March 2017 Monthly Meeting

Our topic this month was ‘Preparing Our Gardens to Welcome Pollinators‘, presented by Susan Meyers of Monarch Watch.  Susan recently retired from the Stone Mountain Park education department and was “bitten by the Monarch bug” after visiting the butterflies’ overwintering colonies in Mexico in March 2003.  She began volunteering with Monarchs Across Georgia, a committee of Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.

Susan facilitates educator workshops using the Monarchs & More curriculum, leads trips to the overwintering colonies in Mexico, and administers pollinator habitat grants. Her passion for pollinators and skill as an educator made her presentations truly memorable and she offered many handouts on these subjects.

February 2017 Monthly Meeting

Lori Prosser, a Gwinnett Master Gardener and GCMGA member, presented “From Cottages to Castles and Beyond – Gardens of England and France with a Tiptoe through the Tulips in Holland”.  We traveled along with her and became inspired by the history and beauty of the gardens of Europe.

A Master Gardener since 2006, Lori has always had a love for the outdoors, gardening and photography.  Living in England for four years gave Lori the opportunity to travel and pursue her passion for photography and loves to share her view through the lens.  Whether wandering the footpaths of England, traveling in Europe or gardening in Georgia… her camera is always close at hand to capture the memories.

January 2017 Monthly Meeting

We were delighted to have Chip Utsey, the Director of Inside Sales at Central Garden Distribution at Pennington Seed, as our January speaker for our lunch time meeting.  Chip always presents an entertaining and educational program and he talked about “Attracting Birds to Your Landscape”.  He had several good ideas for us and willingly answered questions from the attendees.

Chip graduated from Auburn University 1995 and holds a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Science.  He previously worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the state of Florida and a private group after graduation.  He then started with Pennington Seed in 2000 and has been there ever since holding several positions.

September 2016 Thank You Picnic

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.

McDaniel Farm Tour - 6

Picture 1 of 11