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Felder Rushing to speak at the Friends of the Garden annual meeting

Athens, Ga. – Felder Rushing, a southern gardening author and retired horticulture specialist, will be the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia on March 30.

The evening will get underway with a reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center of the garden. At 7:30 p.m., Rushing will discuss his latest book, “Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for All Senses and All Seasons.” As reported in a New York Times article, “Simply put, the doctrine calls for gardeners to relax, take their time and follow seasonal rhythms, instead of doing everything at once.”

Open to the public, the event does not require membership in the Friends organization; however, Friends will receive a discount on the $20 admission ticket. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 706/542-6138.

Rushing, who has authored or co-authored 16 gardening books including several national award winners, is a retired extension service urban horticulture specialist, has served as an American Horticulture Society board member, and has written thousands of gardening columns and articles. He was celebrated in Southern Living magazine’s 25th anniversary issue as one of “…twenty-five people most likely to change the South.”

For more information about the State Botanical Garden and the Friends membership organization, see