February 2019 Monthly Meeting

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.

Terror on the Trail 2018

The brainstorm idea from the regular Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association members who work weekly at the Vines grew into a Halloween adventure.  They planned and executed Odie’s murder story with a walk and talk through the Asian Gardens that had multiple sets of spooky stuff – from the graveyard to Ptomaine Kitchen to skeletons in boats and much, much more.  On October 27th, many GCMGA members with enthusiastic teen volunteers and family members worked with Gwinnett County Parks and Rec folks to provide Terror on the Trail at Vines Park in Loganville.  

To quote Kim Shealy of Parks and Rec: “There are many highlights of the event that need to be shared-like-one tour had the opportunity to see a volunteer go for a swim in the lake, another tour had a volunteer walk off with the grave digger, another one had a lawyer/detective in the group that gathered and pocketed the clues to solve the murder and then was made the murderer, Barbies kept moving from place to place to scare the crowd, blood donor had a member of the crowd offer to donate as they were universal donors, the prisoner in the jail was terrific as he pleaded to get out and one group voted no to let him out, Sheriff would not share her donuts but was caught red handed, Hollis was missing a finger but the crowd kept focusing on the red and black shirt, I think Odie actually at one point was asleep, Chewy almost got to eat a child as a parent volunteered him, Tizzy would not bargain a  child in the crowd for the sickle, Godzilla’s battery died and I searched in the woods for him but he was gone, Madame Margarita went with the flow when I lost my script, she just kept going, the leaf blanket girl got each group every time, members of the crowd start drinking from the cooler and no fish were caught on the bridge, the wedding scene volunteers mixed with the kids and the bloody tent to mosey through the ground and beat on the spiders lair, Chef Tarantula had to do a scene by herself as my flashlight exploded and I couldn’t read my lines, the brain was awesome and gross at the same time, WAY TOO MANY THINGS TO SHARE BUT WHAT A TERRIFIC JOB.”

There’s a repeat planned for 2019….  Enjoy just a few of the pictures from that night. 

Fall 2018 “Bit of Dirt” Newsletter

Enjoy our latest newsletter with articles about landscaping erosion, sustainable gardening practices, recycling, and preparing our gardens for winter….

Fall 2018 Bit of Dirt Newsletter

January 2019 Monthly Meeting

When it comes to ornamental trees and landscape shrubs, the idea of pruning often seems daunting. To prune or not to prune…and when? That’s the topic for our lunch presentation on January 21, 2019. The guest speaker is Rick Smith, known across the Southeast as “The Pruning Guru”. Currently serving as the Chairperson for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Advisory Board, Mr. Smith is certified in both Georgia and Alabama as a Certified Landscape Professional, and in 2010 served as President of MALTA (Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association). A prolific presenter, Mr. Smith’s expertise was showcased by UGA’s Horticulture Dept. when his company, “The Pruning Guru, Inc.” was filmed as part of their Super Crew Series for pruning practices on ornamental trees and shrubs throughout the landscape. At the meeting, Mr. Smith will be talking about appropriate pruning techniques, different types of equipment that can be used, and introducing winter rejuvenation.  Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a “soup and sandwich potluck” lunch at 11:30am, or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 12pm.