February 2019 Monthly Meeting

Our February meeting topic will be “Saving Seeds and Seed Libraries”.  A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers – our own Gwinnett Extension office has a seed library! Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years and on February 18 at 11:30am, Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder will help gardeners rejoin the ritual with a presentation on how to start saving seeds and sharing the abundance in our community.  Potluck lunch begins at 11:30am followed by Josh’s program at noon at Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville 30044.

January 2019 Monthly Meeting

When it comes to ornamental trees and landscape shrubs, the idea of pruning often seems daunting. To prune or not to prune…and when? That’s the topic for our lunch presentation on January 21, 2019. The guest speaker is Rick Smith, known across the Southeast as “The Pruning Guru”. Currently serving as the Chairperson for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Advisory Board, Mr. Smith is certified in both Georgia and Alabama as a Certified Landscape Professional, and in 2010 served as President of MALTA (Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association). A prolific presenter, Mr. Smith’s expertise was showcased by UGA’s Horticulture Dept. when his company, “The Pruning Guru, Inc.” was filmed as part of their Super Crew Series for pruning practices on ornamental trees and shrubs throughout the landscape. At the meeting, Mr. Smith will be talking about appropriate pruning techniques, different types of equipment that can be used, and introducing winter rejuvenation.  Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a “soup and sandwich potluck” lunch at 11:30am, or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 12pm.