Focus Groups

Tri-Cities Daylily Society Summer Meeting and Garden Tours

June 21 -23, 2013

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Herb Saplings is a focus group sponsored by SAPS which meets several times each year focusing on the growing and a variety of uses for Herbs in our Society including my favorite, cooking.  Details of  the meetings is posted in the Wheelbarrow and occassionally will be listed in the events section.

Other groups that are not affiliated with SAPS but in general are considered to be focus groups are listed below:


Orchid Society of East Tenneesee (OSET) 








March 2011 Smoky Mountain Orchid Society 

If you have any questions, please email me at or call at 865-828-8055, or call Rosalie Peters at 865-376-7939.


Directions to the Gray Community Center

Directions from I 26(I-181) – Take the Gray exit #13 and turn Right. Turn Left onto Old Gray Station Road from the traffic light in front of Dairy Queen. Take the 1st Left onto Gray Station Road. Take the 2nd Right onto Gray Ruritan Drive. The 2nd building on your Left is the Gray Community Center. This building is located next to the Gray Volunteer Fire Department.

Washington County Beekeeper Association

The Washington County Beekeeper Association (WCBKA) meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Boone’s Creek Christian Church next to the Johnson City Power Board.  For a copy of the newsletter, please email John Snavely who is a member of SAPS board of Directors and is the current President of WCBKA.  In addition to educational meeting there is a bee inspector availavaile in each of our surrounding counties to inspect your hive or to answer questions about honey bees.  For a copy of the newsletter an announcement to the next class or meeting please email John Snavely at

Most people realize that beekeeping is important
to world-wide agricultural production, because bees
pollinate fruits and vegetables valued in billions of
dollars. Without the honey bee, our food supply could
be in serious jeopardy. The economic value of honey,
wax and other hive products is continually increasing
as we find new uses for bee-related products. People of
either sex or any age can keep bees almost anywhere.
When asked why they become beekeepers, people?
responses are variable, including ?to pollinate my
garden,??to make honey to sell,??to teach my
children something useful,??to put honey on my
biscuits,??as therapy,?to understand ?what makes
bees tick,?because they thought it would be fun and
?because I just like foolin?with them.?
Addtional information is available at :



Bee Culture

Bee Culture, the magazine of American Beekeeping  or from the on lineUT Extension publication

Master Gardeners of Northeast Tennessee  For more information:

Useful links:

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country.

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