Winter 2018 “A Bit of Dirt” Newsletter

Do enjoy our Winter newsletter from editor, Ann Langley.  In this edition, Ann features articles on  Gardens for Growing Community, UGA/Snellville … Read More

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars so you don't miss GCMGA's annual plant sale on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  See the attached press release for additional details. 2018 GCMGA Plant Sale … Read More

Upcoming Events:

Our speaker, Greg Freeman. will present “A Century of Daffodil Hybridizing: Using Advancements in Color, Form and Size to Advantage.”  He will explore how gardeners can use daffodils, new and old, to enhance their gardens and landscapesFreeman is an author, editor, singer and songwriter.  An avid gardener, he grows a variety of plants, and is a daffodil exhibitor, hybridist, and judge.  A former editor of The Daffodil Journal, he is the publisher of several digital publications, including, which is devoted to the American South and includes a department devoted to gardening in the South. Greg Freeman’s Garden Chronicle, one of his latest ventures, is accessible at Join us on Monday, March 19, 2018, at Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville 30044.  Bring a dish to share at 6:30.  Program begins at 7:00 p.m. 

On Monday, April 16, Dr. Ed Bez will present Healing Plants of the Bible. Dr. Bez gained his Biblical Botanical Gardening Certification while serving on the botanical staff at the second largest biblical botanical park in Israel in 2011. Bez is a 2014 Rockdale County Master Gardener and President of the International Biblical Botanical Garden Society.  Dr. Bez holds advanced degrees in Systematic Theology (1985) and is an Avocational Archaeologist (digging in the Middle East for 20 years). He has been an enthusiastic avocational biblical botanist for 25 years.  His wit and humor make his presentations both enjoyable and educational.  You are welcome to join us for dinner at 6:30 (please bring a dish to share) otherwise, come for the program at 7 p.m. at Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.

Eleanor Craig, our guest speaker, is known across the southeast as “The Fern Lady”. Based out of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, her small specialty nursery known as “Fern Ridge Farms” ships all over the country, offering over 75 varieties of hardy garden fern, as well as select annuals, tropical ferns, perennials, natives, and many fern companion plants. Previously located in Canton, Georgia, the nursery’s exhibits and garden displays have earned numerous awards at Atlanta’s Southeastern Flower Show. In addition, Fern Ridge Farms is recognized as a resource for locating unusual ferns in the recently published book Plant Lovers’ Guide to Ferns.  With 20+ years experience in landscaping, lawn maintenance and the nursery industry, Eleanor has been a huge supporter of Master Gardener programs across the Southeast as both a lecturer and vendor. Her presentation will include insight into growing many familiar and new garden ferns, including managing the impacts of climate change, identifying location needs and plant care.  We will meet on Monday, 21 May, 2018 at Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.  As always, you are invited to bring a covered dish to join us for dinner at 6:30. Our meeting begins promptly at 7pm.