February 2019 Monthly Meeting

On February 18, Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder delivered a presentation entitled “Saving Seeds and Seed Libraries”. A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. During his presentation, Josh focused on the benefits of saving and sharing seeds that can promote plant life abundance within our communities. His talk focused on vegetable seeds; however, he stated his remarks generally applied to all seeds.

Josh shared that seeds are our history. As an example of how seeds can evolve, Josh stated that the original ear of corn was the size of our thumb. Corn has grown in size due to seed breeding.

What are the advantages of seed sharing? Josh offers these advantages:

  • saves money;
  • promotes experimentation;
  • adapts to location;
  • promotes continued propagation; and
  • encourages personal connections with family, friends and other gardeners

Seed sharing is also just plain fun! Many thanks to Josh Fuder for sharing his knowledge with us. We learned a lot.

2019 Grant Awards

GCMGA is delighted to announce that $6,000 Grants have been awarded to twelve Gwinnett County Master Gardener projects.  We are pleased that seven of these projects are at schools.  They are:

    Archer High School Garden and Garden Club, MGEV Jeff Hicks, Project Leader

    Community Garden @ Snellville Greenhouse, MGEV Wes Nettleton, Project Leader

    Lawrenceville Elementary Pollinator Garden, MGEV Susan Smith, Project Leader, 

    Couch Middle School Garden, MGEV Richard Kennedy, Project Leader

    McDaniel Farm Park, MGEV Joyce Teel, Project Leader

    Minor Elementary School “The Good Earth”, MGEVs Kathy Hartman and Abby Lockhart, Co-Project Leaders

    Pinkneyville Middle School Walled Garden: Solving the Mystery, MGEV Mim Harris, Project Leader

    Trip Elementary School – ‘Revitalizing Trip’s Garden, MGEV James Wilson, Project Leader

    Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Garden, MGEV Jacquelyn Daniell, Project Leader

    Vines Park – Install and Maintain Plant ID Tags, MGEV Shirley Bohm, Project Leader

    McConnell Middle School Sustainable Edible Learning Garden, Phase 2 Pollinator Gardens, MGEV Kim Fritz, Project Leader

    Georgia Piedmont Land Trust Continues Restoration of a Woodland Garden, MGEV Carol Hassell, Project Leader

Congratulations to these projects and MUCH thanks to the Grant Committee: Martha Whitman, Chair and members Erby Daniel, Becky Wolary, Faith Mann, Virginia Schofield.  Special appreciation goes to Faith Mann for her efforts in contacting MGEVs with school projects and offering assistance.

April 2019 Monthly Meeting

Why do native plants matter in our gardens and landscapes? In addition to providing shelter and food for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, native plants require far less maintenance, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. On April 15 at 7pm, Horticulturist and Master Gardener Barbara Dorfman will share how to incorporate native plants into your site design presenting “Designing a Garden with Native Plants”.  She is an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and is passionate about promoting the use of native plants in the home landscape.  In this presentation, Barbara will share images of her own beautiful yard and offer ways to incorporate native plants into your overall design whether you envision incorporating a few plants or a complete makeover. The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners’ Association is hosting this presentation at the Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Bring a covered dish to share and join us for dinner at 6:30, or just come for the program beginning promptly at 7PM.

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 was our topic for our lunch presentation on January 21, 2019. The guest speaker was Rick Smith, known across the Southeast as “The Pruning Guru”.

Rick spoke to a packed room of avid gardeners who listened to some good advice and tips and tricks for pruning.  He spoke to appropriate pruning techniques, different types of equipment that could be used and introduced winter rejuvenation. 

Currently serving as the Chairperson for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Advisory Board, Rick 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).