October 2018 Monthly Meeting

For our final meeting of the year hosting we welcomed Deb Duchon who spoke about “Forgotten Foods in your Yard“.  Deb explained that many of the plants that are now considered “weeds” are actually tasty and nutritious foods that have been forgotten over time.  She focused in on five edible “weeds” – dandelions, chickweed, acorns, sourgrass (oxalis) and wild garlic/onions.  It was a truly educational program which we all enjoyed.

An MGEV from DeKalb County, Deb is a nutritional anthropologist and ethnobotanist, currently retired, who speaks and lectures nationally and has appeared on Food Network’s “Good Eats”.  

August 2018 Monthly Meeting

Tony Harris presented “If Plants Could Talk – A Cherokee Relationship” at our Monday, August 20, 2018 meeting.  The hour with Mr. Harris was a delightful and extremely informative exploration of both nature and history about the Cherokee Indians. 

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation himself, Mr. Harris is passionate about preserving his heritage and as a result, offered a vast knowledge of native plants and how they were appreciated by his ancestors. Thanks to his work, the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve in Cobb County contains many of the plants used by these native people for food, medicine, weapons, tools and ceremonies. Their garden offers such a compelling story of the relationship the Cherokee had with plants that it has been designated as an Interpretive Site on The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. 

Tony is active with the Cobb County Master Gardeners, Georgia Native Plant Society, and he’s also President of the Georgia Trail of Tears Association.


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An exciting part of our monthly meetings is tasting all the food

July 2018 Monthly Meeting

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” (Marc Riboud, French photojournalist). Whether you savor life through the lens of an iPhone or a Leica, learning how to take better photos can capture a moment in ways that make it even more meaningful. On July 16th we hosted an evening of fine art photography with a presentation by the Georgia Nature Photography Association (GNPA) Judge Eric Bowles.  Eric shared tips on how to create more artful compositions, and showcased the winners of this year’s GCMGA photography competition.

Many of our members are not only master gardeners but also avid nature photographers. There were winners in ten categories – birds, close-ups, digital art, first-time submitters, gardens, harvest, landscapes, plants, still life and wildlife.  

Here are a few pictures from our meeting and do enjoy the slideshow of all the entries in our Photo Gallery.

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Flowers Begin the EveningJPG
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June 2018 Monthly Meeting

Container gardens are perfect for small spaces and for adding dimension to a landscaped space. Master Gardener Judy Peacock shared her secrets for eye-catching compositions in her presentation “The Artful Container Garden” at our June meeting.  Judy’s lifelong love of nature and her natural creativity blend themselves abundantly in beautiful container gardens. Her designs can be surprising and are often whimsical, with many everyday items incorporated in unexpected and inspiring ways. During her presentation, this North Fulton Master Gardener completed containers to be given away at the end of the evening. 

Flowers for the Table

Flowers for the Table
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