The Georgia Green Industry Association and the FFA were proud to partner with Governor Sonny Perdue and mansion staff to landscape the front portion of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion.

During wintertime discussions with Governor Perdue’s staff regarding the efficiencies of drip irrigation, the idea arose to demonstrate the efficient irrigation and best management practices in the landscape. Governor Perdue has been a staunch supporter of the green industry during Georgia’s historic drought and has always been a proponent of water conservation. The mansion grounds proved the perfect stage to demonstrate that not only was it okay to plant again in Georgia but that sustainable landscape projects don’t have to use a lot of water.

The green industry in Georgia is a leading segment of agriculture. Prior to the drought, economic impact of the industry was estimated to be in excess of $8 billion annually with over 75,000 Georgians employed by nursery growers, landscape firms, garden centers, greenhouse operators, irrigation contractors and allied suppliers. The effects of the drought and of the subsequent economic downturn have been estimated at over $1 billion in lost sales and the loss of 25,000 jobs.

The FFA working with the GGIA recognized the potential impact of participating in such a high profile project and volunteered their labor  to make the mansion project a full-blown success. Special attention was given to water efficiency and sustainability.  Every aspect of the project served as a model for practices that would not only create a beautiful landscape to showcase Georgia grown products, but would do so while using minimal water resources.

Below a link to a power point presentation that highlights much of the work that went into the project.
http://www.gaaged.org/presentations/

Below is the link to individual photos of FFA landscaping Governor's mansion
 http://www.agedportal.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_navId=x51a38fb9

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Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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