April 2015 Monthly Meeting

Our speaker for the Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association meeting on Monday April 20, 2015 was Bob Westerfield.  Bob specializes in woody ornamentals, vegetables and fruits for the Department of Horticulture, GA Station in Griffin and writes for the magazine Georgia Gardening.

Bob gave us updates on this growing season’s expected problems with the excessive rain we’ve had this month.  He also spoke on the advantages and disadvantages of raised bed gardening and share newly released researched on the advantages of the subject.  He shared an overview on basics of sight selection, soil amendments, varieties of vegetable selection, fertilization and irrigation needs, problem identification and troubleshooting along with problem solving.

March 2015 Monthly Meeting

The GCMGA Monday March 16th meeting at revealed our 2014 Photo Contest winners and featured our speaker, Hazel Berger, who will judge the contest.  Hazel is a flower photographer from Marietta, Georgia and has shown her work in numerous juried shows and art festivals. She has most recently published a children’s book titled Bloom Bloom Bloom  which illustrates flowers through the seasons designed to teach children and adults about gardening.  Hazel walked us through printing a book of our own as well as explaining how she chose the wonderful flower pictures she chose for her book.

All entry photos and winners of the contest are published  in the photo gallery.  Here are a few meeting pictures taken by our Historian Lori Prosser.

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The hospitality committee organized a wonderful potluck dinner as always and all enjoyed seeing the hints of spring in the table decorations.

February Meeting 2015

Our rescheduled February Meeting with a lunchtime twist was held on Monday, March 9th 12:15 pm. “There is a Native Tree…“, a presentation by Gary Peiffer, a long time DeKalb County Extension Agent, a certified arborist and graduate of Duke University School of Forestry and Master Gardener (class of ’79).  Gary is an expert who understands his trees who stated, “When you landscape your home, the appropriate tree will establish itself probably for more than 100 years and be a significant long term property investment.  What characteristics should you look for in your landscape trees or shrubs?

Quite a few members and visitors joined in.  Gary shared that there are 215 native trees in Georgia and gave great tips on planting the right tree in the right place.

February 2014 Monthly Meeting

We had to cancel the meeting for Monday, February 16th at Bethesda Senior Center  due to inclement weather.  We hope to be able to schedule Gary Peiffer at a future date.  We will learn there is a native tree that will perform excellently in every corner of your property.  When you plant a tree you are making a huge property investment.  The right tree (or shrub), in the right place will anchor your home for 20 and perhaps 100 years.  Gary Peiffer, the current DeKalb County Extension Agent with an extensive background in forestry practices and a certified arborist, will identify the good and the poor characteristics of some trees native to Georgia.  He will make some recommendations and provide us with quite a few pointers on proper tree care.