February 8, 2017
Writer: Melissa Tufts, 706-542-8292, mtufts@nulluga.edu
Contacts: Maureen O’Brien mcobrien@nulluga.edu
Jennifer Messer jlmesser@nulluga.edu

Allan Armitage to deliver annual Neel Reid Lecture at the College of Environment and Design
Renowned horticulturalist, author, and professor emeritus of horticulture, Dr. Allan Armitage, will deliver this year’s Neel Reid Lecture at the UGA College of Environment and Design (CED) on Friday, April 21st at 1:30 in lecture hall 123 of the Jackson Street Building. Dr. Armitage will entertain and educate students and guests with a lecture titled “Stories from the Garden,” exploring how familiar plants in the American garden came by their names, revealing a cultural genealogy for gardeners and landscape designers. Who was the Nellie Stevens of the ‘Nellie Stevens’ holly? Why do we call pinks, pinks? Who put the “dog” in dogwood? The Neel Reid Lecture is named in honor of Georgia architect and garden designer Neel Reid, who practiced early in the twentieth century. The Peachtree Garden Club of Atlanta enriches the CED program by funding this annual lecture, and established the Neel Reid Memorial Scholarship Loan Fund at the CED in 1947. Hundreds of landscape architecture students at UGA have benefited over the past seven decades from tuition assistance, and thousands of people have enjoyed hearing leaders in the world of gardening share their knowledge. Dr. Armitage, who retired from the UGA Horticulture Department in 2014 as a specialist in perennials, has authored over 14 books that serve as classroom texts, reference books, and gardeners’ companions. Originally from Canada, Armitage has won numerous awards, including the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award for life-long achievements in horticulture.
The lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Alumni and Honor’s Day celebration at CED. For more information, contact Maureen O’Brien (mcobrien@nulluga.edu) or Jennifer Messer (jlmesser@nulluga.edu) at the College of Environment and Design, or go to the college’s website: ced.uga.edu


Steve Nygren to Keynote CED Graduation Ceremony
May 5th, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
UGA Fine Arts Theatre

Steve Nygren, who will be the keynote speaker at this year’s CED graduation ceremony, had a long career in the hospitality industry before creating the community known as Serenbe in southwest Fulton County, near Atlanta.

When uncontrolled sprawl threatened their idyllic retirement farm, Steve and his family set about finding ways to address the surrounding community’s problems by bringing together landowners, developers, and conservationists to find a “mutually agreed upon solution for balanced growth,” according to Nygren. This alliance is known as the Chattahoochee Hills Country Alliance and was created in 2002.

After two years of work and public input, a land use plan for a 40,000-acre area was adopted that preserved 70% of the land and provided 20% more housing than in conventional suburban sprawl yield.

Serenbe is the Nygren’s development that demonstrates the concepts of interlacing agriculture with a range of development, including housing, retail shops, galleries, restaurants, and an inn for visitors. He is president and co-founder of Serenbe.

Nygren was also recently chairman of Chattahoochee NOW, which coordinated 106 square miles of conservation, recreation, and development along Georgia’s Chattahoochee River.

For more information about Steve Nygren and Serenbe, go to serenbe.com