August 2018 Monthly Meeting

Tony Harris presented “If Plants Could Talk – A Cherokee Relationship” at our Monday, August 20, 2018 meeting.  The hour with Mr. Harris was a delightful and extremely informative exploration of both nature and history about the Cherokee Indians. 

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation himself, Mr. Harris is passionate about preserving his heritage and as a result, offered a vast knowledge of native plants and how they were appreciated by his ancestors. Thanks to his work, the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve in Cobb County contains many of the plants used by these native people for food, medicine, weapons, tools and ceremonies. Their garden offers such a compelling story of the relationship the Cherokee had with plants that it has been designated as an Interpretive Site on The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. 

Tony is active with the Cobb County Master Gardeners, Georgia Native Plant Society, and he’s also President of the Georgia Trail of Tears Association.


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An exciting part of our monthly meetings is tasting all the food

July 2018 Monthly Meeting

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” (Marc Riboud, French photojournalist). Whether you savor life through the lens of an iPhone or a Leica, learning how to take better photos can capture a moment in ways that make it even more meaningful. On July 16th we hosted an evening of fine art photography with a presentation by the Georgia Nature Photography Association (GNPA) Judge Eric Bowles.  Eric shared tips on how to create more artful compositions, and showcased the winners of this year’s GCMGA photography competition.

Many of our members are not only master gardeners but also avid nature photographers. There were winners in ten categories – birds, close-ups, digital art, first-time submitters, gardens, harvest, landscapes, plants, still life and wildlife.  

Here are a few pictures from our meeting and do enjoy the slideshow of all the entries in our Photo Gallery.

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Flowers Begin the EveningJPG
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June 2018 Monthly Meeting

Container gardens are perfect for small spaces and for adding dimension to a landscaped space. Master Gardener Judy Peacock shared her secrets for eye-catching compositions in her presentation “The Artful Container Garden” at our June meeting.  Judy’s lifelong love of nature and her natural creativity blend themselves abundantly in beautiful container gardens. Her designs can be surprising and are often whimsical, with many everyday items incorporated in unexpected and inspiring ways. During her presentation, this North Fulton Master Gardener completed containers to be given away at the end of the evening. 

Flowers for the Table

Flowers for the Table
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May 2018 Meeting

Eleanor Craig, our guest speaker, is know across the southeast as “The Fern Lady”.  Based out of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, her small specialty nursery known as “Fern Ridge Farms” ships all of the county, offering over 75 varieties of hardy garden fern, as well as select annuals, tropical ferns, perennials, natives and many fern companion plants.  She was previously located in Canton, Georgia.  The nursery’s exhibits and garden displays have earned numerous awards at Atlanta’s Southeastern Flower Shows.

Eleanor presented all of those attending with a handout on 24 different types of ferns with their individual info on zones and growing conditions.  She also brought many of these ferns for show and tell.

In addition, Fern Ridge Farms is recognized as a resource for locating unusual ferns in the recently published book Plant Lovers’ Guide to Ferns.  With 20+ years experience in landscaping, lawn maintenance and the nursery industry, Eleanor has been a huge supporter of Master Gardener programs across the Southeast as both a lecturer and vendor. Her presentation included insight into growing many familiar and new garden ferns, including managing the impacts of climate change, identifying location needs and plant care.  

Our Hospitality Committee adding their special touch

Our Hospitality Committee adding their special touch
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