In March, member Shirley Bohm is shown receiving one of two ‘Silver Star’ awards presented by the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation department for her Volunteer Service in 2014 at Vines Gardens Park in Loganville. This was a complete surprise to her. She had logged 90 ½ volunteer hours there last year and is also the Master Gardener Project Coordinator for the park with an excellent crew of Gwinnett Master Gardeners who meet every Tuesday to help out at the Park. Shirley also implemented the quarterly public class sessions last year which some were offered as a hands-on demonstration where the public were invited to participate. In the audience at the ‘2014 Volunteer Appreciation Reception was Tina Fleming, the Parks Division Director and Phil Hoskins who is the new Deputy County Administrator. Congratulations Shirley – an award well deserved!!!
GCMGA’s Trainee Breakfast Committee headed by Karen McGinty kicked off Gwinnett’s sponsorship of the breakfasts on March 11th. Providing breakfast goodies, snacks and desserts for the trainees is a tradition that spans back many years. The breakfast sponsorship rotates through the participating metro-Atlanta counties. Many GCMGA members contribute various food items to the breakfast which will be continue for the next two weeks. Karen, along with Susan Smith, Carin Ashman, Betty Songer and Betty Mastley form the committee this year.
This summer, many of our members have volunteered bi-weekly at the local Farmers Markets in Snellville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Suwannee, Norcross and Lilburn manning the Ask-a-Master-Gardener tents. It’s been a fun time meeting new folks, answering questions, and of course, getting the opportunity to see and buy local produce. Kathy Parent snapped this picture last Saturday (August 9, 2014) at Lawrenceville of (L-R), Betsy Jagels, Freda Steward, Sonia Freidus and Lawrenceville Mayor, Judy Jordan Johnson.
On July 9 , 2014 several energetic Gwinnett County Master Gardeners built a wooden arbor at the Pinckneyville Community Center Garden. The garden is one of the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Extension Volunteers project. Under the guidance of Jane Burke, who designed the garden and the arbor, members used a post hole digger, mixed and poured cement, cut lattice, then inserted lags and assembled the arbor. Those who helped gained experience and were given plans of the design. Please go by the Pinckneyville Community Center and see the finished project.
Winnie White, Jane Burke, Latha Yatabe and Joyce Teel.
Lou Young carefully checks the level of the arbor post.
Photos were taken by Winnie White, a master gardener and one the volunteers.