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Learn about best conifers for area gardens at free SAPS program

Submitted by Joy Moore • Feb 18, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Horticulturist and garden writer Hugh Conlon will showcase “The Best Conifers for TN/VA Gardens” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at BrightRidge (formerly Johnson City Power Board) in Johnson City.

Sponsored by Southern Appalachian Plant Society, the program is free and open to the public.

In a fast-paced journey through the best-performing needle evergreen trees and shrubs across the Southern Appalachian region, Hugh will specifically point out those conifers that are highly reliable in our area. He will show how to landscape with evergreens and discuss their annual growth rate, best varieties, and where to purchase many of them.

An active garden writer and speaker since his retirement as a horticulture specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension, Hugh has been a professional horticulturist for over 45 years. He has served on the SAPS board since its inception including two terms as president.

His current activities include speaking at Master Gardener classes in Tennessee, at garden clubs, and at nursery/landscape programs in Tennessee and other states. He is also contributing articles to “Tennessee Gardener” and other gardening magazines, and advising home gardeners and commercial landscapers, nursery and greenhouse growers.

BrightRidge is located at 2600 Boones Creek Road (Hwy. 354) in Johnson City.

To learn more, call (423) 348-6572 or email sapsinfo@embarqmail.com.

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