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OSIS Meeting Notice and Invitation

Old South Iris Society will be meeting Thursday, March 2, 6:30 PM.
ICC (Itawamba Community College) Tupelo, MS campus.
Vocational and Technical Center

Guest speakers will be Felder Rushing and his radio cohost, Doctor Dirt.
You are invited to attend.

The topic will be "Gardening Like Your Mama's Mama"

You are invited to attend. If you need directions contact me off list and I 
will send maps. Seating is limited to about 200 people and seating is open. 
Doors will open at 5:30 PM.

Read the following bio and know a trip will be worthwhile. We gonna' learn 
and laugh.

Smiles from the lazy,
Bill Burleson

Felder Rushing is a 10th-generation Southern gardener who shares a cluttered 
cottage garden in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife and long time best 
friend Terryl, and children, Ira and Zoe, plus lots of wildflowers, critters, and 
"yard art." His garden has been featured in Garden Design, Southern Living, 
National Wildflower Research Journal, House and Garden, Landscape Architecture, 
and others.
Rushing, a Masters graduate of Mississippi State University, retired as his 
state's consumer horticulturist with the Extension Service. He writes two 
weekly columns for the state-wide Clarion Ledger and twice monthly for the Memphis 
Commercial Appeal, and hosts a live, call-in radio program every Tuesday 
morning on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (NPR affiliate), with co-host Dr.Dirt. 
He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV, ETV, and has taken a TV crew to 
European gardens.

Rushing, a contributing editor for Horticulture Magazine, has written and 
photographed for Garden Design, Fine Gardening, National Geographic, Better Homes 
and Gardens, American Homestyle, Country Living Gardener, National Gardening, 
Garden Design, Old House Journal, Organic Gardening, Brooklyn Botanic Garden 
Record, and many more.

His 14 gardening books include the award-winning Passalong Plants (honored in 
1994 by the Garden Writers Association as the "best written" garden book in 
the country), Taylor's Guide to Landscaping in the South, Rodale Press Great 
Garden Shortcuts, Scarecrows, the Better Homes and Gardens Junior Gardening 
Book, Can't Miss Container Gardening, and a Tough Plants series for the South, 
North, and Florida. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Rushing is a national board member of the American Horticulture Society, 
advisor to the National Youth Gardening Association, and honorary member of the 
Garden Clubs of Mississippi. He lectures widely from coast to coast, including 
at Longwood Gardens, Carmel Flower Show, Williamsburg Symposium, Philadelphia 
Flower Show, Long Island Horticulture Society, Disney's Festival of Flowers, 
Atlanta Flower Show, National Wildflower Research Center, the Smithsonian 
Institute, Southern California Horticulture Society, and many more (he's even "done" 
the Texas Rose Rustlers). 

His off-beat garden concepts have been used in several garden shows around 
the country, including the top award-winning design at the 1997 Philadelphia 
Flower Show, and the Smithsonian Institute Folk Festival in Washington, D.C. He 
also helped design the Children's Garden at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, 
and the 3,000 square foot butterfly house at the Jackson Zoo.

Understanding that many gardeners feel intimidated by a crush of how-to books 
and experts ("We are daunted, not dumb," he says), Rushing delivers 
bottom-line points with a down-home style rife with humor, zany metaphors, and 
real-life anecdotes.

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