Encore Azalea® inventor and Southern Living® Plant Collection expert to speak at long-running Azalea Festival

Pike County Azalea Festival to feature Buddy Lee during its four-week festivities

LOXLEY, Ala. (March 3, 2015) – The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will welcome Buddy Lee to its annual azalea festival in McComb, Miss. This four-week event will feature education, flower shows, a lighted azalea trail, shopping, and arts and entertainment at various locations March 2-27.

Lee, a noted plant expert and inventor of the Encore Azalea®, will be the featured speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the Pike County Master Gardeners on March 5 from 12-1 p.m. Lee’s topic is “New, Better and Yours – Plant the Newest Best Plants this Spring.” This event will be held at the St. Andrews Community Center on Main Street, and tickets are $10 and may be purchased from the master gardeners.

Lee is active in numerous organizations, including the Azalea Society of America, the International Plant Propagators Society and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2007, he received the Azalea Society of America’s Distinguished Service Award.

If you’re in the area, don’t miss this opportunity to visit with fellow enthusiasts and a plant development veteran.

For more information, contact Kathy Thaxton at (601) 249-5933 or (601) 684-5448.

About Southern Living® Plant Collection
The Southern Living® Plant Collection is a series of innovative plants selected for their ability to solve specific landscape challenges and to excel in Southern gardens. The collection is the result of a partnership between Plant Development Services, Inc., and Southern Living® magazine to bring high-performing plants suitable for Southern gardens to the market. Visit http://southernlivingplants.com to learn more.

About Encore® Azalea
Encore® Azalea is the world’s best selling multi-season blooming azalea. Its 29 varieties and range of sizes enliven landscapes with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall. It is sun tolerant, low maintenance and cold hardy, with most varieties being hardy through USDA Zone 6. It has an established reputation in the plant industry like no other azalea on the market. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to learn more.

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Media Contact:
Corrina Murray | Plant Development Services, Inc., introducers of the Southern Living® Plant Collection, Sunset Western Garden Collection™ and Encore Azalea® corrina@plantdevelopment.com, 251-964-6778