On November 11, 2014, several members took the walking tour on the Atlanta Beltway. Master Gardener Lawrence Richardson, who is also a Trees Atlanta Docent, led the walk. The tour explored the Eastside Trail, focusing on the horticultural collections, spotlighting native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and much more. Everyone had a great time.
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
- 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.
- All photos shall be submitted via electronic mail as attachments to an email sent to email@example.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.
- 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