Senior Living

Alden speaking to Backyard Association on Feb. 11

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Tommy Alden, left, and his wife Brenda, right, visit with former University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley who came to them looking for two special plants, a Camellia japonica 'Kickoff' and 'Touchdown.'

The Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will have Tommy Alden of County Line Nursery speaking at the February meeting of the Backyard Association.

Alden will present a program, “Camellias A to Z,” on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension Office on Pine Road, at the entrance to the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

Alden has had a life-long interest in camellias. At an early age he began helping his Dad make grafts from scions obtained from Dave Strother’s collection at Massee Lane — later donated to the American Camellia Society for their headquarters. Following college and a 20- year career with agricultural and lawn and garden chemical companies, he began his own business of growing plants in 1986. Today this business, County Line Nursery, is known as the south’s largest grower of Daphne odora, but camellias are not far behind.

At last count, County Line Nursery was producing more than 200 different varieties of camellias in sizes from liners to 25 gallon containers. Tommy also maintains his own personal collection of camellias and his blooms can often be found at the head table at local camellia shows.

Alden is past president of the Middle Georgia Camellia Society and is currently chairman of the American Camellia Society's Massee Lane Garden Council. He is also an active Camellia show judge.

Alden will provide history as well as information about varieties and species, bloom times, landscape application, and planting and insect and disease problems. He will also have a question and answer session at the end of his presentation.

The Backyard Association is an educational program sponsored by the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers . The presentations are free to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan. Call the Extension Office at 770-254-2620 for reservations and to register for door prizes.



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