May 2018 Meeting

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.