Conifer Expert To Speak At Chattanooga Arboretum And Nature Center On Saturday

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tom Cox, nationally-renowned conifer expert and recent co-author of Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast will be speaking about conifers for southern gardens on Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center auditorium.

This free event is the Winter Garden Lecture sponsored by The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society in partnership with the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.. 

Mr. Cox is a past president of the American Conifer Society and has traveled extensively around the world to study rare and spectacular conifers in their natural eco systems. More importantly for Gardeners in the Tennessee Valley, Mr. Cox has extensive practical experience in growing an extensive range of conifers in the southern heat and humidity of his Cox Arboretum in north Georgia.

Garden conifers come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, textures. They provide badly needed color to brighten and bring life to your garden in winter as well as important cover and refuge for birds and small wildlife. They are important “backbone” or design anchor plants for gardens and are excellent companion plants for a broad range of garden plants. These are key factors in the rapidly growing popularity of small conifers for landscapes and gardens.  However, it is important before purchasing and planting conifers to gain some understanding of the types that will do well in our area as no one wants to purchase a nice and sometimes expensive plant only to see it wither and decline.

Mr. Cox’s talk will allow area gardeners to learn in a short period of time about successfully growing a broad range of conifers suitable for both sun and shade in our challenging southern soils and weather conditions. Fifteen years ago conifers suitable for the south would have frequently been considered to be a pine tree or a cedar. Thanks to research and experimentation by Mr. Cox and others, there is now a rich and broad spectrum of colorful conifers from throughout the world which are now known to flourish in conditions.

Mr. Cox is an engaging and experienced plantsman who is happy to share the southern secrets to success in selecting among the various forms of conifers and cultivating them successfully.  

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society periodically hosts a free Winter Garden Lecture for members and the public on a special garden topic lead by a nationally renowned expert. This year the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center is cosponsoring this event and they invites the public to come and learn from Mr. Cox on Saturday at 2 p.m. on March 15.

Copies of his new book will be available for purchase and Mr. Cox will be glad to autograph them if desired.

Cox Arboretum in Canton,  Ga.
Cox Arboretum in Canton, Ga.
- Photo2 by Hale Booth

Emerging Snake Disease Confirmed In Wild Georgia Snake

A disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia. An emaciated mud snake from Bulloch County tested positive last month for Snake Fungal Disease, according to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. The mud snake is the first free-ranging snake from Georgia that the Athens-based ... (click for more)

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat For 3 Endangered Plants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating critical habitat for three endangered plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee  This critical habitat designation becomes final on September 25, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  The plants, which were listed as endangered, on Aug. 1, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)