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An Evening in the Dirr Gardens- Support for the Industry- Industry Leaders Recognized

Friday, October 23, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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An Evening in the Dirr Gardens- Support for the Industry- Industry Leaders Recognized


A beautiful, crisp, October afternoon was matched by the stunning garden as over 150 supporters of GGIA gathered for "An Evening in the Dirr Gardens" last weekend. Dr. Mike and Bonnie Dirr graciously played host, tour leader and industry cheerleaders welcoming in friends and colleagues from across the state.

Cliff Brock from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia gets a bear hug from Mike Dirr after winning the plant ID contest.

GGIA would like to once again say thank you to Mike, Bonnie and all of the sponsors and supporters who made this event a success. Proceeds from the event benefit the GGIA Partnership in Sustainability which supports the work of GGIA. We must also tip our cap to Committee Chair Paul Chappell and his dedicated team who put together one heck of an event.


We were very pleased to present this year's GGIA award winners at the event to a group of industry leaders truly deserving of recognition. The GGIA awards recognize those who make an impact on the industry through their tireless and unselfish giving of their time, talents and passions. This year's winners are no different and embody the meaning of giving back. Please join us in congratulating these folks who make our industry better.


GGIA 2015 Award Winners


The Jake Tinga Distinguished Young Professional Award-Jeff Fischer from FIS Outdoors, Inc.


The Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional Award-Brian Jernigan from McCorkle Nurseries


The Communicator of the Year Award -Matthew Chappell from the University of Georgia- College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences- Horticulture Department


The Educator of the Year Award-Todd Hurt from the University of Georgia

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences- Office of the Associate Dean for Extension


The Environmental Friend of the Industry Award-Clark Howard- Atlanta Radio Personality


The Vivian Munday, Buck Jones Lifetime Achievement Award-Scott Angle- Former Dean of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Now with the International Fertilizer Development Center


Roundup Sponsors


Alex Smith Garden Design, LTD

Bottoms Nursery, LLC

Byron Lakeview Nursery, LLC

Cleveland Tree Company

County Line Nursery, Inc

Diversified Trees, Inc.

Dorsey Farms

Eason Horticultural Resources, Inc.

Evergreen Nursery

Flint Equipment Company, Inc.

Gainous' Shade Trees, Inc.

Going Green Horticulture

Graco Fertilizer Co.

Granite Industries 

Harp's Farm Market & Nursery, Inc.


Hulls Treeland

Lake Tree Growers

Lakeside Trees, Inc.

Mid Georgia Nursery, Inc.

Nature's Tree Farm, Inc.

Nursery Supplies

Pattillo Tree Farm, LLC

Summit Plastic Co.

Sun Gro Horticulture

Sweetwater Creek Nursery

Thoms Trees & Plants

Thunderwood Farms, LLC


Special thanks to Bailey Nurseries for donating 100 plants for the silent auction from their 1st Editions Collection.


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