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

2019 Grant Awards

GCMGA is delighted to announce that $6,000 Grants have been awarded to twelve Gwinnett County Master Gardener projects.  We are pleased that seven of these projects are at schools.  They … Read More

Upcoming Events:

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. 

Why do native plants matter in our gardens and landscapes? In addition to providing shelter and food for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, native plants require far less maintenance, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. On April 15 at 7pm, Horticulturist and Master Gardener Barbara Dorfman will share how to incorporate native plants into your site design presenting “Designing a Garden with Native Plants”.  She is an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and is passionate about promoting the use of native plants in the home landscape.  In this presentation, Barbara will share images of her own beautiful yard and offer ways to incorporate native plants into your overall design whether you envision incorporating a few plants or a complete makeover. The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners’ Association is hosting this presentation 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 7PM.