The South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium has blossomed into a must-see event for gardening enthusiasts.The annual symposium brings together people with a desire to learn more about landscaping with native plants and wildflowers as well as native plant experts from across the Southeastern U.S. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at UGA’s Tifton Campus Conference Center.“Many people aren’t aware of the plants that are native to this area, or to the South. That’s what this conference is all about,” said Amy Carter, agricultural research coordinator for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the Tifton campus. “Many of those attending have been here almost every year since the first symposium in 2001. Their gardens are their passion.”As part of Carter’s work at UGA, she manages the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum; at the conclusion of next week’s event she will lead a walking tour of the arboretum. Among the native plants to see in the arboretum are azaleas, illiciums, viburnums, buckeyes and hollies. The day-long event will feature six speakers, including Jenny Cruse Sanders, the vice president for science and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She will discuss the Atlanta garden’s native plant conservation program. Kris Braman, a professor of entomology at the UGA-Griffin campus, will speak on beneficial insects and their importance to a garden.“Not all insects are bad,” Carter said. “Many people are tempted to go into their gardens and kill every insect they find. Some of those insects are probably helping. I’m really excited to hear what Dr. Braman can teach us about that.”Landscape architect Rick Huffman, from Greenville, S.C., will start the day. He will speak on his life’s work: creating ecologically sound landscape designs. Dan Miller will finish the day with his presentation on ‘Growing Native Azaleas from Seed.’The symposium will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information go to the website, www.sgnpws.org, or call 229-391-6868.
However he touted his record of supporting abuse victims when asked a question about military prosecutions for felonies including rape at a virtual town hall late Wednesday.”As you know, I wrote and championed the Violence Against Women Act, transformed how this country gets justice and support to survivors and led the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to fight sexual assault on campuses. As VP, I fought to provide a special victims counsel for sexual assault cases in the military,” the 77-year-old said.He promised that “all options are on the table” when it came to assaults in the military.Biden spoke as the furor surrounding the claim by Reade continues to grow, despite a statement issued by his campaign on April 13, which said the incident “absolutely did not happen.” Presidential hopeful Joe Biden said Wednesday he has a proud history of campaigning against sexual violence, as he faces mounting pressure to respond to an assault allegation made by a former aide.The presumptive Democratic nominee has been accused by Tara Reade of assaulting her in 1993, when she was a 29-year-old staff assistant in the office of Biden, then a US senator from Delaware.Biden’s campaign has denied the claims, but he himself has not responded directly to the allegations by Reade, now 56. The claim has drowned out other news about Biden, such as his search for a running mate, who he has pledged will be a woman.President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale has flooded his Twitter feed with mocking references to Reade’s allegation, ignoring the string of accusations made by women against his own candidate.More than a dozen women have accused the real estate mogul of sexual misconduct including rape before he became president.Biden has not been asked directly about Reade’s allegation in either the interviews he has given from his Delaware home, where he has been confined because of the coronavirus pandemic, or various online campaign events. ‘Everything shattered’According to Reade, the assault took place in August 1993 in a hallway on Capitol Hill.”We were alone, and it was the strangest thing,” Reade said in a late March interview on the Katie Halper Show podcast. “There was no, like, exchange, really, he just had me up against the wall.”His hands were on me and underneath my clothes and, yeah, he went, he went down my skirt but then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers,” she said.”He was kissing me at the same time,” she said.Reade said she pulled away and Biden allegedly said: “Come on man, I heard you liked me.””For me everything shattered at that moment,” Reade said.Reade has since recounted her story to other media outlets, and filed an incident report with the Washington police in early April — seen by AFP — in which she did not name Biden.”This is an inactive case,” a police spokesman told AFP when asked about the status of the matter.Reade told the right-leaning Washington Examiner that she had filed the report to show she was serious and establish a paper trail.Other women have accused Biden of touching them inappropriately in the past, and Reade’s initial claims were similar — less severe than her most recent allegations.The New York Times reported that it had interviewed Reade on multiple occasions, along with her friends and others who worked for Biden in the early 1990s. According to the Times, no former Biden staffers corroborated her account, and a pattern of misconduct was not uncovered.A friend said Reade had told her about the alleged assault at the time. A second friend said Reade told her in 2008 of a traumatic experience while working in Biden’s office.Reade said she had also related the incident to her brother.The allegations have led some supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the Democratic race and endorsed Biden, to call on the former vice president to end his White House bid.”Out of respect for survivors and for the good of the country, he should withdraw from the race,” said Claire Sandberg, the former national organizing director of the Sanders campaign. Topics :