Georgia Perennial Plant Association: Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Extension Horticulturist and Landscape Specialist University of Georgia Department of Horticulture

The public's interest in pollinator gardens has never been higher, and with all the buzz around, do you know which species/cultivars are the best, and which do well in your area? To give the best advice, you need to talk about creating a pollinator habitat - a concept which includes more than herbaceous plants with pretty flowers. A pollinator garden attracts all manner of insects - do you know them all? How can you tell a honeybee from a native bee; what about a fly from a wasp? What are best management practices when it comes to pollinators? Dr. Bodie Pennisi will answer these questions and share current UGA research.

Dr. Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Horticulturist and Landscape Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. She received her Master of Science in 1996 and Doctoral degrees in 1999 from the Environmental Horticulture Dept. of University of Florida in Gainesville. She joined the Horticulture Department at UGA in 2000. For ten years, she worked closely with the floriculture industry, before transitioning to her current role supporting the Georgia landscape industry. Dr. Pennisi conducts applied research with emphasis on sustainable outdoor and indoor landscapes including plant, water, nutrient, and soil interactions. Her research evaluating the ecosystem services of ornamental plants has significant value to both landscape industry professionals and avid gardeners. In addition to her many responsibilities and talents, she also teaches courses on Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants, and Plant Physiology. 

Free, reservations are not required. Event starts at 7:00 pm with sign-in, light refreshments and a chance to mingle with fellow garden enthusiasts and Georgia Perennial Plant Association members. Speakers begin at 7:30 pm. For more information, please call 240.505.0598.