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.

Flowers Begin the EveningJPG

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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May 2018 Meeting

Eleanor Craig, our guest speaker, is know across the southeast as “The Fern Lady”.  Based out of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, her small specialty nursery known as “Fern Ridge Farms” ships all of the county, offering over 75 varieties of hardy garden fern, as well as select annuals, tropical ferns, perennials, natives and many fern companion plants.  She was previously located in Canton, Georgia.  The nursery’s exhibits and garden displays have earned numerous awards at Atlanta’s Southeastern Flower Shows.

Eleanor presented all of those attending with a handout on 24 different types of ferns with their individual info on zones and growing conditions.  She also brought many of these ferns for show and tell.

In addition, Fern Ridge Farms is recognized as a resource for locating unusual ferns in the recently published book Plant Lovers’ Guide to Ferns.  With 20+ years experience in landscaping, lawn maintenance and the nursery industry, Eleanor has been a huge supporter of Master Gardener programs across the Southeast as both a lecturer and vendor. Her presentation included insight into growing many familiar and new garden ferns, including managing the impacts of climate change, identifying location needs and plant care.  

Our Hospitality Committee adding their special touch

Our Hospitality Committee adding their special touch
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April 2018 Meeting

On Monday, April 16, Bobbie Hicks subbed for Dr. Ed Bez who was called out of town.  She presented a talk on  Medicinal Uses for Bible Plants. Bobbie was extremely informative, sharing her knowledge of Biblical plants as well as essential oils for various medical conditions.  She is a 20 year veteran Master Gardener from Rockdale County and is a member of the International Biblical Botanical Garden Society.  

Food

Food
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Delicious food always starts off our monthly meetings