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

Annual Plant Sale

Mark your calendars so you don't miss GCMGA's annual plant sale on Saturday, April 28, 2018 - rain or shine - from 9AM to 2PM.  Come see us at the Lilburn Library/City Hall Parking Lot at 4817 … Read More

Upcoming Events:

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.

Container gardens are perfect for small spaces and for adding dimension to a landscaped space. On June 18 Master Gardener Judy Peacock will be sharing secrets for eye-catching compositions in her presentation “The Artful Container Garden”.  Judy’s lifelong love of nature and her natural creativity blend themselves abundantly in beautiful container gardens. Her designs can be surprising and are often whimsical, with many everyday items incorporated in unexpected and inspiring ways. During her presentation, this North Fulton Master Gardener will complete containers to be given away at the end of the evening. Winning one of Judy Peacock’s creations will be exciting; however, everyone will leave with a better idea of how to create individual works of art that grow and delight all season. GCMGA meets on the third Monday of each month at The Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30, or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 7 p.m.