Fall 2018 “Bit of Dirt” Newsletter

Enjoy our latest newsletter with articles about landscaping erosion, sustainable gardening practices, recycling, and preparing our gardens for … Read More

Terror on the Trail 2018

The brainstorm idea from the regular Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association members who work weekly at the Vines grew into a Halloween adventure.  They planned and executed Odie’s murder … Read More

Upcoming Events:

When it comes to ornamental trees and landscape shrubs, the idea of pruning often seems daunting. To prune or not to prune…and when? That’s the topic for our lunch presentation on January 21, 2019. The guest speaker is Rick Smith, known across the Southeast as “The Pruning Guru”. Currently serving as the Chairperson for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Advisory Board, Mr. Smith is certified in both Georgia and Alabama as a Certified Landscape Professional, and in 2010 served as President of MALTA (Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association). A prolific presenter, Mr. Smith’s expertise was showcased by UGA’s Horticulture Dept. when his company, “The Pruning Guru, Inc.” was filmed as part of their Super Crew Series for pruning practices on ornamental trees and shrubs throughout the landscape. At the meeting, Mr. Smith will be talking about appropriate pruning techniques, different types of equipment that can be used, and introducing winter rejuvenation.  Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a “soup and sandwich potluck” lunch at 11:30am, or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 12pm.

Our February meeting topic will be “Saving Seeds and Seed Libraries”.  A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers – our own Gwinnett Extension office has a seed library! Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years and on February 18 at 11:30am, Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder will help gardeners rejoin the ritual with a presentation on how to start saving seeds and sharing the abundance in our community.  Potluck lunch begins at 11:30am followed by Josh’s program at noon at Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville 30044.

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to meet a living legend. On March 18, Dr. Michael A. Dirr, a renown Professor of Horticulture now retired from UGA, will literally explore the ABC’s of plants in a free presentation titled “Abelia to Ziziphus…Mining the Alphabet for the Next Great Garden Plant“.  Throughout his career, Dr. Dirr has published more then 300 scientific and popular papers and articles. His teaching, lectures, seminars, garden study tours and plant introduction programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural awareness not only in Georgia, but across the nation. He has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the Liberty Hyde Bailey Medal from the American Horticulture Society. Dirr’s “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” is the field’s leading horticultural text and reference work, and along with his “Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation” has become the bible for the landscape and nursery industry. In addition, Dr. Dirr’s photo library of woody landscape plants (on CD-ROM) is recognized as the field’s premier collection of plant images. In his presentation Dr. Dirr will share what he considers some of the best plant selections for Georgia gardens.  Please join us at the Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Bring a covered dish to share and join us for dinner at 6:30, or just come for the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m.