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

2018 Annual Plant Sale

Our annual plant sale on Saturday, April 28, 2018 was a great event and we thank you for coming! Held at the Lilburn Library/City Hall Parking Lot at 4817 Church Rd NW, in Lilburn, this site was … Read More

Upcoming Events:

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.

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” (Marc Riboud, French photojournalist). Whether you savor life through the lens of an iPhone or a Leica, learning how to take better photos can capture a moment in ways that make it even more meaningful. On Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m, we will host an evening of fine arts, with a presentation by the Georgia Nature Photography Association (GNPA). “Life Through The Lens” will include tips on how to create more artful compositions, and showcase the winners of this year’s GCMGA photography competition. Many of the Association’s members are not only master gardeners but also avid nature photographers and each year, judges report stiff competition among contest entries. The GNPA judge will announce winners in ten categories – birds, close-ups, digital art, first-time submitters, gardens, harvest, landscapes, plants, still life and wildlife. We meet 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.