Wicwas Lake Grange to hear expert give talk about fertilizer

MEREDITH — Wicwas Lake Grange is hosting a lecture on Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. located at the Wicwas Lake Grange Hall. The guest speaker will be Dr. Francis R. Gouin, Professor of University of Maryland of the Plant Science & Landscape Architectural Department. The topics discussed will be on "Getting your money's worth out of fertilizer" and "Plant nutrients." The public is invited to listen to the topics, learn some new tips and to ask Dr. Gouin questions. He will also have books available at the seminar.

Dr. Gouin is a horticulturist, author and a graduate from University of New Hampshire where he received his B.S. in Horticulture and University of Maryland where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in ornamental horticulture. Dr. Gouin has published numerous articles in his columns in the Bay Weekly and the monthly AHS newsletter. He teaches undergraduate and graduate programs in horticulture and serves as a consultant in various companies and organizations. Dr. Gouin has received many awards for researching and teaching nationally and internationally. One of Dr. Gouin's contributions was the work in the development of a slow-release fertilizer known as "Osmocote" and developed the "Chesapeake Blue" and "Chesapeake Green" fertilizers. He successfully cloned the nation's oldest white oak before it fell in 2002 and developed a method of bud grafting.