October 2015 Monthly Meeting

International Clematis authority and Georgia Master Gardener Lyndy Broder was our final guest speaker for 2015 at the October 19th GCMGA monthly meeting.  Her topic  “Clematis for the Southern Garden” was informative and well received.  She’s one knowledgeable lady!

Her main focus was new and creative ways to incorporate clematis into the garden which gave great ideas for our own gardens.  Lyndy also spoke to care and pruning of clematis as well as our native Clematis.  One of the source information on the internet is found at http://www.georgiaperennial.org/data/clematis/clematis.htm

Lyndy Broder

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August 2015 Monthly Meeting

Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association’s August meeting featured Sheri Dorn, an, Extension Horticulturist and State Master Gardener Coordinator at the University of Georgia in Griffin.  She has served as an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent in Roanoke, VA and managed a family retail nursery and landscaping business with her husband.

Sheri chose “Color in the Garden” for her topic last night showing over 100 pictures to demonstrate sources of color for our gardens.  She highlighted bloom, foliage, and bark with a plant list illustrating her suggestions and also presented the plants by seasonal colors.  Our members enjoyed the talk and obtained many ideas.

President Carole Teja giving announcements & updates to a good turn out on a stormy evening

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July 2015 Monthly Meeting

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.

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The hospitality committee had lovely & fun centerpiece for our "Summer Picnic" theme.

June 2015 Monthly Meeting

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.

Karan Rawlins - June meeting speaker

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