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 2024 Society Meetings & Events

David Cook


Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Time: 6:30- hospitality and plant swap, 7:00 -program

Location: The meeting will be at Ed Jones Auditorium at Ellington Agricultural Center.

Speaker: David Cook

Subject: Cicadas: Bothersome, Beneficial and Tasty(?)

Some people say the only good cicada is a dead cicada. But some organisms do benefit from the massive cicada invasion. Come to the May 21 PPS meeting and hear David Cook discuss the different types of cicadas, their unusual life cycles, the types of plant damage they cause, and some interesting cicada recipes. David will also talk about other insects, including recent invasive pests and others that are interesting in unusual ways


David Cook recently retired as the Davidson County Extension Agent from the University of Tennessee. He currently consults with homeowners and commercial clients concerning landscape issues involving insects, plant diseases, weeds, and environmental problems. While employed with the University of Tennessee, David provided educational programs for homeowners and commercial clients about horticulture and agriculture issues. He provided educational training on pesticide safety and training for pesticide applicators seeking commercial certification and licensing, and he taught training classes for Master Gardener programs in Davidson and surrounding counties. He is a frequent guest speaker for garden clubs, horticultural associations, conferences and commercial pesticide workshops.

New Perennial Plant Society Meeting Place

In response to a membership survey and feedback, the PPS board has decided to relocate our meetings to the Ed Jones Auditorium at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.  The auditorium has been recently renovated, and there is ample parking.  Time for meetings remains the same.  We will also continue the plant swap.  We would also like to encourage anyone who wishes to bring a treat to share.  Social hospitality will still begin at 6:30 p.m., with the formal meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Directions on how to reach Ed Jones are below. Any questions, please email mariwynevans

From Franklin Road:  Turn east onto Hogan Road and continue on Hogan.

From Harding Place:  Turn south onto Trousdale Drive by CVS.  Continue on Trousdale and then turn left onto Hogan Road (by Crieve Elementary)


Hogan Road will end at entrance of Ellington Agriculture (Marchant Drive is the cross street - do not turn here for Ed Jones)    Go through gates into Ellington and then turn right.  Follow road through Ellington following signs to Ed Jones at the top of the hill passing the museum.  There is parking on both sides of the auditorium.  

From I-65:

Take Exit #78-A east on Harding Place. Take a right at the second light onto Trousdale Drive. Travel south on Trousdale for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left on to Hogan Road at the four-way stop. Hogan Road ends at the front gates of the Ellington Agricultural Center. Note: all buildings have identifying lawn signs for your convenience.


From I-24:

Take exit #56 west on Harding Place to the Nolensville Road intersection at Harding Mall. Turn left onto Nolensville Road and travel south 1/10 mile and turn right onto Edmondson Pike. Travel 1 1/2 miles on Edmondson Pike. The west entrance to Ellington Agricultural Center is on the right

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