Connie Cunningham joined us to talk about “Deer and My Successful Garden” at our GCMGA meeting on Monday, July 20, 2015. She shared a comprehensive list of plants deer love as well as plants they avoid: annuals, perennials as well as shrubs and trees. Her PowerPoint presentation of these plants was very informative and many deer questions were answered.
Our June 15th meeting featured Karan Rawlins, the Invasive Species Coordinator for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia in Tifton. Karan covered the entire range of invasives – not only plants, but animals. Who knew feral hogs were not native to the United States? She also shared information about First Detectors, a project that will offer tools and training to enable Master Gardeners ways to identify and report invasive species infestations. Karen is a great speaker and those who attended enjoyed the program.
Our speaker for the May 18, 2015 meeting of the Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association was Vince Dooley. Vince was the head football coach for the University of Georgia for 25 years. Vince has many interests; now a Master Gardener, Coach Dooley approaches gardening with the same commitment and energy he once devoted to football.
His topic for the evening was “I Love Gardening” and he shared his gardening background, many pertinent stories as well as some beautiful pictures of his home garden. What a knowledgeable man! His talk was enjoyed by all in attendance.
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.