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  • Quarterly Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardener Association, Inc. Fall 2010 GMGA MISSION STATEMENT: To stimulate the interest in andincrease the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily, enthusiastically, and responsibly share this knowledge with others. Georgia Master Gardener Association 2010 Fall Conference Garden Stewards: In Tune With Nature Friday, October 1, 2010 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hills and Dales Estate Saturday, October 2, 2010 8: a.m. - 3:30 p.m Callaway Business Conference Center Hosted by The Troup Master Gardener Association And Master Gardener Volunteers from Carroll, Coweta, Meriwether, Muscogee, and Troup Counties Conference information and registration form inside
  • President’s Corner * Fall 2010 GEORGIA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION, INC. “In the summertime when all the trees and leaves are green…” 2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Isn’t amazing what spring rains and summer President …. Judy Mitchell .. Cobb heat accomplish. Plants that I have spoken to judithandcompany@comcast.net . 770 928-1529 seriously about their continued existence over President-Elect .. W. H. Smith ... Carroll the past years with little result, are glorious in whpeggy@bellsouth.net .. 770 834-4266 Vice President … Jim Spivey ... Lee their green colors, burgeoning blossoms, and spiveyjdp@hotmail.com .. 229-439-9369 size. My hydrangeas are stunning. They are Vice President-Elect .. Mike Sikes…. Barrow covered with blossoms whether in sun or shade. msikes@mccorklenurseries.com . 706-224-3680 The azaleas were better then they have been Treasurer ……. Regina Lorenz … Fulton in years. My roses are bursting with color. The treas4gmga@yahool.com… 770-642-0909 gardenia bushes are covered with blossoms. Ferns and hostas are Secretary .. Diane Stephens ... Houston larger and lovelier than ever. Some of the garden areas that seemed erincelt@hotmail.com ... 478-988-8344 a tad puny are practically jungles with pruning becoming an essential Past President …. Brenda Beckham .. Clarke part of my garden activities. Those plants I viewed as shrubs or bbeckha2@bellsouth.net .... 706 549-0981 dwarfs are nearly trees. My lorepetalum have gone bananas. They are gorgeous but unfortunately they have almost totally covered over one DISTRICT DIRECTORS: walkway and are growing into other plants. It’s wild and wonderful and NW (EVEN) …… Rita Fullick …. Cobb rfullick@aim.com.... 770-423-7269 will require me getting myself in gear to get on with the taming job I NW (ODD)… Jack Driskell ... Cobb have ahead of me. elgate@aol.com ..... 770 428-1317 NE (EVEN) ….. Alice Tenold…. Baldwin Of course when the planned gardens are doing this well, the weeds amtenold@charter.net.. 478-968-7513 are doing very well also (Some of my weeds almost require pruning). I NE (ODD) .... Alvin Rothe ... Pickens have no excuse for not picking them as I sure can see them. I have arothejr@etcmail.com ... 706-692-1589 been known to lack knowledge about the identity of the plant which SE (EVEN) … Susan Thurman … Irwin gives me a little more time before I have to bend down and pull the sthurman@irwin.k12.ga.us... 912-383-2769 sucker. SE (ODD) ……. Louise Grotheer.. Chatham gmagrotheer1@bellsouth.net . 912 925-2623 Spring rains and gentle breezes have given way to summer heat and SW (EVEN) .. Sandra Lee .. Houston humidity and those sometimes nasty afternoon “showers.” While slee27@windstream.net .. 478 987-9805 gardening is almost always a joy, it is less so when you are pruning SW (ODD) …. Ron Wolfe .. Dougherty and pulling weeds while drowning in your own sweat. While the garden wolfe_er@bellsouth.net .. 229-883-2349 tends to look a tad wilty in the heat of the afternoon, it perks back up as the air drops to a mere 85 or I finally water. I am still into AT-LARGE DIRECTORS: EVEN: Joan Benz ....... Troup drought mode when it comes to watering so I water very sparingly. I jbtcmg@talltree.com..... 706-645-1999 need to rethink some of my habits. With the heat and humidity, the EVEN: Russell Brannon … Cherokee spring plants have declined but the summer plants have burst forth ribsjb@windstream.net .... 678-493-7229 bringing new colors and textures to the scene. While the garden ODD: Dick Chenoweth .... Rockdale seems to readily adjust, I who remain drowning in my own sweat am Disu42@bellsouth.net ... 770-483-0760 “… in a continual state of inelegance” (Jane Austen). But that is the ODD: Pat Farmer ……… Rockdale state of gardeners who enjoy digging in the dirt and other related irishapache@yahoo.com ... 770-922-6694 activities. It is my hope that you all are enjoying your GMGA COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS – 2010 garden as much as I am enjoying mine.Bylaws & Nominating ... W. H. Smith .. 770 834-4266... whpeggy@bellsouth.netHistory .......................... Mike Doyle .. 404-248-1027 ... gardener6@comcast.netMembership …………. Carole Teja 404-643-2354 .membership4gmga@gmail.comMerchandise ............…. Dick Chenoweth … 770 483-0760 … disu42@bellsouth.net JudyNewsletter ….……….… Fred Dyer …. 706-867-7647 ... fred.dyer@usg.eduPrograms ..………..…... Jim Spivey .. 229-439-9369... spiveyjdp@hotmail.comProject Funding …...….. José Tallet … 478 335-8684 … jtallet@cox.netPublic Relations ............ Pam Keene ... 770 965-3340 .... pam@pamelakeene.comPhotos ........................... Charlie Miller . 770-934-3607 cjrleasemiller@bellsouth.net U N IV E RS ITY OF G E OR G IAWeb Site ........................ Sandi Cantel .. 770 965-4947 .. smcantel@charter.net College of AGRICULTURAL &State MG Coordinator Marco Fonseca... 770-228-7243 mfonseca@uga.edu ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCESState MG Program Asst Krissy Slagle .....770-228-7243 -kslagle@uga.edu Cooperative Extension Service If you want to be involved with one of these committees, give the chairperson a call. http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension* Parliamentarian ……. Gerry Slaughter... 770-345-2540 . gerry_s_2002@yahoo.com -- The Georgia Scoop-- 2 --Fall 2010--
  • NOTES FROM THE MOUNTAINS GMGA County Assignments – 2010 Editors comments Fred Dyer SOUTHEAST DISTRICT – 39 Counties, Two Directors Louise Grotheer Susan Thurman Bryan Johnson Appling Jeff DavisSome of you may know, I recently had major surgery (open heart) and Bulloch Laurens Atkinson Montgomeryam just getting back up to speed. I do appreciate the thoughts and Burke Liberty Bacon Pierceprayers that I have received from so many. On another note, since this Chandler Long Bleckley Tattnellis the first issue of the SCOOP to be distributed only electronically, Chatham McIntoch Brantley Telfairany feedback you might care to offer would be appreciated. Hopefully Effingham Sceven Camden Toombsyou have checked out the new website by now. Judy has also called for Emanual Treutlen Charlton Wareyou to provide material (stories, photos, etc.) for the new website. Evans Twiggs Coffee Wayne Jefferson Washington Dodge WheelerRemember the Fall Conference is coming. Registration and other Jenkins Wilkinson Glynninformation on the Conference can be found again in this issue.Conferences are an opportunity for you to gather with your friendsand other gardener associates. You also support GMGA and the ideals SOUTHWEST DISTRICT – 41 Counties, Two Directorsof the Master Gardener Program when you participate in the Sandra Lee Ron Wolfeconferences and other activities of your group. Ben Hill Quitman Baker Early Crisp Randolph Berrien EcholsMy goal for the SCOOP is to provide you with a means to tell your Dooly Schley Brooks Gradystories to others across Georgia. Keep sending your stories to me and I Houston Stewart Calhoun Lanierwill try to do justice in reporting your hard work. Thank You!! Irwin Sumter Clay Lowndes Lee Taylor Clinch Miller Macon Terrell Colquitt Mitchell Jim Wilson Marion Turner Cook Seminole Jim Wilson, author and former host of the Victory Garden on Peach Webster Decatur Thomas PBS, passed away August 1st. Jim Wilson was a good friend of Pulaski Wilcox Dougherty Tift gardening and was known by many of our older Master Worth Gardeners. Jim had spoken at more than one GMGA conference. He passed away in Columbia, Missouri. He was 85 NORTHEAST DISTRICT 40 Counties, Two Directors years old. Jim was the spokesperson for Fafard for many years Alvin Rothe Alice Tenold and continued that job after he moved from Aiken, South Banks Jackson Baldwin McDuffie Carolina to Columbia, Missouri. Memorial Services were held Barrow Lumpkin Butts Monroe at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 16, 2010, at Broadway Dawson Madison Clarke Morgan Christian Church, Columbia, Missouri. Gardening friends were Elbert Pickens Columbia Oconee especially invited to bring their own garden favorites to the Fannin Rabun Glascock Oglethorpe Memorial Services in lieu of traditional displays. Franklin Stephens Greene Putnam The family suggests donations to Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, Gilmer Towns Hancock Richmond Garden Writers Foundation, 10210 Leatherleaf Court, Habersham Union Jasper Taliaferro Hall Walton Jones Warren Manassas, VA 20111 (or www.gardenwriters.org); or the Hart White Lincoln Wilkes Rothenberger/Wilson Missouri Master Gardener Endowment Fund, c/o Darcy Wells, 2-4 Agriculture Bldg, Univ. of MO, Columbia MO 65211, (573) 882-9003. NORTHWEST DISTRICT – 39 Counties, Two Directors Jack Driskell Rita Fullick Bartow Forsyth Bibb Meriwether This is the REFUND POLICY as adopted by the Carroll Fulton Chattahoochee Muscogee Catoosa Gordon Clayton Newton Board of Directors: Chatooga Gwinnett Coweta Pike Cherokee Haralson Crawford Rockdale If a cancellation is made to a conference: Cobb Murray Fayette Spalding A. FULL REFUND shall be made up to 60 days before the Dade Paulding Harris Talbot conference. Dekalb Polk Heard Troup B. FIFTY PERCENT (50%) REFUND shall be made Douglas Walker Henry Upson after 60 days and up to 30 days before the conference. Floyd Whitfield Lamar C. NO REFUNDS shall be made after 30 days before the conference. DISTRICT DIRECTORS – AN IMPORTANT RESOURCEOur district directors are one of GMGA’s most valuable resources.They are the conduit of information, ideas, problems from the localchapters to GMGA. Please contact your district director for assistanceand ideas in the ongoing development of your local organizations.Below are the current counties assigned to our district directors;however, they are subject to change. Please note that not all countiescurrently have resident Master Gardeners. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 3 Fall 2010
  • PLANTING ROWS BY CHILDREN, CITIZENS Not satisfied, Barbara sets up at the local farmers market held twice a week. She arrives around 7:00 in the morning and canvases AND PRISONERS the shoppers for some of their produce then wheedles the vendors into donating what they don’t want to take back home. I told you,By Peg Arey, Floyd County Master Gardener she never sleeps.Floyd County Master Gardeners have been too small a group to The produce from all those efforts is delivered to the Communityparticipate meaningfully in ‘Plant A Row for the Hungry.’ The past Kitchen and Action Ministries Food Pantry which together totaledJanuary class, however, brought us lots of enthusiastic interns and over 66,000 meals last year.one, Barbara Earle, took on the program. She never sleeps; Barbarais the Director for the Rome Free Clinic, volunteers at theCommunity Kitchen which feeds the hungry, maintains a multi-acregarden, and cans and preserves. Governor Perdue Again Honors Georgia Master Gardeners With A ProclamationHer Plant A Row project is a bit different. She began with seedsdonated by her garden club in Rome, GA. Then, Barbara delivered Governor Perdue signing proclamation. Left to Right: Mrs. Marcothe seeds to Floyd County College and Career Academy and Rome Fonseca representing GMGA as part of GMGAs ContinuingMiddle School’s horticulture programs where the students planted Education, Marco Fonseca, State MG Coordinator, Governorthem. When they grew out, she picked up the flats of tomatoes and Perdue signing Master Gardener Day proclamation, Lynwoodpeppers and chauffeured them to the Library where Barbara and Blackmon, DeKalb County Extension Agent representing theanother MG intern gave them away to the public. Each person was Community Gardening programs, Judy Mitchell, GMGAgiven information about ‘Plant A Row’ with directions on where to President.take their donations.More flats went to the Floyd County prison where Warden JeffChandler has begun a gardening program with the prisoners. Theprison donates to Plant A Row.Additionally, the Boys and Girls Club which is one of the MasterGardeners projects, has been working on raised beds for vegetables.The children donate a portion of their bounty. Governor Perdue presents the Proclamation to Marco Fonseca. Editor’s Note: Governor Perdue declared March 20, 2010 as Master Gardener Day in Georgia to honor the contributions and volunteer service performed by Master Gardeners for Georgia. The Proclamation was signed on May 25, 2010 due to the Governor’s schedule. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 4 --Fall 2010 --
  • GMGA BOARD MEETS to serve each member of GMGA, the general public and gardening communities through out the State. They are community andWednesday July 21, 2010 President Judy Mitchell called the GMGA educational leaders working closely with their local and state-wideboard to order at 10:00 AM for it’s regular quarterly business Extension Service Offices. Through their local communities andmeeting. GMGA they are committed to improving education and knowledge of gardening to all levels of society including our youth, the elderly, handicapped, and even those incarcerated. The ultimate life blood of most volunteer organizations is found through an effective and committed leadership. I urge each GMGA member to get to know your GMGA Board Member, if you do not already, and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for you and your gardening communities. Submitted by Charlie Miller, GMGA photographer and Lifetime Master Gardner, DeKalb County SELECTED MASTER GARDENER SNIPPETS CARROLLTON: SHADE GARDENING SYMPOSIUM on Sept. 25, with featured speaker Erica Glasener. Sponsored by Carroll County Master Gardeners. Six break-out sessions will also be offered. Vendors will be selling shade plants throughout the day.The board met at the UGA Research Center and Gardens in Griffin, Cost is $10, payable by mail or in person at the Carroll CountyGeorgia. Extension Office at the Agricultural Center at 900 Newnan Rd. Carrollton, GA 30117. Registration forms at the Ag Center or e- mail uge2045@uga.edu. Space is limited. ATHENS: STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN PERENNIAL SYMPOSIUM Wednesday, October 13 8:45 am – 3:00 pm. Cost members $55; non-members $60 (includes lunch buffet) Callaway Building Auditorium Perennials are at the heart of every flower garden. They bring beauty and wildlife to our gardens year after year and are essential in our memories of home. Perennials connect us to nature and place and contribute to the spirit of our gardens as places of comfort. In this information-packed program, perennial experts will discuss a variety of topics from specific plants to maintaining a sustainable landscape to designs that makeThe principal discussions were ways to improve, GMGA’S our gardens our own. This program serves as an Elective for theconferences, funding, communications, broadening membership and Certificate in Native Plants. AGENDA:GMGA’S service to its members and all Master Gardener Groups • Dr. A’s Perennials for Everyone – Allan M. Armitage,throughout the State. Professor of Horticulture, UGA • Easy Fruits and Berries in the Garden – Steve Brady,Believe me there are many challenges that face the GMGA Cobb County Extension Agentorganization and it’s membership daily, and, on an on-going basis. It • “Hot" Plants & New Trends for the Georgia Gardener –is a never ending challenge. Thanks to these GMGA members who Matthew Chappell, Extension Specialist & Assistantare willing to serve our organization for their extra work and Professor Horticulture Department.commitment. • An Almanac for Garden Management – Mary Attaway, Attaway Gardening, Athens, Georgia • Strategies for Sustainable Gardening – Kevin Kirsche, Director of Sustainability, UGA For more information on this and other events (the fall class schedule is now set) visit http://www.uga.edu/botgarden. Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture has added a new site http://www.ugaurbanag.com/. You can access the Center’s Factsheets and Landscape Alerts more easily from this site. For other events around the state: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/. By Krissy Slagle, UGA~CAES~Cooperative Extension, Georgia Master Gardener ProgramServing on the GMGA Board requires major commitments from theindividuals that are involved. These dedicated Master Gardeners areoutstanding in their own communities but also, step forward andcommit their additional time, financial resources and personal effort -- The Georgia Scoop-- 5 --Fall 2010 --
  • Rita Fullick Rita retired from IBM after a 30 year career in sales andDistrict Director, Georgia Master Gardener Association. marketing and immediately adapted to retirement life. She jumped into new activities, she enjoys racing sailboats, anything to do withBy Lya Sorano water, travel, cooking, teaching yoga, volunteering for the performing arts and of course gardening.Rita Fullick was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and wasintroduced to gardening, at the age of 3, by her dad who shared a Atlanta Yacht Club on Lake Allatoona is Rita’s little piece ofneighborhood community garden. Growing up close to the ocean and heaven. A cabin, sailboat racing, kayaking, fishing, friends andin a place where nature, great weather and outdoor activities family all are a special treats for summer days.surround you, Rita fell inlove with, gardening and Her next venture is to work with Cobb County on a Communitymany other outdoor Garden where folks come together and garden on individual plotsactivities early in life. of land. Providing a place where people can enjoy the outdoors, improve quality of life and produce food together is the ultimateBecoming a Master goal of this garden. The hope is that this garden will provide accessGardener and sharing her to fresh produce and plants as well as getting exercise, fresh air,love of gardening while sense of community and connection to the environment. Justjuggling career and raising perfect for a Master Gardener Project!a family seemed to be theultimate personal luxury. So Rita may be reached at 770-423-7269 or rfullick@aim.com.in 1993, she approached Lya Sorano is a Georgia Master Gardener (Gwinnett 2005) and a writerIBM with the request for whose topics have most often covered international business, the role oftime to complete the Master women in the international arena and information technology. More recentlyGardener training and a garden writer and member of the national Garden Writers Association, hervolunteer time needed to gardening posts can be read on http://georgiagardener.blogspot.com/ andbecome a Master Gardener. Karen Platt’s “Gardens of the World” (http://karenplatt.co.uk/blog/).In 1994, she completed her training and 10 years later, in 2004became a Life Time Master Gardener. Editor’s Note: This is a continuation in a series on your Officers and Committee Chairs. Others will be highlighted in future newsletters.She has worked on many projects over the years and is currentlyworking with Eagle Scouts on elementary school gardening projects, Louise Armstrong Grotheeris a Docent and provides specific support for Daffodils at Smith Southeast District Director, Georgia Master Gardener AssociationGilbert Garden, assisting with designing a community garden forCobb County and is a GMGA Director. Her latest projects are a Louise Armstrong Grotheer is the Southeast District DirectorSensory Garden and a raised bed garden at Russell Elementary for the Georgia Master Gardener Association and is a native o fwhich focused on the 30 vision impaired students as well as children Savannah, GA.of all ages. Both of these projects give each student a chance toparticipate; younger children planting seed, learning about stages of Shortly after retiring in 2004, Louise took the Master Gardenergrowth and various plant parts, older children performing soil tests, class in 2005. She is verydeveloping plans for the garden space, and composting from the active in the localcafeteria. The highlight is seeing eyes light as kids plant, harvest and association having servedeat their own vegetables. The Sensory Garden enables visually the Coastal Masterimpaired students to experience a garden filled with art, activities Gardener’s as President,and plants the students can touch, taste, smell, and listen to. Vice President, Secretary,“Children and gardening” … it combines all the senses and continues and Membership Chair.to delight and surprise. There is always something new to explore, She is currently serving asthings to look forward to and learn. the Association’s Treasurer. Louise joinedWhile in college, studying sociology, Rita was introduced to yoga and the Georgia Masterthroughout her schooling and career always ventured into yoga Gardener Associationclasses. Yoga became a lifelong love, and helping others with this (GMGA) board in 2007 as the SW Districthealing art became a dream. Days after retirement she started Director and currentlyinvestigating the path to become a certified yoga teacher. Just 6 serves on the Grantmonths into retirement life Rita took her yoga teacher training and Committee.began teaching yoga just last year, 2009 at Smith Gilbert Garden andthe West Cobb Senior Center. The shared passion for gardening and Louise is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in SavannahYoga go hand and hand with her continued Master Gardener and and has served as the Church Council President, Secretary andYoga volunteer activities. Pre-school Chair. She is active on The Chatham County Resource Protection Commission and has served as a boardRita has called Kennesaw home for 23 years and raised two member on the Savannah Tree Foundation.daughters in Georgia. She lives with her husband, Darrell and threecats named: Scruffy, Felix and Shadow. Her daughters, Dara and She has 2 children and 2 extended family children. As aDevyn both live within 10 miles. An invitation for a home cooked grandmother of 4 and great-grandmother of 1, she stays verymeal brings them running for home, food and family, a wonderful involved with her family, attending school functions, soccerway to spend time together. games, and all other duties that arise. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 6 --Fall 2010 --
  • BUSY TIME FOR ATHENS AREA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATIONThis has been a busy start to 2010 for Athens Area MasterGardeners. Judy Hawks, new president, says that she hopes this yearwill be remembered as one of expansion of service and expertise tonew counties in our area as well as a continuation of ongoing projectsin the Athens area.NEW PROJECTS1. Butterfly Dreams Farm, Farmington, GA. (Oconee County) This is a non-profit therapeutic equestrian program for special needs children. It is recognized as a North America Riding for Judy Hawks, John Quackenbush and Becki Peters work in Oconee Plant-A- Row. the Handicapped Association Center where horses are used as natural therapy assistants. The garden was made possible by a grant from Home Depot providing plants and landscaping materials. AAMGA was asked to plant a butterfly garden for the childrens enjoyment and education. The project was completed this May.2. Oconee County Senior Citizens Center, Watkinsville, GA A grant was approved for a raised bed garden in the pergola outside the Senior Center. The project began last year and the garden was dedicated May 21.3. Oconee Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, Thomas Orchard, Watkinsville, GA The project started this year on land provided by Thomas Orchard in Watkinsville. Jerry and Paula Thomas, good friends Shirley Baker helps with 4-H Club Reward Day. of AAMGA, plowed the land and provided vegetable plants, seeds, fertilizer, and irrigation. The vegetables will be distributed by the Northeast Georgia Food Bank.4. 4-H Club Reward Day, Oconee County AAMGA has been helping the Oconee fifth grade 4-Hers by judging projects on the local level to compete in District competition at Rock Eagle. AAMGA volunteers assist the 4- Hers with their projects and help them practice in front of others to prepare for District meet. For 2 years, the Oconee Extension Service has had a Reward Day for students who competed in county and district competitions. May 13 this year, 137 students participated. AAMGA volunteers guided students through interactive materials from the Garden Earth Naturalist curriculum.CONTINUING PROJECTS Volunteers work at Clarke Middle School Plant-A-Row. Shown are Cheryl1. Athens Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, Athens Middle School campus, Autry, Jemmie Vanderlip, Cheryl LaValley, Bob Wolf, Jack Vanderlip, Betty Justice, Elizabeth Thurman and Carol Wolf. Athens, GA This garden continues to reap a wonderful harvest. Last year 1057.5 pounds of vegetables were donated to the Athens-Clarke County Food Bank.2. Rain Barrel Project, Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties This project was reported in the SCOOP previously. We continue to convert donated materials into rain barrels. This year we are partnering with local nursery, Thyme After Thyme, for sales. This has been the most successful monetary project of our group, and we have given several scholarships to UGA Horticulture students from the proceeds.AAMGA has a large membership for such a small area, and thisyear, we are contributing to local food banks from two AAMGAPlant-A-Row gardens. We continue to work with large organizationssuch as UGA as well as small non-profits to fulfill our goals. Volunteers work in the Butterfly Dreams Garden. Those in the picture are Bill and Anne Walker, Judy Hawks, Heather Jordan and her daughters.Judy Hawks, President, Athens Area Master Gardener Association -- The Georgia Scoop-- 7 --Fall 2010 --
  • The Story behind Fall Leaf Colors is reduced. The cell connections in the abscission layer weaken and eventually break causing the leaf to fall off.The brilliant fall colors of deciduous trees are one of nature’s mostfascinating shows. The mountains of North Georgia and other states The different species of trees vary in their levels of the pigments.are popular destinations for people who travel to see spectacular Hickories have more of the carotenoids thus giving their leaves thedisplays of the leaf colors. Many people wonder what causes the brilliant yellow to brown colors. Some other species, such asleaves to change colors. Basically, they dogwood and sweetgum, anthocyaninundergo a biochemical process, which pigments are more prevalent causinginduces the color changes, in response colors ranging from red through maroonto shorter days and cooler to purple. Sometimes there aretemperatures. intermediate colors, such as orange, which is the result of mixture of two orAll leaves have essentially three main more of the pigments.pigments: chlorophyll, carotenoids, andanthocyanins. Chlorophyll is one giving What about evergreen trees and shrubs?the leaves a green color and is found in Their leaves stay green and do not fall off.specialized cell structures called How do they manage to survive thechloroplasts. During the growing winter cold? The foliage of these plants isseason, the green color of the covered with a thick wax coating andchlorophyll dominates and masks out their cells contain substances resistant tothe colors of other pigments that are freezing. The leaves and needles are thuspresent in the leaf. The molecule traps light Two Acer Rubrum ‘October Glory’ able to stay on the tree during the winter. Theenergy and absorbs the blue and red parts of the foliage can persist for some years but eventuallyspectrum, converting the energy into food does fall off the plant in time and is replaced by new growth.substances through photosynthesis. The window of peak colors differs every year due to theThe carotenoids are yellow and orange pigments that help channel temperatures and rainfall patterns. Some years they are morelight energy to the chlorophyll. They are found both in the spectacular than others. The intensity of fall leaf color and timeschloroplasts and other similar cell structures called the chromoplasts. vary each year. Usually the peak time in North Georgia is in theChlorophyll is a short lived molecule and rapidly degrades as new middle to later part of October. The type of weather in the fall haschlorophyll is synthesized. The carotenoids help replenish chlorophyll the greatest impact on the intensity of colors. Clear, dry days helpand increase its life. They help make more of the light spectrum bring out the full color of the leaves. Dry weather increases theavailable, besides than just red and blue light, for photosynthesis. sugar levels in the leaves, which enhances the production of theAlso, they protect the chlorophyll molecules from being harmed by pigments. Prolonged drought conditions can delay the arrival ofintense sun light. fall colors. Warm, wet periodsThe anthocyanins are potent anti- during fall decrease the intensity ofoxidants. They are water soluble autumn colors. A severe frost willmolecules found throughout the kill the leaves, causing them to turnplant cells and are red, pink, and brown and to drop early. The idealpurple colors. These pigments weather conditions for attractiveabsorb the ultraviolet rays to protect fall colors are dry summers areplant cells and act as sort of a followed by crisp, cool, but notnatural sunscreen. Some species of freezing cold, fall nights.plants have a red tinged color in You can plant trees in your yardtheir new growth, which are full of that produce brilliant fall colors.anthocyanins, to protect juvenile Red maples, especially the hybridplant tissue from the sunlight. Plants varieties ‘October Glory’ andgrowing under high light levels Autumn Flame, have bright redusually will have a greater colored leaves. Trident maples haveconcentration of the pigment than yellow to red foliage. Sourwoodthose growing in the shade. This trees turn a red to maroon color in the fall,phenomenon can be observed in trees where the Several Acer Rubrum ‘October Glory’ and the Gingko tree is famous for its brilliantinner leaves of the canopy are lighter in color yellow to gold colors.than the outer ones. A period of night time temperatures below 45degrees but above freezing promotes the development of more The leaves change colors during the fall as part of the plant’santhocyanins in the leaves increasing the intensity of the colors. survival mechanism.Exposure to light causes chlorophyll break down over time. The The beautiful displays of color are more than just that: it is theleaves must produce new chlorophyll molecules to replace what has process that helps the plant get through the winter months and bebeen lost. As the days become shorter, production of it decreases. The ready to put out new growth in the following spring.other pigments become visible since the level of chlorophyll is nolonger present in the quantities to cover them up. Timothy Daly is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Agent with Gwinnett County Extension office. He can be contacted atAn abscission layer, in which a band of cells become dry and corky, 678-377-4010 or timothy.daly@gwinnettcounty.com.begins to form at the base where the leaf petiole joins the branch. Asthis layer develops, the level of water and mineral intake into the leaf -- The Georgia Scoop-- 8 --Fall 2010 --
  • Sponsored by the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. Sessions on basic horticulture will be offered at the Aldersgate Methodist Church, 3185Wheeler Road, Augusta, Georgia. The topics are listed below. Speakers will be master gardeners and other qualified locals. The morning session will be a classroom setting; the afternoon will be a tour of a private garden or greenhouse. The cost of each session is $25.00 which includes all fees and lunch and treats for both days. Make checks payable to the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. Please contact Judy Kirkland, course chairman, at 706-556-3417 or jukirkland@charter.net, for additional information. The course is open to any interested person. Registration is limited to approximately 30 persons. Deadline is 10 days prior to each session. Registrar for sessions July – January is Ginny Allen, vallenotr@aol.com 706-736-6793; 2916 Westchester Drive, Augusta, GA 30909 BASIC HORTICULTURE SESSION REGISTRATION ____ August 21 – Perennials, Bulbs, Annuals ____ September 25 – New Cultivars ____ October 16 – Native Plants ____ November 13 – Indoor Plants ____ January 15 – Trees and Shrubs PLEASE CHECK ABOVE THE COURSE(S) FOR WHICH YOU ARE REGISTERING NOW. PLEASE PRINT BELOW. Name Address City State Zip (9 digit) Phone E-Mail Special meal needs YES/NO ______________________________________________________ Dates & Presenters the horticulturist at Emory University, and one of her uncles owned a commercial orchid greenhouse and florist shop where she frequently visited. She enjoysAugust 21-VirginiaAllen is a Master Gardener, 2nd VP of Cherokee Rose sharing her garden on tours which emphasize native plants and wildlife. SharynGarden Club, and Garden Therapy Chairman of the Augusta Council of Garden maintains her registered Wildlife Habitat garden and grows orchids on the side.Clubs. She began gardening when she was three, worked in a florist shop when in She is a lifetime Master Gardener, past president of Georgia Master Gardenerhigh school, and has attended many garden workshops. She has won awards for Association, a member of the Greenbrier Garden Club as well as a member of thehorticulture and flower arrangements in both Cleveland, Ohio, and Augusta, Georgia, Rose, Hydrangea, and Orchid Societies. She is also a consultant for the Georgiapresented garden programs at the Augusta Home and Garden Show and for area Garden Club in both Landscape and Garden Design and an accredited Flowergarden clubs, and contributes to garden articles for the Columbia County NewsTimes. Show Judge.- Sharon Miles has been growing African violets since childhood. She is a "self-taught, trial and error, fire and miss-fire, experimenting gardener"September 25-Jenny Addie has been immersed in horticulture all of her life. whose knowledge is "very down to earth and simple to guarantee success with aHer father, a horticulturalist, ran a Bonsai nursery in her native country of Australia. plant that has the reputation of being difficult." She is a member of the Africanjennys grandmother was a pioneer in hybridization. Jenny majored in horticulture at Violet Society of America, an African violet judge and have grown many prizeBurnley College in Melbourne, and she has been employed at the Green Thumb winning exhibition violets. -Milledge and Joanne Peterson took overGarden Centers for the last 30 years. - Ted Stephens is the founder of Nurseries Bedford Greenhouses eight years ago and began the transformation of AugustasCaroliniana, a retail garden center focusing on offering rare and unusual plant oldest nursery. Both come from backgrounds outside of the horticultural industry,material to the gardening public. He travels to Japan and other countries regularly to but have had gardening in their blood from the time they bought their first home.collect new plant selections for introduction into the American market. He has servedas past president of the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association and January I5 - Suzanne Thomas is a Master Gardener whose major interestcurrently serves on the advisory board of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. are trees and organic gardening. She is a life long gardener and writes a monthly article, Gardening in Montclair, for her neighborhood newsletter She was projectOctober 16 - J. Scott Smith earned a BS in Horticulture and a Masters from leader at the Martinez Post Office planning and planting trees for shade andUGA. He is a GGIA Certified Professional who has worked at Groves Nursery and beauty. -Laura Sheets has been gardening in Aiken County for over 20 years.taught at Aiken High as Agriculture Instructor, and he is now teaching Environ- Her education in horticulture was informal-a combination of advice frommental Horticulture at Augusta Tech where he has been for 28 years. He has been a Nurseries Caroliniana, information from Southern Living, and a lot of trial andfrequent guest with demonstrations and programs for the Master Gardener Program, error. In addition to working in her own yards, she has led a landscape club at herSacred Heart Garden Festival, Augusta Home and Garden Show, and many others. Inthe last 20 years he has especially shown interest in native species that could serve in church. She enjoys all kinds of plants, but trees are her favorite.-Cathy Black ispractical landscape applications. a Senior Forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission for the last 24 years. She is currently the educator and manager of Spirit Creek Educational Forest and hasNovember 13 - Sharyn Altman has been surrounded by plants her whole life. served on the PKP Foundation Board for more than 15 years.She was raised on an ornamental, evergreen nursery south of Atlanta. Her dad was -- The Georgia Scoop-- 9 --Fall 2010 --
  • Hall County Fall EXPO The private gardens that will be included on the 2011 tour belong to: Kimberly Riggan, 6542 Vista View Ct., Flowery Branch; Lynn Two-day Event Slated for September 24-25 Kempler, 4700 Martin Rd., Flowery Branch; Diane Korzeniewski, 1831 Watuga Dr., Gainesville; Becky Mensinger, 2061 RiverwoodBy Pamela A. Keene, Hall County Master Gardener Dr., Gainesville; and Mary Beth Tharp, 3427 Talking Leaves Trail, Gainesville. Because fall is the best planting season, the Hall County Master Gardeners are once again “The gardens we’ve selected for next year are already beautiful,” offering the Fall Garden EXPO for two days – said Leslie Johnson, chair of the event. “With our volunteers September 24-25 – at Chicopee Woods working on them for the next nine months and the additional Agricultural Center in Gainesville off I-985 at growth during this time, we will certainly have excellent examples exit 20. of gardens for the public to enjoy.”“Things are shaping up nicely for the fall two-day event with many The event takes place every other year and features gardens byvendors already committed,” said Tammy Dellinger, chair of the Hall County Master Gardeners. It is billed as an educational event,event. “Vendors have been signing up earlier than usual and promise with information about gardening, wise water usage, habitats andto provide a wide assortment of plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, horticulture.annuals, garden art and gardening products.”The EXPO fills the arena at Chicopee Woods. In addition, there willbe free gardening workshops presented by Master Gardeners, an“Ask a Master Gardener” information booth, children’s hands-on Eleventh Annualgardening experience booth, Artists’ Row with creative garden artsand crafts, plus a snack bar with sandwiches and refreshments. PLANT EXCHANGE AND SALEFor directions and more information, visit www.hcmgs.com. Saturday, September 18th 2010 Hall Confers Lifetime Memberships 9:00-12:00Three Hall County Master Gardeners have achieved Lifetime Savannah Rapids Pavilion, MartinezMembership status for 2010. They are Ron Brechter, Hugo Kollmerand Susan Gannaway. Congratulations to these dedicated Master Parking Lot (rain or shine)Gardeners. Admission free Junior Master Gardeners’ Program Grows in Hall Bring plants and gardening items toThis next school year, 14 schools will be involved in the Hall County trade or sellJunior Master Gardener program. The program continues to add Participants provide their own tablesschools each year.“Our master gardeners have been excellent volunteers and trainers,” For information call -said Mindy Wade, chairman of this ongoing project. “We realize that Helene Hondrum 706-854-8215a love of gardening begins at a young age and these students are Betty Crowther 706-825-8613proving us right. Their enthusiasm is contagious.” Jan Nelson 706-955-7775Existing school programs are Centennial Elementary, Chestnut janoops@comcast.netMountain Elementary, Myers Elementary, Wauka MountainElementary, Sardis Elementary, Lakeview Academy, Mount Vernon Betsy Ristroph 706-738-4684Elementary, Lula Elementary, Gainesville Elementary, Spouts bristroph@knology.netSprings Elementary, Friendship Elementary, Flowery BranchElementary, Sugar Hill Elementary and Martin Elementary. For directions, please visit:Additionally, JMG will be partnering with West Hall Middle, Lanier http://www.columbiacountyga.gov/IndCareer Academy and South Hall Middle School, as they addhorticulture programs to their curriculum. HCMG members will ex.aspx?page=2423serve as mentors for these programs. Organized by the Cherokee Rose Gardens Selected for 2011 Garden Walk Garden Club, with the cooperation of“In Our Own Back Yards,” the HCMG’s garden walk brought more the Richmond and Columbia Countythan 500 people into five private gardens in South Hall County in extension offices,June 2009. The committee for the biennial event has already selected and area Master Gardenersfive private gardens throughout Hall County. Gardens on Green atthe Hall County School Board on Green Street will be showcased aswell. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 10 --Fall 2010 --
  • New Lifetime Master GardenersCongratulations to six North Georgia Master Gardeners who were • 8:00 Registrationawarded lifetime badges. Standing from left, Eddie Ayers, CountyExtension Coordinator, Fannin County, and Lifetime Master • 8:30 WelcomeGardeners Suzanne Richterkessing, Susan Burkett, DavidRichterkessing, Judy Spencer, Nancy Goodson. And Jo Anne Allen in • 8:45 "Native Hollies of the Southeast" - Gil Nelsonfront. • 9:45 "Climate Change and Plant Phenology in the Southern United States" - George KishSubmitted by Jo Anne Allen, Union County Lifetime Master • 10:45 BreakGardener • 11:15 "Trilliums: An Appreciation" - Tom Patrick • 12:15 Lunch or Optional Workshop (extra fee, 20 people per session, lunch delivered to room) “FALL FOR THE GARDEN” • A. "Propagating Native Plants" - Jan Midgley • B. "Basic Pruning" - Barbara Dorfman Clayton County Master Gardener’s • C. "The Basics of Digital Photography" - Georgia Nature 5th Annual Symposium Photographers Association • 1:45 "Plant Communities of the Coastal Plain" - Gil Nelson Saturday, November 6, 2010, 9:00 A.M.—4:00 P.M., • 2:45 Break Eula Ponds Perry Learning Center, 137 Spring Street, • 3:00 "Native Vines for Your Garden" - Dan Long Jonesboro, GA 30236 • 4:00 End of Program The “dog days” of summer are behind us and the blossoms have Visit http://gnps.org/shortterm/Symposium_Announcement.php faded. Some people see Fall as a time to close down the garden for more information and to register for the Symposium and wait for spring. Not so! Conditions are just right for (fill out form online and print receipt to mail ) refreshing your garden and getting a head start on — yes, next Spring. As one growing season ends, next years can be taking shape. Fall is the perfect time to plan, plant and dream for a glorious new beginning in your garden. The Presenters: Michael Francis, Jim Harrington, Jason Magistro and Shannon Pable Cost: $35.00 until November 1st, after November 1st - $40.00 The Georgia Botanical Society is a group of folks who get together to… Registration Form, Schedule & Additional information: www.claytoncountymastergardeners.org/ or • Promote the understanding and appreciation of plants www.ugaextension.com/clayton/ (News & Events) and their relationship to the environment, as well as the 770-473-5434 (Tom Bonnell, Horticulture Program Assistant) study of botanical sciences. • Undertake or support the setting apart of appropriate areas in Georgia for the preservation of native and cultivated flora for the enjoyment of the public. Atlanta History Center • Encourage the protection of rare and endangered plant 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305-1366 species and significant botanical habitats. Telephone: (404) 814-4000 Fax: (404) 814-2041 • Promote the conservation of botanical resources and E-mail: Information@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com encourage the practice of a conservation ethic. Web: www.atlantahistorycenter.org For more information visit: http://www.gabotsoc.org/ -- The Georgia Scoop-- 11 --Fall 2010 --
  • Dunwoody Nature Center Grant Garden volunteers. A few of the removed plants that were of value were transplanted to other spots in the Park.Submitted by Kendra Boyer, DeKalb County Master GardenerThe Dunwoody Nature Center’s Master Gardeners worked thiswinter and spring installing a ’Grant Garden,’ made possible by thegenerosity of the GMGA. This garden area, comprised of a slopingbank that extends between two drainage conduits, contains a set ofwooden steps with handrails and is located at the base of a giantsweet gum tree. The area transitions from the parking lot down to anopen area that is used for family picnics, outdoor classroom activitiesand as an event area for festivals. The proposed area was a veryvisible, but unsightly, spot full of invasive, undesirable shrubs andneglected non-native plants. Preparing the soil.The site before beginning the “Grant Garden.”In late fall the Master Gardeners, with the help of volunteers fromthe National Charity League, removed all the existing plantmaterials. A planting design was created by the Master Gardenersafter conferring with Gary Peiffer, DeKalb County Extension Agentand Certified Arborist, as to the feasibility of planting so near thelarge tree. Crossties were ordered to define and terrace the space. Almost finished.With the help of some strong young men from the Greater AtlantaChristian School, the ties were set in place and loads of topsoil andcomposted soil were added where necessary. In keeping with theNature Center’s philosophy of only adding native plants to areas,viburnums, native deciduous azaleas, oakleaf hydrangeas, iteas,anise, foam flowers, and celandine poppies were added in stages.Four season interest was one prime criterion for this area as wasdrought tolerance and low maintenance. The finished garden. Thanks to the GMGA grant, we were able to purchase most of these plants, with the remaining being donated from woodland gardens or from other spots in the Park. We also purchased theBeginning the work! crossties, rebar, soil additives, and pine straw for mulch. A descriptive plaque is being devised to show the public how the areaThe planting took place in several installments depending on plant has benefited in terms of erosion and safety concerns, why theavailability and with the help of many interested community service -- The Georgia Scoop-- 12 --Fall 2010 --
  • invasive plants were so undesirable, and why native plants are so New Organization Serves the North Georgiabeneficial to wildlife and the environment. Mountains Dunwoody Nature Center Recognizes Master As Georgia’s Master Gardener program celebrated its 30th year, a Gardeners new local organization to support new master gardeners was in the making. In the spring of 2009, Mickey Cummings and RobertDunwoody Nature Center has named its Georgia Master Gardeners Brewer, Union and Towns County Cooperative Extension Agents,in DeKalb as the 2009 Dave Adams Award recipients. Especially facilitated a master gardener class with twenty-eight enrolled. Therecognized are five Master Gardeners who have given time and talent efforts of these agents laid the foundation for the newly-formedfor the past several years to the benefit of the gardens and grounds of Towns-Union Master Gardener Association (TUMGA).Dunwoody Nature Center In March, Jo Anne Allen, President of the North Georgia MasterEach year the Dave Adams Award recognizes an individual, group of Gardener’s Association, brought master gardeners together to formindividuals, or organization that has made the greatest contribution TUMGA. The association was organized to meet gardening-relatedto the Center for the year. The award honors the memory of Dave needs of the communities of Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville,Adams, whose commitment to the Dunwoody Nature Center was and Suches in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Nowhere ingiven with the greatest of love and dedication. Georgia can gardeners share a greater gardening experience than the four seasons of these Appalachian Mountains.Kendra Boyer, Jeff Coghill, Rita Johnston, Nancy Baldwin and AliceMoore are the five Master Gardeners who volunteer at Dunwoody Association leaders are Co-Presidents, Jo Anne Allen and JudyNature Center and work far and above the program’s minimum Caines; Vice President, Patti Bransford; Treasurer, Marcia Little;requirements for continuing service. Joining them in 2010 as interns and Secretary, Lynn Mosley. Meetings will be held the firstare Su Ellis and Cathy Jones Thursday of each month on the campus of Young Harris College. TUMGA is already involved in several projects: 1) the design andExecutive Director Claire Hayes (MG ’03) notes that a “key part of planting of containers around Blairsville’s town square; 2) re-our mission is ‘to preserve and manage the natural environment’ of planting of flower beds at Towns County jail in Hiawassee; 3)Dunwoody Park. The Georgia Master Gardeners in DeKalb are Towns County Demonstration Garden; 4) the Union Countytireless in the hard work of removing invasives, installing native Farmer’s Market flower show in August; and 5) assist with newplants, caring for new growth, and training future generations of Master Gardener training to be offered Feb – April, 2011. OurMaster Gardeners. They love this green space, and we are so much website, Perennial Pals, is being developed and should be up andthe better for their passion”. running in July. Additionally, TUMGA donated funds to purchase a Master Gardener handbook to a U.S. Army Chaplain in Afghanistan who works with an agricultural team there helping Afghan farmers. A major “down in the dirt” project currently involves the planting and maintenance of the Union County Community Garden. In cooperation with Union County Government, Rotary, UGA Cooperative Extension Service, and Nelson Ace Hardware of Blairsville, TUMGA members planted 300 tomato plants. The plants, fertilizer, and canning jars were provided by Rotary. Maintenance by TUMGA members has involved staking, weeding, and fertilizing the plants. Georgia’s 9th District Economic Opportunity will identify families in need of assistance to pick and can the tomatoes for home use. Canning will be done at the Union County cannery, one of few remaining in Georgia. The garden is located next to the newly constructed Union County farmer’s market. The land and facility for the market was funded with local SPLOST funds. A new Union County cannery will open in theReceiving the Dave Adams Award. summer of 2011.Dunwoody Nature Center is located at 5343 Roberts Drive, in the Watch for upcoming TUMGA news as the organization grows andnew city’s Dunwoody Park. The park is free and open to the public blossoms in the north Georgia mountains!sun-up to sun-down. seven days a week. For more information, checkthe website www.dunwoodynature.org. By Annette Hopgood, Union County Master GardenerSubmitted by Kendra Boyer, DeKalb County Master Gardener Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 Telephone: 404-876-5859 Fax: 404-876-7472 The State Botanical Garden E-mail: info@atlantabotanicalgarden.org The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a not-for-profit 313- acre preserve set aside by the University of Georgia in 1968 for Web: www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. the study and enjoyment of plants and nature. The Garden is located at 2450 S. Milledge Avenue in Athens and online at REMEMBER, http://www.uga.edu/botgarden. Issues of the SCOOP are available IN COLOR (PDF format) at www.georgiamastergardeners.com -- The Georgia Scoop-- 13 --Fall 2010 --
  • Gardening is Like a Box of Chocolates rows of farm fields, all gorgeous and healthy looking, I ask, “How can they do that? There is so much of it, and it is all perfect!” But Don’t Let it Get You Down Farmers can pretty well control most bugs and pests, but the weather and other factors are beyond even their control. I haveWasn’t it Mama Gump that told her world famous Master Gardener friends, a wife, who grew up on a farm, and their stories of owning ason, Forest, (He mastered everything else, probably gardening too), horse, pets everywhere, the harvest and aunt Lulu’s cooking, all“Gardening is like a box of chocolates---“, you know the rest. sound wonderful to me. Many times, though, I have thought “Gardening is great, but I wouldn’t want to be a farmer and have to Silly isn’t it? -- I don’t think so. Stop put my assets on the line every day.” So lets praise and give thanks and think about it yourself. When for all of those farmers who provide our nourishing needs and are were you ever able to predict what willing to put it on the line, come what may. They are more like your garden harvest and the many Forest Gump than I will ever be. How does your garden grow? things that might affect it were going to be like in any gardening season? It Fred Wilhelm, Cobb County Master Gardener is always a toss up whether you will have a sweet Bon Bon season, on theedge Peanut Brittle weather or a Sour Ball summer. An early freeze,late frost, too hot, too cold, a drought or a monsoon, clay, rocks, roots,damaging wind, ice, hale, early blight, late blight, fungi for all seasonsand bugs, bugs, bugs always saying “ Plant that Garden--Make myday!” just waiting to weigh in and lay waste to all of your hard work.I’ve been gardening for years, just hoping, waiting for an average(normal) year, but one never comes. I have long thought there is noplace for the word “normal” in our language. It is a useless word thatnever comes to pass.That said, one might think “What’s the use? Why garden at all?” Nowthat is a bad thought! Get it out of your head! Gardening is too goodfor your body and mind. I hope I’m not depressing you, though,because my intent is just the opposite. Just ask yourself “What wouldForest Gump do?” I saw the movie. I know what he would do. He Georgia Master Gardener Associationwould look at the bright side, not complain or feel put upon. He wouldknuckle down and forge ahead, ever understanding and always 2011 Spring Conferencesmiling. Later at the country market Forest would still be smiling Hosted bywhether or not he had much to sell—even happy that the little bugs The Floyd County Master Gardenerhad something to eat too. Although I think I know what Forest would Associationdo, believe me, I’m no Forest Gump!! I’ve been there, done that--frequently frustrated, hurt, complaining why me? Always willing toshare some of my plants with the pests, but these “Garden Terrorists” When In Rome…are without conscience, holding me hostage in my own space, alwayswanting more than I am willing to give. So where does that leave me? Eco Friendly GardeningWhat should I do about it? I love gardening. It has so many benefits April 29 and 30, 2011that I have to stick with it,- garden till I drop, I guess.,---try to be like atForest. The Forum 2 Government Plaza, Rome, Georgia, 30162Anticipation is a great word. Isn’t half of the fun of an event often theanticipation of its occurrence? Thinking about a vacation, an upcoming Join us at theball game, a party, a wedding and more are times when anticipation Meet and Greet on Friday, April 29, 2011plays a major role. So it is with gardening. The excitement of spring (or 5:30 to 7:30 at thefall) planting, the anticipation of sprouting seeds, creating something ECO Center at Ridge Ferry Parkbeautiful from something as small as the head of a pin, the thought ofthe taste of that first tomato sandwich or that first salad containing all Tour the Gardens of Oakhill, Take a River Boat Tour andof your own home grown ingredients are times worthy of great Enjoy Where the Rivers Meet the Mountains in Romeanticipation. Am I making a case for gardening till you drop? Speakers at the Conference: Terry Kay – Subsistence GardeningCommitment and Challenge are good words too. Believe me there is Tara Dillard - Gardens of Italyplenty of both needed in gardening. Delight is what we like to feel in Joe Cook – Watershed Managementall things. Dr. William Welch - Heirloom Gardens Paula Refi – Designing with Native PlantsIt boils down to this: If we could talk to Forest today I think he would Dr. Martin Cipillini – Chestnut Restoration and Longleaf Pinetell us--“ Put all those bad thoughts aside, and enjoy the Anticipation of Malcolm Hodges – Nature Conservancy Sites in NW Georgiaa new growing season. Accept the challenge, make a Commitment touse your knowledge and energy wisely, Deal with what comes along, Visit Floyd County Master Gardeners on Facebookand Enjoy the delight you will feel when you bite into that first favorite for further detailsfruit of your efforts.” Garden till you drop! Check upcoming issues of The Scoop for moreThese things are easy for home gardeners to say, but what about our conference informationfarmers and commercial growers? Whenever I see pictures of perfect -- The Georgia Scoop-- 14 --Fall 2010 --
  • DISTRICT BIOLOGIST SPEAKS TO MASTER GARDENERSJeff Brooks, District Biologist with the U. S. Corps of Engineers, wasguest speaker for the March 16 meeting of the Northeast GeorgiaMaster Gardeners at the Hart County Learning Center on BensonStreet. He was introduced by Rita Harper of Elberton, a formerdistrict director with Georgia Master Gardeners.Brooks‚ topic was Birds and Birding on Corps land, which includesLake Hartwell, Lake Russell and Lake Thurmond (Clark’s Hill).Brooks stressed the importance of protecting the wildlife around thethree lakes that make up the Upper Savannah River basin.He seemed pleased to announce that there is a pair of Bald Eaglesnesting in the top of a pine tree below the dam on the Georgia side ofLake Hartwell. There are others nesting on Russell and Thurmondlakes but this is the first time the National Birds have been spotted onHartwell, he said. Rita Harper, left, introduced Jeff Brooks, right, at Master Gardeners‚ meeting, March 16, 2010.Other birds that are making their nests on the three lakes include theOsprey which also nests in the tops of trees. Blue Herons are plentifuland can be seen around all three lakes. White and brown pelicans arespotted often. Many migratory birds, such as Canadian Geese stop torest and feed here.During the question-and-answer period, Brooks explained that seagulls seen often around the lakes are also seen everywhere there arebodies of water. In answer to a question about furnishing food andwater to birds, he said that in this area it is not necessary as there isplenty to eat and anywhere there is a leaf to catch water, birds canget a drink. The reason for having food and water available near awindow is so we can enjoy watching them, he said.In response to the question about how the weather affects the wildturkey population, Brooks explained that very wet weather like wehave had this past year, decreases the number of wild turkeys as theynest on the ground and lots of rainfall destroys the eggs. The latest graduates of Master Gardeners who have their hours for 2010 and were presented their certificates by Charles Rice, Hart County ExtensionHe explained that the Corps did not agree with the plan of inviting Agent. Pictured left to right: Steve Holder, Maureen Holder, Sandy Holt, Juliecoyotes into this area, and that among the small animals that coyotes Ann Deeds, Doris "Dee" Wiser and Charles Rice, Hart County Extensionare eating are young deer. Agent. (20 April 2010.)Faye Ward, who lives on Hartwell Lake said that she had observedan anhinga, or snake bird, which swims beneath the water with onlythe head showing. This bird spears fish with its beak and tosses it inhis mouth. She has built a nesting place for wood ducks and hopes tohave a pair nesting soon, she said.More information is available from the Georgia Wildlife website,<mhtml:{6FD85670-EBE3-4235-8CB5-628D90A89D48}mid://00000108/!x-usc:http://www.georgiawildlife.com/>www.georgiawildlife.comAbout 50 members and guests attended the March 16 meeting. TheNortheast Georgia Master Gardeners met again at 5:30 p.m. on April20 at the Hart County Learning Center. At the business of the April20th meeting the interns that have met their hours to become MasterGardeners were introduced. Also honored were those that havebecome “Lifetime Master Gardeners.” Club president, GeraldHardin of Elberton, officiated at the meetings.Thomas Dixon, Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners These Master Gardeners have earned their "Lifetime Member Status: (pictured left to right) Sheryl Cantwell, Rita Harper, Minnie Crider, Peggy Matthews, Joanne Stanfill and Thomas Dixon were presented Lifetime Georgia Master Gardener certificates by Charles Rice, Hart County Extension Agent, Not pictured: Faye Ward, Beverly Verdery and Ila Rae Feltman. (20 April 2010.) -- The Georgia Scoop-- 15 --Fall 2010 --
  • An Area Designed for our Feathered Friends In the fall, the grass in the area to be developed was removed. The arbor was constructed and the pond installed. The plants that couldSubmitted by Patty Mallicote and Kathy Molnar be purchased in the fall, such as rhododendron, mountain laurel, winterberry holly, anise, beautyberry, and a variety of ferns wereWildlife abounds in Tallulah Gorge State Park with a gorge that added. A rain barrel was installed so water would be convenientlydrops 1000 feet surrounded by rugged terrain and a fragile available for the new plants. There was a concern with theecosystem. Some effort had previously been given to attracting birds frequency that water had to be added to the pond, so a solution wasto a viewing area just outside the window of the visitor center. Other found using an automatic filler valve. The manufacturer providedactivities and reduced staff caused the emphasis to shift. In the spring the valve at no cost to the project.of 2009 two Master Gardeners new to the area saw the bird area as aproject beckoning their attention. Contact was made with the Parkadministration and with the Friends group. With the wholeheartedsupport of both, a plan was developed to create an area attractive tobirds with plants, a moving water source, and shelter/nest sites. Agrant application was submitted to the Georgia Master GardenersAssociation and happily, funds were awarded to purchase plants forthe bird garden. Planting in process. Work being done on the rain barrels. Additional native shrubs and perennials were added in the spring. A Al Rothe of GMGA presents the grant check to Master Gardeners, display in the Visitor’s Center identifies plants, birds, and their Friends of the Park, and the Park Superintendent. interaction. A second rain barrel was added and the automatic float valve was connected to the rain barrels. (The barrels were connectedThe project began in the summer of 2009. A plan was developed that to provide optimum access to water.) Recent rainfall has ensuredincluded adding a variety of native shrubs, perennials, vines, and full rain barrels due to the large roof area and has resulted in aferns. Native plants were selected to provide berries, seeds, and constant water level in the pond.nectar and eventually shelter as the plants mature. A soil test wasconducted by UGA via the extension office. An arbor was designed toprovide the birds with shelter and a pond with a bubbler was addedto supply moving water. In addition to the funds granted by theGMGA to purchase plant material, the Friends of Tallulah GorgeState Park agreed to provide funds to purchase the buildingmaterials for the arbor and the pond. Friends also assisted with laborduring the preparation, planting, and building phases. Plants going in around the pond. The bird garden now attracts a variety of birds and butterflies in addition to other creatures, such as foxes, squirrels, and a bear. Visitors to the Interpretive Center window enjoy watching the birds and using the accompanying display to identify birds and plants. In the beginning – before any work was done. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 16 --Fall 2010 --
  • It’s Great to be Ten Again! While growing up Ten was a very good year. Life was simple, and I was unaware that we didn’t have much, didn’t own a house, and my father discovered a job difficult to find. At Ten things started to turn around. My Dad found a good job. We no longer had to live with my grandparents, and we bought a brand new Ford for $600. By the time I was ten I already knew about the value of having a garden. Ours was located just beyond a big grape arbor and some hollyhocks. Not many cokes to drink, but we always had grape juice. Times were difficult and everyone in our neighborhood needed a garden just to get by. At Ten I discovered fishing with my Dad. At Ten I learned to pick nightcrawlers for fish bait from the lawn. I began to yearn for a big garden and my own pond where I could fish every day. At Ten I went to YMCA camp. There I learned to swim and play ball. At Ten The garden is ready to attract our feathered friends. Photo I started to read and became interested in many other things. Little taken from same point as the “In the beginning…” photo. did I realize that life was soon to become more complicated. GirlsThe project came together with the assistance of many people in and other distractions were lurking behind every tree waiting toaddition to Master Gardeners. People were eager to assist when steal my thoughts from simple things like gardening and fishing.presented with a request. The nurseries happily gave discounts on the Immediately after graduation from high school my friends and Iplant materials, Boy Scouts built birdhouses, the Park Friends and were on our way to the Army. The next time I turned around I wasStaff gave a hand whenever needed. graduating from college and found a job. Soon a wife, a house, kidsTo inform visitors about the project and show the progress, a display and grand kids came into the picture. I hope Ten was a good yearboard was created and placed by the observation window in the for them too. I’ll have to ask sometime. All the while there was stillVisitor’s Center. The board includes information about the rain little time for gardening or fishing.barrels, soil testing, and plant selection. This board is updated The next thing I knew I was thinking about retirement. Luckily, myperiodically to reflect additions and changes and serves as an ongoing wife had similar thoughts, and had not lost her love for the simpleeducational tool. A sign noting the Georgia Master Gardener things she learned on the farm. After one of our numerous vacationAssociation grant is being manufactured and will be installed at the trips in the South, we found ourselves owning a house in a greatgarden. Tallulah Gorge State Park is visited by more than 250,000 community on one of the South’s pristine reservoirs. I knew it was apeople annually. There is tremendous potential for educating visitors good sign soon after retirement when the radio (I swear this is true)about native plants, birds, and their habitat. The bird garden was playing “Stars fell on Alabama” as our two cars, boat and all ofprovides visitors a new opportunity for learning about nature and the our possessions crossed the Tennessee-- Alabama border. When ourinteraction between plants and animals. new neighbor, good o’le Bob, whom we had not previously met, greeted me with “You look like a tired man who could use a cold drink” after we had just completed our hard two day trip arriving during a rain storm, we knew life in the South would be good too. Fortunately I never lost my desire to have a garden, and the thought of having one in a warm climate was exciting. Our new yard had the remains of a vegetable garden, and I turned to the task of changing my dirt into soil and planting my dream garden. At the other end of the yard was the lake with big crappies fighting to jump into my boat. Wow! I thought, It was great to be Sixty- Five going on Ten Again! Bob showed me how to raise catfish in a cage in the lake, and he introduced me to his purple pole beans which we still plant and enjoy every year in my ever expanding garden. Oh, I had a lot to learn about how to clean a thousand catfish, and learned that a warm climate didn’t guarantee gardening success. Undaunted, I forged ahead in the face of heat, red clay, rocks, roots, fungi, and bugs. It was not so easy, but after all I was Ten Again and it was good! I’m sure my wonderful and supportive wife didn’t feel Ten Again, but I know she thought life was pretty good too. I’ve been A view to the pond and arbor surrounded by flowering blessed to have been able to remain Ten Again for quite a few years perennials and shrubs sprouting berries. with the end not yet in sight. Life really is good! So, think about it. Ask yourself what was your good year?—what made it so? If youEditor’s Note: Originally plans and funding for this project were happen to be lucky like me, and you have been hoping to some dayreported in the Win09 Scoop, page 31. have your own dream garden, think ahead and plan for it, just maybe you can be Sixty-Five going on Ten Again too. Fred Wilhelm, Cobb County Master Gardener -- The Georgia Scoop-- 17 --Fall 2010 --
  • GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS 2010 SEMINARS CHEROKEE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION & CHEROKEE COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS 100 North Street, Suite G21, Canton, Georgia 30114 Programs are held at the following locations: Hickory Flat Library (HF) 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton; Senior Center (SC) 1001 Univeter Road, Canton; Ball Ground Library (BG) 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground; or Woodstock Library (WL) 7735 Main Street, Woodstock. All programs start at 10:00 a.m. and are free of charge, unless otherwise noted and supplies are necessary. Pay close attention to location. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, (770)479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu , fax information to (770)479-0565 or visit www.ugaextension.com/cherokee.WINTER COLOR WITH PANSIES/ HELLEBORES /WINTER BULBS---------------------------------------------------------- Sept 11 (BG)How to brighten your yard and garden all through the winter and early spring. (D. Smith/VanBrink)CREATING A BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sept 18 (SC)Come learn with your favorite little person ways to attract wildlife and take home a nature craft. (Garland)BE CREATIVE WITH CONCRETE----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oct 2 (SC)Make & take home a concrete planter or stepping stone. $5.00 supply fee necessary. Class limited (16) (Meadows/Winchester/Slatton)INDOOR GARDENING WITH HOUSEPLANTS & AFRICAN VIOLETS--------------------------------------------------------- Oct 16 (WL)Learn to successful grow & care for houseplants, including African violets. (Walton)MAKE A FRESH CHRISTMAS WREATH --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dec 4 (SC)Create your own. *ASK ABOUT SUPPLIES NEEDED. Class size limited (20) (Franklin) Seminar Sponsors: The Cherokee County Cooperative Extension - Agency of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension & Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, Cherokee County Master Gardeners, The Sequoyah Regional Library System, Senior Services of Cherokee County An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action InstitutionUNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS IF NOTIFIED.Another educational tool compiled by CCMG is GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS. A compilation of UGA information specific for Zone 7. Get your copy, $15.00 each. Walters Web Site Master Gardener Hour Walter Reeves, Horticulture Educator, Speaker, Author Master Gardeners have a Radio Show http://www.walterreeves.com/ North Fulton Master Gardeners are hosts of the "Master http://www.gardeningingeorgia.com/ Gardener Hour" on Radio Sandy Springs. They invite you to listen and join in the discussion at AM 1620 each Saturday morning from 10 – 11 a.m. Even if you dont live in the Eddie Rhoades immediate area, broadcasts are streamed live and also www.bittersweetgardens.com archived at: http://www.radiosandysprings.com “Nursery, Garden Art, Articles, Original Music, etc.” UGA Offers Free Gardening Publications Online If you’re looking for reliable, up-to-date, free information about how to landscape your lawn this spring, which ornamentals, GA Hwy 18/354 vegetables, native species or herbs to plant or how to compost Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822 and mulch, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension likely 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) has a publication that will answer your questions. For http://www.callawaygardens.com/ information visit: http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/?public=viewStory&pk_id=373 7 Fall 2010 - Sept., Oct., Nov. Calendar of Classes, Symposia and Events Available Now: Susan Thornhill; 770-233-6107; The State Botanical Garden of Georgia sthorn@griffin.peachnet.edu http://www.caes.uga.edu/campus/griffin/garden/index.cfm 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30605 ALL CLASSES REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Georgia DNR For more information call 706-542-6156 or register online at 2070 U.S. Highway 278 S.E. www.uga.edu/botgarden. Social Circle, Ga. 30025 Connie Cottingham 770.918.6787; The State Botanical Garden of Georgia http://www.georgiawildlife.co (706) 542-6014 m -- The Georgia Scoop-- 18 --Fall 2010 --
  • Master Gardeners Create Garden at Pinvale Learning Center (Area Businesses Contribute to Project)Ms. Annie Barbas, long time plant enthusiast and 2007 graduate of the GrandBay Master Gardener Program sponsored by the Lowndes County ExtensionService, contributed many more than the required 50 hours of communityservice to fulfill her Master Gardener obligation.Annie spearheaded and recently completed a large gardening project at thePinvale Learning Center which involved many of the school’s students,extension agents, businesses, and fellow Master Gardeners. One such MasterGardener is Annie’s partner in crime and Pinvale graduate, Ms. Bessie Evans.Bessie graduated from the 2009 Master Gardener class. Other MasterGardeners who helped complete the project are Ms. Marion Durree, Mr. JohnBennett, Mr. Seab Miller, Dr. Leon Meeks, and Mrs. Jean Arambula. “Finished Garden.”Annie learned of the possibility of creating the Pinvale garden after talkingwith community volunteer, Joan Lawson, who also helped with the garden.After initial funding from the school, and the blessing of principal, Mr.Ronnie Dunn, the project was begun. In the second year of the project,additional funding was also obtained by Annie and Marion from the Lowe’s “The Water Garden.”Toolbox Grant. A few weeks ago, Annie secured more funding from theGeorgia Master Gardener Association grant.Many other area businesses contributed to the project such as:• Superb Lawn Care Hahira Nursery• United Irrigation of Quitman Scruggs Concrete• Espizito’s Garden Center Cervantes Pine Straw• Exotic Fish Native Nursery of Tallahassee• Season’s Garden Center Crepe Myrtle Nursery.Pinvale students were involved from the beginning and learned about plantingand caring for plants. Many of the planting at the school are edible. Fruitssuch as pomegranates, figs, blueberries, citrus, muscadines, and even Kiwi areproducing or near production. Annie BarbasA water garden and arbor have been installed to make the area a much morepleasing space. The entire space has been transformed from a place with a fewrandom shrubs to a place where everyone at the school wants to visit.Annie involved students in moving and planting shrubs, weeding, watering,and fertilizing plants. Students were taught by Annie and extension agentsabout the importance of soil testing, plant nutrition, fertilizing, and installingdrip irrigation. Annie’s work was showcased at the End of the Year Partnersin Education Brunch held at the Pinvale Learning Center. StudentsMaster Gardeners like Annie are involved in many projects around the learningcommunity. The Lowndes County Master Gardener class is available to about soilresidents of Lowndes, Lanier, Brooks, Echols, and Berrien counties. If you are test results.interested in becoming a Master Gardener and want to know more call theLowndes County Extension office at 229-333-5185.Submitted by Jake Price, County Extension Agent, Lowndes County Students planting.“Before.” -- The Georgia Scoop-- 19 --Fall 2010 --
  • Project Funding Report native plants in the home landscape. Interpretive and plant identification signs are integral to our educational efforts. Fall 2010 MUSA and the Bibb County Master Gardeners are partnering on theGMGA received 11 grant applications during the January to July development and purchase of interpretive signs and plant identification2010 period. Of these 10 were judged to meet the criteria set forth in markers for the NPG and surrounding areas. We have about 100 plantsthe GMGA Project Guidelines. A total of $5139.85 was approved for and 10 trees in the NPG. MUSA will purchase the large interpretive sign and 50 plant ID markers. This grant from GMGA will purchase thethese projects. additional plant and tree ID markers.1) Pinevale Learning Center Lowndes County 5) Dunwoody Nature Center Master Gardeners DeKalb Annie Barbas $453.00 Rita Johnston $700.00The Pinevale School project was initiated after a fire at the previous school The Dunwoody Nature Center (DNC) is a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicateddestroyed the facility and a new garden area was commissioned by the to develop and preserve the 22 acres of Dunwoody Park as a naturaloutgoing Superintendent of schools. Subsequently Master Gardeners Annie classroom for environmental education. Over 33,000 people visit andBarbas, and Marion Durre received a Lowes Toolbox for Education grant for participate in classes yearly at the Center.$2000.00 to renew the small pond and install drip irrigation at the new site. A new entrance sign was recently donated by a local service organization.GMGA grant money will be used for maintenance materials to include The entrance fronts about 300 feet along a busy road. The plants in thisfertilizers, and sprays for maintaining ornamentals and fruit trees, weed area have become very overgrown, have too much diversity, and lack eyepreventers/killers, some mulch replacement, or cover, for the new arbor area appeal.and plants for an herb garden. This grant money will be used to buy the foundation plants needed for the2) Rome ECO-Center Floyd County entrance. Seven Master Gardeners volunteer on a regular basis and work Patricia York $700.00 closely with community volunteers and organizations to help maintain andThe ECO-Center is a joint project by the city of Rome and Floyd County to create native plant gardens as well as remove invasive plants in the park.convert a 1900’s water in-take station on the Oostanaula River into a river Over 25 volunteers along with the Master Gardeners have already donatedecology education center for children and adults. “ECO” suggests the mission and installed plants, trimmed overgrowth, weeded and mulched the area.of ecology awareness, but it is also an acronym for the three rivers that flow Master Gardeners and volunteers will complete all plantings andthrough Rome: Etowah, Coosa, and Oostanaula. maintenance of the entrance gardens.Floyd County Master Gardeners have been asked to design and install a 6) Oconee River Greenway Baldwin Countylandscape using only plants that are native to Northwest Georgia counties.The area is a large triangle roughly 90ft on each side on a steep hill. Because Alice Tenold $504.00of the water runoff from the building and the adjacent parking area, our The Oconee River Greenway is located along the banks of the Oconee Riverdesign calls for a dry creek bed emptying into a large rain garden. Two local in Milledgeville (Baldwin County), Georgia. The Greenway opened in May,landscape architects guided our planning, a Scout troop installed a butterfly 2008, with a community-wide festival attended by hundreds of areagarden, and City crews will do the earth moving. residents. The Greenway includes a paved trail used for walking/biking/skating, as well as picnic tables and space along the river forGMGA grant money will be used for compost, mulch, ID stakes/labels and fishing and relaxing.native plants. Master Gardeners in Baldwin and Putnam Counties, along with other3) Funk Heritage Center Cherokee County interested residents, planted more than 50 donated trees at the Greenway in February, 2009. The native plant garden is widely used by community Martha Hout $700.00 members for picnicking, relaxing, reading, contemplation, and as aIn 2007, the Funk Heritage Center was awarded grants to address storm gathering place for families and community groups to meet. The gardenwater and erosion issues and develop drought tolerant demonstration gardens has increased community awareness of native plants, and residents haveusing plants native to Georgia. The facility now has a water-efficient xeriscape learned of the plants hardiness and ability to withstand occasional floodinglandscape which includes three rain gardens in the rear of the building and a and some hot and dry periods as well.dry stream bed in the front. Water now enters the system as nature intended,capturing sediment and reducing runoff velocity to protect nearby stream This grant will enable us to finish the project with the additions of anchannels. understory tree, a few more needed shrubs, and some native perennials to complete the garden. The native plant garden has helped in theThe Center has been designated “Georgia’s Official Frontier and development of the year-old Oconee Master Gardeners Association, givingSoutheastern Indian Interpretive Center.” The Upper Etowah River Alliance the group a focus and a local project, something we had not been able to doand the Georgia Conservancy partner with the Center staff to provide in Milledgeville before.environmental educational programs for the community. Programs aredesigned to advance conservation and protect endangered species. Gardenclubs, community groups, area scouts, and schools tour the Center. Visitors 7) Pickens Sharptop Arts Association Pickens Countyhave been very interested in the landscape project. Nancy Hammer $674.00 The Pickens County Sharptop Arts Association, an all volunteer non-profitFunds from this grant will be used to purchase signage for native plantings. organization, has begun a project by which the existing landscape at theEach sign will list the common name, scientific name, family name and the community arts center will be transformed into a Visionary Arts Garden.origin of the plant. Labels will be installed by Master Gardeners. Signs will The area around the arts center has been divided into 22 "vistas" whichallow visitors to identify plants they may want to use in their home or business have been adopted by various community groups.landscape. The Pickens County Master Gardeners have adopted vista #14 and4) Native Plant Garden Labels Bibb County developed a plan for a "Plants with a Purpose Garden." Besides being attractive to view, our vista will be a teaching garden, instructing visitors Carol Salami-Goswick $400.00 about the purposes of various plants included in our garden.In the Fall of 2009 the Native Plant Garden (NPG) was moved from WesleyanCollege to the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MUSA). MUSA has higher foot The plan includes hardscape such as split-rail fencing, stone walkway, atraffic and extensive youth educational programs that provide the garden with rock wall raised bed, and a decorative trellis. This grant money will be usedhigher visibility and more public educational opportunities on the use of to purchase plants, soil amendments, and mulch. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 20 --Fall 2010 --
  • The Visionary Arts Garden will benefit the entire community by offering agarden setting where classes can be held, events can take place, and visitors YOUR GMGA WEBSITEcan relax for quiet contemplation or children can observe the wonders ofnature. Hemlocks Landscaping will maintain the entire Visionary Arts Remember, please visit www.georgiamastergardeners.com andGarden. click on GMGA Web newsletter to subscribe to your GMGA Web newsletter. This page has been created to assist local Associations8) Cherokee County Senior Center Cherokee County to communicate, exchange ideas and to Marcia Winchester $168.85 serve as a forum. Also see all the otherIn May 2010 the Cherokee County Senior Center received a grant from the information that is available for yourAtlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to assist in implementing a community service.garden with emphasis on Seniors 60 years and older using the garden. Thepurpose of the garden is to provide seniors an opportunity for exercise, The Scoop is now available on line, as wellrecreation and therapy, provide fresh and nutritious foods, network for social as many past issues of the newsletter. “Youinteraction and education in food preparation. can read your favorite publication on line and in color.“The Cherokee County Master Gardeners accepted to assist with this projectand 2 local garden clubs have also been approached to assist. GMGA can now accept payments on line through a credit card.The first phase of the garden will have 23 4X16 foot raised beds. Part of the You can renew your membership and pay for your conferencesARC grant will be used to poison the Bermuda grass, and purchase lumber directly from the web page.and brackets to build the plots. The labor will be done by Cherokee MasterGardeners, members of other garden clubs and other volunteers from the Please contact our new Web Master at wm4gmga@yahoo.com tocounty. Volunteers will also be used to place mulch on the 5 foot path between share your thoughts and items that may be of interest to ourthe beds. A picnic table will be solicited to be put in the shade to encourage members and to report corrections, changes, or updates.interaction between the gardeners. Once the beds are erected the MasterGardeners responsibilities will be to assist in monitoring the gardens and tocontinue to educate the gardeners on proper UGA gardening procedures. Forsyth County Master Gardeners Speakers BureauThis grant money will be used to obtain parts such as PVC pipes, and fittingsfor the irrigation system in the garden. Remember that Forsyth County Master Gardeners have a Speakers Bureau. Master Gardeners are available to deliver9) Butterfly/Hummingbird garden-Wilshire Park Hall or participate in presentations on a variety of environmental,Lori Carson $700.00 gardening and plant specific topics for local garden clubs,Collaboration between Hall County Master Gardeners, City of Gainesville civic groups, homeowner associations and other interestedParks Department, and Fockele Garden Company of Gainesville will enrich organizations throughout the Forsyth County community forthe Gainesville community with an educational butterfly and hummingbird no charge.garden at Wilshire Trails Park. Speakers will come to your venue and can cover a wide range of topics with such favorites as: Perennials, Georgia NativeThe garden will be transformed into a haven for butterflies and Plants, Water Wise Gardening, Photographing Your Garden,hummingbirds, and an interesting and enjoyable educational experience for and Attracting Wildlife.all visitors. It will contain host and nectar plants for butterflies andhummingbirds. Colorful educational signage about all aspects of the garden Please contact FCMG Speakers Bureau program managerwill be displayed, along with detailed labels for all plants. Large, brightly Joan Harbin for the complete list of available topics; or thecolored butterfly sculptures will “fly” over the garden to engage passersby. FCMG Speakers Bureau will be happy to put together aThis new project will increase the knowledge and inspire the imagination of gardening presentation to fit your requirements. Send yourvisitors, who will then go on to create their own habitat gardens. name, email address and phone number, event date and any relevant information to joan_harbin@bellsouth.net.Many community events are held in this lovely park including a yearly“Butterfly Release”. Hundreds of community members attend this event andthe new garden will enhance their overall experience. Krissy BLOGs10) Martinez Post Office Columbia Co. Master Gardeners - I will continue to send messages aboutSuzanne D Thomas $140.00 events and other items of interest to Master Gardeners via theThis application is to request support for the ongoing development of an listserv; however, I will also be posting them on a new blog.urban garden at the USPS facility at Martinez, GA. The USPS is having Using the blog allows for easier access for readers to viewfinancial strain due to the advent of internet communications that supplanted archives and I can include some pictures and links. If youreUS mail. Landscaping services at this Post Office were discontinued already a blog reader, you can also subscribe to the blog orapproximately five years ago, leaving a large untended landscape. Fivemembers of the Master Gardener Class of 2009 took on this Post Office as a add it to your dashboard.project and have continued to serve as gardeners since January 2009 with our • You also can bookmark this address for future referenceefforts, our time, and our funds, planting and maintaining trees, shrubs, bulbs http://georgiamgevents.blogspot.com/and flowers. • I also have another blog that may be of interest, Life in the Garden, which is about our activities on Wednesdays in theSuzanne Thomas will provide two educational presentations about trees and UGA Research and Education Garden with volunteers andtheir value for shade, beauty, and carbon sequestration. Group members willcontinue to meet the community members who are patrons of the Martinez friends. That blog is http://gardenfriend.blogspot.com/.Post Office and tell what Master Gardeners do for our community and state. • Also remember to visit: http://www.gamastergardener.org.Our group, the Friends of the Martinez Post Office, has worked closelytogether for 18 months and we will continue this work on at least a weekly Krissy Slagle, UGA CAES Cooperative Extension, Georgiabasis through 2010-2011. Master Gardener Program..Submitted by Jose Tallet, Project Funding Chair -- The Georgia Scoop-- 21 --Fall 2010 --
  • CRITERIA FOR AWARDING GRANT MONEYGMGA MISSION STATEMENT: To stimulate the interest in and increase the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily,enthusiastically, and responsibly share this knowledge with others.1. The Georgia Master Gardener Association allocates monies each year to help support a variety of horticultural projects in the state ofGeorgia. The number of requests that will be funded depends on the amount of money available each year. As a general guideline, grantsusually are in the $100-$700 range.2. Any person or organization requesting funding for their project must complete a written application (form provided) and providedetailed information regarding the project. If selected for funding, an agreement with the GMGA must be signed stating that the groupwill give a presentation about the project to the GMGA membership and/or provide an article in The SCOOP. The recipient of theGMGA funding must agree to provide additional information, including financial accountings on request and be open to visits by theGMGA Board of Directors or its representatives.3. Organizations submitting applications must be non-profit and must not have political affiliations. They also should have at least onecounty-registered Master Gardener among their members. It is strongly encouraged that the requesting Master Gardener be a memberof the GMGA.4. The purpose of the project should be educational and should promote and involve the community in gardening.6. The project should utilize as many Master Gardeners as possible.7. The project should have realistic goals and objectives, and the funds granted should make a significant contribution to the project.8. The project should make a difference, even in a small way, to the community it serves.9. Once completed, the project should have a regular maintenance schedule to ensure its continued operation.10. Any group that receives a grant will be required to submit a scrapbook including a brief report, receipts showing how the money wasspent, and photos to the committee. In addition, they will be required to do an oral report, submit an article for the SCOOP, or do aposter display at one of the conferences. All reports are due within one calendar year. Applicants should indicate how they plan topresent their project on the application form. APPLICATION FOR Spring 2011 GEORGIA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE BY November 15, 2010 Name Date Address Telephone number(s) (area code 1st) Email address Year & county of Master Gardener coursework _____________________________ County in which project will be created___________________ Name of organization Provide on a separate sheet a 100 to 200 word description of the project, which must include how much community is/will be involved. Amount requested (in general between $100 - $700) ______________________________ Describe in a detailed budget on a separate sheet your planned use of grant funds. Be as specific as possible. Estimated project completion date __________________. Please include complete design for project, and state how project will be maintained. Number of persons expected to work on this project Number of persons working on project who are Master Gardeners How do you expect to document the project for GMGA members & your community? (Attach a separate sheet if you need more space) PROJECT FUNDING CHAIR: Jose Tallet, 119 Enchanted Oaks, Bonaire, GA 31005-4269. jtallet@cox.net or 478 335-8684 -- The Georgia Scoop--- 22 --Fall 2010 --
  • GEORGIA MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION, INC! INCOME AND EXPENSE REPORT! REMEMBER: JANUARY 1, 2010 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2010 DONATIONS TO GMGA MAY BEBalance Forward as of January 1, 2010 $ 28, 073.64 TAX DEDUCIBLE GMGA is approved by the Internal RevenueINCOMEMEMBERSHIP DUES 14,720.00 Service as a tax deductible organizationWINTER CONFERENCE, 2010 11,498.00 under section 501(c)(3) of the Code, whichWINTER CONFERENCE REFUND 500 means that contributions and donations areFALL CONFERENCE, 2011 430 now tax deductible for the donor. PleaseSALE OF INVENTORY 1,174.48 make your donations out to “Georgia MasterGRANT FUNDS RETURNED 612.46 Gardener Association, Inc.”TOTAL INCOME: $28,934.94 See your Tax Consultant for specifics. Please mail your donations:EXPENSE Regina LorenzADMINISTRATION Georgia Master Gardener Association, Inc. License 30 1420 Northcliff Trace* On-line credit card gateway, monthly 134 Roswell, GA 30076-3275**Bank Charges (line item limit) 64***Merchant transaction fees 214.65 Supplies 74.89 Listserv Information Education/Travel 976.46 Hello Master Gardeners:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: CPA 500 Spring is a time for lots of events, etc. My mailbox is filled up with a lot of requests to send information out to the Master Gardener listserv. Its wonderful being able to doMEMBERSHIP 0 this service for our volunteers and groups, but here are a Directory 0 few reminders about the listserv.PROJECT FUNDING GRANTS If you are sending something to go out, the listserv doesnt Spring 2010 3,375.00 accept attachments. We cant use any information that Fall 2010 cant be cut and pasted into e-mail body text. Please includeSPECIAL EVENTS: MASTER complete information including event address, contacts,GARDENER DAY 37.1 costs, etc.Public Relations 0Website 3,755.00 Please dont ask us to resend info that you accidentally deleted from your e-mail box. As much as I love beingDONATIONS BY GMGA 600 helpful, we do have well over two thousand people on thisPROGRAMS list... Winter Conference, 2010 12,471.93 You can find the exact information in the listserv archive Hall Countys 50% 2,338.00 at: http://listserv.uga.edu/archives/gamgardener-l.html Fall Conference, 2009 75 Spring 2011 1,217.32 You can also register a password at this listserv site andINVENTORY 765.12 that will allow you to manage your preferences like starting or stopping e-mails when you travel, or you can changePUBLICATIONS 3,025.85 how the listserv messages are delivered to you: daily as oneTOTAL DISBURSEMENTS: -29,654.32 big digest or individually. You can also receive them as a list of messages titles with links to read them at the online archives.CASH ON HAND AS OF JUNE 30, 2010 $27,354.26 Remember, you can also use the MG Events Blog andRespectfully Submitted, Calendar to help you keep track of the things you areRegina Lorenz, Treasurer interested in. http://georgiamgevents.blogspot.com/* fee that allows merchant to process on-line credit card payments securely Krissy Slagle, UGA CAES Cooperative Extension, Georgia** Bank Charge, months more than 200 items are deposited Master Gardener Program..*** Standard fee charged per credit-card transaction submitted for authorization -- The Georgia Scoop-- 23 --Fall 2010 --
  • MERCHANDISE FOR SALE All proceeds support GMGA projects Item Price Size Quantity License Plates metal $5 Bucket Hat s/m l/xl $15 T Shirts $12 s,m,l,xl,2x T Shirts Long/Sleeve $15 s,m,l,xl,2x Nylon Jacket Green $25 Quantity limited s,l.xl Denim Shirt Long sleeve $26 s,m,l,xl,2x Denim Shirt Short sleeve $26 s,m,l,xl,2x Golf Shirt $25 s,m,l,xl,2x Apron Green 2 pocket $12 Shipping $6.50 (UPS). T-shirt and golf shirt colors, call for available colors. All shirts embroidered with Left Chest GMGA logo. Please include your name address and phone number on all orders. email: disu42@bellsouth.net (preferred); phone: 770 483-0760 mail: Dick Chenoweth, 5290 E Shore Dr SW, Conyers, GA, 30094-4716 IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE MERCHANDISE COMMITTEE CHAIR: • First, some GMGA members seem to think I am an independent vendor, selling GMGA shirts for my own profit. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a GMGA board member who volunteered to chair the Merchandise Committee because there was a need. I pay all my own expenses to bring the merchandise to the conferences and receive no repayment. All proceeds from sales go to the GMGA to help fund conferences and grants. • Second, due to genes and 30 years of working around jet engines, I have a severe hearing deficiency, especially when communicating by telephone. I would appreciate if you would send your orders by e-mail (disu42@bellsouth.net) or fax to 770-483-3607 or send by USPS to GMGA, 5290 E. Shore Drive, Conyers, GA. 30094. You can still call ( 770-483-0760) for availability or colors but with names and addresses I need printed help.Thanks, Dick Chenoweth -- The Georgia Scoop-- 24 --Fall 2010 --
  • 2011 GMGA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL Calendar year : 1st January through 31st December, 2011 GEORGIA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION, INC. www.georgiamastergardeners.com online payment with a credit card is now availableName: ______________________________________________ Phone: _______________Address: ___________________________________________________________________City: ___________________________________, Georgia Zip + 4 __________ -- ______E-mail: _____________________________________________________________________Types of Membership (Check one !): " Georgia Master Gardener who completed my training in ________ with ____________________ county $15 _$________ " . ----------------------------------------------- Couples get a price break: $25 _$________ " Friend of Master Gardener $15 _$________ " Additional Tax Deductible Donation _$________Mail Check, made payable to: GMGA Inc. to Total: _$________ Carole Teja, GMGA Membership P O Box 920490, Norcross, GA 30010-0490 At the time of membership renewal, if a member so requests, GMGA will withhold any/all individual information from the next MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. Questions? E-mail: membership4gmga@gmail.com or Phone: 404-643-2354If you change your address during the year, PLEASE let us know ASAP so we can keep your records up to date. Georgia FACES News to use about Georgia Family, Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences GNPS meetings are held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and at 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA. Environmental Sciences GNPS, PO Box 422085, Atlanta, GA 30342-2085 http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/ 770-343-6000 or http://www.gnps.org/ Georgia Wildlife Federation 11600 Hazelbrand Road, Covington, GA 30014 Georgia Perennial Plant Association Ph: 770-787-7887, Fax: 770-787-9229 Meets Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall http://www.gwf.org/ Open to the public, speaker begins at 7:30 p.m. 770-955-1303 or http://www.georgiaperennial.org/ -- The Georgia Scoop-- 25 --Fall 2010 --
  • Georgia Master Gardener Association 2010 Fall Conference Friday, October 1, 2010 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hills and Dales Estate 1916 Hills and Dales Dr, LaGrange, GA SEMINARS Jo Phillips & Hills and Dales Staff Signature Plants and Garden Tours Helen Phillips Herb Gardening Garden Stewards: Kenny Manis In Tune With Nature Hybridizing and Growing Daylilies MEET & GREET EVENT 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Conference Contacts Entertainment - Felder Rushing Chairman: Jon Christenson BOOK SIGNINGS Vendors and Advertising 706-883-7716 or daylilyguy@charter.net Dr. Allan Armitage and Felder Rushing Co-Chairman: Gary Carter Saturday, October 2, 2010 Financial and Registration 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 706-616-4153 or carterg@bellsouth.net Callaway Conference Center Program Coordinator: Susan Thomas 220 Fort Drive, LaGrange, GA 30240 Speakers and Program Manager SPEAKERS 706-837-4908 or schthomas1@msn.com Hank Bruno Hospitality Coordinator: Marilyn Mayer Stewardship In The Garden Lodging and Caterers Dr. Allan Armitage 706-837-0013 or garymayer@bellsouth.net Annuals and Perennials in the Garden Felder Rushing Logistics Coordinator: Fern Bergeron True Winners In Tune With NatureDining Room Plans, Vendor Floor Plans, and Secretary 706-885-9388 or wildflower604@hotmail.com Mike Sikes The Garden Steward: New Plants -- The Georgia Scoop-- 26 --Fall 2010 --
  • FRIDAY CONFERENCE EVENTS Friday Speakers Bios Hills and Dales Estate Jo Phillips: (Signature Plants & Garden Tours) Jo Phillips is the Horticulture Seminars and Meet & Greet Event Manager at Hills & Dales Estate, the Friday, October 1 historic home of the Fuller E. 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Callaway Family. She has been employed at the estate since 1994 1916 Hills & Dales Drive when she was hired as a LaGrange, GA 30240 horticulturist by Mrs. Alice Callaway, and was promoted to her current position in 2007. She had the privilege of working with Mrs. Callaway for four years until Alice’s death in 1998, after which work began on the project of opening the home and garden to the public, which became official in October 2004. Jo earned a BSA degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in 1980. Her work experience prior to Hills & Dales includes Callaway Gardens as well as retail garden center management, which is where she met Alice. She attributes her love of plants and gardening to growing up on a small farm inhabited by generations of “green thumbs.” Helen Phillips: (Herb Gardening) Helen has a degree in elementary SEMINARS Education and a Masters of Agriculture, Auburn University. Jo Phillips & Hills and Dales Staff Helen is an Instructor in Horticulture Signature Plants and Garden Tours at Columbus Technical College and National Herb Society of America and Helen Phillips is a certified professional in Georgia Soil and Erosion Control. She is a Herb Gardening member of the Southeast Horticulture Society and Herb Society of America. Kenny Manis She currently works at Garden Hybridizing and Growing Daylilies Solutions Nursery in LaGrange, Georgia, specializing in landscape design, plant selection, and MEET & GREET EVENT garden art. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kenny Manis: (Hybridizing and Growing Daylilies) ENTERTAINMENT: Kenny began gardening at an early age, helping his mother with Felder Rushing her flower and vegetable gardens on their Tennessee valley family farm. BOOK SIGNINGS: He later graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Dr. Allan Armitage and Felder Rushing Chemical Engineering, moving to Georgia to work as an engineer for Milliken & Company 14 years ago.Seminars and Garden Tours are featured from 1:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Meet & Greet begins at 5:30 P.M. Manis completed his Georgia MasterTransportation will be provided from the Hills and Gardener education and certificationDales Visitors Center Parking Area to The Meet & in 2005. He is a masterful practitionerGreet event. Heavy hors doeuvres, wine, other whose in-depth study of plants isbeverages and sweets will be available. Felder evident. An expert in growing andRushing will provide the entertainment. Book hybridizing registered daylilies, Kenny Manis’ daylilies have wonsignings by Felder Rushing and Dr. Allan Armitage. a myriad of American Hemerocallis Society best in show awards. He currently has 512 registered daylilies, as well as many Iris,Transportation will be provided throughout the Camellias, Orchids, and African Violets. He is a member of theevening to the Visitor’s Center parking lot. American Hemerocallis Society, past president of the Troup Master Gardener Association, and the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Society. He has become a sought after teacher of Master Gardener classes. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 27 --Fall 2010 --
  • Southern Living), and includes a huge SATURDAY CONFERENCE EVENTS variety of weather-hardy plants along October 2 with a collection of folk art. There is no Callaway Conference Center turf grass, just plants, yard art, and East Campus of the West Georgia Technical College "people places." The author and co- 220 Fort Drive, LaGrange GA 30240 author of 15 gardening books (including several national award winners) and former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist has written thousands of gardening columns in syndicated newspapers, and has had hundreds of articles and photographs published in regional and national garden magazines, including Garden Design, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and the National Geographic. Felder has been featured three times in full-length articles in the New York Times. He has hosted a 8:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, television program that was shown across the South, and appeared and Vendor Shopping many times on other TV garden programs. Felder currently co- 8:45 a.m. Welcome and door prizes. hosts a call-in garden program called “The Gestalt Gardener.” 9:00 a.m. Conference Opening Ceremonies Hank Bruno was raised on a farm and worked in the landscape 9:15 a.m. Hank Bruno: “Stewardship In The nursery business of his parents. After earning undergraduate Garden.” degrees in Botany and 10:15 a.m. Break, Book signing, Vendor Shopping Anthropology from Duke 10:45 a.m. Gift Drawing University in 1976 he entered the 11:00 a.m. Dr. Allan Armitage: “Annuals and Peace Corps, serving in Perennials In The Garden.” Guatemala. With two years of 12:00 noon Lunch Break, Book signing, Vendor archeological fieldwork in the Shopping southeast he entered graduate school at Texas A&M 1:00 p.m. Felder Rushing: “True Winners In Tune University. Working full-time as With Nature.” a landscape maintenance 2:00 p.m. Break, Book signing, Vendor Shopping supervisor and conducting 2:45 p.m. Gift Drawing research in archeobotany he received his M.A. in 1988. He arrived 3:00 p.m. Mike Sikes: “The Garden Steward: New at Callaway Gardens in October 1991 where he served as the Plants.” Director of Horticulture. Mr. Bruno is currently Director of 4:00 p.m. Final gift drawing and announcements Horticulture at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, in Belmont, N.C. In addition to horticulture, he has worked in plant conservation with the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance andSaturday Speakers Bios: serves on the steering committee of the Cullowhee Native PlantDr. Allan Armitage is well known as a Conference. His interests include plant ecology, ethno botany,writer, speaker and researcher throughout collections management and landscaping with native plants.the world. He has evaluated garden plantsin Montreal, Canada; East Lansing, Mike Sikes is the horticulturist for the Gardener’s ConfidenceMichigan and Athens, Georgia, gaining an Collection. He has spent more than 25 years in the horticultureappreciation of plant development in the industry. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s School ofNorth and South. He holds his B. Sc from Horticulture, is a certified MasterMacDonald College, Quebec, M.Sc. from Gardener, and has served as presidentUniversity of Guelph, Ontario and his of the Georgia Nursery Association andPh.D. from Michigan State University. At Friends of the State Botanical Garden ofthe University of Georgia, he runs the Georgia. Sikes also has been recognizedresearch gardens where new plant as the Georgia Green Industrymaterial from most of the flower breeders Association’s Distinguished Professionalin the world is evaluated. The Gardens at UGA are among the finest of the Year. His expertise is readilytrial gardens in the nation. They are open to the public throughout shared with other gardeners who strivethe year. Armitages work with heat- and humidity-tolerant crops to have the utmost confidence in theirresulted in the national marketing program called “Athens Select.” own garden whether that includes acresApproximately 30 plants have been introduced under the “Athens of plants or patio containers because he knows each and everySelect” label, including Pennisetum Princess, Iochroma Purple garden is special to its owner. Mike is a Horticulturist & MarketingQueen’, Ruellia ‘Ragin Cajun’ and Begonia ‘Bonita Shea.’ Coordinator for McCorkle Nurseries, Inc. He is frequently on the road in search of new plants to bring to the market. With over 25Felder Rushing is a 10th-generation American gardener whose years in the horticulture business, he has a keen eye for new andpioneer ancestors settled across the Southeast, bringing many plants unusual varieties. He is an admitted “plantaholic” whose passionwith them. Rushings overstuffed, quirky cottage garden has been for plants is contagious.featured in many TV programs and magazines (including a cover of -- The Georgia Scoop-- 28 --Fall 2010 --
  • Georgia Master Gardener Association 2010 Fall Conference PLACES TO SEE October 1 & 2Garden Stewards: In Tune With Nature LaGrange Area Bellevue: 204 Ben Hill Street, antebellum home, opens for tours. LAGRANGE LODGING Admission: Tues-Sat. 10-12 & 2-5. 706/884-1832 Troup County Archives & Legacy Museum: 136 Main Street. Free. Wingate by Wyndham M-F 9-5, Tues 9-8, Sat 9-1. 706/884-1828 kaye@trouparchives.org 103 Wingate Drive, LaGrange Georgia West Point Lake: west of downtown on Ga. 109 & US 29 - fishing, (706)-298-5270 swimming, boating, picnicking, camping, dam, museum. 706/645- 2937 David.A.Barr@SAM.USACE.Army.mil GMGA has 50 room reserved Highland Marina Resort is at 1000 Seminole Road, off Whitaker Road, west of downtown LaGrange. 706/882-3437 Baymont Inn & Suites reservations@highlandmarina.com 107 Hoffman Drive, LaGrange, GA! Explorations in Antiquity Center 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, (706) 885-9002 LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 885-0363. www.explorationsinantiquity.net GMGA has 10 rooms reserved Holiday Inn Express Pine Mountain Area 111 Hoffman Drive, LaGrange, GA Highway 27, 20 miles south of LaGrange (706) 812-8000 Pine Mountain Tourism Association GMGA has 10 rooms reserved PO Box 177 - 101 East Broad Street Pine Mountain, GA 31822 Days Inn 706/663-4000. 2606 Whitesville Road, LaGrange, GA Butts Mill Farm: 2280 Butts Mill Rd (physical), Pine Mountain, GA 31822. Call (706) 663-7400 for group rates or e-mail (706) 882-8881 trish@buttsmillfarm.com. Wild Animal Safari: 1300 Oak Grove Road. Admission. Daily 10 a.m. Hampton Inn to dusk. 706/663-8744 pmsaari@mindspring.com. 100 Willis Circle, LaGrange, GA Callaway Gardens: Highway 27. Gardens, beach, restaurants, (706) 845-1115! butterfly center, horticultural center, chapel, Victory Garden, bike trails, golf. Admission. Daily 7 to 7. 706/663-2281, ext. 5317 Jameson Inn info@callawaygardens.com. 1511 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, GA (706) 882-8700 Warm Springs Area GA 109 east to Greenville, south Alt. 27, 30 miles from LaGrange Comfort Inn & Suites Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park - on top of the mountain, hiking, 1512 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, GA horseback riding, cabins, lakes, camping. Open 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. (706) 882-7700 706/663-4358. Little White House: GA. 85, south of city. Retreat of U.S. President Super 8 Motel Franklin D. Roosevelt. Daily 9-5. Admission. 706/655-5870. Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation: Alt. 27. Call 29 Patillo Road, LaGrange, GA 706/655-5000 to arrange a tour. (706) 845-9093! Quality Inn & Suites 1601 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, GA (706) 882-9540 Country Inn & Suites 205 Cotton Road, LaGrange, GA! (706) 298-4571 For The Outdoor Folks Camp sites are available at West Point Lake. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 29 --Fall 2010 --
  • Directions to Hills & Dales Estate Directions to The Callaway Conference Center 1916 Hills & Dales Drive East Campus - West Georgia Technical College 220 Fort Drive SOUTHBOUND ON I-85: Take Exit 13, turn right onto Highway 219 and proceed approximately one mile to Fort Drive. Turn left on Fort Drive and proceed to the 3-way stop. Proceed forward. The Callaway Conference Center is the first building on the right. The WGTC administration building is located on the left by taking the second driveway. Guest parking is available by the flagpole. NORTHBOUND ON I-85: Take Exit 13, turn left onto Highway 219 and proceed approximately one mile to Fort Drive. Turn left on Fort Drive and proceed to the 3-way stop. Proceed forward. Callaway Conference Center is the first building on the right. The WGTC administration building is located on the left by taking the second driveway. Guest parking is available by the flagpole. FROM COLUMBUS ON I-185: Take I-185 N to exit 30 Hopewell Church Road/Whitesville, turn left on Hopewell Church Road and bear right on GA- Hwy 219. Drive approx. 14.17 miles to Fort Drive. Turn left on Fort Drive and proceed to the 3-way stop. Proceed forward. The Callaway Conference Center is the first building on the right. The WGTC administration building is located on the left by taking the secondFROM ATLANTA driveway. Guest parking is available by the flagpole.Hills & Dales Estate is located 66 miles southwest of Atlanta’s FROM CARROLLTON:Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Take I-85S to LaGrange and Take US-27 S drive approx. 35.92 miles. Bear right on Newtake Exit 18. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Hwy 109 (LaFayette Franklin Road (US-27) go 2.81 miles. Continue to follow US-27 goParkway) and go 3 miles to Hwy 219 (Morgan St.). Turn right at 1.33 miles and continue on Whitesville Road (GA-219) and driveMorgan St. then turn left at the next block onto Greenville St. (Turns 2.57 miles. Turn right on Fort Drive and proceed to the 3-way stop.into Broad St. after the town square.) Go 1 mile on Broad St. and Hills Proceed forward. The Callaway Conference Center is the first& Dales Dr. is on the right. building on the right. The WGTC administration building isFROM PINE MOUNTAIN located on the left by taking the second driveway. Guest parking isHills & Dales Estate is located 20 miles northwest of Pine Mountain. available by the flagpole.Take Hwy 27 North (Hamilton Rd.). Turn right on I-185N andcontinue North until you reach the I-85 South exit. Go approximately 1mile on I-85 South and exit at LaGrange exit 18. Turn right off the exitramp onto Hwy 109 (LaFayette Parkway) and go 3 miles to Hwy 219(Morgan St.). Turn right at Morgan St. then turn left at the next blockonto Greenville St. (Turns into Broad St. after the town square.) Go 1mile on Broad St. and Hills & Dales Dr. is on the right.FROM COLUMBUSHills & Dales Estate is located 44 miles north of Columbus. Take I-185N to the I-85South exit. Go approximately 1 mile on I-85 South andexit at LaGrange exit 18. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Hwy 109(LaFayette Parkway) and go 3 miles to Hwy 219 (Morgan St.). Turnright at Morgan St. then turn left at the next block onto Greenville St.(Turns into Broad St. after the town square.) Go 1 mile on Broad St.and Hills & Dales Dr. is on the right.FROM MONTGOMERY, ALHills & Dales Estate is located 95 miles northeast of Montgomery. TakeI-85N to LaGrange and exit at LaGrange exit 18. Turn left off the exitramp onto Hwy 109 (LaFayette Parkway) and go 3 miles to Hwy 219(Morgan St.). Turn right at Morgan St. then turn left at the next blockonto Greenville St. (Turns into Broad St. after the town square). Go 1mile on Broad St. and Hills & Dales Dr. is on the right.FROM MACONHills & Dales Estate is located 93 miles northwest of Macon. Take Hwy74W to Hwy 109W into LaGrange. Continue on Hwy 109 (LaFayettePkwy) to Hwy 219 (Morgan St.). Turn right at Morgan St. then turnleft at the next block onto Greenville St. (Turns into Broad St. after thetown square). Go 1 mile on Broad St. and Hills & Dales Dr. is on theright. Hills & Dales Estate is located at 1916 Hills & Dales Drive inLaGrange, GA. Hills & Dales Drive is located off of Broad Streetadjacent to LaGrange College, 1 mile west of downtown LaGrange. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 30 --Fall 2010 --
  • Georgia Master Gardener Association 2010 Fall Conference October 1 & 2 Garden Stewards: In Tune With Nature Conference Registration FormNameAddressCity State ZipCounty TelephoneEmailI plan to attend as a: ! GMGA Member ! Spouse or Guest of a Master Gardener ! General PublicConference Fees: ! GMGA Member (postmarked by September 1) Conference on Saturday ……………..…. $65.00 Includes morning & afternoon refreshments, lunch and conference presentations. ! GMGA Member (postmarked after September 1) Conference on Saturday …………..….. $75.00 ! Guests& General Public Conference on Saturday………………….…………………...…. $75.00 Includes morning & afternoon refreshments, lunch and conference presentations. ! Your paid Saturday Conference Registration entitles you to attend the Friday Events at Hills & Dales (garden tour, seminars, & reception) for a fee of…….……………....… $6.00 Amount Enclosed……………......................…...................................................... $NOTE: If you are planning to bring your spouse or a guest, please complete a separate registration form for that individual. Mail your form(s) and a check made payable to GMGA to: GMGA 2010 Fall Conference 1425 Market Blvd Suite 330-204 Roswell, GA 30076If you have registration inquires, dietary restrictions or are in need of special services or assistance, pleasecontact the Conference Coordinator, Gary Carter at carterg@bellsouth.net or 706-616-4153.GMGA Refund Policy: Full refund shall be made 60 days prior to the conference. Fifty percent (50%)will be refunded between 59 days and 30 days prior to the conference. No refund will be made less than 30days prior to the conference. -- The Georgia Scoop-- 31 --Fall 2010 --
  • THE GeorgiaScoopNewsletter of the Georgia Master Gardener Association 1420 Northcliff Trace Roswell, GA 30076-3275 Beginning with this issue the SCOOP will be distributed electronically via the web site. See page 25 for more information on membership and renewal matters. Renew Your GMGA Membership NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Carole Teja is the new Membership Chair for GMGA. Thank you This newsletter is for the enjoyment and benefit of Georgia for your support as it helps to make all of the exciting things coming Master Gardeners. Your input is welcome and needed! Send up possible. Also, GMGA membership reduces your conference articles, pictures, fun facts, helpful gardening hints, book registration cost. Carole can be reached at: membership4gmga@gmail.com or 404-643-2354. reviews, program dates, poems, etc. to the editor: Fred Dyer You may register on line: www.georgiamastergardeners.com 448 Talmer Grizzle Rd Dahlonega, GA 30533 A GMGA membership form for 2011 is included herein. Email: fred.dyer@usg.edu Issue Deadline for Publishing Date Submissions Spring: February 15 March 15 Georgia Master Gardener Association Summer: April 15 May 15 2010 Fall Conference Fall: July 15 August 15 Winter: October 15 November 15 Garden Stewards: In Tune With Nature These deadline dates are important! Callaway Business Conference Center 220 Fort Drive, LaGrange, GA 30240 GMGA has a Web Site: Saturday, October 2, 2010 http://www.georgiamastergardeners.com Also for other important information go to: 8: a.m. - 3:30 p.m. http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/ Hosted by The Troup Master Gardener Association And PLEASE NOTE Master Gardener Volunteers from Carroll, Coweta, Meriwether, Muscogee, and Troup Counties If you move remember to let us know – just use the membership form. (It is not your county agent’s job.) We do not want to lose Conference information and registration form inside contact with you.