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Legendary Georgia football coach visits Magnolia for book signing

  • Friday, August 9, 2013

Former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley will sign copies of his book “Vince Dooley’s Garden – The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach” on Aug. 24 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Dooley has gained renown as one of the region’s finest gardeners. Following the lead of his mentors, Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage, respected horticulturalists at the University of Georgia, Dooley has created a spectacular garden around the home that he and wife Barbara have lived in since 1964.

The Athletic Association upon his retirement honored Dooley by funding the Vincent J. Dooley Professorship in Horticulture. Three plants have been named in his honor: The Dooley Hydrangea, The Vince Dooley Camellia and The Vince Dooley Native Azalea.

The coach will sign copies of his book from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, outside the Magnolia gift shop on the ground floor of the main house. A $15 general garden admission is required. Admission is free to Magnolia volunteers and families with an annual membership.

“Vince Dooley’s Garden” tells of Dooley’s 24-year, full-time commitment to gardening. Steve Penley’s exceptional paintings complement the story perfectly, along with 100 color photographs of Dooley’s garden.

The book mentions Magnolia Gardens. One page 67, Dooley says that after the Civil War the Rev. John Grimké Drayton saved Magnolia and opened it to the public as “the first man-made tourist attraction in the United States.

Dooley was Georgia’s head football coach from 1964 to 1988, and the university’s director of athletics from 1979 to 2004. He has authored several books on UGA football. Among them are:

• “Dooley: My 40 Years At Georgia”

• “Dooley’s Play Book – The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History”

• “Vince Dooley’s Tales from the 1980 National Champion Georgia Bulldogs”

• “Echoes of Georgia Football: The Greatest Stories Ever Told”

• “How ‘Bout Them Dawgs,” a children’s book

• “Georgia Saturdays: Between the Hedges”

He also will have some of these titles available for purchase at the book signing.

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