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Dooley's New Passion Is Flowering

The former UGA coach/AD returns to Gwinnett for another gardening talk Wednesday.

Anyone who wants to talk football with Vince Dooley these days needs to wait.

The school's winningest football coach (201 victories from 1964-88) and former athletic director now has a new passion: gardening.

"I've been bitten by the gardening bug, and there is no cure for the infection," he said at a speech at Gwinnett Tech last October.

Dooley will return to Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville on Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. for another gardening discussion, in conjunction with the school's spring plant sale. 

His passion is such that there is now a Vince Dooley hydrangea and a Vince Dooley camellia, and he also is a published author: “Vince Dooley’s Garden: The Horticultural Journey Of A Football Coach.”

Also, his Athens home, the same one as in his coaching days, now has a full acre devoted to a garden. He gave wife Barbara a Japanese maple for their 50th wedding anniversary. "It's the only time I've ever known her to be speechless," he remarked.

For more details on others appearing with Dooley on Wednesday's gardening panel, click here.

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