October 2014 General Meeting

Our October 20, 2014 GCMGA meeting featured Dr. Stephen Garton to our members and guests.  Dr. Garton retired this year as the Extension Office Agent from Forsyth County.

A knowledgable speaker growing lotus for over 20 years, he spoke explained the difference between a lotus and water lilies.  It was an entertaining program and extremely informative, giving us all ideas about having our own water gardens.

September 2014 Meeting

There is no meeting with a speaker in September.  This time is reserved for our members’ annual “Thank You” picnic to recognize the work GCMGA members do on volunteer projects.

August 2014 General Meeting

Our August 21, 2014 meeting hosted Ellen Honeycutt as our featured speaker.  Ellen considers herself to be an average gardener with perhaps an above-average passion about it! She watched her dad putter around the yard growing up but didn’t get bitten by the bug until the mid-1990s and then was introduced to the concept of “native plants” in 2000 and joined the Georgia Native Plant Society. Fostering an appreciation for native plants is now a passion and Ellen loves teaching others how to use native plants in their gardens.

Our knowledgeable speaker gave an excellent presentation of Native Plants of North Georgia and listed them in order of bloom time.   With her permission, the list she provided for handouts is copied here.  Please click on the link below to see the document.

Native Shrubs of North Georgia


July 2014 Monthly Meeting

Tony Gobert was our featured speaker for the July 21, 2014 meeting.  His topic was “The Importance of Buying and Eating Locally Grown Food Products”.  Tony shared quite a bit of information about what Gwinnett Tech is doing in a pioneer program on Urban Agriculture and why it is critical for us to support our local farmers.  The interesting bit (for me) was we are now in the third generation of people who are used to shopping in grocery stores. It will take a change in thinking for the existing generation and we, as Master Gardeners can help.  It was a very informative meeting!

Tony is a Horticultural Program Assistant at Gwinnett Technical College.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical at Baton Rouge, LA and an Associates of Arts, Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business services degree from Gwinnett Technical College.