Every September, GCMGA hosts a picnic for their members and guests in recognition for their volunteer service to the community over the past year. Over 80 of our members attended and had an opportunity to tour McDaniel Farms prior to dinner. It was a great time to spend relaxing and talking (gardening, of course!) with our fellow gardeners.
As our last speaker for the year, we were delighted to have Felder Rushing join us for the October 17, 2016 meeting! Felder kept us thoroughly entertained for a full hour talking “slow gardening”, explaining the difference between gardening and horticulture, gently chastised us about “bad dog” rules. All who attended will be looking at gardening in a more relaxed way, taking the time to enjoy the fun side of gardening – and looking for the cool stuff in quirky places.
Felder Rushing is a 10th-generation American gardener whose pioneer ancestors settled across the Southeast, bringing many plants with them. Rushing’s overstuffed, quirky cottage garden has been featured in many TV programs and magazines (including a cover of Southern Living), and includes a huge variety of weather-hardy plants along with a collection of folk art. He is credited with 15 gardening books (including several national award winners) and the former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist has written thousands of gardening columns in syndicated newspapers, and has had hundreds of articles and photographs published in regional and national garden magazines.
CGMGA’s August 15, 2016 program featured Dario J. Chavez’s presentation on Budding and Grafting. Dario is an Assistant Professor in Horticulture at the UGA. His main area of interest is peach research and extension with focus on orchard management, tree longevity, irrigation practices, root interaction with tree health, production, plant breeding and genetics. His objective is to study the plant production based on the plant’s genetic potential, orchard management practices, growing environment, and their interactions.
Our 18 July 2016 meeting featured the winning pictures from our annual Photo Contest. The highly creative members of Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association use their talents in many ways. Not only do they have a wonderful eye for designing their gardens but they use the same artistic sense to make beautiful photos.
Becky Panetta did an outstanding job chairing this project and presented us with a beautiful slideshow of the winners. There were twelve different categories for entries including categories for first time entry and cell phone photos. A new twist allowed all attending to vote for the Best of Show picture – Lori Prosser’s candid shot of a momma bluebird feeding her baby was first choice! Winners are listed below; please check out our Photo Gallery category to see all these gorgeous pictures!Birds 1st – Lori Prosser, 2nd- Wes Nettleton, 3rd – Becky Wolary First Time Submitter – 1st – Wes Nettleton, 2nd – Conrad Ferrara, 3rd – Winnie White Garden/Landscapes – 1st – Lori Prosser, 2nd – Barbara Geier, 3rd – Jackie Kujawa, Honorable Mention – Becky Wolary Harvest – 1st – Wes Nettleton, 2nd – Barbara Geier Macro/Closeups of Plants – 1st – Barbara Geier, 2nd – Kathy Parent, 3rd – Jackie Kujuwa Macro/Closeups of Wildlife – 1st – Barbara Geier Phone/Cellphone Photos – 1st – Barbara Geier, 2nd – Jackie Kujuwa, 3rd – Jessica Miller Plants – 1st – Lori Prosser, 2nd – Pat Davidson, 3rd – Wes Nettleton Still Life – 1st – Becky Wolary, 2nd – Kathy Parent Vacation Garden – 1st – Lori Prosser, 2nd – Barbara Geier, 3rd – Pat Davidson Vacation Wildlife – 1st – Conrad Ferrara, 2nd – Barbara Geier Wildlife – 1st – Wes Nettleton, 2nd – Susan Smith, 3rd – Conrad Ferrara, Honorable Mention – Becky Wolary