May 2016 Meeting

Gwinnett County Master Gardener’s May 16, 2016 program featured our own member, Susan M. Varlamoff who has authored ‘Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast‘.  In this informative presentation, she talked about her book which provides gardeners with simple strategies to cultivate their home landscapes with respect for natures cycles. By using sustainable gardening practices, gardeners will help create ecosystems that support a diversity of life necessary to maintain the earth’s equilibrium.

Photos from our meeting

Virginia Schofield - Secretary

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Reading the proposed Constitution Amendments

April 2016 Monthly Meeting

Sheri Dorn, an Extension Horticulturist and State Master Gardener Coordinator at the University of GA in Griffin, was Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association’s guest speaker on April 18, 2016. Her topic was “Sprouts” and Youth, School Learning for Children”, and we heard a thorough update on the MGSprout program in Georgia.  A lot of work has gone into this new initiative for six to eight-year-olds to get them interested in gardening and it was a very informative program.

Speaker Sheri Dorn

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Sheri is the State Master Gardener Coordinator and gave a very informative presentation on "Sprouts" - a learning gardening program for 6-8 year olds.

March 2016 Meeting

Our own member, Jane Burke, Master Gardener 2010 talked about and shared her experiences on “Going Organic“.  Jane presented ways in which this transition could be made without our gardens being overrun be diseases, weeds and insects.  She explained the importance of making plants healthier through compost and compost tea, thereby improving our soils and the soil food web, which makes quiet a difference.  Her talk was very informative and all attendees received valuable information.

February 2016 Meeting

Our noon meeting at Bethesda Senior Center on February 15th featured Sara Henderson‘s presentation Everything Old Is New Again: The Gardens of Oakland Cemetery. Sara is the current Director of Gardens at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.

Today’s gardens call for environmentally sensible choices in order to meet modern challenges, but many of the answers are found in historic gardens and heirloom plants.  Oakland’s gardens are a laboratory for durability, requiring plants that are durable and low maintenance, yet beautiful in all seasons. These tough survivors often have surprising histories that run deeper than we think.

Sara shared beautiful pictures of the many heirloom plants at Oakland and gave those attending an new perspective on adding these plants to our own gardens.

Speaker Sara Henderson

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Director of Gardens for Oakland Cemetery