George Nash’s Weed and Feed

It was a great Saturday morning at George and Jeannine Nash’s home volunteering for a Weed and Feed.   We got almost everything on George’s wish list done!  We trimmed the many hydrangeas, fertilized, weeded, cleaned the rocks around the pond and tidied up both front and back.  Master Gardeners who participated were Aida Rosa Galarza, Beth Powell, Karen DePew, Shirley Bohm, Jackie Kujawa, Suzanne Franklin, Bonnie Smolinski and Becky Wolary.




2013 Grant – Kistner Center

The project began the restoration of a second garden, a woodland garden particularly special to Mary Kistner which she called her Secret Garden. The project continues the key concepts emphasized by Georgia Piedmont Land Trust (GPLT) which is to highlight the use of native plants, here for a beautiful shade garden effect and habitat value; and to emphasize the importance of removing exotic invasives – including species used for ornamental purposes.

This project continues GPLT’s initiative to refurbish the gardens of a well-known, highly respected Gwinnett community member in a manner consistent with her artistic vision.  

Please read Gwinnett Master Gardener, Carol Hassel, description of the project by clicking on the link below:

2013 Grant – Kistner Mary’s Secret Garden 

2013 Grant – Pinckneyville Middle School

Mim Harris, Master Gardener Class of 2012, led a school garden project at Pinckneyville Middle School in Peachtree Corners.  The garden is in the center courtyard at the school and students have transformed this barren area into a wonderful garden.  Please click on the following link to see pictures of their progress.

Pinckneyville MS Garden


Vines Garden Park

By Shirley Bohm, Master Gardener, Vines Volunteer Coordinator

A very active group of 5 or 6 Master Gardeners routinely work 3 hours every Tuesday morning doing routine maintenance and special projects at Vines Garden Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road in Loganville, GA.

For example, when the park was closed for a 2012 renovation, we saved the daffodils and other blooming bulbs from the bulldozers working on the lake shore and transplanted them throughout the park.  We also helped clean up and landscape the Vines Railroad Garden near the South Gate before the spring reopening.  The Railroad Garden has a complete village and over 1000 feet of track and operates every Sunday from 10 – 3 pm, weather permitting.

Last year in 2012, we were pleased to receive a Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association grant to create a circular bed of hostas around the crape myrtle at the entrance to the park.  The year before, the GCMG grant we received was used to replace a mature Japanese Black Pine in the Asian Garden that was rotted out and had to be replaced.

This year we were extremely pleased to receive a 2013 GCMG grant for $500 to begin placing botanical tags on the hundreds of common and rare perennials, shrubs and trees at Vines.  The tag’s common and botanical names help park visitors recognize unusual plants and allows them to identify plants for their own gardens that do well in this climate.  We were able to order 160 plant tags with the GCMG grant plus a smaller grant from the Dogwood Garden Club of Lawrenceville. We hope to continue the tagging project next year.