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!

October 2019 Meeting

Our own member, MGEV, Margaret Molyson, will present “Alternatives to Lawns: How to Reduce Your Yard Work While Saving the Birds!” at our October 21st meeting at Bethesda Senior Center.  Her presentation will address how reducing your lawn area and increasing your native plant area will not only reduce your total time and money spent on yard maintenance but, more importantly, it also supports the dwindling native bird population by giving them food for their young and nesting habitat. This is our final open meeting of 2019.  Our potluck dinner starts at 6:30PM and the meeting begins at 7PM.  Fellow gardeners and interested folks are always invited to bring a dish and share in our dinner.

August 2019 Monthly Meeting

It was an educational and highly enjoyable hour as Mike Mengak, a Certified Wildlife Biologist and the Wildlife Outreach Specialist at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA, spoke about “Nuisance Wildlife” at our August 19th monthly meeting.  He had lots of tips and ideas for discouraging nuisance wildlife from our property.  He pointed out the many popular things that don’t work…. as he said, remember, there are no rules and wildlife can’t read anyway!

In addition to teaching at UGA, Mike trains and works with landowners and extension staff to help manage the damage that wildlife can do to our property.  He has authored or co-authored over 95 publications in peer-refereed journals, proceedings, technical reports, and extension publications on a wide array of wildlife ecology, wildlife damage management, and natural history topics. 

Beautiful zinnias

Beautiful zinnias
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July 2019 Monthly Meeting

Our July 15th meeting featured our annual Photo Contest at Bethesda Senior Center in Lawrenceville.  Many of our members are not only master gardeners but also avid nature photographers.

There were nine categories – birds, close-ups or macros, digital art, garden, harvest, landscapes, plants, still life and wildlife.  Eric Bowles shared wonderful comments and suggestions about the pictures and Ann Langley put together an awesome PowerPoint presentation of all the photos.