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Sep 24, 2010 5:10 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
These plant-related events are from the Georgia MG Listserve.

If anybody knows of plant events, please post about them, whether in TN or in neighboring states. GA events will be closer than Nashville events for Chattanooga members, Missouri events will be closer than Knoxville events for Memphis members, etc. Distance means more than the state line. Post 'em if you've got 'em.

Sep 24, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
This weekend…

Carroll County Shade Gardening Seminar

Decatur Garden Tour*

Fall Home Show at Cobb Galleria

GNPS Native Plant Symposium

Hall County MG Fall Expo

Insectival at State Botanical Garden

MGCG Fall Plant Sale*

Rockdale MG Plant Sale and Festival

*DECATUR GARDEN TOUR Saturday, Sept. 25 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Evening Tour 7-9 pm. Sunday, Sept. 26 Noon-5 pm Tickets $25. Sixteen gardens plus a tour marketplace. Proceeds benefit Oakhurst Community Garden Project & Decatur Preservation Alliance

*MACON: MGCG FALL PLANT SALE Master Gardeners of Central Georgia will hold their fall plant sale at the Macon Farmers Market on Eisenhower Avenue in Macon Georgia, on Friday September 24th, thru Saturday September 25th. We will be open for purchases from 8:30am till 6:00 pm on Friday and 8:30 am till 5:00pm on Saturday. If you are looking for plants to spruce up your fall garden, or some trees and shrubs to plant later this fall for your spring garden – come see us we have some great deals. Visit for details.

DESTIN, FLORIDA: MG CONFERENCE 30th Annual Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference October 25-27, 2010 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida. Early registration for Master Gardeners from Georgia has been extended until Thursday September 30th. This year things start a day early with two optional field trips and a Master Gardener Palm School being held on the afternoon of October 24th. Conference early registration is $245 if you stay at site hotel or $345 if you stay off-site. Single-day early registration $145. There are general sessions highlighting disease diagnosis, the issues surrounding our pollinators, guidance on using color in the landscape, a presentation on sustainable landscape care, and new and underutilized plants. In the concurrent sessions, have a Florida-Friendly Landscape track and a wide range of topics sure to increase your knowledge base and make you an even better volunteer.

GWINNETT TECHNICAL COLLEGE Octobver 15th Gwinnett Tech Hosts Vince Dooley Book Signing, Plus Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Workshops . Coach Dooley will sign and discuss his latest book: Vince Dooley's Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach 10am-noon. Planting Workshops – Gwinnett Tech's Continuing Education Division will host two gardening workshops immediately following Dooley's presentation in The Busbee Center, Building 700. The workshops Kitchen Gardens–Vegetables in the Landscape and Flower Show Blue Ribbons Made Easy will be held at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Fall Plant Sale – Gwinnett Tech's Environmental Horticulture program will host its annual Fall Plant Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gwinnett Tech Greenhouse, adjacent to Building 600. Those interested in attending the book signing for Dooley or the gardening classes must register by visiting and selecting the Hobbies and Personal Enrichment class schedule, or by calling 770-995-9697. Dooley's speaking engagement and book signing are free and he will have books for sale. The registration fee for the workshops is $10 per

Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves is back this week on GPB. YSG airs Saturday at 12:30 and 6:30 pm. On this week’s show: propagating pitcher plants, wick watering and Malabar spinach.

Timely Publications

Flowering Bulbs for Georgia Gardens B18

Success with Pansies in the Winter Landscape: A Guide for Landscape Professionals B 1359
Sep 30, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
COVINGTON AREA: Field of Greens Festival Sunday, October 3, 11am-5pm Sustainable Farming Fair Whippoorwill Hollow Farm in Walnut Grove. Farmer’s market and educational expo, chef cooking demo’s, live music, food tastings and kids activities. $20 at gate or $15 Advance Tickets available at selected Whole Foods Markets. Proceeds benefit Georgia’s organic and sustainable farmers, in partnership with nonprofit Slow Food Atlanta.

LAGRANGE: Hills and Dales Estates presents Historic Gardens and Landscapes of the American South: Tuesday, October 5, 6:30 pm Noted author and garden historian James (Jim) R. Cothran will highlight the most historically important gardens from Louisiana to Virginia, including gardens from Charleston, South Carolina. Jim will sign copies of Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South, Gardens of Historic Charleston and his latest book Charleston Gardens and the Legacy of Loutrel Briggs.

A 6:30 reception will be followed by a lecture and book signing at 7:00 pm. World renowned, award-winning harpist Merry Miller will also be performing during the reception. Admission is FREE but reservations are required. Call 706-882-3242 or e-mail [email protected] to register.

Athens: State Botanical Garden of Georgia Perennial Symposium Wednesday, October 13, from 8:45 am – 3:00 pm in the Callaway Building Auditorium. Members $55; non-members $60 (includes lunch buffet). In this information-packed program, perennial experts will discuss a variety of topics from specific plants to maintaining a sustainable landscape to designs that make our gardens our own. Dr. A’s Perennials for Everyone – Allan M. Armitage, Professor of Horticulture, UGA ; Easy Fruits and Berries in the Garden – Steve Brady, Cobb County Extension Agent; “Hot" Plants & New Trends for the Georgia Gardener – Matthew Chappell, Extension Specialist & Assistant Professor Horticulture Department; An Almanac for Garden Management – Mary Attaway, Attaway Gardening, Athens, Georgia; Strategies for Sustainable Gardening – Kevin Kirsche, Director of Sustainability, UGA..

P.S. SBG will have a plant sale that day and you don’t have to be registered for the Symposium to come shop the sale.

DECATUR: Lasagna Gardening- Layer Your Garden Bed Like you would Layer Lasagna. October 17, 2010, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Oakhurst Community Garden 435 Oakview Rd Decatur. Prepare your fall and 2011 Garden now with a special technique resembling the layers of lasagna. This is not a cooking class. You will learn an innovative gardening practice that requires no digging, no tilling, or removing your grass. It’s true! Join Amy Handler in this hands-on class to learn about a nontraditional method of layering organic matter to create a rich bed ready to plant with greens for the fall and summer veggies next spring. $15 Oakhurst Garden members, $20 non-members Register online at under adult classes, Gardening, Nature, and Urban Farming.

ATLANTA: Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium November 4, 2010 at Zoo Atlanta. Keynote speaker is Dr. Damon Waitt, senior Botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin Texas, a Center having an international reputation in plant conservation and environmental sustainability. Other presenters at the day-long symposium will discuss the effects of invasive plants on real estate values, sustainable landscapes practices, environmental impacts of non-herbicidal plant control, and the risk associated with using invasive plants for bio-fuel production. The symposium is open to anyone interested in non-native invasive species management. Individuals involved in the management of forest resources, private and public lands, as well as Green Industry professionals and arborists are encouraged to attend. Continuing education units and pesticide credits will be available at the end of the program to qualified individuals. For a complete agenda, directions, and to register, see

Early Registration by Oct 29 $30 for GAEPPC members $50 nonmember. Regular registration after 10/29 $40 member/$60 nonmember For additional information or to request a registration form, phone 770-535-1976 or 404-624-5620.

STATEWIDE: Georgia Botanical Society organizes field trips exploring Georgia’s native plants growing in their natural areas. Individual/ Family membership $25 per calendar year. There is also a monthly newsletter and workshops.

Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves is on the Georgia Public Broadcast TV schedule for Saturday at 12:30 & 6:30 pm. Not sure whether this week’s show will be #20 Propagating Pitcher Plants & Wick Watering, #22 Cane Cuttings & Drying Figs, or neither of these. Guess it will be a surprise!

Virtual State Fair This world is so different- Our kids and grandkids have grown up with the Internet, video games and cell phones and new media rolls out faster than ever. Here’s an interesting concept from eXtension using Virtual worlds to educate through the Virtual State fair. Second Life is a virtual world. To visit Second Life, you must first sign up for a free account at, and create your personal avatar. After you have become a resident of Second Life, you will find the main gate of the Virtual State Fair on eXtension's Morrill Island at:
Sep 30, 2010 6:15 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
For anyone in the greater Atlanta area, Pike Nurseries is having their Gardenfest tomorrow (Friday, October 1).
Everything is 20% off from 5-8 PM.
Oct 8, 2010 4:39 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
COWETA COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE Saturday, October 9, 2010 (Rain or Shine) 1:00- 4:00 PM Greenhouse at the County Fairgrounds 255 Pine Road, Newnan, Ga 30263 We have a limited selection of beautiful ornamental shrubs and perennials -- perfect for fall planting. Located behind the County Extension Office and next to the Horse Arena. Look for the Plant Sale signs Great plants at great prices - Checks or cash accepted. For additional Information, please contact the County Extension Office at 770-254-2620

GRIFFIN: SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN at the UGA Research and Education garden. Visit the garden and the scarecrows weekdays 8 am-4:30 pm and Sundays 1-4 pm October 11th through October 24th. Don’t miss the Scarecrow Celebration Sunday, Oct 24th 1-4pm. The Garden is located adjacent to 131 West Ellis Road Griffin, GA. You can get the latest RE Garden event information at

DECATUR NATIVE PLANT BOTANICAL GARDEN LUNCH AND WILDFLOWER SERIES at Georgia Perimeter College. Just a few weeks of these left until spring. Next week is Oct 13 "Rare plants of Georgia with emphasis on Floyd County” Richard and Teresa Ware. Free native plant talks and guided garden walks. Plant Sales with Discounts: 10:00 - 2:00 Walks: 10:30 - 11:15. Talks: 11:30 - 12:30 - Please follow signs at garden to the classroom. 3251 Panthersville Road Decatur, GA Phone: 678-891-2668

GWINNETT TECHNICAL COLLEGE FALL PLANT SALE Friday October 15 9am-4pm at the Greenhouses GTC 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 August Beauty Gardenias, Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’, Frost Proof Gardenias, Indigofera decora, Pansies, Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’, Ferns Heucherella ‘Bridget Bloom’, Hydrangeas, Echinacea Big Sky ‘Twilight’, Golden Globe, Thuja, Amsonia hubrechtii. Remember if you plant to go to the Vince Dooley book signing on campus at 10 am that day, it’s free but you must register at

GWINNETT MASTER GARDENERS MEETING Want to learn how to be a better environmental steward and also how to get a reduction on your water bill? Come and hear a very informative Stormwater program at the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners meeting on Monday, October 18th. We will have a covered dish dinner at 6:30. If you would like to eat with us, please bring a dish to share. Otherwise, come and learn about using rain barrels, rain gardens, etc. at 7:00 p.m. We meet at the Gwinnett Sr. Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville off of Ronald Reagan Parkway.

ATLANTA OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SYMPOSIUM Georgia’s 14th Annual Outdoor Classroom Symposium Friday November 5 at Zoo Atlanta. The theme of "Get Outdoors! Teaching Locally, Connecting Globally" will feature hands-on sessions on how to create outdoor teaching spaces, how to how to teach outdoors, and how to use local resources to make connections to the larger world. New this year, three speakers will give presentations in Zoo Atlanta’s auditorium: Daron Joffe AKA "Farmer D" of Farmer D Organics, Jerry Hightower, Outdoor Educator Extraordinaire from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Dr. Joe Mendelson, Curator of Herpetology at Zoo Atlanta. Other highlights will include "make and take" classes, informative exhibits prepared by program providers and outdoor classroom experts, presentation of the Outdoor Classroom Service Award, and endless opportunities for networking and inspiration! Complete Details/Registration:

Oct 15, 2010 1:31 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
PERRY, GA, The 21st Georgia National Fair. It’s wrap-up weekend! October 16 & 17 Master Gardener Demonstrations, Dahlia show, Camellia Show. Plus: 4-H Exhibits, Midway, Entertainment, Food, Livestock & Horse Shows. Gates open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission $8 adults, $7 Seniors-60+. Free parking.

MILLEDGEVILLE: LOCKERLY ARBORETUM Heritage Days &, Plant Sale. Saturday, October 30th on the lawns surrounding Lockerly Hall. 9 am. – 4 pm. Numerous arts & crafts vendors, Civil War re-enactors, storytelling, horse-drawn wagon rides, mansion tours, food, musical entertainment, and much more. Entrance fee of $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under free. Fall Plant Sale 9am -4 pm Superior tree selections, shrubs, perennials, winter annuals, and unusual plants, including heirloom varieties available for purchase. Author Dorinda Dallmeyer from the University of Georgia will be presenting a lecture on William Bartram at 11 a.m. in Lockerly Hall. A costumed portrayer of William Bartram will guide visitors on a journey through the native flora of the region.

DAWSONVILLE: Cedar Hill Enrichment Fresh Green Market and Festival on Thursday, October 28 from 4-7pm. The Fresh Green Market and Festival on October 28 at Tractor Supply in Dawsonville will feature fresh in-season produce and products from local farmers and artisans committed to growing and creating products using sustainable methods. In addition to the Fresh Green Market, Reaping Nature Productions and Premier Surplus will offer electronics recycling for a $5.00 donation. For more information or phone 770.887.0051.

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN Alston Lecture Thursday November 4, 7pm. “Exotic and Edible: Unusual Plants and Fungi for Home Gardens" Dr. Jeanine Davis Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. Admission is free and no reservations are required. Garden daily admission is $15, Seniors $12. ABG members-free. Parking @ SAGE facility adjacent to the garden is by the hour with a $15 max daily rate. (Yes- ABG participates in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admission Program )

ATHENS: STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN Weekend Sustainability Workshop November 12, 13, &14. “Sustainability: Bring It Home!” is a weekend workshop for people who want to transform their home into a fun and practical part of a more ecological world. This comprehensive workshop is filled with interactive presentations and hands-on sessions that educate and inspire participants to create home systems to meet their needs for food, water, and energy as locally, sustainably, and economically as possible. Topics will include: Home Energy Alternatives; Home Orchards and Forest Gardens; Annual and Perennial Vegetable Gardens; Soil Health and Composting; Raising Animals at Home; Natural Building; Creative Erosion Control; Rainwater Catchment; and Creating an Ecological Neighborhood. $175 members, $200 non-members

ATLANTA: Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Short Course 2011 is now taking registrations online. Saturday, January 22, 2010 8:30 am -4:30 pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Cost: 95.00 includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, admission to the garden, and presentations from educators and urban beekeepers. Participants are limited to 100. MABA Short Course web site for the agenda and registration.

PINE MOUNTAIN: Callaway Gardens’ 25th Anniversary Southern Gardening Symposium scheduled for January 28 – 30, 2011. Headline speakers are Dr. Michael Dirr (Thirty Years of Gardening in Georgia), Rick Darke (The New Wild Garden) and Joe Lamp’l (Greening Your Garden). Other speakers and topics include Scott Burrell, Conifers for the South; Bobby Green, Camellias; Lucinda Mays, Growing Your Own Food; Erin Weston, Winter Garden; and Kari Whitley Southern Gardening. Master Gardeners receive the discounted program registration rate of $220. If you register by October 31, 2010 you can take advantage of the Early-Bird Discount on overnight accommodation rates. To register for the Symposium or for more information, please contact the Callaway Gardens' Education Department at [email protected] or 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), option 5, option 2 or 706-663-5153. More details will also be available on our website.

ATLANTA: Emory University’s Evening at Emory Certificate in Landscape Design. Intended for hobbyists and amateur landscape designers alike, this program will provide both foundational and cutting-edge concepts and techniques for creating functional, crowd-pleasing landscape plans for any type of budget. Flexible open enrollment allows 18 months to complete all required classes. Approximate total costs are $4,000 and 224 hours including classes and project.

This week on Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves, propagating leaves, robot mowers, repotting carnivorous plants. YSG airs on GPB Saturday at 12:30 & 6:30 pm.

New Publication on the nuisance pest Megacopta cribraria –Kudzu bug.

Oct 22, 2010 12:58 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
STATEWIDE: 2010 Georgia/ Florida Green Industry Update. Up-to-date information on new production and cultural practices, new plants, new pests, and new products. Learn what’s new in the industry right from your own home. 4 weekly sessions offered in a Webinar format via Internet. $ 25 per weekly session or $80 for all 4 paid by the first session. Mondays 2-4 pm 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15. Pesticide re-certification and ISA credits will be offered to paid participants from Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Register online at: ( IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for this Monday’s session on Weeds & Weed Control closes at 5 pm today) (Other sessions are 11/1- Diseases & Disease Control, 11/8- Insects & Insect Control, 11/15- New and Hot Plants)

DECATUR: Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden Plant Sales and Lunch and Wildflower Series. Plant Sales with discounts of 10% to 25% continue on Wednesdays and for the next two Saturdays in October, Oct. 23 and 30. Hours are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Fall Lunch and Wildflower Series October 27, speaker will be George Sanko, who will speak on "Sex in the Garden Part 2". Plant Sales are held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Guided Garden Walks start at 10:30 am and Talks start at 11:30 am. Please follow signs at the garden to the classroom for the talk. 3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur Ga.

TIFTON: LOCAL FOOD CONFERENCE Georgia Organics hosts South Georgia Growing Local Food Conference Nov. 12 and 13 in Tifton, Georgia. Friday afternoon with a self-guided farm tour, followed by an Okravore Potluck and Bonfire, and a screening of the movie "Fresh" at the Tift Theatre in downtown Tifton. Concurrent workshops will be held all day Saturday in two different tracks. The Homesteading track will offer such topics as cheesemaking, canning, and bread baking. The Growing Local track will offer workshops on growing, animal husbandry, policy, and the local food community. Cost for the event is sliding scale $10-$30. Lunch is included. Cost of the movie is not included ($5 adults and $3 students). Registration is limited to 50. For registration questions contact Donna Toepfer at Georgia Organics, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 678.702.0400. Registration is not necessary for the farm-tour, potluck, or Friday night movie--all Friday events are open to the general public. But please give us your contact info. so we can send updates and directions. Register and pay only if you plan to attend the Saturday workshops.

Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves airs this Saturday at 12:30 and 6:30PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Wondering about what are all of those beautifully colored trees and shrubs along your road that were just green blobs all summer? The UGA publication, Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines B 987 is online in full color. The HTML version provides for quick viewing or the pdf version is printable (it’s 108 pages make sure your ink cartridge is full)

Oct 28, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
N AUGUSTA, SC: Designer Show House at the Historic Rosemary Inn. Nov. 2-7 and Nov. 9-14 noon to 6 p.m. daily. Featuring the area's top interior designers, each room will be professionally decorated and reflect some of the latest trends in interior design. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Group tickets are available for $10 for a group of 10 or more. Proceeds benefit Arts and Heritage Center of N Augusta and Historic Augusta.

ATLANTA: Landscapes for Living: Post War Landscape Architecture in Georgia. Atlanta History Center. November 5, 2010. 9am-5pm. $125 SPACE IS LIMITED. The program includes a full day of lectures, a catered lunch, and a closing reception hosted by Cherokee Garden Library. The unique Post War legacy of public and private landscapes during what is now thought to be an optimistic time of innovation and experimentation. Nationally recognized speakers from the public and private sectors and the academic community will provide rare insight and analysis of this unprecedented era of design – from parks and plazas to gardens and subdivisions. The symposium will look both back and ahead, culminating in a panel discussion which explores what this Modern landscape legacy means in the 21st century design and historic preservation community.

JONESBORO: Clayton County Master Gardeners’ 5th Annual Symposium “Fall for Gardening” Join us for a day of four interesting speakers (Jason Magistro on “Wilson Brothers’ 20 Favorite Plants”, Jim Harrington on “landscape Maintenance, Soil Preparation and Plant Idiosyncrasies “; Shannon Pable on “Pruning”; Mike Francis on “Japanese Maples”). Add homemade snacks, lunch, door prizes and vendors to the mix and it’ll be a great day! Eula Ponds Learning Center 137 Spring St, Jonesboro Registration $35 before Nov 1, $40 after Nov 1. Registration form at

GRIFFIN: Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Saturday November 6, 2010 9-11:30 am UGA Research and Education Garden $35 includes supplies and instruction. A fun and educational morning at the UGA Griffin Campus Research & Education Garden. Each participant will create a holiday wreath to take home along with some great ideas for holiday decorating. Participants will make an artificial wreath that will still be "fresh" for the winter holidays.

HAYESVILLE, NC: Moss Memorial Library Lecture November 13, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. North Carolina Tarheel Arty Schronce, will present a program on WHITE TRASH LANDSCAPING. This presentation depicts "a loving and humorous look at gardens of the rural south with an emphasis on their style and use of heirloom plants and ornamentation". He loves looking at the choices people make in their landscapes. He examines the history and reasons behind the plants, the decorative items and the overall style of their gardens. He considers himself "a Horticultural Margaret Mead and White Trash Gardens are his Samoa". He sees these gardens as a form of folk art and loves them and the people who create them. As a young man with a limited budget and trips to the great Gardens of Britain out of the question, he became a student of the great gardens around him. Arty is director of Public Affairs for the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. He handles media issues and writes a column called {Arty's Garden} and a weekly Q&A column that often deals with gardening questions. He was senior horticulturist for the H. G. Hastings Company. He is a graduate of N.C. State University where he was also a writer for the Extension Service and had a weekly column that was carried in newspapers across the State. Arty has been involved in horticulture since his family opened a nursery in Iron Station (Lincoln County), N.C. in 1971. It was there that he earned the title of "the youngest grower in town". Hayesville is just 15 minutes north of Young Harris GA via Ga17/Nc69. For information call: (828) 389-8401)

Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves is on GPB this weekend. Saturday at 12:30 & 6:30 pm. Looking at the schedule, this may be the last in the series for this season. (Haven’t had a chance to catch up with watching my recorded episodes…) Show description- Making Pumpkin Leather with Elizabeth Andress, A Casual Affair with Cacti with Amanda Tedrow, more.

Nov 5, 2010 1:59 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Washington, GA Fall Art Fest Sponsored by the Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation. World-renowned topiary artist Pearl Fryar will demonstrate his art at 10 am and 11:30 am on the town square green this Saturday, Nov 6th. Demonstration is free. Friday’s events include 6-9 pm screening of a 'Man Named Pearl' and wine reception $20. (If you haven’t seen the documentary film, it’s available on DVD from Video rental sources or re-sellers.)

Atlanta Botanical Garden: Holidays in the Garden November 2 – January 2 Enjoy the Garden at its merriest! Discover an 18-foot-tall poinsettia tree towering inside the Fuqua Orchid Center and quaint G-scale trains chugging through a beautifully planted landscape in outdoor courtyards. Dogs dressed in holiday finery have their day during the third annual Reindog Parade – the only day of the year man's best friend is allowed in the Garden. Enter your pooch in the contest or just come out to watch the fun.

LaGrange: Holiday Decorating Workshops at Hills and Dales Estate Workshop space is limited and pre-registration is required. Nov 6th Dried Flower Wreaths $45, Dec 4th Christmas Wreaths$35, Dec 11th Christmas Swag $35. Info- 706-882-3242

Columbus Botanical Garden: Great Gourds! Gifts from the Garden November 13, 2010 9:30 am Cost: $25 per person / $20 CBG members

Thomas County: Cotton Gin Tour in Boston, GA @ "Boston Gin" November 17th. Sign up online at to register and the password is 'pigweed' without the quotations. It is free and it will be a fun tour! Boston, GA is about 45 minutes due west of Valdosta.

Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference: Growing Health, Wealth, & Justice in Our Communities November 19-21, 2010 Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is for anyone interested in the food-related issues concerning urban Black communities, especially those involved in the food and health professions: gardeners, growers, educators, farmers, cooks, developers, nutritionists among others.

UGA Griffin Campus: Landscape Update Friday December 3, 2010 9:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Research Education Garden Classroom. $40. Lunch is provided in the program. Designed for the commercial landscaper who wants to increase his or her knowledge of landscape management including site analysis and bed preparation, plant selection both woody and herbaceous, fertilization and irrigation, troubleshooting, as well as landscape equipment selection. Commercial and private pesticide credit has been applied for in category 24 and will be offered. Bob Westerfield and Bodie Pennisi will be the program speakers and are with the University of Georgia Horticulture Department. Registration is required. Registration form available at: For more information please contact Val Schott at (770) 233-5598 email [email protected].

Mark Your Calendar! February 18, 2011 Southern Garden Heritage Conference 9am-4pm State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens $95 members, $110 non-members.

Dec 9, 2010 6:01 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Gwinnett Technical College Horticulture Poinsettia Sale- Monday December 13th 9am-4pm Tuesday December 14th 10 am-2pm Come to the greenhouse! Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. $3 each or $2 each for quantities of 10 or more. Varieties -Mars White, Silverstar Red, Cortez Burgundy, Novia Red, Mars Marble. Info: Roni Trimble GTC greenhouse manager 678-226-6298

LAGRANGE: Christmas at Hills and Dales Estate. Experience tinsel laden Christmas trees, poinsettia topiaries and fresh garland decorations during the holiday season. The Fuller E. Callaway home and the visitor center will be decorated for Christmas from Friday, December 3, through Thursday, December 23. Regular tour prices apply. Saturday, December 11, 10 am - 2 pm All children are invited to the Hills & Dales Estate visitor center to participate in our third annual Christmas Celebration. All children's activities are free. 10 am - 12 pm Meet Santa, 10 am - 2 pm make a gingerbread house and create holiday crafts. 11 am - 12 pm Joanna Baxter will share Christmas stories while Robin Treadwell plays Christmas songs. For Reservations or Information (706) 882-3242 1916 Hills & Dales Drive LaGrange GA 30240

Horticultural Entries at the SEFS 2011-Have you ever thought about entering some Horticulture in the Southeastern Flower Show? Now is the time to start planning. Plants must be in your possession by November 26, 2010. If you are planting winter flowering or fruiting shrubs this year (maybe a new camellia) then you may have a great specimen to enter. Have a begonia or African violet or ivy plant that you think is just super? Enter it in the Horticulture Division. This year we have added a class for Herbs. We have also added a class for propagated plants, things that may have been passed down to you by friends or family from seed or cutting that you have nurtured. Share it with us and you may even win a blue ribbon! Interested in forcing bulbs? We have a forcing schedule for the bulbs so they are blooming in late February. The bulbs need to be started in November or early December. Contact Chris Adams at [email protected] to get a copy of the forcing schedule and forcing instructions. The 2011 Southeastern Flower Show will be held February 25-27, 2011 at the Cobb Galleria. Chris Adams and Kathy Mullen are the co-chairs of the Horticulture Division. We have many NFMG members on the Horticulture Committee. We would love to have your participation as an exhibitor. For details on what plants to enter and how to enter your plants, go to, click on the Flower Show menu and choose Exhibitor Guide to download a PDF copy of the Exhibitor Guide. Hope to see you at the 2011 Southeastern Flower Show!

ATLANTA: 2nd Annual Incredible Edible Fruit Tree, Vine & Berry Bush Sale Saturday, January 22, 2011, 9-Noon. Atlanta Community Food Bank sponsored by Georgia Organics and Atlanta Community Food bank.

TIFTON: Southeast Lawn & Garden Expo February 25-26, 2011 at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. Featuring Garden Writer/Author Steve Bender, vendors, workshops, demonstrations and doorprizes. Sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Tifton & Tift County.

ATLANTA: 2011 Southeastern Flower Show February 25-27 In Tune with Blooms presented by the Southeastern Horticultural Society. The 24th annual Southeastern Flower Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre, In Tune with Blooms, celebrates music in the garden. Experience professionally-designed Landscaped Gardens, Artistic Floral Design and Horticulture Divisions, Discovery, Photography and Bonsai Exhibitions within the Show, and garden shopping in the Marketplace, Bookstore and Raffle. Celebrity speakers, Display Vignettes by foremost southeastern Event Designers, informal demos, live musical performances and children’s workshops and family activities are presented daily. Friday - Saturday, Feb. 25-26, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday Feb. 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. General Admission: $18; Advance and Group Discounts. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (free parking). For more information, hotel packages or tickets visit

KENNESAW: The Environmental Education Alliance (EEA) of Georgia's "Sustaining a Changing World: Environment, Economy, Community" conference, Friday, March 11 at Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center in Kennesaw, GA. Discounted registration price is available until February 11

SAVANNAH: Go Grow! Georgia Organics 14th Annual Conference & Expo will be held March 11-12, 2011 in Savannah.
Jan 6, 2011 6:20 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
GWINNETT: Gwinnett Master Gardeners Meeting January 17, 2011. Camellias (& possible misconceptions about them) with Douglas Ruhren, Horticulturist at the American Camellia Society (ACS) in Fort Valley, GA. Covered dish dinner at 6:30. If you would like to eat with us, please bring a dish to share. Otherwise, come and hear Mr. Ruhren at 7:00 p.m. We meet at the Gwinnett Sr. Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville off of Ronald Reagan Parkway. (You may also want to mark your calendar for next month as well. February 21st Dr. Allan Armitage “Tales from the Garden.” He will have copies of his books to sign and sell too.)

ATHENS: Native Plant Symposium at the State Botanical Garden. Wednesday January 19, 2011 8:45 am - 3:30 pm. A day-long program that considers gardening with wildflowers, medicinals and other native plants along with related conservation issues. Learn how to incorporate your appreciation of these plants into your home landscape plan during this day long series of presentations. Members $55.00; Non-members $62.00 706-542-6156

ATHENS: Certificate in Native Plants: Orientation for New Participants. January 25, 2011 9:00 - 10:30 AM. State Botanical Garden Visitor Center, Classroom 2. SBG education staff will introduce the overall CNP program. Learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities available to CNP participants. Information on field trips will also be provided. This orientation is free and optional for CNP participants.

GWINNETT: GGIA Georgia Green Industry Association Wintergreen Conference January 26-28, 2011 – Gwinnett Civic Center, Duluth, GA. (EDUCATIONAL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE!!!!) Prices are before/after January 11. After Jan 17th, register onsite only. Full and half day seminar registration includes same day admission for trade show. http://WWW.GGIA.ORG

Schedule of educational events at GGIA Wintergreen:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Multifunctional Landscapes – Planting Beautiful Food (8:00AM – 5:00PM Workshop) $75/ $95

Get the most out of a landscape and learn how to design, plant, and take care of vegetables, blueberries, fruit trees, herbs and medicinal plants. Featuring Dr. Scott Nesmith, Bob Westerfield, Karen Rawlins, Dr. Will Hudson, Paul Pugliese, Dr. Bodie Pennisi, David Berle (MLA), and Sheryl Wells.

Propagation and Grafting (9:00AM – 5:00PM Workshop) $75/$95

Propagation and grafting is as much an art as a science. We will walk you through both sides of the equation as we discuss seed propagation, propagation by cuttings, and summer grafting. There will be hands on activities, so bring your gloves and ‘dirty shirt’. Featuring Dr. Matthew Chappell, Dr. Tim Smalley, Michael Martin, and David Freed.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Plants Session (10:00AM – 3:30PM) $40/$60

What are the latest trends in natives, trees, shrubs, and perennials? This all-star lineup will walk you through the latest and greatest plant material for the southeastern U.S. Featuring Dr. Jim Affolter, Ted Stevens, Dr. John Ruter, and Dr. Mike Dirr.

Pest Control Session (10:30AM – 12:30PM) $20/$30

Learn more about cool season landscape diseases and some new (and old) landscape insect pest problems and solutions while earning 2 GA Pesticide License recertification credits. Featuring Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward and Dr. Kris Braman.

For more detailed information and registration information, visit: http://WWW.GGIA.ORG and click on the brochure.

PINE MOUNTAIN: 25th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium at Callaway Gardens. January 28, 29, and 30, 2011. Three-day symposium devoted to gardening in the South. In-depth workshops; garden tour; a silent auction and garden marketplace, and topics including Scott Burrell's Dwarf Conifers for the South, Rick Darke's The New Wild Garden, Dr. Michael Dirr's Thirty Years of Gardening in Georgia, Bobby Green's Camellias, Joe Lamp'l's Greening Your Garden, Lucinda Mays' Growing Your Own Food, Erin Weston's Winter Garden, and Kari Whitley's Southern Gardening. $245 Preconference events $79

ATLANTA: Georgia Perennial Association 2011 Symposium & Silent Auction: The Pleasure Garden. Saturday, February 5, 2011 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Atlanta Botanical Garden $57 GPPA and ABG Members / $67 Non-members. $5 Pre-paid parking / $10 Boxed Lunch(register by January 19, 2011 for discounted parking)Registration Deadline: January 31, 2011

FORSYTH COUNTY: Intro to Organic Farming and Gardening Course presented by Georgia Organics, join Lynn Pugh at Cane Creek Farm near Cumming to learn beginning from the soil up. The fundamentals of organic growing including: soils, plant biology, insect types, disease and weed management, composting, marketing and certification will be explained in a lively, interactive fashion. In order to receive the most benefit from this educational course, participants should be in good physical condition and willing to learn by doing. No prior knowledge or experience in growing is required. $450 for members of Georgia Organics and $475 for non-members. Meeting dates for the class are: Feb. 5 & Feb. 19; March 5 & March 19; April 2, April 16 & April 30. Time: 9 a.m - 4 p.m.

MACON: Green Up Landscape Update 2011 Sponsored by UGA Extension, Tuesday February 15, 2011 Macon State College. Management track for business issues, Basic and Review for your crews, Green Landscaping for environmental practices, New Ideas to introduce the latest trends. Four hours of commercial pesticide credits from the GA Dept of AG in Category 24- Ornamental and Turf or private pesticide applicator. For more information, contact Karen Atkins Houston County Cooperative Extension 478-987-2028, [email protected] or

FT VALLEY: Massee Lane Gardens Camellia Garden peak bloom time is Feb-March. Massee Lane Gardens is a 100+ acre botanical garden in Middle Georgia. The gardens are the historic home of the American Camellia Society and is home to their camellia collection. Massee Lane Gardens has been designated as "A Garden of Excellence" by the International Camellia Society. Gardens hours Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a. m. - 4:30 pm

Sunday: 1:00 p. m. - 4:30 p. m. Closed on Monday,138

ATHENS: Southern Garden Heritage Conference. Friday February 18, 2011. $110, $95 members (lunch included). 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Callaway Building Auditorium, State Botanical Garden.

Contact: 706-542-6156

MILLEDGEVILLE: 2011 Lockerly Arboretum Arbor Day Program. Saturday, February 19th. This Arbor Day, Lockerly Arboretum will be hosting an exciting program for gardeners and all interested in Southern landscaping! "21st Century Trees" Jim Garner;"Gone cone Crazy: A Craving for Conifers" Flo Chaffin; Tour through Conifer Reference Garden with Flo Chaffin; "Tree Planting 101: Location and Sustainability"workshop with Bradley Roberts; Conifer Sale at Lockerly Hall. For information, contact Bradley Roberts at (478) 452-2112 or [email protected]

TIFTON:Southeast Lawn and Garden Expo February 25-26, 2011 UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center More Info: 229-382-0505 or visit

METRO ATLANTA: 2011 Southeastern Flower Show: In Tune With Blooms. Cobb Galleria Centre. February 25-27, 2011. Friday Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Advance Tickets (before Feb. 24, 2011): $15; General Admission Tickets: $18. Discounted tickets for Youth, seniors & groups.

COLUMBUS: Gardening with the Masters at Columbus Botanical Garden. Weekly March 3-April 28. $12 per session $10 for Master Gardeners. Full series $80. with ...

Historic CHARLESTON Glorious Gardens Tours. Thursdays March 17 - April 16, 2011. Tickets are $45 and can be ordered online or by calling 843-722-3405.

STATEWIDE: Master Gardener Day in Georgia Saturday, March 19, 2011. Local groups celebrate by conducting plant clinics, tree plantings, and other educational events. Share your events and photos on the Georgia Master Gardener Program page on Facebook.

ROSWELL: Georgia Daffodil Society Show at Chattahoochee Nature Center. The CNC ‘s Kingfisher Hall will bask in the gold, yellow, white and pink glow of hundreds of daffodils Saturday, March 19th and Sunday March 20th, 2011 as The Georgia Daffodil Society presents its annual show. Spreading the joy of growing daffodils and educating the public has been the core of this Society’s mission since it’s founding in 1954. Many past year entries have topped more than 500 blooms. Every year sees outstanding blooms from a range of climates. Exhibitors come from Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. Many exhibitors grow hundreds of varieties, while others grow just a few. And a bloom from a first-time exhibitor is just as likely to be a ribbon winner as one from a veteran. The GDS encourages newcomers, regardless of age, to join and enter their blooms. Daffodil Society membership is $10. Chattahoochee Nature Center Admission is $8, ($6 for 65+ and $6 those days for GDS members). For more information contact GDS President Darrin Ellis-May at [email protected] .

LITHIA SPRINGS: Early Spring Wildflower Hikes at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Sundays 2-4pm March 20, 27, April 3.2-mile ranger-led hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through a variety of wildflower habitats and beautiful areas. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

ATLANTA Blooms: 200,000 Watts of Flower Power March 22 - May 1. Springtime explodes in a colorful extravaganza of tens of thousands of tulips and other bulbs when the Atlanta Botanical Garden unveils Atlanta Blooms: 200,000 Watts of Flower Power!

TIFTON: South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium. March 23, 2011UGA's Tifton Campus Conference Center. $30, Lunch $10.

76th Annual SAVANNAH Tour of Homes & Gardens - March 24-27, 2011 Ticket price range is $25-$40.

PINE MOUNTAIN: Callway Gardens Garden School & Plant Fair and Sale March 24 -- 25, 2011. Featuring horticulturist, author, and design expert Erica Glasener, Thursday, March 24th day-long Landscape Design workshop. Friday, March 25th, garden school lecture by Erica followed by an extensive Question and Answer Session with Erica and other gardening experts from Callaway Gardens and plant vendors. Thursday and Friday - $110.00; Thursday Only - $79.00; Friday Only - $45.00 . Callaway Gardens Annual Plant Fair & Sale March 24, 25, 26, and 27, 2011

SAVANNAH: Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens Spring Festival March 26, 2011 9am-4pm. Family-friendly fund­raising event for the BFC Garden includes educational lectures, activities for children, plant vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and demonstrations.

LAGRANGE: Heirloom Plants for Garden Fragrance at Hills and Dales Estate. March 26th, 10 am to Noon $20.00 per person. $16.00 per person for annual passholders. Jo Phillips, Horticulture Manager at Hills & Dales, will present a workshop to inspire you to create a more fragrant garden.

ROSWELL: Garden Faire at Historic Bulloch Hall presented by N Fulton Master Gardeners. April 16, 2011 9-3.

ROME: 2011 GMGA Spring Conference- When in Rome, Green Gardening for the Future. April 29th 2:30-7:30 and April 30th 8:30-4:30. Proudly hosted by the Floyd County Master Gardeners. Speakers: Tara Dillard, Dr. Wiliam Welch, Joe Cook, Dr. Martin Cipollini, Paula Refi, Terry Kay, Malcolm Hodges. Friday activities include Oak Hill Gardens tours, ECO Center reception & Riverwalk tours, Roman Holiday Riverboat. Register online or download and mail registration form. GMGA Members early Registration before April 1 $65. Guest, public and member registration after April 1, $75. Friday events are additional $7.50.

AUGUSTA: Sacred Heart Garden Festival April 29-May 1, 2011 Tickets for exhibits, vendors & tour $25 Other event tickets vary.

Don't forget to check these for more events:

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Walter Reeves' garden calendar

Explore Georgia

Georgia Organics

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Jan 14, 2011 12:23 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
ATLANTA: Just a few days left to preorder your fruit plants online for The IEGIY Fruit Tree, Vine & Berry Bush Sale to benefit Atlanta Local Food Initiative. Pre-sale runs through Jan 17. Walk-up sale event is Saturday, January 22, 2011 9am-noon.

CUMMING: Saturday Library Lecture Series: Sculpture Design in the Garden presented by Forsyth County Cooperative Extension and Forsyth County Master Gardeners to introduce gardeners to the process of designing and creating functional and non-functional sculpture for their own landscape. Free but you must register. Saturdays 10:30-11:45 at Cumming Library. Part 1- Jan 22; Part 2-Feb. 26; Part 3-Hypertufa workshop TBA. To register call Forsyth County Extension Office at 770-887-2418. Info at

LAGRANGE: Bluebird Home Workshop at Hills and Dales Estate. Saturday, January 29, 2011, 10 am

$15/person Come to this workshop, led by Chris Smith, and learn how to create your own bluebird house and sanctuary. All materials provided. For adults and children age 10 and up. Call 706-882-3242 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

WAYCROSS: Southeast Georgia Landscape Training Thursday, February 3, 2011 8:50 AM – 4:00 PM Okefenokee Technical College, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503. Turf & Lawn ~ Landscapes ~ Color ~ Tree Care ~ Irrigation. Pesticide Credit Available. Register for only $45 until January 27! Registration after this date is $55. Lunch is provided for all attendees! Presented by: Okefenokee Technical College, UGA Extension & the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. Space is limited - Register Today! For registration info contact OTC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - CONTINUING EDUCATION (912) 287-5854 or (912)285-6361 or [email protected] or visit

STATESBORO: Georgia Southern Botanical Garden Lunch & Learn Series, Parts 3 and 4. February 3-Edible Landscaping, March 10-Gardens to Go. $20 per session. Space is limited. 912.871.1149 or

CARROLLTON: Gardening Workshops sponsored by Carroll County Master Gardeners. "Growing Healthy Turf" with Kevin Livingston Feb. 12, 9:30-12:30 and "Grow Your Own Vegetables" with Bryan Hager Feb. 19, 9:40-12:30. Both events are free and held at the Ag Center 900 Newnan Rd. Pre-registration is required @ 770-836-8546 or [email protected].

ATLANTA: Georgia Native Plant Society 16th Native Plant Symposium Saturday, February 19, 2011. The event this year will return to Mercer University Atlanta Campus near I-85 and I-285. The all day event includes lunch and several vendors in addition to a variety of topics: Gardens Inspired by Nature, When Plants are Affected by Transportation Projects, Showy Native Trees and Shrubs, The Soil Food Web, Invasives: Making a Difference in Your Back Yard. Please visit the website to get the details and register online:

Jan 24, 2011 3:24 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
KENNESAW: Low Maintenance Plants Saturday presentation at Smith Gilbert Gardens. Saturday January 22, 10 am $15. See the entire calendar of events and garden information at:

DECATUR: Aesthetic Pruning Presentation. Tuesday, January 25 at 6 PM in the Northlake Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084. Norm Mittleider is an aesthetic pruner living in Marietta, GA who specializes in pruning Japanese maples and specimen conifers. He has over twelve years of experience and a core foundation in aesthetic pruning gleaned from studying at Merritt College in Oakland, CA. Norm teaches classes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and volunteers in local public gardens. He will offer basic pruning instruction as well as timely tips for aesthetically pruning plants for beauty in all seasons.

ATLANTA: Pruning Trees and Shrubs Workshop Atlanta Botanical Garden Saturday, January 29 OR Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m. - noon A detailed discussion of pruning guidelines and principles will be followed by a demonstration in the Garden. Early registration is recommended for this popular class. Fee: $29 (Members $24) Instructor: Jamie Blackburn, Atlanta Botanical Garden curator of woodland collections. Registration Deadline: January 23 or February 10

DECATUR: GPC Native Plant Botanical Gardens Winter Talks at GPC Decatur Campus. Sundays 2:00 - 3:30 pm Auditorium B - 1190. Sunday, January 30 - Fire & Ice: A comparison of the natural gardens of Hawaii and Alaska. - Two very diverse natural gardens with some surprising similarities. Sunday, February 6-Hell’s Garden: Plant Gems of the Arizona Desert. - A plant primer in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix sets the stage for sojourns into the surrounding desert. Sunday, February 20 To be announced. Please follow signs at the garden to the auditorium for the talk. 3251 Panthersville Rd. Decatur, GA 30034 (678) 891-2668

GREENSBORO: Landscape Safety Workshop. February 8, 2011 9:30 am -3:30 pm and repeated again on Feb 9. Objective is to provide landscape laborers with safety knowledge on how to prevent accidents and potential hazards. Free, but participants must register by 5:00 pm January 29. General safety, pesticide handling and management and equipment safety considerations conducted in Spanish and English simultaneously. Commercial pesticide or private pesticide credit available. Greene County Extension Office 1180 C. Weldon Smith Dr. Suite 110 Greensboro, GA 30642. For registration call the Greene County Extension office at 706-453-2083 or email [email protected]

STATEWIDE: Registration for Flavor of Georgia contest- deadline February 18, 2011. Categories include barbecue and hot sauces, confections, dairy products, meat products, snack foods, and jams, jellies and sauces. Entries are judged based on flavor, best use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality. Final judging will be held March 21-22, 2011 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.

COBB GALLERIA: SEFS Preview Party. Preview the 24th annual Southeastern Flower Show "In Tune with Blooms" before the Show opens to the public at the Opening Night Party Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125. Sponsored by Brown & Co. Jewelers and the Maier Family and benefits the Southeastern Horticultural Society.

MORROW: Tara Beekeepers Spring Short Course Saturday, 26-Feb-11, 8AM - 4 PM Reynolds Nature Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Road, Morrow, GA 30260Cost: $50 pre-registration ($55 @ the door) Covered: The honeybee as an individual and colony; Beekeeping equipment and the Langstroth Hive; Ordering bees and installing them from packages & nucleus hives ("nucs");Apiary (bee farm) location, etiquette and safety; Smoker lighting workshop; Honey extraction demonstration; Current issues facing beekeepers; Foraging nectar plants.The fee includes all of the day's presentations, demonstrations and workshops. It covers food & drinks at lunch and breaks, as well as all handouts and a copy of the full-color textbook, "First Lessons in Beekeeping."and a one-year membership in the Tara Beekeepers Association.

NEWNAN: Beginning Beekeeping Course offered by Coweta Beekeepers Association March 12, 2011, at 8:00 AM, at the Asa M. Powell, Sr. Expo Center, 197 Temple Avenue, Newnan, Georgia. Topics include honeybee biology; the functions of the colony; equipment; assembling a beehive; lighting a smoker; best location for a beehive; honeybee installation; hive inspection; a year in the beehive; potential problems and how to harvest honey. $50.00 in advance or $55.00 at the door, includes instruction, snacks and lunch, a copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping and 2011 membership in the Coweta Beekeepers Association. Early registration deadline is March 5, 2011. Registration will be accepted on the day of the class but space is limited.

OTHER AREAS: Find information about other beekeeping courses and associations throughout the state from the Georgia Beekeepers Association

ROME: Georgia Master Gardener Association Spring 2011 Conference on April 29 and 30 in Rome, Georgia. When in Rome….Green Gardening for the Future. Floyd Master Gardeners invite you to come to Rome, Georgia for the Spring 2011 Georgia Master Gardener Association Conference. Located in beautiful northwest Georgia in an enchanted land where the rivers meet the mountains, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. On Friday, you can register early to get into the Forum to sneak and peek at all the goodies the vendors have for sale. A tour of the majestic Oakhill Museum and Gardens is planned for the afternoon. Then, join in the fun at the ECO Center for an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres. You also will have opportunity to meet the speakers for the conference. And, best of all, you can take a ride on the Roman Holiday Riverboat. If you still have the energy, the conference continues bright and early on Saturday at the Forum. The focus of this conference is on ecologically sound practices that go beyond gardening. The agenda is jam packed with all sorts of interesting things to do and see. There’s more information at

Jan 29, 2011 10:18 AM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Sunday's Winter Talk at Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Gardens. Sunday, January 30 2:00 - 3:30 pm GPC Decatur Campus Auditorium Room SB - 1190 Topic: Fire & Ice: A
comparison of the natural gardens of Hawaii and Alaska. - Two very diverse natural gardens with some surprising

JOHNS CREEK: Workshop Series on Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary Garden. Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and/or Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center; 8615 Barnwell Road; Johns Creek, Georgia, 30022. Fun, informative, and exciting workshop with nationally recognized naturalist and environmental educator, Jerry Hightower, that will assist residents in creating, improving, and enjoying wildlife sanctuary gardens at homes and schools. Participants can attend one or all classes. Classes will be held at the. The program is FREE to the public, but registration is required. Please call 678-538-1201 to make reservations.

CUMMING: Forsyth County Master Gardeners Winter & Spring 2011 Library Lecture Series Forsyth County Public Library, Cumming Branch, 585 Dahlonega Highway, Select Saturdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Everyone is Welcome! Saturday, February 5-Much Ado About Mulching: How to Apply Mulch to Promote Health and Vigor in Landscape Plants, presented by Dr. Stephen Garton. Info 770-887-2418 or

ON THE WEB: Water Conservation Series Webinar February 8 from 10:30 am to Noon. titled: Water-efficient irrigation technologies: Florida, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Free. Visit the Water Conservation Learning Center to
register and learn more about this program:

FAYETTEVILLE: Fayette County Master Gardeners present: Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Garden!

with Mr. Lester Bray. This class is suited for the backyard farmer and for the general homeowner. Based on Mr. Bray’s 35 years of farming and teaching, his presentation will include information on seed selection, planting dates, when and how to tie tomatoes properly for the best yield, plus fertilization and pesticide applications and sources for seeds and equipment. (If you are interested in learning about plasticulture in the vegetable garden-you should attend one of these sessions.) Mr. Bray welcomes gardening questions and comments at the summation of his presentation. Two sessions will be offered. Saturday, February 19, 2011,1pm – 3pm or Saturday, March 5, 2011,1pm – 3pm. Fayette County Administrative Complex Public Meeting Room. RSVP by phoning Fayette Co Extension at 770.305.5412 ext 7.

MCDONOUGH: Henry County Beekeepers (HCB) presents “How to become a Beekeeper” short course. Saturday, February 19, 2011, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (1 hour you-are-on-your-own lunch break) Public Safety Building Community Room, 116 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, GA 30252. Cost: $25 pre-registration ($30 at the door). Children under 18 years of age free with paying adult. Covered: Beekeeping Vocabulary, Meet the Honey Bee Colony, Equipment Assembly, Where do I get my Bees, Hive Manipulation, Extracting your Honey, Issues facing the Beekeeper, Smoker Lighting plus a Question & Answer session. All full fee applicants includes a 2011HCB family membership. For an application, brochure or more information call Tom Bonnell 770-473-5434 or view our website at

MACON: Spring Garden Symposium sponsored by Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens at Macon State College, Saturday February 26th from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Keynote speaker, Ms Dorinda Dallmeyer, author of Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and Nature of the South, will discuss her book; Tom Patrick, Georgia DNR Natural Heritage Program, will discuss the importance of the recent Oaky Woods acquisition; Mike Sikes, Horticulturist and Marketing Coordinator for McCorkle Nurseries, will tell the attendees, ‘What’s New from the Plant World at McCorkle’; and a concurrent session featuring Hal Massie on butterfly gardening, Dr Tim Smalley (UGA) on propagation, and Ian Campbell (Bartlett) on ornamental pruning. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served. See for the registration form and additional information. Click on the Symposium link on the right side of the page.

ATHENS: State Botanical Garden. Two Events Celebrating the opening of the new Outdoor Art Exhibition-Forged From Nature. Opening Reception Friday, March 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Visitor Center & Conservatory. Members $15;non-members $18. Be among the first to view our first outdoor art exhibition and meet artist Andrew T. Crawford for
this very special event. The vine gate will be located within the Alice Hand Callaway Visitor Center and Conservatory,
as will a gallery display illustrating the design and construction process and sculpted works. Five more gates will be
outdoors within the display gardens, placed to complement the setting and the theme. Enjoy live jazz music, hors
d’oeuvres, and wine and beer in our tropical conservatory. This opening reception for the exhibition is sponsored by
Athens First Bank and Trust. Wine selections from Five Points Bottle Shop. 706-542-1244

Saturday, March 5 12:00 pm Artist Walk and Gallery Tour. Sculptor Andrew T. Crawford will lead a tour through
Forged From Nature: an Exhibition of Garden Gates, explaining the design, installation and construction of the six
metal sculpted gates in this exhibit. Visitor Center. free.

COLUMBUS: Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society Show Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 1:00 – 5:00 at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia. American Camellia Society sanctioned show will have 30 judges, led by well known Camellia enthusiast John Newsome. There will be categories for growers of all levels, including novices, and cash prizes. This will be the first Camellia Show for Columbus since 1951. It is open to the public free of charge and it welcomes spectators as well as competitors. There is no preregistration and no deadline for entry or attending. All blooms must conform to the American Camellia Society rules and may be brought to the museum between 7:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 12. Camellia society members will be available to help those entering a show for the first time. You do not need to be a society member to enter or to attend. ACS Rules and Regulations-Am...

CLARKSTON: Georgia Hosta Society’s Twenty Second Annual Cut Leaf Show Plus Hosta & Companion Plant Sale!

Saturday, May 7th 2011 at DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston,
Georgia 30021. Love Hosta? Join us and see hundreds of Hosta cultivars on display and for sale. Learn about these
great plants and add beauty to your garden. Georgia Hosta Society members will be on hand to answer questions. Show open to the public 10 am to 3:30 pm. Hosta & Companion Plant Sale 9am to 4 pm

FMG BRANDYWINE VALLEY TOUR May 10-20, 2011- Florida Master Gardeners have graciously invited Georgia
Master Gardeners to join them as they tour and learn in the gardens of the beautiful Brandywine Valley area of
Pennsylvania and Delaware. This tour is scheduled to begin at Philadelphia International Airport; stated tour price
does not include airfare, but the tour planner can make air arrangements for GA travelers. Also, if there is a large
enough group from Georgia, it is possible that they could ride the motorcoach leaving from Macon. There be an
additional charge as this would involve overnight stays both ways. Tour highlights -Bartram Gardens, Morris
Arboretum, Temple University Arboretum, Hershey Gardens, Hagley Museum and Library, Mt Cuba, Dutch House and Gardens, Rockwood Gardens, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Tyler Arboretum, Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens and more. RATE: Single-$2645.00 per person, Double-$1985.00 per person. For information contact Tavia Henderson at [email protected] or 478-737-6310.

Feb 4, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
LAWRENCEVILLE: Gwinnett County Master Gardener Meeting February 21st 7pm, speaker Dr. Allan M. Armitage presents Tales from the Garden. Book sale and signing at 5:45: Armitage’s Vines and Climbers and Armitage’s Garden Perennials. Checks and cash accepted-no credit cards. Covered dish dinner at 6:30, bring a dish or dessert to share. Otherwise, come and hear Allan at 7:00 p.m. Join the master story teller for a short tour though the garden where history, fact and fable meet. Gwinnett Sr. Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville off of Ronald Reagan Parkway.

JASPER: Pickens County 4-H and Master Gardeners 2011 Plant Sale. 36 different varieties of berries, 17 special/unique feature plants for the landscape and over 75 varieties of favorite landscape plants. Orders will be taken through Feb 25th. Plants will be available for pick up on March 12th in Jasper, GA. Contact Pickens 4-H and Master Gardeners at 706-253-8840 or [email protected] for sale information or go to and click on Plant Sale 2011.

GRIFFIN: University of Georgia Horticulture presents: two sessions of How to Prune Your Landscape Like a Pro. February 25, 2011 OR March 4, 2011, 9am - 3pm. Griffin Campus Research Education Garden. $39 check only, no credit cards. Program speakers: UGA Horticulturists Bob Westerfield and Bodie Pennisi. Covered: proper pruning techniques for ornamentals; pruning fruit trees in brief; equipment selection and care in detail; when, where, and how’s of pruning specific plants; techniques for creating a professional looking landscape; pest prevention through proper pruning procedures. Indoor lectures and outside hands-on demonstrations; dress warmly for the outside portion. Pesticide credit in category 21 and 24 applied for. Refreshments and lunch are included in program. Registration required, for more information call Val Schott, at 770-233-5598.

ATHENS: State Botanical Garden: Organic Gardening: A Primer on Growing Herbs and Vegetables. Sunday, March 6, 2011 2 – 4pm. Members $18; non-members $20. Barbara Baker, The Gourmet Gardener and author of Gardening for Health: The 12 Most Important Fruits and Vegetable for Your Organic Garden. Participants will learn the basics of organic soil building, how to propagate herbs and make newspaper pots. Each participant will receive a copy of Container Gardening for Health: the 12 Most Important Fruits and Vegetable for Your Organic Garden. Bring a pair pruning shears and a cup to take home a few cuttings. Call 706-542-6156 or register online at

NATIONWIDE: Mantis Awards. In partnership with Mantis, the National Gardening Association (NGA) will select 25 programs to each receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and their choice of gas-powered, 2-cycle engine or electric motor (a value of $349). Mantis and NGA welcome applications from all nonprofits. Past winners include community gardens, schools, ministries, colleges, master gardening groups, and hospices. In addition to the application, candidates are asked to send a photo of the garden and a diagram of garden layout and dimensions. Application deadline is March 1, 2011.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESOURCES: For more grants, teaching resources, educational opportunities and to sign up for the eeingeorgia newsletter, visit

Save the Date:
ATHENS: ‘Plantapalooza’! Friends of the State Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale & Trial Gardens Plant sales Saturday, April 9, 8am - 2pm. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Trial Gardens at UGA combine spring plant sales in Athens. A different assortment of garden plants will be available at each of these locations at the same time, but both will have many horticulturists, volunteers and Master Gardeners on hand to help people with their plant selections. The Garden Gift Shop, with many books and locally crafted items, will be open.

GRIFFIN: Friends of the UGA Research and Education Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale. Saturday April 16, 8am-3pm. At the garden on West Ellis Rd across the expressway from UGA Griffin Campus. Woody ornamentals, native plants, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, and garden pottery.

FAYETTEVILLE: The Fayette Master Gardener Association 3rd Annual Plant Sale and Demonstrations Saturday, April 30, 2011. 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Fayette County Administration Complex. Also, Spring Garden Tour Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10am - 4 pm (rain or shine). Tour passes ($15.00 per person) will be available at local businesses beginning in April.

CUMMING: Forsyth County Master Gardeners will hold their Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7, 2011, from 9:30am-2:30pm, at The Avenue Forsyth. A wide selection of high-quality garden plants grown expressly for the sale.

Feb 24, 2011 1:19 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
COBB: 2011 Southeastern Flower Show February 25-27 In Tune With Blooms-presented by the Southeastern Horticultural Society. The 24th annual Southeastern Flower Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre, In Tune with Blooms,

celebrates music in the garden. Experience professionally-designed Landscaped Gardens, Artistic Floral Design and Horticulture Divisions, Discovery, Photography and Bonsai Exhibitions within the Show, and garden shopping in the Marketplace, Bookstore and Raffle. Celebrity speakers, Vignettes by foremost southeastern Event Designers, informal demos, live musical performances and children's workshops are presented daily. Friday - Saturday, Feb. 25-26, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday Feb. 27, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. General Admission: $18 Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (free parking).For more information, hotel packages or tickets visit or Telephone: 404-351-1704

STATEWIDE: Registration is now open for Walk Georgia through March 9. Walk Georgia is a program designed to encourage citizens of Georgia to be healthy and active. Other physical activities including gardening can be counted toward mileage as you "walk across Georgia." Individuals or four person teams can participate. Note: this is the only session offered for 2011.

GAINESVILLE: Apple Grafting Class Come join the fun! Saturday, March 19, 2011 2 sessions: 9-11:30am & 1-3:30pm $25.00 includes 5 trees to take home. Learn to graft apple trees in this hands-on workshop led by Dr. Stephen Garton, Forsyth County Extension Coordinator and Charlie Whittle from the Master Gardeners of the Blue Ridge. Choose from over 15 apple varieties including many heirloom varieties from the orchards on the Blue Ridge. Ashmead’s Kernel, Cox’s Orange Pippin and Thomas Jefferson’s favorite Esopus Spitzenberg will offer delicious fruit in your back yard garden. Your investment includes five trees of your very own plus a sampling of delightful local apple snacks. TO REGISTER: Call 770-887-0051 or on-line at [email protected] Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, Located at 5735 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville.

ATHENS: Plantapalooza now includes 3 plant sales! 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 9, 2011 Gardeners who participate in the 2011 Plantapalooza will be able to see two gardens, chat with horticulturists, and choose from a large selection of plants in three venues. All the plants are selected to thrive in Southeastern gardens. Plant lists, directions, and more information are available online at

Coffee and light snacks will be sold at the two gardens. Admission is free for all plant sales. Information on Athens hotels and attractions can be found at Site Locations: 1. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens 2. The Trial Gardens at UGA behind Snelling Dining Hall and next to the Pharmacy building on the UGA Campus, Athens 3. The UGA Horticulture Club near the intersection of Riverbend Road and College Station Road.

ATHENS: Starting a New Food Business in Georgia seminar Friday, April 15th, at the Food Science Bldg., UGA Campus, in Athens. The cost is $100.00, which includes lunch, workshop materials and notebook. This one-day seminar is co-sponsored by the UGA Food Science Extension Outreach Program and the UGA Center for AgriBusiness Development, and features speakers from the food industry as well as entrepreneurs who have started their own food businesses. The deadline to register for this workshop is Monday, April 4th - to register online with a credit card, go to the CALENDAR link at and look for the Starting a New Food Business brochure and online registration links. The brochure has important information about parking and directions. Space is limited to 40, so register early!

VIRGINIA: Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This spring, visitors will step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House,” April 16-23, 2011. Three dozen Historic Garden Week tours present a rich mosaic of some of the country’s finest properties at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Virginia, local events are scheduled from the Atlantic Ocean to the Allegheny Mountains and will span the centuries from the early 17th through the early 21st.

MACON: Hay Day: Gardening and Going Green at Hay House, Saturday, April 16, 2011,10 a.m. - 3 p.m. FREE - No reservations required. Springtime activities for the whole family will highlight the theme of gardening. Take a tour of the Hay House historic gardens and grounds, make a potted plant holder to take-home, visit 'green' special exhibits, and enjoy music and lemonade on the lawn. Sponsored by Georgia Power, Ficking Family Foundation, Virgil P. Warren Family Foundation, and the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

ATHENS: Athens Area Master Naturalist Program 2011. The Athens Area Master Naturalist program will be held in April and May on Fridays from 9-4pm in Athens. The classes cover many environmental topics including native plants, birding, human impact, urban forestry, mammals and wildlife, local agriculture, entomology, herpetology, water issues and stream monitoring. The majority of the classes will be held in Athens at Flinchum’s Phoenix but some will be in the Athens area in topic specific locations. The cost of the program is $185 and includes name badge, polo shirt, weekly refreshments, reference materials, certificate and a graduation lunch. The first class is April 2nd and registration is due no later than March 15th. Class size is limited to 25 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register or contact Amanda Tedrow at 706-613-3640 or [email protected]

COBB: Cobb County Master Gardeners present “Through the Garden Gate 2011” You are invited to stroll through the private gardens of the Cobb County Master Gardeners as well as other featured local gardens, Master Gardening projects, and the Plant Sale and Fair. This rain or shine event is Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Advance Tickets are $10.00 per person and may be purchased through the Cobb Extension office beginning in March. Tour Day tickets are $15.00 at any of the gardens or at the plant sale location. For more information visit or call 770-528-4070.

Mar 18, 2011 12:55 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Master Gardener Day in Georgia is tomorrow, March 19. All of the time spent teaching and reaching out to help in your communities adds up a lot of hours, and a lot of green. Last year Georgia’s Master Gardeners gave 4.8 million dollars worth of service and travel representing 221,184 hours and 945,375 miles. That’s something to celebrate!

MACON: Master Gardeners of Central Georgia Spring Plant Sale. Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19 8 am to 5 pm. State Farmers Market, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, Georgia 31206.

ROCKDALE: Master Gardener Advanced Gold Level Urban Tree Training. Presented by Rockdale County Cooperative Extension. Mondays, April 18-May 16, 2011. Open only to active certified Master Gardeners. This training will consist of five one-half day training sessions. 100% attendance of the training sessions is required. Additional outside work will also be required to complete the gold level training. $60.00 covers all books, nametag, materials, field trips, luncheon and breaks. Contact Jule-Lynne Macie, County Extension Agent at the Rockdale County Extension Office – (770) 278-7373. Registration flyer and information


DECATUR: 2011 Annual Plant Sale and Flower Show. Azalea Chapter of The American Rhododendron Society. Saturday, April 16th 9a.m. - 4p.m. Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur GA 30033. Rain or Shine – Cash and checks accepted. Regionally grown native azaleas, evergreen azaleas, rhododendrons, native companion plants,(These are plants not typically found in local Garden Centers).Flower show and planting demonstrations, membership opportunities. New joining members and existing members receive 25% discount.

GRIFFIN: Rainwater Harvesting Workshop. April 22, 2011 from 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M UGA Griffin Campus Research and Education Garden. Drs. Sheryl Wells, Frank Henning, and Bodie Pennisi from UGA Cooperative Extension Service, and students from CAES Environmental Resource Science, are offering a rainwater harvesting workshop that will teach you how the different systems work and also allow you to participate in a HANDS ON workshop to truly show you how it is done. We will demonstrate how to build your own rainwater harvesting system from materials available at your local hardware store! Learn about: Cistern sizing, siting, installation, maintenance. Lunch will be provided. Class limited to 40. $30.00 Pre-Registration is required. Register by April 15, 2011.For more information please contact Val Schott at (770) 233-5598 email [email protected] FAX: (770) 228-7287

ATHENS: State Botanical Garden of Georgia class Nature Journaling with Nancy Lowe, Local Botanical Artist. April 23, 2011 10am-4pm. Learn to make your own nature journal, draw accurately from nature, write observations. You will become a better observer of the dramas in your own backyard, on hikes, field trips and travel. No experience necessary, all levels welcome! SBG Members $60.00; Non-members $66.00

BLAIRSVILLE: Blairsville Garden Club 2011 Annual Plant Sale. Union County Farmer’s Market, now located on Old Smokey Road, about a block east of Home Depot in Blairsville, Georgia. Friday, April 29th, 9am to 5pm/Saturday. April 30th, 10am to 2pm. Perennials, Annuals, Herbs, Ground Covers/Vines, Shrubs Exhibits

Mar 25, 2011 1:54 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
GRIFFIN: Pesticide Use, Safety, and Handling Training Earn five hours of Commercial Pesticide Credit

in multiple categories! Categories 21,22,23,24,25,26,27,31,32,35,36,37,38,39, or 41

For registration information contact Karen Atkins, 478-987-2028, [email protected]

or find a registration form at Tuesday April 19th, 2011- 8:30 am to 4 pm $45 includes materials/lunch on your own UGA Cooperative Extension is committed to providing access for people with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations if notified in advance. Call 478-987-2028

LAGRANGE: Heirloom Plants for Garden Fragrance Hills and Dales Estate 10:00 am Saturday, March 26

Horticulture Manager, Jo Phillips will present an informative workshop on fragrant heirlooms suitable for southern gardens. The program will cover fragrant plants for all seasons and various site conditions. Participants will be able to experience the scented plants blooming at Hills & Dales and receive a fragrance plant to take home. $20/person, pre-registration required.

DECATUR: GPC Native Plant Botanical Garden Native Azalea and Trillium Madness Sales. Saturday, March 26, we start our Native Plant Sales. We are featuring native Azaleas and 8-10 year old Trilliums which were grown from seed. This is a great opportunity to purchase for planting this spring. Sales continue on Wednesday, March 30, with the start of our Spring 2011 Lunch and Wildflower Series. We also have a great selection of other native plants available. Come see us this Saturday, March 26, 10am to 2pm, and enjoy the garden while you are here.

3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur, GA 678-891-2668

GAINESVILLE: 2011 Spring Garden Expo “Greatest Two-Day Plant Sale in Georgia” More than 60 vendors selling plants, garden art and garden products free admission, free parking Friday, April 8 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, near I-985 at exit 20 in Gainesville and follow the signs. Free Gardening workshops and special guest speakers, Saturday April 9: 10 a.m. -- Scott McMahan Noon -- Rosalie Jensen 2 p.m. -- Sam Faulkner .“Ask a Master Gardener” information booth Purchase “hold and load” service. or 770-535-8293

EVANS: Riverwood Local Fest, Saturday, April 30, 9:AM-3:00PM, On the grounds behind Riverwood Plaza (Publix) corner of Washington Rd & William Few Pkwy in Evans. There will be a Farmer's Market, Plant Sale & Swap, Foods by local chefs, Art, Farm Animals, Games, Live Music, Demonstrations of Cooking, Wood Turning, Soap Making, Backyard Poultry, Bee Keeping Talk and Information, Gardening Advice from Master Gardeners, and Lots More. Admission is Free to both the public and participants. To participate as a farmer, gardener, artist, or restaurant please contact Kim Hines at [email protected].

NEWNAN: Coweta County Master Gardeners’ 2011 Spring Garden Gate Tour Saturday, May 14th 9 a.m. - 3p.m. 5 lovely gardens and lunch (Lunch: 11a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Shade Garden at Andy’s Nursery,915 Highway 16 East, Newnan 770.252.3030) Ticket Price: $20.00 lunch included. Single Garden Tour Tickets may be purchased at the individual gardens for $5.00 each; lunch is not included. Ticket Purchase Locations: All Andy’s Nursery locations, Country Gardens, Scott’s Book Store and Coweta County Extension Office. Tour Transportation: A shuttle will be provided for easy access and traffic flow. Persons with limited mobility are encouraged to go directly to the garden on tour. For Additional Information: Contact Cindy Bruce, Garden Tour Chairperson by calling the Coweta County Extension Office at 770.254.2620 Updates and additional information will be accessible at the Coweta County Extension website at: The tour proceeds support Coweta County Extension educational programs including scholarships and 4-H

Apr 1, 2011 6:53 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
YOUR SOUTHERN GARDEN, the regional gardening show hosted by Walter Reeves 2011 season premieres April 2, airs Saturdays at noon and repeats at 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations. Check local listing for times on Alabama Public Television, South Carolina’s ETV and select northern and central Florida public television stations. This week's show: Hank Bruno on using Korean dogwoods, UGA horticulturist Paul Thomas on why burying seeds might not be the best way to get them to sprout. Also, how to transplant a small fig tree and how properly prune trees.

PERRY: Annual Spring Home & Garden Show April 2 & 3, 2011, in Perry, Georgia. Vendors from throughout the southeastern region offering a wide variety of plants, garden tools, pottery, home accents and outdoor living accessories. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, help with plant selections, provide information to guide your landscape planning, and conduct demonstrations. Our many children's activities include painting projects and creating special garden keepsakes. McGill Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. Tickets are only $4.00 if purchased before the show and $5.00 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information on location and advance ticket purchase,

PINE MOUNTAIN: Vegetable Gardening A to Z Friday, April 8, 2011 Join gardening guru Walter Reeves and Callaway Gardens Vegetable Garden Manager, David Chambers for a day chock full of gardening. Basics and timely tips to make your own vegetable patch perform to its full potential. No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, you'll get lots of take-home information - and plants - to ensure that your garden will be the envy of friends and neighbors. 10m-2pm Fee: $55 (includes lunch)Space is limited. Preregistration is required. To preregister, call 706-663-5153 or email [email protected]

KENNESAW: Outdoor Dinner and a Movie. Saturday April 9th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain “GROW!” tells the story of Georgia’s new generation of young farmers. Hard-working, passionate, often college-educated and rarely landowners, these young people have chosen the life of farmers—for inspiring, and sometimes surprising—reasons. In their 50-minute documentary, filmmaking duo Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson explore these reasons, while tracking the progress of 20 farmers on 12 Georgia farms throughout a growing season. Proceeds from the event will be used to offset costs of distributing and marketing the film at festivals and screenings across the country and in Europe. The cost is $50 per person. Seating is limited to 100. Tickets are available through Georgia Organics by clicking here and must be purchased no later than Tuesday, April 4th.The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain 1127 White Circle NW Marietta, GA

GWINNETT: Gwinnett Master Gardener Meeting April 11, featured speaker AJC environmental writer Charles Seabrook: "When the Birds Return -- Spring in Georgia"covered dish dinner at 6:30. If you would like to eat with us, please bring a dish to share. Otherwise, come and hear Charles at 7:00. We meet at the Gwinnett Senior Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville off of Ronald Reagan Parkway."

Southeastern Horticultural Society membership. SHS thanks all of the Georgia Master Gardeners for their thousands of hours of selfless community volunteering. In celebration of Georgia Master Gardener Day, the Southeastern Horticultural Society would like to extend all Georgia Master Gardeners a 1-year membership for $25. To take advantage of the offer, go to click on membership, choose the student membership level and put "Master Gardener" in the Company or Business name box above the membership level. The Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern United States. The SHS is the organization presents the Southeastern Flower Show, and supports community learning gardens in inner-city neighborhoods.

CONCORD: Concord Garden Club Lunch and Learn program. Sherri Castle will be the Harriette Beckham lecturer and present her new book, The New Southern Cookbook, “Enjoying the best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes.” Thursday April 14 at Strickland Store in Concord, GA (highway 18 west of Zebulon and east of Molena). Lunch and Learn starts at 11:30 with a social time and an opportunity to shop with proceeds to support local scholarship projects. Presentation at 12:00. Please bring a sandwich and Concord Garden Club will provide the beverage and finger desserts. There is no charge for the program…just come and enjoy a good program in peaceful Concord. If you have any questions please contact Gail Berthe at [email protected] or 770 228 8849.

STATESBORO: Wine Moonlight and Magnolias to benefit the Georgia Southern University Botanical Garden. April 21, 2011 7-9pm. GSU Botanical Garden 1505 Bland Ave Statesboro, GA $45

GRIFFIN: Workshop Hypertufa Containers-Beginnner and Advanced UGA Research and Education Garden Saturday April 23, 10 am- 1pm. $35 Create your own hypertufa trough container. Beginner-each participant will mix, pour, and mold a trough container or stepping stone to take home. Advanced-participants of previous basic hypertufa will construct a multi-part hypertufa birdbath. Participants should wear old clothes and bring one pair of heavy rubber dishwashing gloves. Registration fee includes all supplies and materials to make one rectangular trough container, stepping stone or birdbath. Class is limited to 15 participants. Registration form



ATHENS PlantaPalooza Saturday, April 9th, 2011 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. State Botanical Garden, Trial Gardens at UGA & UGA Hort Club Sale
CHEROKEE Cherokee County Master Gardeners Plant Sale Saturday, April 9, 2011, 10:00a.m.- 2:00p.m. Cherokee County Senior Services Center & CCMG Demo Gardens 1001 Univeter Road, Canton, GA

CLARKE Athens Area Master Gardener Plant Sale April 23 8 am-2 pm Clarke County Extension Office.

COBB Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County through the Garden Gate The 2011 Tour of the Private Gardens of Cobb County Master Gardeners Saturday, May 7, 2011 10 AM until 5 PM

COWETA Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, April 9, 2011 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m Coweta County Fairgrounds-275 Pine Road, Newnan Coweta County Master Gardeners’ 2011 Spring Garden Gate Tour Saturday, May 14th 9 a.m. - 3p.m.

FORSYTH: Forsyth County Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 7, 2011, from 9:30am-2:30pm, The Avenue Forsyth, in the lot between Furniture Express and Hwy. 141. GA 400 Exit 13, Bethelview Road and Hwy. 141.

FAYETTE: Fayette Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale and Demonstrations on Saturday, April 30, 2011. 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Fayette County Administration Complex parking lot, 140 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214 Same Day Spring Garden Tour 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m Both events are Rain or shine.

GRIFFIN: Friends of the Garden Annual Plant Sale Saturday April 16 8am-4pm 21 Ellis Road, Griffin
GWINNETT: Gwinnett County MG's Plant Sale Saturday, May 7th, 2011 – 9:30 a.m to while supplies last Cool-Ray Field Parking Lot, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

FULTON: NFMG Garden Faire 2011 Saturday, April 16 - 9:00am until 3:00pm Historic Bulloch Hall, Roswell Activities include Pass-A-Long plant sale, Fleatique market, bake sale, garden vendors, and demonstrations in the garden. Front and

HALL: Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Expo April 8- 9, 2011Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.& Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. Garden Walk “In Our Own Back Yards”Saturday, June 4, 2011 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or Shine $10 - Advance Purchase, $15 - Day of The Tour

HART: The Northeast Georgia Master Gardeners Plant Sale April 15, 10:00-5:00 and April 16, 9:00-2:00 at the Hart Botanical Garden on Hwy 77 just past Hart EMC. Perennials, annuals, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, ferns, and more.

PAULDING: Paulding County Master Gardener Plant Sale April 30, 8 am - 2 pm, Paulding County Extension Office

Apr 8, 2011 1:16 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
PLANTAPALOOZA is in Athens tomorrow 4/9, 8am-2pm. Directions and parking information can be found here Please come out and support UGA Horticulture, Trial Gardens and the State Botanical Garden!

MILLEDGEVILLE: Lockerly Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale April 15 & 16. Friday (3 – 6 PM) & Saturday (9 AM – 2 PM), A wide variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs will be available, including 20 varieties of antique roses. In case of sellouts, orders may be placed for later delivery. For more information, visit or contact Bradley Roberts at 478-452-2112.

Lawrenceville: 17th Annual Spring Plant Sale April 20 & 21 9am - 4pm Presented by Gwinnett Technical College

Environmental Horticulture Department Hanging Baskets , Bedding Plants, Herbs, Vegetables,

Coleus, Begonias, Petunias, Heuchera, Geraniums, Night Blooming Cereus & more. Meet the Authors

On April 20th during the plant sale, Gwinnett County Public Libraries will present Coach Vince Dooley, Erica Glasener, Jim Wilson and Jane Bath. Bring your books and get them signed while picking up something for the garden.

Gwinnett Technical College Greenhouse, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 600,Lawrenceville, GA 30043

For more information: 678.226.6298,

AUGUSTA: Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale. Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pendleton King Park Franke PavilionMaster Gardeners will be selling plants to fund improvement projects at Pendleton King Park. People wishing to donate plants for the fund-raising sale to benefit the park are invited to bring their plants to the PKP Franke Pavilion Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Individuals or groups wishing to sell their own plants or garden related items provide their own set up and are required to donate 10 per cent of their sales to the park. Contact Kay Mills at 706 738-4321 ( for more information.

DAHLONEGA: Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners (GMMG) Annual Garden Expo. May 21 and 22, 2011, 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the Mountain Flower Arts Festival. Plant sale, children's activity, plant clinics, demonstrations, instructional programs, and wildflower walks and hypertufa container workshop. Hancock Park ,one block from the Dahlonega town square. The Art Festival will be held on the Square with a large number of juried artists displaying and selling their works of art. More information on the Festival and EXPO can be found at: or

Contact: Larry Krull, 706-216-6747, "Larry Krull"

This week on Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves: Growing Blueberries in Containers, Transplanting Azaleas w/Hank Bruno, Dir. of Horticulture at Callaway Gardens, Butterflies in Your Garden, Azalea Leaf Gall. Airing Saturdays at noon & 6:30 pm on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations, YSG is a co-production of the University of Florida/IFAS and the University of Georgia, with sponsorship from the Scotts Company.

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