2015 GCMGA Garden Tour

BUY YOUR ADVANCE TICKETS for the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association Garden Tour which will be held from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  Mark your calendars for a self-guided tour of 10 delightful gardens in the Lilburn, Snellville, and Loganville areas.  This is a great way to spend a spring Saturday! Visit local residential gardens created and maintained by Gwinnett Master Gardeners.  Visitors can also see unique public spaces which received volunteer hours and/or grant money from the GCMGA.  You’ll take home wonderful ideas for your own garden and discover hidden gems you didn’t know existed!  See the detailed descriptions of our tour gardens under the Category “Garden Tours”.

The purchase of your Garden Tour ticket provides you with the locations and additional  information about each garden.  When you start the day, the route and stops along the way are up to you!

You may buy your advance tickets through any GCMGA member or use the option below with PayPal through May 11th.  Tour tickets will be $20 after that date.

Number of Tickets

Get inspired and learn more about gardening on the tour!  A wide variety of garden styles including a Charleston inspired garden, a mountain retreat, a native plant lover’s paradise, a pollinator garden and edible and cutting gardens will be featured.  Also on tour are a secret garden, a community vegetable garden as well as a Japanese influenced space.

Each garden focuses on an educational component with Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions and provide handouts from the Extension Service.

Like our Facebook page for last minute updates and highlights of each garden.


Email: GCMGAtour2015@gmail.com

Gwinnett Tech 2014 Horticultural Scholarships Awarded

Horticultural education is a primary mission of the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association (GCMGA) through sharing our knowledge with the community and fostering advanced education.  Gwinnett Master Gardeners have a long-standing relationship with Gwinnett Tech in providing educational programs for our members and supporting mutual goals.

To support area horticultural students who need a helping hand, GCMGA started with a memorial scholarship established by the family of Master Gardener Helen Dyer several years ago.  In June, we again funded two scholarships at Gwinnett Technical College.

The scholarship funds will be awarded for the 2014 fall semester to two qualifying students.  GCMGA members will have the opportunity to meet the scholarship recipients at a GCMGA meeting next year.  As a qualification requirement for the scholarships, the students will  make a presentation to the organization on their horticultural career goals.

2014 Photo Contest Winners

 Award Winner Title
Best in Show Nancy Costello Dragonfly
 First Place Lori Prosser House Hunting
 Second Place Suzanne Franklin Hummingbird at Rest
 Third Place Glenn Parsons Visiting Suet Feeder on a Rainy Day
 Honorable Mention Payge Cox Phoebe
 First Place Lori Prosser Ready to Unwind
 Second Place Suzanne Franklin Native Swamp Sunflower
 Third Place Sherryl Bailey A Mushroom Bouquet
 Honorable Mention Payge Cox Yellow Sunshine
 Honorable Mention Glenn Parsons In the Wild Growing Free
Garden Landscape
 First Place Melinda Anderson Follow Me
 Second Place Suzanne Franklin Xeriscape Wildlife Rock Garden
 Third Place Kathy Parent Garden Rock Pathway
 Honorable Mention Sherryl Bailey The Ice Plant Cometh
 First Place Suzanne Franklin Butterfly and PurpleButterfly BushBlossom
 Second Place Payge Cox Perfect
 Third Place Jane Burke Escargot
 Honorable Mention Colleen Weinkle Afternoon Snack

2014 Photo Contest Information and Guidelines

The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association is holding a photography contest for its members and friends for photographs taken during the 2013 calendar year.  The photos will be judged by an experienced nature photographer from outside the organization.   Results will be announced and prizes awarded at the March 2014 meeting of the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association.  Ribbons and possibly Prizes and will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place in each category.  Honorable Mention ribbons will also be awarded in each category.  At the Judge’s discretion additional honorable mention ribbons may be awarded in a given category.

Contest Rules

  • All those making submissions must be Gwinnett County Master Gardeners or Friends in good standing.
  • Deadline for the submission of photographs is midnight Sunday Jan 26, 2014.
  • Photographs must have been taken in Georgia in 2013.
  • Photographs should all be nature or garden related and appropriate to the category entered.
  • Categories for the Contest
    • Garden Landscapes – Photographs of gardens or portions of gardens but not close photographs of small features
    • Plants – Photographs of individual plants or flowers from a single plant taken in garden or natural settings.
    • Birds – Photographs of birds at feeders, in garden or natural settings
    • Wildlife – Photographs of wildlife (other than birds) such as insects, squirrels, snakes, etc. in garden or natural settings.
  • All rights to the photographs are retained by the submitter with the exception that GCMGA has the right to post the photographs on its web site and display them on screen at meetings.
  • Each submitter may enter 2 photographs in each category.
  • Photographs submitted for a category must meet the definition of the categories given above.  GCMGA reserves the right to move a photo to a more appropriate category or to remove a photo that does not meet the above definitions.
  • All photographs should be in good taste.  GCMGA has final say on the appropriateness of a picture for the contest or for a given category.  GCMGA may eliminate pictures determined not to be appropriate for any reason.

Submission Guidelines

  • All photos shall be submitted via electronic mail as attachments to an email sent to atlantascot@yahoo.com.  The subject should read: GCMGA Photo Contest.
  • All photographs should be formatted as JPEGs (,jpg or .jpeg) with a maximum pixel count on the longest dimension of 1024.
  • Each attached JPEG file name must be in the form of:
    <category>_<last name>_< initials>_#.JPG.
    An examples of correct filename would be
    where the # is a number indicating the first or second entry in a category.
  • Please include information in the email for each photo submitted.
  • Subject
  • General Location Where Photo Was Taken
  • Title for the photograph
  • Can your name be display with this photo on the GCMGA website after the contest is over? (yes, no, or first name and last initial)
  • The following abbreviations can be used in the names of the photos.
    • Garden Landscapes – garden
    • Plants – plant
    • Birds – birds
    • Other Wildlife – wildlife