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         Arty SCHRONCE

          Garden columnist

               "Creating a Garden for Autumn Beauty"

                Tuesday, October 15, 2019  - The Bridge Community Center, 225 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City, GA

Social Hour 9:30AM  - Lecture 10:00AM                                                                    

Arty Schronce's horticultural career began in 1971 when he started selling English boxwoods that he rooted. The business expanded to a nursery and greenhouse selling shrubs, trees, vegetables and bedding plants and continued until he went to college. Arty is a graduate if North Carolina State University where he studies under J.C. Raulston. For seven years, he wrote a weekly gardening column, for the university that was carried in 30 newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia.

Arty has worked for a major agricultural biotechnology company and served as senior horticulturist for Hastings Seed Company and Garden Center. His garden column in the Farmers and Consumer Market Bulletin was the newspaper's most popular feature. An article he wrote about his father's black-skinned peanuts led seed companies to preserve and offer 'Schronce's Deep Black' peanuts. As a freelancer, his articles and photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and books including Gardens of the World, the companion book to the PBS series and The Garden in Autumn by Allen Lacy.

As am amateur plant breeder, Arty has created hybrids between Chinese wax shrub and our native sweet-bubby bush and hybrids between tuberose and Manfreda virginica. Making gardens more ecologically friendly and biologically diverse is of special interest to him. Arty's garden in the Cabbagetown neighborhood near downtown Atlanta is an oasis for wildlife including birds, butterflies, moths, snakes, Carolina anoles, and four box turtles.

'Creating a Garden for Autumn Beauty'

Your garden in October can be as beautiful as it is in April. Fall is one of the best times to be outdoors in Georgia, and fall-blooming flowers are often overlooked when people are shopping for garden plants. Fall also offers colorful foliage and fruits to brighten the landscape. Arty's talks will point out a few of the many  options Georgia gardeners have to make autumn highlights in the garden year.

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