Timothy Daly grew up in the Decatur, GA area outside of Atlanta. He learned to enjoy gardening and other types of agriculture in his youth.
Timothy attended St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta in 1982. He then attended the University of Georgia, where he received a BSA in Horticulture in 1987. After graduation, he was employed by the Morrell Group Landscape Company as a crew leader and supervisor performing landscape maintenance and installation on large commercial accounts in the metro Atlanta area. Timothy then worked for Duke-Weeks Corporation landscape division and as a ground supervisor at Emory University in Atlanta.
Timothy returned to the University of Georgia for graduate studies and received a Master of Science in Entomology in 2003. His major advisor was David Buntin, a professor of entomology at the UGA Griffin campus. The subject of his research as investing the impact of Bt corn on non-target insects. Afterward, he was employed as an environmental specialist at John Wieland Homes in Atlanta, overseeing erosion and sediment control and stormwater management on construction sites in Atlanta and some other cities in the Southeast. During his employment there, the company was audited by the US EPA, and he was responsible for developing an inspection and monitoring program for the company to implement. He then worked a year as an environmental land development inspector for Dekalb County Planning and Development,
In 2006 Timothy Daly began his career with UGA Extension in Gwinnett County. The county has over 900,000 residents making it the second-largest county in Georgia. The dense population is challenging for ANR programming. The county has little traditional agriculture, and his primary focus is addressing the needs of the green industry. Tim has developed a pesticide licensing exam training for category 24, ornamental and turf, and recently collaborated with Mickey Taylor and Elmer Gray of the UGA Department of Entomology to create Category 41 training mosquito control. Two to three times a year, he has a green industry update that offers credits in several categories of the Georgia pesticide applicator license two to three times a year in addition to providing CEUs for Certified Arborists. These programs emphasize the importance of integrated pest management and pesticide safety. He also addresses the needs of the many homeowners in the county.
He manages two program assistants and oversees over 150 Master Gardener volunteers and extensive outreach programs to the Gwinnett K-12 schools.