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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April 2018 Meeting

On Monday, April 16, Bobbie Hicks subbed for Dr. Ed Bez who was called out of town.  She presented a talk on  Medicinal Uses for Bible Plants. Bobbie was extremely informative, sharing her knowledge of Biblical plants as well as essential oils for various medical conditions.  She is a 20 year veteran Master Gardener from Rockdale County and is a member of the International Biblical Botanical Garden Society.  

Food

Food
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Delicious food always starts off our monthly meetings

March 2018 Meeting

Our speaker, Greg Freeman. presented “A Century of Daffodil Hybridizing: Using Advancements in Color, Form and Size to Advantage.”  He explored how gardeners can use daffodils, new and old, to enhance their gardens and landscapes and educated us all on the many, many different daffodils that are historic, classic and new.

Freeman is an author, editor, singer and songwriter.  An avid gardener, he grows a variety of plants, and is a daffodil exhibitor, hybridist, and judge.  A former editor of The Daffodil Journal, he is the publisher of several digital publications, including http://www.SouthernEdition.com, which is devoted to the American South and includes a department devoted to gardening in the South. Greg Freeman’s Garden Chronicle, one of his latest ventures, is accessible at GregFreeman.garden .  

 

 

February 2018 Meeting

We celebrated Black History Month by welcoming Fulton County Extension Agent, Abra Lee, and Fulton County MGEV Tommy Butler as they presented ‘African-American Gardening.’   The presentation entailed: the history of African American garden design including its arrival to the United States via West Africa; the link between African American gardens and those found in other Afro communities throughout the African Diaspora; key features of African American Garden design and its influence on Southern Garden design; and pictures of African American Gardens. 

The lunch-time presentations brought new understanding about how gardens and garden arrangement in the US particularly have been impacted by African-American culture and heritage — and how this Heritage evolved along with other garden design types.  Abra’s presentation was lovely and informative.