Hattiesburg Arbor Day Landscape Symposium

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Date(s) - 02/09/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Parkway Heights

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Did you know!? The celebration of Arbor Day changes from state to state based on the best tree planting times across the country. In 1926, the second Friday in February was set by the State of Mississippi as its official Arbor Day.

This year, the City of Hattiesburg-Government is partnering with Fisher’s Landscaping, Mississippi State University Extension and Wiliam Carey University to present a full day of conversation and education opportunities regarding horticulture in Hattiesburg.

You will hear from experts representing a variety of industries throughout the state as well as an opportunity to take part in a tree planting. This event is free to the public.


9:00 a.m. Introduction and opening comments // Mayor Toby Barker, Fred Fisher, Andy Parker

9:30 a.m. Keep Hattiesburg Beautiful // Nkrumah Frazier, City of Hattiesburg

9:45 a.m. State/Local Tree Programs & Resources // Andy Parker, City of Hattiesburg

10:00 a.m.The County Agent // Matthew Thornton, Forrest County Extension Service

10:15 a.m. The Master Gardening Program // Hilda Magee, Pesident of the Master Gardeners of South Central MS

10: 30 a.m. Rebuilding a Better Campus after Tornado // Dr. Scott Hummel, William Carey University

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Introducing The Landscape Industry in Hattiesburg // Fred Fisher

  • The Designers
  • The Installers
  • LDS Maintenance
  • Retail Nursery and LDS Supplies

Noon – Break for Lunch


  • Founders Hall – Principle Speaker with Tree Selections for South MS
  • Room 303 – Daylilies and other Perennials – Nancy Chain
  • Room 305 – New and exciting introductions of COLOR plants – Nicole Bush
  • Room 313 – Licensed LDS professional discuss BPI activities – Lloyd Ryals


  • Founders Hall – Landscape Design and Your Home – The Cleanup, The Touchup or the Do Over – Fred Fisher
  • Room 303 – Using Native Trees and Shrubs – Dr. Mike Davis
  • Room 305 – Making Pots and Containers Jazz Up Your Yard- Judy Brackman
  • Room 313 – How and Why I Should Become a Master Gardener


  • Founders Hall – #1 Landscaping Problem: Water – too much or too little – Gene Moore – Manager Keeling Irrigation and Supply
  • Room 303 – Weeds, disease and insect control in Hattiesburg-Matt Thornton – county agent -Forrest County
  • Room 305 – Pruning as an art form – form follows function – Loraine Hughes
  • Room 313 – Landscape Architect – BSLA MSU – Fisher’s Landscaping

4:00 p.m. TREE PLANTING CEREMONY – at Eastside Park

This event is proudly hosted by The City of Hattiesburg and Fisher’s Landscaping.