June 2019 Monthly Meeting

Jimmy Gatt, a certified beekeeper and a board member of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association will be our June 20 speaker. He recently established a partnership between Trees Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association to plant more summer-blooming trees in Atlanta. He works as a software developer and lives in Marietta.  Jimmy’s topic “Creating a Pollinator Garden” will cover trees and plants that gardeners can choose to create a more insect friendly garden. The more plants we select that support insects, the more birds and wildlife we bring to our gardens. Jimmy will also touch on home beekeeping and how those who wish to keep bees can create gardens that support this hobby as well.  If you’d like to join us for supper, please bring a dish to share at 6:30PM.  Our program will begin at 7PM at the Bethesda Senior Center. 

May 2019 Monthly Meeting

When Sam Landes was 5 years old, his mother began taking him along to forage for morel mushrooms, sparking a lifelong interest in the wonders of wild fungi. On Monday, May 20, Sam will share his expertise in a presentation called “The Fascinating World of Fungi”.  If you’re curious why fungi deserves such attention, then this evening will provide an eye-opening treat. For instance, there are over 70 species of mushrooms that glow in the dark!  Ancient Egyptians reportedly believed the fungi were the plant of immortality. That’s not hard to agree with when you learn that the Honey Mushroom (Armillaria ostoyae) is the world’s largest known organism, estimated to be 2,400 years old but possibly as ancient as 8,650 years.  GCMGA meets on the third Monday of each month at The Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30pm or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 7pm.