June 2016 Meeting

Our June 20, 2016 program featured Becky Griffin’s presentation of Pollinator Possibilities – the Wonder of Pollinator Gardens.  As UGA Extension’s Community and School Garden Coordinator, Becky is passionate about creating community through gardens. She writes a weekly blog at ugaurbanag.com/gardens with timely tips for community and school gardeners. Becky also organizes school garden teacher training each summer and serves on several committees related to urban agriculture.  Her current project is the Pollinator Spaces Project ugaurbanag.com/gardens/pollinators where she encourages gardeners to create pollinator habitat.

Her topic was timely and extremely interesting to our members.  Becky graciously answered many questions and offered ideas for our garden to encourage the many Georgia pollinators to visit our gardens.

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.