March 2019 Monthly Meeting

Gardening enthusiasts from around the area attended our meeting to meet a living legend, Dr. Michael A. Dirr.  DeKalb, Hall, Forsyth and Rockdale Master Gardeners as well as our own members were thoroughly entertained by his presentation titled “Abelia to Ziziphus…Mining the Alphabet for the Next Great Garden Plant” on March 18th.

Through pictures and dialog, Dr. Dirr walked us through the Dirr Garden in Bogart and shared information on what he considers some of the best plant selections for Georgia gardens.  He brought plants he has propagated and/or grown from seed to share which were given as member door prizes  It was a highly educational and enjoyable evening.

Now retired from UGA, 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.

 

Winter 2019 “A Bit of Dirt” Newsletter

Catch up with the happenings of GCMGA members and read some of the wonderful articles in this quarter’s edition of our newsletter.

2019-01 BOD Newsletter

 

May 2019 Monthly Meeting

When Sam Landes was 5 years old, his mother began taking him along to forage for morel mushrooms, sparking a lifelong interest in the wonders of wild fungi. On Monday, May 20, Sam will share his expertise in a presentation called “The Fascinating World of Fungi”.  If you’re curious why fungi deserves such attention, then this evening will provide an eye-opening treat. For instance, there are over 70 species of mushrooms that glow in the dark!  Ancient Egyptians reportedly believed the fungi were the plant of immortality. That’s not hard to agree with when you learn that the Honey Mushroom (Armillaria ostoyae) is the world’s largest known organism, estimated to be 2,400 years old but possibly as ancient as 8,650 years.  GCMGA meets on the third Monday of each month at The Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30pm or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 7pm.

SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Annual Plant Sale

GCMGA will host their annual plant sale on Saturday, April 27th, at the Lilburn City Hall Parking Lot from 8AM to 2PM.  We’ll have native plants, perennials and annuals, vegetables and herbs and of course, yard art!  Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions.  Note Cash or Check only – no credit cards can be taken.