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What's wrong with my plants? Ask Thursday at free SAPS event

Submitted by Joy Moore • Mar 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. Frank Hale will present “What's Wrong with My Plants? – Insect Pests of Roses and Other Ornamentals” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), the free program offers community members the opportunity to join the University of Tennessee Extension's leading entomologist for a look at the most common garden pests of roses and other ornamental plants in our region. Attendees will also learn how to identify and manage them in their own gardens.

Hale is a professor of horticultural crop entomology at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. He specializes in diagnosis and management of insect and mite pests of ornamental plants, turf grass, fruit, vegetables and dark tobacco; integrated pest management; invasive pest monitoring and macro-photography. For over 25 years, Hale has assisted nurserymen, greenhouse growers, landscapers, and home gardeners across the state.

He is a member of the UTIA Dogwood Team, UTIA Turf Team, Southern Nursery IPM Working Group, and the Rose Rosette Research Team. He supports extension agents and Master Gardeners in their programming in insect and mite identification and management, and works closely with the UT Soil, Plant and Pest Center in Nashville, which is the primary information resource for regional pest and disease diagnostics. He is an engaging speaker who also presents many out-of-state workshops on plant problems annually.

As an added bonus, Hale will be accompanied by Dr. Alan Windham, the Extension Plant Pathology Specialist and an expert in turf and ornamental plant pathology. Windham will be available to answer questions on rose rosette disease, boxwood blight and any other plant disease issues of interest.

The two scientists will also be bringing specimens for display. If you're wondering what bugs and diseases are attacking your trees, shrubs, flowers and lawn, bring your questions for advice from these two experts. For more information, call (423) 348-6572, visit saps.us or email sapsinfo@embarqmail.com.

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