Spring 2019 Lecture Meeting – Dr.  Michael Dirr, speaker

Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring 2019 Lecture Meeting – Dr. Michael Dirr, speaker

Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Atlanta History Center’s Woodruff Auditorium in McElreath Hall

AHS welcomes the legendary hydrangea authority, Dr. Michael Dirr. A former UGA professor, well known author of many books and world-renowned plantsman, Dr. Dirr will present “Evaluating the newest macrophylla cultivars and reconnecting with the Heirloom Legacy/historical cultivars”

Bachelor and Master’s, Horticulture, The Ohio State University; Phd, Plant Physiology, the University Of Massachusetts; Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Illinois; Professor, now Emeritus, the University of Georgia; Director of the University’s Botanical Garden. 

Taught Landscape Plant Taxonomy, Propagation, and Introductory Horticulture; received the major college and university teaching awards; mentored and advised undergraduate, masters and Phd students; published 50 scientific articles, more than 300 popular and trade articles, and 9  books, with the Manual Of Woody Landscape Plants, 6th Edition, the major teaching and nursery reference tome in the U.S.; Dirr’s Encyclopedia Of Trees And Shrubs (2011) includes 3,600 photos and textual descriptions. 

Introduced 200 trees and shrubs into commerce with 29 patents granted during the Georgia tenure; received the Inventor of the Year Award from the UGA Research Foundation in 2009; Fellow, National Academy of Inventor, 2015 (first ornamental plant breeder ever inducted).

Started a plant breeding company with two partners in 2006 and sold it to Bailey Nursery, St. Paul, MN in 2015 with 61 patented plants; new book, The Tree Book, from Timber Press now at publisher (May 1, 2019 delivery date).

Enjoys noble trees, tennis, hiking, gardening and family; established in 2018 a hydrangea collection to include as many of the new introductions as obtainable as well as the best of the legacy/heirloom cultivars; planning to dive headfirst into breeding (primarily hydrangeas) when my non-compete is over with Bailey on January 1, 2020. Life is Great!

Come early to get a good seat and a raffle ticket or two! 
We look forward to seeing you there!
7:00 PM Social Time 
7:30 PM Meeting Begins
Plant raffle following meeting

All meetings are held in the Woodruff Auditorium in McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

Free Parking
All are welcome!


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