ATHENS, Ga. – It’s been 80 years since the front landscape of the Hoke Smith Building at the University of Georgia—once home to the state administration for UGA Cooperative Extension—was first installed, and it’s time for a facelift, reports Merritt Melancon with the University of Georgia.

Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) members are donating their time, skills and plants in order to renovate the somewhat-sparse front lawn and planting beds outside the of the Hoke Smith Building. The GGIA is donating the work for the $100,000 facelift as part of its community service efforts, said Chris Butts, executive director, GGIA.

The Hoke Smith Building, on the corner of South Lumpkin and Carlton streets, was built in 1940 to house UGA Extension’s state offices. While no longer home to top administrators, it still houses many College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension personnel. The building also serves as a public face for the agency.

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