The last lecture in the 2023 Lafayette County Master Gardeners Spring Lecture Series will be held on Thursday beginning at noon in the Dotsy A. Fitts Auditorium of the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library on Bramlett Boulevard.
The speaker will be Jeff McManus, director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi. He will share his expertise in pruning.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees
have the chance to win a door prize.
McManus and his team have been praised by “The New York Times,” “Forbes” and the “Huffington
Post” for their work in landscaping at Ole Miss as well as McManus’s book, “Growing Weeders into
Leaders,” that reveals the secret sauce in the recipe for their success.
The PGMS, Newsweek, the Princeton Review, and USA Today all designated the Ole Miss Landscape team worthy of national distinction, naming the Ole Miss campus as the nation’s most beautiful.
As noted by Dan Cathy, Chairman of the Board for Chick-fil-A, “Jeff reminds us that all leaders can be cultivated with the right pruning and nurturing.”
As the Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Services at the University of Mississippi by day, and a member of the National Speakers Association by night, McManus has worked with hundreds
of leaders and organizations to find the hidden leader within themselves and others.
His easy-to-follow Leadership programs motivate participants to lead by example, problem solve and to engage in continuous learning and growing.
McManus graduated from Auburn University in Horticulture. He is a Professional Certified
Grounds Manager, and a Certified Arborist. He knows that great leaders grow great leaders, and
as a professional speaker and a member of the National Speaker Association, his message
focuses on enriching, entertaining and inspiring industry leaders looking to grow their teams’