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Georgia Master Gardeners Association

The Scoop

Spring 2011

President’s Message
Hello, Georgia Master Gardeners, I bring you greetings from your GMGA Board. A Little History – We’ve all heard of the creation of Master Gardeners in 1973 through Washington State University Extension. Perhaps you also know that the first Georgia Master Gardener training class was offered by UGA Extension in Atlanta in 1979, but have you wondered how our organization of GMGA came into being? I’ve recently had something of a history lesson on this subject. I learned that the first state -wide meeting of Master Gardeners was held in 1988. Some of our members remember this occasion, but most are like me. We weren’t Master Gardeners back then.

In This Issue
Revised GMGA Districts (2) News from the Northwest (3) News from the Northeast (8) News from Central (10) News from the Southeast (10) News from the Southwest (11) GMGA Spring Conference in Rome, GA (12) Grants (13) Membership (18) Directory (19)

Gary Wade, who was the State Master Gardener Coordinator at the time, wrote, “The year 1988 was an exciting one for Master Gardeners in Georgia. Our first state conference was a huge success. It not only brought together Master Gardeners from around the state to share information and exchange ideas, but it also fostered a new spirit among Master Gardeners and an eagerness to help strengthen our statewide program. It was suggested that a system for networking or sharing among Master Gardeners be established.” In 1990, from these beginnings, the Georgia Master Gardener Association was formed based on the belief that a statewide organization might help all Georgia Master Gardeners to communicate, learn and serve the public better. In 2003 GMGA became a 501(c)(3) corporation. We have assumed many responsibilities—state conferences, our newsletter The Scoop, garden grants, internal communications with local units —and we are moving on in 2011 to tackle new issues and challenges. The Present – You may notice a change in who your District Director is this year. The Board has increased the number of District Directors from eight to fourteen in order to provide better communications and service to local Master Gardener groups. Elsewhere in this edition of the Scoop, you’ll find a map of the new districts and a list of Directors and the counties they serve. District Directors are a critical component of GMGA. They are the link between the Board and members in their districts. They maintain lines of communication with County Agents and local Master Gardener organizations and facilitate sharing of information about educational programs and gardening events. Your District Director is your first point of contact when applying for a project grant. He or she must sign off on your grant application and will monitor progress of funded projects. (continued on page 2)

GMGA MISSION STATEMENT To stimulate the interest in and increase the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily, enthusiastically, and responsibly share this knowledge with others.

March 19 as Georgia Master Gardener Day
Georgia Master Gardeners help backyard gardeners across the state grow. And the service they provide is literally worth a fortune. Last year, Master Gardeners in Georgia worked 221,184 hours and travelled 945,375 miles, donating the equivalent of $4.8 million through the volunteer service. Marco Fonseca presented the Governor a "big" check to the Citizens of Georgia for $4,826,948 representing the value of MG volunteer hours for 2010. We received the Governor's proclamation designating March 19 as Master Gardener Day in Georgia. See the full story at http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu

From left to right: Sandra Edwards, CES Program Assistant, Fayette Co.; Terry Fonseca, DeKalb MG; Marco Fonseca, State MG Coordinator; Governor Nathan Deal; WH Smith, Carroll MG and 2011 GMGA President; Tom Wilson, Fayette MG; and Sherry and Paul Beggs, Douglas County MGs. All four of the folks from Fayette and Douglas are PAR leaders in their communities.

Communications

ListServ Information
My mailbox continues to fill up with requests to send info to the Master Gardener listserv. It's wonderful being able to do this service for our volunteers and groups, but here are a few reminders about the listserv. If you are sending something to go out, the listserv doesn't accept attachments. We can't use any information that can't be cut and pasted into e-mail body text. Please include complete information including event address, contacts, costs, etc. Please don't ask us to resend info that you accidentally deleted from your e-mail box. As much as I love being helpful, we do have well over two thousand people on this list. You can find the exact information in the listserv archive at: http://listserv.uga.edu/archives/gamgardener-l.html You can also register a password at this listserv site and that will allow you to manage your preferences like starting or stopping e-mails when you travel, or you can change how the listserv messages are delivered to you: daily as one big digest or individually. You can also receive them as a list of messages titles with links to read them at the online archives. Remember, you can also use the MG Events Blog and Calendar to help you keep track of the things you are interested in. http://georgiamgevents.blogspot.com Krissy Slagle UGA CAES Cooperative Extension Georgia Master Gardener Program

Website
There's a new webmistress in town and she's looking for articles, photos, suggestions, comments, anythings and everythings from the membership. The website is for the members and input is eagerly solicited. This email account is set up for GMGA use. Please use it. www.georgiamastergardeners.org Terri Ceravolo Sweet Apple Graphics gmgawebmaster@graphicsgreen.com 770.329.7722

Newsletter
The newsletter is taking on a new look as we minimize size to save costs and move more general information to the website. As your new Scoop editor, I invite you to send me PLENTY of pictures and news of what Master Gardeners are doing in your community. The newsletter is about PEOPLE and we want to see your SMILING FACES! Meanwhile, bear with me as we make the transition. If you have any questions about the new format, please drop me a line. Kimber Pepper Carroll County MG 408 W Lakeshore Dr Carrollton, GA 30117 gmgscoop@gmail.com 770.286.2631

Newsletter Deadlines
Issue Spring Summer Fall Winter Deadline Feb 15 May 15 Aug 15 Nov 15 Publish Mar 15 June 15 Sept 15 Dec 15

Please keep submissions to 1000 words or less.

Revised GMGA Districts

Revised GMGA Districts Approved by Board January 19, 2011
President’s Message (continued from page 1)
There are many other things on the Board’s agenda for 2011. We’ll be working hard to keep you informed and we count on your support and involvement. GMGA Needs You - It’s through our members that we get our work done, are able to offer garden grants, hold conferences, and support the ongoing work of GMGA and Extension. I know that many local Master Gardener groups are vital and dynamic and that your work with local organizations is satisfying and rewarding. (I belong to what I think is one of the best of those, in Carroll County.) The way I see it, belonging to GMGA simply caps the whole great Master Gardener experience! If you haven’t already renewed your membership in GMGA for 2011, please do so now. Go on line to pay, or print a form and mail it in. I’d ask you to go one step further: Remind a friend to do the same or talk to a new Master Gardener or one who doesn’t belong to GMGA and encourage them to join. So long for now and Happy Gardening. I hope to see you every one at the Forum in Rome April 29-30! WH Smith, 2011 GMGA President Carroll County Master Gardener since 2001

The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association

Spring 2011 Page 2

900 Newnan Road.com Visit six fabulous gardens located in Peachtree City. from 9:30-2:30 The Avenue Forsyth.net 770-483-0760 Clayton Fayette Henry Newton Rockdale Spalding Northwest District 5 Joan Benz jbtcmg@charter. which is about our activities on Wednesdays in the UGA Research and Education Garden with volunteers and friends. 275 Pine Road.836.2418 Fayette Master Gardeners Association 6th Annual Spring Garden Tour Saturday. May 7. May 7 from 9:00-1:00 Carroll County Ag Center.org. The blog is “A View from My Garden. April 30 from 8:00-2:00 Fayette County Administration Complex Parking Lot 140 Stonewall Avenue. 254. Life in the Garden. April 09 from 9:00-2:00 Coweta County Fairgrounds. Tour passes cost $15.com/author/bonnie I just started blogging for Georgia Gardening Magazine. Krissy Slagle. you can also subscribe to the blog or add it to your dashboard.org or e-mail DeKalbGardener@gmail. However. Carrollton Information: Carroll County Extension Office at 770.887.php/g a/blog_02_summary/ Bonnie Helander Fayette Master Gardener Saturday.5153 or email fmga08@gmail.com/state.” To read my latest entry. 141 Information: Forsyth County Extension Office at 770.News from the Northwest Northwest District 1 Russell Brannon rlbsjb@windstream.the exit off GA 400 is Exit 13. My blog is called “Garden Views.net 706-645-1999 Chattahoochee Harris Lamar Meriwether Muscogee Pike Talbot Follow Bonnie’s Blog! The Weekend Drive Carroll County Master Gardeners Mother’s Day Plant Sale I am the garden writer for Fayette Woman magazine and also do a blog online for Fayette Woman. Fayetteville Information: call 770.5153 or email fmga08@gmail.gamastergardener. April 30 from 10:00-4:00.DMGA.com I also have another blog that may be of interest. If you're already a blog reader. Using the blog allows for easier access for readers to view archives and I can include some pictures and links. 141 . April 30 from 9:00-1:00 Northlake Mall Parking Lot Information: www.2620 DeKalb Master Gardener Association Spring Plant Sale Saturday.net 678-493-7229 Bartow Catoosa Chatooga Cherokee Dade Floyd Gordon Murray Walker Whitfield Northwest District 2 Jack Driskell elgate@aol. in the lot between Furniture Express and Hwy.305. Bookmark this address for future reference www.” Follow this link to read about a gardening show with a musical theme: http://statebystategardening. click on the following link: http://fayettewoman.com 770-772-9194 DeKalb Forsyth Fulton Gwinnett Northwest District 4 Dick Chenoweth Disu42@bellsouth. That blog is http://gardenfriend.com Follow Krissy’s Blog! I will continue to send messages about events and other items of interest to Master Gardeners via the listserv.305.8546 Coweta County Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale Saturday. rain or shine Additional information: call 770.blogspot.com 770-428-1317 Carroll Cobb Coweta Douglas Haralson Heard Paulding Polk Northwest District 3 Tony Rusciano afinered@aol.com Forsyth County Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday. I will also be posting them on a new blog. Brooks and Fayetteville. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 3 .com Remember to visit: www. Newnan Information: Coweta County Extension Office at 770. Bethelview Road and Hwy. Georgia Master Gardener Program Fayette Master Gardeners Association 3rd Annual Plant Sale and Demonstration Saturday. UGA CAES Cooperative Extension.blogspot.georgiamgevents.00 per person and will be available at local businesses beginning in April.

Pollinators are our Friends DeKalb Master Gardener Association Awards Fourth Scholarship for 2010-2011 School Year The DeKalb Master Gardener Association was pleased to present a total of $3000 in horticulture scholarships for the current school year.ugaextension. the U. http://www.org Master Gardener LOGO Please remember that the Georgia Master Gardener Program logo is trademarked by the USG Board of Regents and permission to use must be granted by the University of Georgia through its Division of External Affairs.Happening Herbs April 21 . His studies at Gwinnett Technical College follow a career that included college. visit www.externalaffairs.500 to three students at our September 2010 meeting. GA 30342-2085 770-343-6000 or www.Fairy Gardening April 9 . WV Hosted by the West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Master Gardener Association.edu The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 4 .Native Plants May 14 . They are very proud to be assisting in the education of the next generation of horticulture professionals. but also includes personal use on social networking sites.How to Garden Frugally June 11 .gwf. Vermiculture and Growing Mushrooms June 25 .thecitizen.327. etc. Tony grew up on a farm in Louisiana at a time when the garden provided a major part of a family's food supply. received his award at our January 2011 meeting. GE.8400 March 17 . For more details visit: http://imgc. Tony Gobert.Composting. Their mission is education.edu/policies/nodes/vi ew/203/Logos-and-Trademarks 2011 International Master Gardener Conference October 11-14 Charleston. and GTE. Mary Beth Crumley in the External Affairs Service Office at 706-542-4583 can assist with any questions.0418 or email uge1057@uga.Hooray for Herbs May 21 .Watchable Wildlife April 28 .Organics 101 April 7 . Have you stopped learning yet? Submitted by Mike Doyle President.S. DMGA members take great pleasure in seeing the fruits of their labors going to such worthy causes. Their now famous Spring Plant Sale at the end of April is the sole fundraiser for the association. NE Atlanta.Container Veggies April 14 .gnps. Our last scholarship winner. This mostly pertains to use on merchandise and similar uses.com/cherokee March 19 .Veggies 101 March 31 .ext. Fax: 770-787-9229 http://www. blogs.dmga.org Georgia Wildlife Federation 11600 Hazelbrand Road Covington.com by Bonnie Helander. Tony Gobert attends Gwinnett Tech and resides in DeKalb County.com/article s/12-13-2010/fayette-mastergardeners-contribute-88-percentfresh-produce-atlanta-food-banks- Georgia Native Plant Society GNPS meetings are held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue. He is interested in the efficient capture and usage of water as it benefits our environment and the quality of our fruits and vegetables. Meetings are free and open to the public. Click on the link to find the article. We awarded $2.Let’s Hear it for the Birds April 30 .org.Alternative Gardening Techniques May 7 .Plant Selection March 24 . DMGA www. Ms.Further Education Valley Master Gardeners University of Georgia Extension Columbus Botanical Garden Gardening with the Masters Series begins March 3 $12 per session ($10 MG or CBG member) Information or to register: call the Columbus Botanical Garden at 706. GA GNPS PO Box 422085 Atlanta. he developed a special bond with his family and the earth at an early age. the conference will feature a variety of presentations for every level of the soil yielding arts from the study of plant materials to the challenges of sustainability.uga.Gardening for all Seasons: Spring April 23 .org Cherokee County Master Gardeners Free Seminars Information: call the Cherokee County Extension office at 770. Visit: www. and social activities. For more information. 479.Heavenly Hydrangeas Fayette Food Feat Fayette Master Gardeners Contribute 88% of Fresh Produce to Atlanta Food Banks in 2010 PAR Read more about this story submitted to TheCitizen.edu Visit our website at www. service. DMGA is an association of about forty Master Gardeners and friends in DeKalb County. Army. He is one of two DeKalb County residents in the horticulture program at Gwinnett Technical College to receive a $500 scholarship for this school year. Inspired by his mother and father. GA 30014 Ph: 770-787-7887.dmga. Georgia. Tony hopes to see more local urban gardens because the health of our children and grandchildren can be improved by the consumption of more fresh vegetables.wvu.

Introduction to Garden Railroading Model railroading has been around for over a century. introduced a model train that could run outdoors and soon the idea spread to America. people were placing th eir trains in these gardens. Some local hobby shops still carry some model railroad supplies. Lionel sized trains have been used outdoors. The track is LGB and has been in place since 1997.info for complete info on the local organization. The hobby can be as simple or as complex as you desire. In today’s world. See http://www. but are still smaller than what is desired for outdoor use. available at most feed and seed stores. and Aristo-Craft Trains introduced a 1:29 scale standard gauge train that has proved reliable and accepted by the American market. He also teaches 8th grade in Whitfield County. Note the water garden in the background. RLD Hobbies. then return to a convention hall with dealers and manufacturers showing off the latest offerings. Falling in love with the smaller trains might even lead you to take up riding real trains around America or throughout the world. All these scales operate on the same gauge track. often called N scale or HO scale are too small for outdoor use. The traditional indoor sized trains.com for complete convention info. It is ballasted with Chicken Grit. or taking the models outside and actually running them. Many garden railroaders find themselves adding water features to their garden as they provide additional interest. These were small colorful trains that looked nice on tight turns in the real 1:1 scale world as well as in the garden. Lehmann’s Toy Trains. most everyone has some room outside to dedicate to the hobby of garden railroading. The newest scale to hit the market is 1:20 scale to represent Colorado narrow gauge trains.5 scale. Almost anyone can have a set up like this. Most trains were hand made in the early years. a crushed granite rock. Petunias and Hosta can be seen in this photograph. if desired. Just like Master Gardeners. based on European 2 foot gauge trains. especially with the recent popularity of Thomas the Tank Engine and toys. you can get as detailed as you like with your structures and trains as in the photo below. Garden railroading fits in nicely with traditional gardening. The Georgia Garden Railway Society has meetings at different locations throughout the metro Atlanta area each month at member’s homes. Small gardens in the back of the house became the norm in Europe in the early 1900’s and soon. like USA TRAINS. as could electronics by making the train and some features remote controlled. This way you get to see what others have done. Each meeting provides an opportunity to bring ideas home to your own backyard. but around 1970. a German company. The hobby of garden railroading can be simply placing the ready made train into the garden. Other companies. It is fascinating for all ages. See http://www. too.com for information on this local show. you get the movement of the trains as well as train sounds. while some specialize in miniature or bonsai type plantings to make them appear as appropriate scale sized scenery for the trains to run around. Most Hobbytown USA stores carry limited supplies for the garden railroader.ngrc2011. just up I-75 at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center. Or. most trains and supplies are purchased over the internet. Georgia. There are even national conventions where you get to ride around on charter buses looking at 4-7 different train set ups each day. Photography could be worked into ones interest as well. Georgia. Some of the trains can be very colorful. one can learn very quickly what they like and what will work in their garden. While it can be confusing at first. While some people may not have room in the house.segrs. One of the fastest growing aspects of the model train hobby is garden railroading. The 2011 convention is in Kansas City. Still. or as time permits. Stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby also have craft supplies that can be used in garden railroading. The LGB trains can run in the rain or even snow! This is true now of all the garden train brands. Submitted by Ted Yarbrough This photo of the author’s layout shows an Aristo-Craft locomotive with a custom wood built station and town. Bachmann. Aubins Trains. The author is a former Master Gardener and is on the executive board of the Georgia Garden Railway Society. In addition to the plants with their colorful blooms and foliage. Lehmann’s became known as LGB. St. or it can become as involved as using wood-working skills to build structures and trestles. A smaller garden railroad show is coming up in May at Dalton. This is a simple oval of track with a pea gravel base and bird houses used as buildings. The railroad and garden can be started from scratch or it can be installed in an existing garden by planning track to go around and through the plants. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 5 . LGB introduced the 1:22. See http://ggrs. and G-Scale Junction. the best pricing can be found at internet stores like Trainworld. Some garden railroaders use full size traditional plants in their garden. you can learn directly from others by joining groups. one of the leading makers of outdoor trains.

Director of Public Affairs for the Georgia Department of Agriculture and a lifelong gardener. The people who gave me plants. ‘Aloha’. the great-uncle who taught me how to root cuttings of shrubs. and poisons water all around What about the butterflies. There are at least 15. though. my “adopted” grandparents next door. every time it blooms I think of him. 24.georgia. When I walk through it.gov/portal/site/AGR/menuitem.” “Arty’s Garden” is written by Arty Schronce. crawly creature. It was originally published in the Farmers & Consumers Market Bulletin. which soon dies The residue seeps into the ground. They gave me something more valuable than the plants. December 1.gov for more information on the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Arty is a horticulture graduate of North Carolina State University. He encourages all Georgians to discover the pleasures of plants and gardening. on the ground he lies and is eaten by a robin. I may never get a statue or be honored on a postage stamp. Arty's Garden: The People Who Live in My Garden The 2010 Census counted everyone in my house but not the people living in my garden. Director Public Affairs. Visit www. especially those who shared plants with me as a young person. trees. There is a maxim I have heard all my life: “I’ve never met a stingy gardener. Submitted by Arty Schronce. my friend and favorite Cabbagetown neighbor. English boxwoods from Uncle Bob Keever. daffodils and a yucca from Mom-ma Robinson. Lettuce Spray by Eddie Rhoades © 2011 Let us pray. ferns. 2010. were obtained through a friend of his in Atlanta who also has a Railroad Garden. Let me see…there are daylilies from my first-grade teacher. but I’ll be more than happy with the memorial of someone saying. Wednesday. and Arty’s Garden articles.” Whether it is watermelons and tomatoes from th e vegetable garden or a start of a flower or shrub. I never garden alone. a fountain -like plumbago from my allergist. vegetables and shrubs they gave me and my family. Create a more beautiful world and a living legacy by sharing the joy of gardening. I see faces and hear voices. Vol. the Market Bulletin. He lives and gardens in the historic Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta. “Arty gave me that. but live on in the flowers.agr. They gave me a sense of importance and confidence – that I was worthy of their attention and worthy of taking care of a valued plant. and the bees? Who will pollinate our flowers and trees? Why should we care about ethics and nature? We've killed the creepy. for those who spray they see a bug and get carried away The poisoned bug. 9 3. They gave me the joy of gardening and of sharing. gardeners always share. Georgia Department of Agriculture Editor’s Note: This article is used by permission. The Web page is: http://agr. and others from friends and relatives. submitted by Dennis Holt of Carroll County. Egyptian walking onions from an uncle. They also gave me a garden composed of memories as much as of trees and flowers.e429305ad2099d1d6eff626ed03036a0/?vgnextoid=5f643401c771c210VgnVCM100000bf01 010aRCRD&vgnextchannel=4a3c1eeea1096210VgnVCM100000bf01010aRCRD. Many of these people are no longer in this world. a 1949 hybrid tea rose from an aunt.georgia. No. trilliums and red spider lilies from Tony Clack. a Japanese maple given by a professor when I graduated from college. cuttings and seeds did so because they wanted to share a favorite plant with someone who was interested. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 6 . sunflowers and rose campion from Hettie and Luther Yarborough.These images.

and being outside and enjoying any vacant lot or body of water we could find. forests and oceans. It bears our weight. It is a substance few people understand and most take for granted. Education is a good place to start: Educating ourselves and properly informing those who may seek our guidance in gardening. Wow. impressed with this new found knowledge. NPK. fertilizers and herbicides that promote better crop yields. or partially so in our gardening. I investigated why we should really worship the dirt we walk upon. quite literally. Without soil humans would be creatures of the sea. Most soil lost to erosion contains more beneficial nutrients than in the soil left behind. Think about it--what else can be done to assure our old friend Dirt will remain at our beck and call in times to come just as it has for eons past? How does your garden grow? The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 7 . Solutions? You bet! Fortunately there is much we can do to combat what might seem a helpless situation. Compost. However.If a little of these new products is as good as advertised. we actually enjoyed each other. In his book on Dirt. I don’t feel bound to be totally organic in my gardening. Many years later I came to attention when instructors in my Master Gardener course talked about the need to turn my Dirt into Soil. Encourage the next generation to pursue careers in agriculture or horticulture. owe to it their very existence. Rhizome. protect and defend it has interested me. pave. Since then. We were told “Don’t worry about a little Dirt. Plant beneficial pest-deterring plants. Compost. That said. Yet. soil sampling and other neat stuff. watching it chew up the earth. I was hooked.The Scoop on Dirt by Fred Wilhelm.every kid will eat ten pounds of it before he is twelve. It nurtures life and death. My space limited composting is now done in an ordinary trash barrel. this is great I thought! So. let’s use it. Technology has developed pesticides.-. It was what comprised our ball fields. Plant cover crops. and other means. fertilizers and other chemical products purely for reasons of profit. Study. Go organic. manures. compost. I used to think going organic was too purist--like for me. pollute. Feed our gardens new organic material regularly. It’s not surprising then that an article in E-Magazine caused me to ponder a Soil/Dirt dilemma. It was all true. some for the pests and the rest for compost. In that magazine Tamsyn Jones wrote in an article with the title: The Scoop on Dirt:--It’s one of nature’s most perfect contradictions: a substance that is ubiquitous but unseen. Dirt. It was so much fun to use. what we got under our finger nails. Compost. Dirt/Soil is important stuff that warrants all of the TLC we can provide. compaction. surprisingly strong but profoundly fragile. and I have loved Dirt ever since. Threats? You bet! Wind and water erosion cause soil loss and run off into the seas—a single rainstorm can wash away centuries of soil accumulation from neglected or poorly managed land. dirtied our pants. William Bryant Logan called it The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth—our chemical processor. Dirt was what we dug trenches in when our lead soldier armies were at war. soil’s role in recycling carbon. We give it little respect. Perhaps the most versatile of our “toys was plain old ordinary Dirt. a little more might be even better. pesticides and fertilizers that run off polluting our waterways. IPM we have learned about. undergirds cities. It was where we found earthworms for our fishing bait. that for a time I became a recreational tiller. Excessive irrigation. and what we tracked into the house.” A little scratch?—Just rub some dirt on it and move on. the most vital element for living beings—the glue that holds everything together in fertile soil. some for my neighbors. Well.taking for granted that it will always be there for us to dredge. dirty dog” and other derogatory terms. and aiming in that direction most of the time is a worthy goal. but limiting chemical use. Conserve by using rain barrels. humble but essential. Then there is the promotion of the use of pesticides. I learned about nutrients.—No more! I have learned the wisdom of no--till gardening. One could go on and on about how soil microbes work their magic helping plants by breaking down organic materials. It is the stuff kids play in. I’m ashamed to admit I sometime I may have been swept up in all of the advertising and thought-. Allow soil to lie fallow for periods of recovery. and learning how to turn ordinary Dirt into something worthwhile became a passion. and even our language maligns it as in “dirt poor. where seeds germinate and where organic material finally comes to rest in humus—that great organic stew vat which it continuously returns to us. reading about the plight of our soil. and use to its exhaustion. They were our “toys”. It often contains phosphates. chemical overuse can damage or ruin overworked soil. don’t just look at the pretty pictures in those gardening books and magazines. I forged into a gardening career not aware of how little I really knew about being a good steward of my old friend. carries our water. Cobb County In the “Good Old Days” we didn’t have electronic gadgets and complicated stuff kids today can’t live without. it is arguably one of Earth’s most critical natural resources— and humans. Manage our irrigation to save the soil and Preserve our water supplies. and tilling. Believe it or not. what skinned our knees. I’m sure most of us seldom give thoughts like that to the Dirt we see every day--. and what might be done to preserve. and just plain neglect can cause soil to become salty or more acidic—useless. the “fixing” of nitrogen in the soil. I know you are concerned too. and Apical Dominance to my vocabulary. As Master Gardeners. I even added words like. and where we may even have helped plant a small garden. I plant some for me. When we look at Dirt we don’t often think below the surface and consider its layers where thousands of organisms are doing their work for our benefit right underfoot. I have a great little tiller—the greatest thing since sliced bread. and feeds all terrestrial life on Earth. overly intensive farming.

News from the Northeast Northeast District 1 Glynn Rogers Rogers7949@windstream.twitter. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 8 . Minnie Crider. Dee Wiser.uga. Salves & Lip Balms Native Medicinal Plant Walk and Talk Leopold Discussion and Greenfest Kick-Off Spring Break Mini-Camp Fairy House Workshop Spring Wildflowers of the Upland Deciduous Forests of Georgia Spring Wildflowers of the Granite Rock Outcrops of Georgia EcoFocus Film Festival—Screening of FRESH Fruit and Vegetable Design Unit 4 First Annual Half-Moon Outfitters Trail Run Grab your Family and Take a Hike! The Georgia Review's 2011 Earth Day Celebration: “The Writer and Social Responsibility” Nature Journaling Drawing in Nature--Illustration in the Garden with Toni Carlucci Garden Photography Butterflies: Their Host Plants and Conservation Compost Tea Party Creative Miniature Design . Beth Carter. Ila Ree Feltman. Sharon Hill. Kay Cleveland. Gary Cobb. CLASSES REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED For more details.net 706-549-4121 Baldwin Butts Clarke Greene Jasper Morgan Oconee Oglethorpe Putnam Northeast District 4 Judy Kirkland jukirkland@cobridge.tv 706-556-3417 Columbia Glascock Hancock Lincoln McDuffie Richmond Taliaferro Warren Wilkes Further Education Spring 2011 – March. Peggy Arnold.negamastergardeners. south of town.com/botgarden The Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners. Sheryl Cantwell.Unit 5 Wild Foods Wetland Plants: Ecology and Identification Plant Taxonomy Kitchen Cabinet Remedies: Foods. Jan Taylor. Joanne Ridgway. Charles Rice. Janet Massey. Athens. Miriam Palmer. April 15 from 10:00-5:00 Saturday.542.edu/botgarden Zumba® at the Garden Friends First Friday Forged From Nature Opening Reception Artist Walk and Gallery Tour Exotic Birds and Reptiles on Planet Earth Organic Gardening: A Primer on Growing Herbs and Vegetables Qigong for Health & Relaxation Naturescaping with Natural Fibers Beekeeping for Beginners: Units 4-6 Bird Ramble Herbal Lotions. May The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2450 South Milledge Avenue.statebotgardenga. Herbs and Spices as Medicines The Weekend Drive Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale Friday. Tom Dixon.com/botgarden_ga Facebook: www. April 9 from 8:00-2:00 SBGG Visitor Center. Christmas Party The Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners. All shared in a covered dish dinner and fellowship.net 706-754-5988 Banks Barrow Elbert Franklin Hall Hart Jackson Madison Walton Northeast District 3 Merry Anderson merry.6014 or fax 706. April 16 from 9:00-2:00 Hart Botanical Garden on Hwy 77. Robert Meaders presented a program on Cottage Gardens of England. Inc. Athens Information: call 706. Maureen Holder: Row 2: Elga Bunk. Robert Meaders Back row (row 4): Ray Ritter.uga. Gloria Riedl. Vicki Rosenquist.3091 Website: www. met at the Hart County Learning Center December 7 for their annual Christmas meeting. 2450 S. Diane Bourn.542.com Twitter: www. April. Sandy Holt. Milledge Avenue.blogspot. call 706-542-6156 or register online at www. Kate Kirby Row 3: Anne Hinson. just past Hart EMC on the left side Information: www.anderson@att. Inc. Pat Quinn. Frank Cross. Pictured are: Front row (row 1): Meridy Wright. Zen Greenlee.facebook.edu/botgarden Blog: www. Gerald Hardin.net 706-867-0003 Dawson Fannin Gilmer Habersham Lumpkin Pickens Rabun Stephens Towns Union White Northeast District 2 Barb Misner bmisner@windstream.org The State Botanical Garden of Georgia The Trial Gardens at UGA Spring Plant Sale Saturday.

706-356-8758 Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners Master Gardeners Plan to Sell Yard Art as Part of Fundraiser The Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners. Thanks.to become Master Gardeners. Inc. Inc. and Christine Cunningham. Inc. and that others will donate pieces that she and her committee will make for them. Thanks. "Glass pieces can be found in thrift stores and yard sales. pieces of cut glass and a piece of rebar or a stalk of bamboo to help it stand up. A display of yard art made from glass pieces will provide a new look for family flower gardens. Thomas Dixon. Lifetime members have been an active member of the organization for ten years and have completed 25 hours of community service each year. Lynne Burke. Maureen Holder and Treasurer. Frank Cross. Submitted by Thomas Dixon Master Gardener Publicity Committee Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners. 15 meeting. left. or maybe in your own cabinets. project chairman. Dotte Ielmini and Elga Bunk received certificates naming them Lifetime Georgia Master Gardeners. The plant and yard art sale will be held from 10am to 5 pm on Friday and 9 am to 2pm on Saturday at the Hart County Botanical Gardens located southeast of the Hart County Electric Membership Cooperative on Hwy. Janell Grice.complete Master Gardener Training and 50 hours of community service . Rachel Rice gives presentation on planting clover and legumes to help grow better pecans. 15 meeting.Kay Cleveland and Robert Meaders examine the construction of glass towers to use as yard art. Kay Cleveland. Secretary. For more information on becoming a member. Elga Bunk and Dotte Ielmini receive certificates from Charles Rice. Kay said she hopes that club members will help make some for sale. When the sun shines on the cut glass pieces. They are also pictured with Charles Rice. glass plates. it brings out the many colors in the glass. Rachel Rice. They hope to have 15 to 20 glass towers for sale. call the Hart County Extension office at 706-356-3134. Master Gardener. She said she came up with the idea to create these art towers for sale after looking closely at one. Hart County Extension Agent. gave a presentation on planting Clover and other legumes around pecan trees to help gather nitrogen from the atmosphere that is absorbed into the tree roots. Lifetime Georgia Master Gardeners. Janet Massey and Charlene Cunningham received certificates for meeting the basic requirements . 706-356-8758 Georgia Master Gardeners. will have a new attraction as part of their annual plant sale fundraiser scheduled for April 15 and 16." she explained. Vice-president. Hart County Extension Agent. Meridy Wright. Lynne Burke. Maybe you have a piece of cut glass that your grandmother gave you. Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners. She noticed how it was put together and then she started collecting glass items such as wine bottles. Janet Massey. Publicity Committee. This practice gives the tree energy to green up sooner and produce larger and better nuts. During the Feb. Thomas Dixon. right. receive certificates from Charles Rice. Officers for 2011 are: President. 77. brought a display of glass towers to the Feb. Pictured with them is Charles Rice. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 9 . The annual dues are $15. daughter of Charles and Caren Rice.

ga.net 478-987-9805 Bibb Bleckley Crawford Houston Jones Macon Monroe Peach Pulaski Taylor Twiggs Master Gardener Groups Invited To Visit Acclaimed Cox Arboretum A special invitation has been extended to Georgia Master Gardener groups to visit Cox Arboretum www.000 diverse specimens. John Ruter. travel globally to acquire additional rare and endangered specimens and in support of the garden’s educational and scientific mission. the collection numbers more than 4.net. tell me what the Master Gardeners are doing down in Southeast Georgia. one of the largest private collections of temperate flora in the U. (40 miles north of Atlanta). Tom was national president of the American Conifer Society and with Dr. Tom and his wife Evelyn. excerpted below. They welcome visits of Master Gardener groups. who described his visit in his recently published book Vince Dooley's Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach.News from Central Central District Sandra Lee slee27@windstream.com The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 10 . with whom they look forward to sharing their impressive plant collection on informal walking tours. Located on 13 acres outside Canton. Send story to gmgscoop@gmail.S. providing brief information about the group and a preferred date with several alternates. plus a picture or two. is co-authoring a first-ever book on conifers for the south.net 912 925-2623 Bryan Bulloch Burke Candler Chatham Effingham Emanuel Evans Jefferson Jenkins Liberty Long McIntosh Screven Tattnall Insert Your Story Here! In 1000 words or less. The unique arboretum attracted the attention of University of Georgia Coach (and Master Gardener) Vince Dooley. Master Gardener groups should email Tom Cox at coxarb@bellsouth.k12.com. To schedule a field trip. who created the arboretum two decades ago. News from the Southeast Southeast District 1 Susan Thurman sthurman@irwin.us 912-359-2238 Appling Atkinson Bacon Brantley Camden Charlton Coffee Dodge Glynn Jeff Davis Johnson Laurens Montgomery Pierce Telfair Toombs Treutlen Ware Washington Wayne Wheeler Wilkinson Southeast District 2 Louise Grotheer gmagrotheer1@bellsouth. Ga.coxgardens.

Teresa’s. Enthusiasm for the project grew. The St. call James Morgan.News from the Southwest Southwest District 1 Ron Wolfe wolfe_er@bellsouth.com 229-698-4253 The Georgia Botanical Society a group of folks who get together to: Promote the understanding and appreciation of plants and their relationship to the environment.com/index. has accomplished wonders in building a demonstration garden to provide educational opportunities for students. The outdoor classroom introduces “farm to table” con cepts for younger children. Julie Franklin.net 229-883-234 Ben Hill Calhoun Clay Crisp Dooly Dougherty Irwin Lee Marion Quitman Randolph Schley Stewart Sumter Terrell Tift Turner Webster Wilcox Worth Southwest District 2 Jean Arambula jean.gabotsoc. another parent at St.arambula@gmail. Encourage the protection of rare and endangered plant species and significant botanical habitats. but draw members from six counties.swgamastergardeners. a committee of parents and teachers formed. Teresa’s. Learn more about Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners at http://www. Franklin says that the idea for an outdoor classroom started with Linda Groarke.htm For information on the fall 2011 Master Gardeners class.org GMGA Merchandise Visit the on-line store at http://georgiamastergardeners. Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners Georgia Master Gardeners are Active in Southwest Georgia The St. For more information visit: http://www. 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.com 229-444-5191 Baker Berrien Brooks Clinch Colquitt Cook Decatur Early Echols Grady Lanier Lowndes Miller Mitchell Seminole Thomas Master Gardener Julie Franklin shows off cauliflower at a recent winter workday at St. Mrs. Teresa’s garden enhances the science curriculum for older students and provides them with the experience of vegetable cultivation. and the garden became a reality in March 2010. Promote the conservation of botanical resources and encourage the practice of a conservation ethic. We are based in Dougherty County. Plus. Dougherty County Extension Service at 229-436-7216. The will be a new Master Gardener class starting in September in Dougherty County. aprons and license plates. Submitted by Norris Wootton Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners woottonn@gmail. a Master Gardener whose children attend St. renew your membership on-line and pay for your GMGA Spring Conference as well! The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 11 . as well as the study of botanical sciences. Mrs. Teresa’s Catholic School Outdoor Classroom in Albany is a prime example of such work. She has retained a passion for gardening that started with a grandparent’s encouragement when she was small. Teresa’s Catholic School outdoor classroom. Franklin has worked with parents and other volunteers to establish the garden which provides hand-on learning for children.org/store You’ll find bucket hats and ball caps.

no later than April 22. Religion and Sex 10:00 . Build Your Own National park 2:35 . Learn what Malcolm Hodges of the Georgia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy knows about the unique and endangered species of Blacks Bluff Preserve.6:00 Sneak-a-Peek at what the Venders have for sale at The Forum 5:30 . 2011 8:30 .Politics.6:00 Early Registration/Check-in at the Forum 3:00 . Martin Cipollini – American Chestnut and Longleaf Pine Research 1:15 .Georgia Master Gardener Association 2011 Spring Conference April 29th and 30th When in Rome… Green Gardening for the Future Mail your form(s) and check.4:10 Final Door Prize Drawings and Grand Prize Drawing 4:10 . and Braille Trail located in Floyd County Ride a shuttle from/to Forum and Eco Center -orTake a walking tour on the Riverwalk to the Eco Center Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with wine and other beverages Meet the conference speakers Ride the Roman Holiday Riverboat on the Oostanaula and Coosa Rivers Saturday.Gardens of Italy . April 30.4:00 Terry Kay .Southern Heirloom Garden. Rediscovering Our Green Connections 11:30 .2:35 Jim Rodgers . Suite 330-204 Roswell. ECO Center Director. GA 30076 For registration forms and further details.1:15 Munchin’ Lunch with Dr.10:00 Tara Dillard .9:30 Registration and Check-in 8:50 .2:40 Fourth Door Prize Drawings 2:40 .1:35 Third Door Prize Drawings 1:35 . Marshall Forest. Scott Angle – Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UGA Listen to Eric Lindberg.7:30 Meet and Greet Fellow Master Gardeners at the ECO Center Meet Dr.4:30 Tour Oakhill Gardens 4:00 .Hungrier by the Dozen 4:00 . 2011 made payable to GMGA to: GMGA 2011 Spring Conference 1425 Market Blvd.10:05 First Door Prize Drawings 10:05 . 2011 2:30 .Gardening Wild.3:00 Visit Venders 3:00 . visit http://georgiamastergardeners.9:00 Welcome and Greeting 9:00 .11:30 Dr. William Welch .1:30 Lunch Break 12:00 .1:30 GMGA Updates 1:30 .10:30 Visit Venders 10:30 .11:35 Second Door Prize Drawings 11:35 .12:30 Munchin’ Lunch with Joe Cook – Coosa River Watershed 12:45 .4:15 Thank You and Farewell The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 12 .org/featured/springconference-in-rome Friday April 29. talk about the ECO Center’s mission and LEED remodeling.

The purpose of this grant is to select and maintain appropriate plants (flowers. outbuildings and “Kitchen Garden” educate visitors about the preservation method of drying vegetables & fruits (drying shed) educate other Master Gardeners of the historical usage of plants expand the plantings and the educational material within the Garden increase public awareness of the Garden through Community presentations update information (brochures. The garden provides organic vegetables for the community. A major goal this year is to increase our harvest so that neighbors get more vegetables by increasing soil fertility. Pollinator Garden Pat Barfield Muscogee $650. homeless people. There are few educational opportunities for youth and their parents to participate in that inform them of the importance pollination plays in our environment and well-being and the practices that homeowners can incorporate into their home garden to be good environmental stewards. which we now do with layers of newspaper covered with pine needle mulch.799. Signage for Walker-Peters-Langdon House Gayle Dean Muscogee $650. Eight of the remaining were judged to meet the criteria set forth in the GMGA Project Guidelines. Neighborhood Garden Karen Hanna Witten Clarke $500. From the start our approach has been to garden at low cost. plant labels) as the Garden evolves The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 13 . vegetable. with 2 members working to reclaim what was a very overgrown area. talk. Master Gardeners will provide a series of training opportunities to adults on gardening with pollinator friendly practices and using the components of Integrated Pest Management for effective control of pests while limiting damage to beneficial insects and other animals. In conjunction with installing the garden with appropriate signage. and is located in a historic African-American neighborhood in Athens. short-term residents in drug and alcohol treatment programs. Our leaf-mold piles. the neighborhood is now in transition. a drying house. The supportive community has donated many items. Several accessory structures were moved from other proprieties and include a slave house. and several of the homeless gardeners regularly scout to recycle in the garden what has been thrown away at construction sites and in more affluent neighborhoods. but we also need composted manure. planning. A combination of excellen t research.Spring 2011 GMGA received ten grant applications during the July to November 2010 period.00 The Walker-Peters-Langdon House was built in 1828 and is considered the oldest house in the original city of Columbus. an outhouse and a dovecote.00 Pollinators such as birds. and is a place for diverse neighbors to meet. group discussions and just plain hard work has made the Kitchen Garden a showplace. In the amounts we need. Master Gardener involvement began about 2004.Grants Project Funding Report . and work together. including long-term residents. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension collaborates with the garden and provides the educational component for its visitors. serve as a good source of added organic material. and students. A total of $3. Of these one was withdrawn since funding was found elsewhere. The kitchen garden was reconstructed at the time the Historic Columbus Foundation acquired the Walker-Peters-Langdon House in 1967. The 2008 MG class became involved with the Garden during training and many continued. both manure and pine needles are the highest-cost items in our yearly budget. vegetables. trees and herbs) found in a House Garden typical of the 1860’s educate visitors in understanding the importance of the Kitchen Garden to the early families assist visitors in identifying plants and their common use for the 1860’s through labeling of individual plants and placards with overviews of the herb.pollinator species provide significant environmental benefits that are essential for maintaining healthy diverse ecosystems. To improve yield we also need to continue to control weeds with minimal labor.00 was approved for these projects. serves as an educational site. forming a core group of “WPL” workers. bats and insects play an invaluable role in producing our food supply. Traditionally a lowerincome area. Since the Columbus Botanical Garden's Mission is to preserve a portion of the rapidly diminishing open space in Columbus and to provide the public with a unique educational facility that is based on environmental awareness. Neighbors are a diverse group.00 The Neighborhood Garden was started in January 2009.

six large river birch. Under the auspices of the Junior Master Gardener Program. then have the opportunity to dig in the soil and plant a plant. A representative from Clarke County Water Conservation will visit our school to teach students how to make a rain barrel and the importance of conserving water. and the program was expanded to include 35 students. sixth grade science classes and students enrolled in the agriculture class at Kings Bridge Middle School. 20 raised–bed gardens for vegetables and flowers. Seventy-five 5 graders learn the importance of plants and soil. Georgia will learn about the Square Foot Garden method and construct square foot gardens on the school premises. The gardens will be used throughout the school year hosting either Fall or Spring crops. two rain barrels and an area for students to mix soil.00 The objective of this project is to encourage students and parents to engage in gardening by learning and utilizing the square foot garden method. The school has provided a large area of the school grounds for the JMG garden. gutters and downspouts feeding two large rain barrels. two large composting bins. In the winter of 2008 the park had a control burn. two school teachers and six Master Gardener volunteers from Hall County coordinate the program. a large arbor. the garden has started literally from ground zero to one that now encompasses a large perennial garden. In 2008. The project goal is to re-establish herbs planted along the Canyon Loop Trail for Environmental Education Learning and the enjoyment of park visitors. The agriculture class will utilize the garden during the school year and FFA members along with the FFA advisor will maintain the garden lab during the summer months. and three peach trees. The objective is to utilize herbs through student’s sense of smell. 33 th students are registered for the program. herbs and plants with the assistance of the High School Agriscience teacher and several Georgia Master Gardeners from Chatham and Bryan Counties. a permanent perimeter fence. Additionally. the students will learn how to prepare several different healthy dishes with the harvest and have a teacher/community lunch utilizing some of the produce. Windsor Forest High School students in Savannah. The area is located adjacent to the school’s greenhouse that will allow students to begin crops during colder mont hs before transplanting them into the garden. Also to connect the garden with the curriculum. This school year. two large crepe myrtle. known as the “Wonder Garden”. Other participants will include Jackson County 4-H Club and Jackson Creative. when school is not in session. Garden maintenance will be done by members of the FFA.5 graders were certified as Junior Master Gardeners. Each year North Columbia Elementary School fifth grade classes come to Mistletoe for an Environmental Education Adventure. The average number of students in the Windsor Forest High School Community that will be exposed to this method will be ninety students per year. Park staff along with elementary students had planted herbs along the Canyon Loop Trail several years ago. This burn unfortunately got hotter than anticipated and burned up the herbs. This past school year.00 The project we are requesting funding for is to re-establish herbs planted along a popular trail at Mistletoe State Park. touch and sight for environmental education le arning. Kings Bridge Middle School Joan Houser Stevens and Micah Story Jackson $116. an adult disabled agency. Windsor Forest High School Elise Zador Chatham $430. Mistletoe State Park Sheryl Silva Columbia $ 215.00 Kings Bridge’s garden design will include four 4 feet x 8 feet raised beds accessed to a composting area. The requested grant money is to fund a new combination perennial and annual flower garden. the containers will be prepped for the next season or may contain a variety of low maintenance crops that can be enjoyed when the next school year begins. These herbs were used as interpretation tools for Park Rangers along the trail. The produce that will be harvested will be donated to a local food bank and used as part of the student’s supervised agriculture experience.00 The Junior Master Gardener program at Chestnut Mountain (known as the ‘Wonder Worms’) was started for the 2007-2008 school year with 12 student participants. The teacher has already scheduled the field trip for May 2011. the school moved to a new facility. Georgia’s sixth grade science standards include the study of soil and water. the “Wonder Garden” continues to grow and expand. Their program th focuses on gardening and planting trees.Chestnut Mountain Dave Rusk Hall $560. The general public will also get to enjoy the smells and sights of the herbs as they hike along the trail. an enclosed garden shed. The students will in turn be empowered to share their knowledge with their friends and family in order to encourage home gardening. In the summer. FCCLA organizations. The students will plant and produce a wide variety of vegetables. 15 . At present. and the planting of 8 large red maple trees. Since the inception of the garden. and student’s families will assist with summer maintenance. Herbs increase the opportunity for children to experience nature through their sense of smell and touch. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 14 . They remember better if they not only see rosemary but also smell and touch it.

We would complete this project on a Saturday morning when faculty. as is faculty interest in what JMG is doing.00 In the summer of 2010. These same teachers will be trained in the summer of 2011 in our School Master Gardener Program. Inc. By teaching a few members of the community. including the WaterSaver basics we learn in the Advanced Class here in Houston County. Georgia Master Gardener Association.Tucker Elementary Perry Teddie Berry Houston $678. Parent involvement from the Tucker neighborhood is high. and they now have a team of 5 who are running their program. GA 30144 The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 15 . 4740 North Springs Road. Project Grant Application Cover Sheet Name: _____________________________________________ Date: ____________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Home phone: ___________________________ Cell phone: _____________________________ Email address: ___________________________________________________________________ Name of organization: ____________________________________________________________ County in which project will be created: __________________________ Number of Master Gardeners who will work on the project: __________ ___________________________________________ Signature of the District Director Send to: Judy Mitchell. Teddie conducted training for teachers interested in starting a Junior Master Gardener Program at their schools. Kennesaw. and student volunteers could join Master Gardeners in improving their community in a way that can be appreciated by thousands of people every day. parents. GA sent representatives to that training. we can reach so many more. Tucker Elementary in Perry. The project gives Master Gardeners a chance to teach the students —and all the adults—about good landscaping principles.

Once completed. In addition. Amount requested (between $100 . 6. which must include how much community is/will be involved. they will be required to do an oral report. 9. The project should utilize as many Master Gardeners as possible. The number of requests that will be funded depends on the amount of money available each year. 2011 Name Address Date Telephone number(s) (area code 1st) E-mail address Year and county of Master Gardener coursework _________________ Name of organization Provide on a separate sheet a 100 to 200 word description of the project. If selected for funding. enthusiastically. The project should make a difference. 3. 4740 North Springs Road.$700. the project should have a regular maintenance schedule to ensure its continued operation. or do a poster display at one of the conferences. GA 30144 The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 16 . including financial accountings on request and be open to visits by the GMGA Board of Directors or its representatives. receipts showing how the money was spent. Applicants should indicate how they plan to present their project on the application form. 1. The recipient of the GMGA funding must agree to provide additional information. not to exceed $700) ______________________________ Describe in a detailed budget on a separate sheet your planned use of grant funds. an agreement with the GMGA must be signed stating that the group will give a presentation about the project to the GMGA membership and/or provide an article in The SCOOP. All reports are due within one calendar year. Organizations submitting applications must be non-profit and must not have political affiliations. It is strongly encouraged that the requesting Master Gardener be a member of the GMGA. submit an article for the SCOOP. Grant requests should not exceed $700. 5.Georgia Master Gardener Association Criteria for Awarding Grant Money Mission Statement: To stimulate interest in and increase knowledge of gardening. Kennesaw. and to voluntarily. Be as specific as possible. and the funds granted should make a significant contribution to the project. Application for Fall 2011 Georgia Master Gardener Association Grant Applications due by May 15. As a general guideline. The purpose of the project should be educational and should promote and involve the community in gardening. grants usually are in the $100-$700 range. Any group that receives a grant will be required to submit a scrapbook including a brief report. to the community it serves. and state how project will be maintained. 2. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ County in which project will be created___________________ 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: Judy Mitchell. even in a small way. and responsibly share this knowledge with others. Estimated project completion date __________________ Please include complete design for project. The project should have realistic goals and objectives. 8. The Georgia Master Gardener Association allocates monies each year to help support a variety of horticultural projects in the state of Georgia. and photos to the committee. Any person or organization requesting funding for their project must complete a written application (form provided) and provide detailed information regarding the project. 7. 4. They also should have at least one countyregistered Master Gardener among their members.

and feeders Maintenance materials such as replacement plants. tapes. an agreement with GMGA must be signed that states the recipients of the grant will provide information about the completed project to the GMGA membership. and responsibly share this knowledge with others. Benches. backhoes –liability issue Correction of drainage problems—liability issue Criteria for Awarding GMGA Project Grant Money 1. Project Funding Items Currently Approved Plants Planting Material Educational Materials such as books placed in libraries and classrooms. If selected. CDs. other volunteer organizations. and to voluntarily. amendments. The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 17 . Funding requests cannot exceed $700. The funds granted will make a significant contribution to the project. terraces—liability issue Grading—liability issue Power equipment—bulldozers. 8. a wheelchair ramp to raised beds Funds for Junior Master Gardeners Project Funding Items Currently Denied Hand tools. The proposal should be no longer than two pages plus attachments such as photographs. The project promotes community involvement in horticulture. Organizations submitting applications must be nonprofit and have no political affiliations. This documentation can take several forms ranging from an article for the SCOOP to a CD presentation to a link to the GMGA website. teaching materials. tillers Hoses Hardscape—cement sidewalks Sheds. The number of requests awarded depends on the funds available. groups. wheelbarrows. walls. The project has realistic goals and objectives. A plan for documenting the project for GMGA and your community has been created to effectively demonstrate how your goals and objectives were achieved. Describe in a detailed budget your planned use of the funds. Describe how the project will be maintained and who will provide oversight. signage Landscape Timbers Initial irrigation/Pond Supplies Hardscape—For example. 2. 7. arbors.Georgia Master Gardener Association Project Grant Application Mission Statement: To stimulate interest in and increase knowledge of gardening. 5. A certified Master Gardener who is a member of GMGA must make the application. The purpose of the project is educational. The recipient must provide a complete financial accounting including original receipts for funds expended and be open to visits from the GMGA Board of Directors or its representative(s). The Georgia Master Gardener Association allocates monies each year to support a variety of horticultural projects in Georgia. birdbaths. The project utilizes as many Master Gardeners as possible. pesticides Invasive plants Funds for teaching a Master Gardener Course For-profit organizations th th Application Procedures Complete the Application Cover Sheet which includes basic contact information and requires the signature of your District Director. 3. Describe your plan for documenting the project. The application cover sheet should be attached to your proposal. plant containers. and volunteers from the community. 6. Describe how your project will benefit the community. pamphlets. enthusiastically. Any person or organization requesting a project grant must complete a written application that provides detailed information about the project. trellises. Deadlines for submitting an application for GMGA Project Grants are June 15 and November 15 . The project will make a difference to the community it serves. The project has developed a regular maintenance schedule. The proposal will include (in this order): Description of your project including goals and objectives Who will be involved in the project including the number of Master Gardeners. 4.

The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 18 .com online payment with a credit card is now available Name: _______________________________ Phone: ___________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________________ Zip: ______________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________________________________________ Types of membership (check one): $15 Georgia Master Gardener who completed my training in ________ with ____________ County $25 Couples get a price break $15 Friend of Master Gardeners Additional tax deductible donation TOTAL $________ $________ $ ________ $ ________ $ ________ Make check payable to GMGA Inc. www. INC. CMGA Membership.Membership Calendar year: 1st January through 31st December. Norcross.georgiamastergardeners. P. 2011 2011 GMGA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL GEORGIA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION. GA 30010-0490 Questions? E-mail at membership4gmga@gmail. Mail to Carole Teja.O. Box 920490. PLEASE let us know ASAP so we can keep your records up to date.com or phone: 404-643-2354 If you change your address during the year.

H.com judithandcompany@comcast.com msikes@mccorklenurseries.com gerry_s_2002@yahoo.net jukirkland@cobridge.edu State MG Program Asst Krissy Slagle kslagle@uga.com 678-493-7229 770-428-1317 770-772-9194 770-483-0760 706-645-1999 706-867-0003 706-754-5988 706-549-4121 706-556-3417 478-987-9805 912-359-2238 912 925-2623 229-883-2349 229-444-5191 GMGA COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS Bylaws Jim Spivey Communications Regina Lorenz Education (interim) Judy Mitchell Finance Majorie Stansel History Long Range Planning Membership Carole Teja Nominating Programs Mike Sikes Project Grants Judy Mitchell Ways & Means GMGA APPOINTED POSITIONS: Merchandise Dick Chenoweth Newsletter Editor Kimber Pepper Parliamentarian Gerry Slaughter Public Relations Pam Keene Photographer Charlie Miller Website Terri Ceravolo spiveyjdp@hotmail.net 770-928-1529 disu42@bellsouth.anderson@att.com afinered@aol.com Disu42@bellsouth.net elgate@aol. COMMITTEE CHAIRS & APPOINTED POSITIONS OFFICERS FOR 2011: President W.edu 770-228-7243 770-229-3368 The Scoop Official Newsletter of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Spring 2011 Page 19 .com 404-643-2354 msikes@mccorklenurseries.net www.net merry.329-7722 UGA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION REPRESENTATIVES: State MG Coordinator Marco Fonseca mfonseca@uga.com treas4gmga@yahoo.com cjrleasemiller@bellsouth. Smith President-Elect Jim Spivey Vice President Mike Sikes VP-Elect Ginny Word Treasurer Regina Lorenz Secretary Diane Stephens Past President Judy Mitchell DISTRICT DIRECTORS: Russell Brannon (EVEN) Jack Driskell (ODD) Tony Rusciano (EVEN) Dick Chenoweth (ODD) Joan Benz (EVEN) Glynn Rogers (ODD) Barb Misner (EVEN) Merry Anderson (ODD) Judy Kirkland (EVEN) Sandra Lee (ODD) Susan Thurman (EVEN) Louise Grotheer (ODD) Ron Wolfe (ODD) Jean Arambula (EVEN) Carroll Lee Barrow Floyd Fulton Houston Cobb gmgapresident@gmail.tv slee27@windstream.net bmisner@windstream.arambula@gmail.com ginnyword@comcast.com spiveyjdp@hotmail.com 706-224-3680 judithandcompany@comcast.k12.net jean.net 229-439-9369 770-642-0909 770-928-1529 770-949-0946 membership4gmga@gmail.Directory GEORGIA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION.net 770-834-4266 229-439-9369 706-224-3680 404-293-6131 770-642-0909 478-988-8344 770-928-1529 Cherokee Cobb Fulton Rockdale Troup Lumpkin Hall Clarke Columbia Houston Coffee Chatham Dougherty Lowndes NW1 NW2 NW3 NW4 NW5 NE1 NE2 NE3 NE4 Central SE1 SE2 SW1 SW2 rlbsjb@windstream.com pam@pamelakeene.net 4615@bellsouth.net jbtcmg@charter.net gmgscoop@gmail.us gmagrotheer1@bellsouth.net judithandcompany@comcast. INC.org 770-483-0760 770-286-2631 770-345-2540 770-965-3340 770-934-3607 770.net treas4gmga@yahoo.net sthurman@irwin.net wolfe_er@bellsouth. 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS.ga.com DianeStephens@comsouth.net Rogers7949@windstream.georgiamastergardeners.

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