By Renee Pearman
The Botanical Gardens at Macon
State College have been named for Waddell Barnes, M.D., shown
here on campus.
by Renee Pearman
Massie, a volunteer naturalist and master gardener, is the recipient
of the 2002 Macon State College Botanical Gardens Award.
“Hal calls himself a ‘simple gardener,’ but
he is so much more than that,” said Waddell Barnes, M.D.,
who has guided the development of the college’s Botanical
Gardens. “He is a community volunteer, an environmentalist
and a writer.”
Barnes presented the award during a Botanical Gardens lecture at
Macon State College last October. The guest lecturer was internationally
acclaimed gardener, researcher and author Dr. Allan M. Armitage,
a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. Armitage,
who established the horticulture gardens at UGA in 1982, is the
author of eight books, including the reference text Herbaceous Garden
Perennials, which the American Horticultural Society named one of
the 75 most important horticultural books written in the last 75
The evening with Armitage, which was open to the public, was the
second in a series of annual lectures at Macon State College focusing
on horticulture, landscaping and environmental issues. The series
is under the sponsorship of Macon State’s developing Botanical
Gardens. Each fall lecture includes the presentation of a Botanical
Massie, who has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UGA,
is a member of the Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and the Georgia
Master Gardener Association. He serves on the board of directors
for the Georgia Botanical Society and is the feature editor for
the Society’s newsletter. His column “The Garden Spot”
appears in The Macon Telegraph twice a month.
Massie has earned a lifetime status as master gardener. He volunteers
as a floristic and avian surveyor and environmental educator at
Georgia State Parks and Callaway Gardens, and he writes for various
horticulture and botanical newsletters and magazines. In addition,
he is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
“When you boil it all down, I’m just a simple gardener,”
Massie said. “Nothing describes my nature better than that.”
A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Massie is member of
the Georgia Air National Guard and an avionics technician at Robins
Air Force Base. He and his wife Marie, a third grade teacher at
Crawford County Elementary School, live in Musella.
—Editor’s Note: University of Georgia
Athletic Director and master gardener Vince Dooley is scheduled
to be the guest lecturer at the 2003 Botanical Gardens Lecture,
which will be Oct. 24 at MSC.