Trail of Terror 2019

This event provided families with a fun-filled night at Vines Park, Saturday, October 26th.  GCMGA members who work Vines Park weekly (known as the Viners) dreamed up this event and built props to create a haunted walk through Phantom Village in the Asian Garden area of the park. 

Families played games, watched for Godzilla and the T. Rex, snacked and enjoyed the Bouncy House while waiting for their guided tour to begin.  Folks helped investigate a murder in Phantom Village.  They walked past the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, Poker Zombies, and the Operating Room.  Then past Zombie barbies, over the Snapping Turtle Bridge, by the Witches Cauldron and cornstalks to enter through tunnel with creepy hands coming from the walls to enter Phantom Village.  They passed the fortune teller, the table with Zombie heads and were frightened in the cemetery.  On they walked past the Giant crow, the zombie Mom and baby to view the Gruesome Garden.  The Ptomaine Café offered Halloween snacks of worms, maggot pudding and brains.  Visitors were watchful for the Swamp Monster and the Zombie party at the Hotel of No Return where the two murder suspects argued about who did it! 

The Viners teamed up with Extension, Parks and Recreation, Drama Club members from Archer and Grayson High Schools, Master Gardeners and other volunteers, all who added their enthusiasm and expertise to the Trail.  Proceeds will go to benefit Vines Park.

Tour Guide Bill Smith

Tour Guide Bill Smith
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January 2020 Meeting

We are pleased to have Scott McMahan, who is the Manager of International Plant Exploration at Atlanta Botanical Gardens, speak at our first program of 2020 on January 20th.  Scott will talk about “Plant Exploration with a Purpose” and share his experiences on his work in India, Vietnam and China as well as his new evaluation nursery up in Gainesville.  This program will start at noon and you’re invited to bring a sandwich and join us for fellowship at 11:30AM at Bethesda Senior Center.

October 2019 Meeting

Our own member, MGEV, Margaret Molyson, presented “Alternatives to Lawns: How to Reduce Your Yard Work While Saving the Birds!” at our October 21st meeting at Bethesda Senior Center.  Her highly informative talk addressed how reducing your lawn area and increasing your native plant area would not only reduce total time and money spent on yard maintenance but, more importantly, how it also supports the dwindling native bird population by giving them food for their young and nesting habitat. 

Margaret had several educational and resource handouts to share and they are attached here.

Native Ground Covers

Plants That Support Conservation Biological Control in Georgia

Great Gardening and Natives Websites

Invasive Alternatives

Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Many of our members participated August 23 and 24th counting pollinators all over the county.  We had great fun figuring out which pollinator we were looking at… and we sure met some nice folks too.  We’re looking forward to hearing the results and already planning for next year!