is really a different kind of garden program,” said Harris. “People that I have talked with are very excited about the our group of speakers.”


  • Steve Bender is a senior writer for Southern Living. In addition to his articles for the magazine, Bender writes “The Grumpy Gardener”, a popular blog on the Southern Living website. He has authored severalbooks including Passalong Plants, The Southern Living Garden Book, and the Southern Living Landscape Book. Bender will discuss “Grumpy's Deadly Garden Plagues.”
  • Lois Trigg Chaplin is Bonnie Plants marketing director. A lifelong vegetable and herb gardener, she was the Southern Living’s garden editor for 13 years. She is the author of the Southern Gardener’s Book of Lists. Chaplin’s talk, “Eat Your Way Around the House,” will help audience members see how they can expand vegetable and herb growing around their own landscapes.
  •  Robert  Lee is the inventor of Encore® Azalea, the world’s best-selling re-blooming azalea. He has more than 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development. Lee will address the rapidly expanding choices in landscape plants in his “New Plant Explosion” session.
  • Jason Powell is co-owner of Petals From The Past nursery in Jemison, Alabama. His nursery specializes in antique roses, heirloom shrubs and hard to find perennial flowers, herbs and fruit crops.  Powell will share his selections for “Reliable Plants for the Fall Garden.”

 The Fall Gardening Extravaganza will be  8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 10, at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center on Central Alabama Community College’s Alexander City campus. Cost is $15 per person and includes lunch.


Reservations are required because of limited seating. Online registration is available. Go to to register or for more details about this event. 



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