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.
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.
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.
Joe Lamp’l , the executive producer and host of the award winning Growing a Greener World®, a PBS series, presented an inspiring and motivational dialogue to folks attending Monday’s meeting. Joe talked about his extensive travel across America and shared many of his experiences – even the unsuccessful ones – with the audience. It was after listening to Joe, we all sincerely hope Georgia PBS will pick up his series. His episodes can currently be watched at http://www.growingagreenerworld.com.
Enjoy the pictures our Historian Lori Prosser took at the meeting….