The November meeting does not have a speaker and is our holiday get-together for members and their guests. There is no meeting in December for GCMGA.
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.
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.
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.