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Firm featured in UGA video
Appearance is 2nd in 20 years
Larry Rhodes, far left, and Jose Mora, employees of Allgood Outdoors, are filmed by an Athens production company for an updated version of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension's Super Crew film series for professional landscapers. Allgood also participated in the original series more than 20 years ago. - photo by Submitted

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A Forsyth County landscape company will be featured in a professional video series by the University of Georgia for a second time in more than 20 years.

Allgood Outdoors, which has been in business since 1981 and in Forsyth since 1984, again was selected by the UGA Cooperative Extension to be filmed for its Super Crew training video series for landscape professionals.

The series of nine videos — covering topics such as annual bed installation, equipment safety, pesticide use and water conservation — was first developed in the late 1980s.

Gary Wade with Cooperative Extension said more than 6,000 copies of the series have been sold in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

“As far as I know, there’s not really anything else like them on the market,” he said. “They are in both English and Spanish and have discussion
questions and other support materials.”

But it had become apparent that the series needed to be updated.

“About four or five years ago, we converted the series from VHS to DVD, but some of the footage was still grainy and not the best quality,” he said. “So, it was clear that we needed to completely redo them.”

Luckily, Cla Allgood, owner of Allgood Outdoors, was still available to help out, Wade said.

An Athens film production crew visited the company’s outdoor display area, Wakoola Water Gardens on Union Hill Road, to shoot video June 24 and 25.

“Working with Cla was a real pleasure,” Wade said. “He was much more organized than most of the landscape companies we worked with.

“With most of the videos, it took three days to finish. With Cla, we finished all the filming in just two days.”

Allgood Outdoors will be featured in a video on planting procedures for woody ornamentals. Wade said it was last of the films to be remade and the new series will be finished and available for purchase by professional landscapers in September.

Allgood, a certified landscape architect, said he was happy to again be part of the project since he was a big supporter the first time around.

“When we did the first one, it was a wild concept,” Allgood said. “That was before people really had computers. It was a wild concept that you could have your own personal movie for training.”

But he still participated and even provided several thousand dollars in seed money to UGA for the project because he believed all landscape employees should be properly trained.

“In this business, we all want the customer to have a good experience,” he said. “The last thing any of us want is for an employee to do something wrong.

“The customer can spend their money with us or on a new chandelier or a trip. It’s incumbent that all the individuals involved be professional.”