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Growing Pecan Trees in the Mid-South Seminar


This seminar is provided by Rock Bridge Trees in cooperation with the University of Tennessee Extension Service in Sumner County

Who: Speakers from three states will discuss the basics of pecan culture in the Mid-South and farther north.

Mr. Doug Chapman:

Doug Chapman was born and raised in Cottondale, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He planted his first pecan trees around 1978 and started learning to graft and bud. He attended Auburn University in 1986 and worked a variety of jobs which included custom pecan propagator. He received a BS (with Honors) in Horticulture in 1989 and a MS in in Horticulture in 1992. He works for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service since 1992 and currently resides in Athens, AL.

Mr. David Hughes:

The owner of Rock Bridge Trees / Trees For Bees. Born and raised in Middle Tennessee. 20+ years experience raising and selling produce to restaurants in Nashville.  Started the nursery in 2010 to raise Northern Pecan trees, got distracted and now grows a lot of other stuff too. His experience with some of the finest chefs in the country have led him to be an adventuresome grower. 

Mr. Virgil Vaughn:

Virgil Vaughn has been growing pecan trees for 35 years. The past 23 years as a cooperator with the USDA Agriculture Research Service pecan breeding program, College Station, Texas. Pecan cultivars from the breeding program are tested at the Vaughn farm to find cultivars suitable for commercial pecan nut production in northern United states. Many of the cultivars now in production at the Vaughn farm have been released by the USDA, are not patented and can be freely propagated.


What: Information will apply to both the backyard grower and the commercial grower.


When: Saturday March 14th 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM ( Lunch to be provided by The Gambling Stick of Nashville TN )


Where: Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1050 Dry Fork Rd, Bethpage TN 37022. In the afternoon, A visit to Rock Bridge Trees Nursery 1 mile up the road at 199 Dry Fork Creek Rd, Bethpage TN 37022


Why: An opportunity to hear from and ask questions of actual growers from the region.


How: How to select the right varieties and how to care for them to produce pecans.


Registration: $40.00  ( Group and extension discounts available )


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Contact us at Rock BridgeTrees 199 Dry Fork Creek Road, Bethpage TN 37022 Phone: 615-841-3664 Email-