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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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 . 770 928-1529 seriously about their continued existence over President-Elect .. W. H. Smith ... Carroll the past years with little result, are glorious in .. 770 834-4266 Vice President … Jim Spivey ... Lee their green colors, burgeoning blossoms, and .. 229-439-9369 size. My hydrangeas are stunning. They are Vice President-Elect .. Mike Sikes…. Barrow covered with blossoms whether in sun or shade. . 706-224-3680 The azaleas were better then they have been Treasurer ……. Regina Lorenz … Fulton in years. My roses are bursting with color. The… 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 ... 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 .... 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 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. ..... 770 428-1317 NE (EVEN) ….. Alice Tenold…. Baldwin Of course when the planned gardens are doing this well, the weeds 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 ... 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 912-383-2769 sucker. SE (ODD) ……. Louise Grotheer.. Chatham . 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 .. 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 .. 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 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 .... 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 ... 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 ... 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 … 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 U N IV E RS ITY OF G E OR G IAWeb Site ........................ Sandi Cantel .. 770 965-4947 .. College of AGRICULTURAL &State MG Coordinator Marco Fonseca... 770-228-7243 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCESState MG Program Asst Krissy Slagle .....770-228-7243 Cooperative Extension Service If you want to be involved with one of these committees, give the chairperson a call.* Parliamentarian ……. Gerry Slaughter... 770-345-2540 . -- The Georgia Scoop-- 2 --Fall 2010--
  3. 3. 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; 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
  4. 4. 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, 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 --
  5. 5. 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 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 Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture has added a new site You can access the Center’s Factsheets and Landscape Alerts more easily from this site. For other events around the state: 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 --
  6. 6. 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 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 andbecome a Master Gardener. Karen Platt’s “Gardens of the World” ( 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 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 --
  7. 7. 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 --
  8. 8. 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 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 --
  9. 9. 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, 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, 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 --
  10. 10. 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 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 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 --
  11. 11. 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 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: or • Promote the understanding and appreciation of plants (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: encourage the practice of a conservation ethic. Web: For more information visit: -- The Georgia Scoop-- 11 --Fall 2010 --
  12. 12. 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 --
  13. 13. 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 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: 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: the study and enjoyment of plants and nature. The Garden is located at 2450 S. Milledge Avenue in Athens and online at REMEMBER, Issues of the SCOOP are available IN COLOR (PDF format) at -- The Georgia Scoop-- 13 --Fall 2010 --
  14. 14. 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 --
  15. 15. 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:>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 --