Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of our 2021 events may be, unfortunately, cancelled

“Ask a Master Gardener” Plant Clinics

Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners are available to help with your concerns about their flowers and/or vegetable gardens. The Master Gardeners have a ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ stand on the first market of each month at the Dahlonega Farmers Market in Hancock Park, from 8:00 am until 12 noon.

Bi-Monthly General Meetings and Programs

As part of their mission the GMMG (representing Lumpkin and Dawson counties) strives to present interesting and informational programs to the community on a regular basis. Special programs and presentations are scheduled for the general meetings held on the second Monday of every other month
Georgia Mountains Master Gardener programs are held at Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533 and are open to the public. There is no cost to attend, light refreshments will be served.

For further information, please call the local extension office at 706-864-2275

GMMG Programs 2022

Please check back soon for details of programs in 2022.

Previous Presentations

All about Mushrooms presented by Brian Hale on Monday, May10 2021, 7pm – 8pm

Sustainable Gardening presented by Becky Griffin on Monday, July 12 2021

CANCELLED Gift ideas from the garden for the holidays presented by GMMG members on Monday, November 9 2020

CANCELLED Butterflies and Pollinators presented by Jo Anne Goldenburg on Monday, September 14 2020

CANCELLED Composting presented by Peri Gordon on Monday, July 13 2020

CANCELLED Mushrooms presented by Brian Hale on Monday, May 11 2020

Discovering the 2020 Master Gardener Plants presented by Nici Angel on Monday, March 9 2020, 7-8pm

This program gives an interesting overview of the plants the Master Gardeners have chosen to offer this year in the Plant Sale. It covers not just the plants themselves, but also tips on what to plant where, how certain plants can solve problems in the yard, and how these plants can fit in with past purchases. Discover why certain plants are chosen by GMMG members and how to make informed decision on what to plant in your garden paradise. Come with questions in mind and get the answers you need from the MGs present!
One of our local Master Gardeners, Nici Angell, is known not just for her love of nature, but also for her art in many mediums. Often requested as a speaker, she brings knowledge with humor in a wide range of topics. Since moving to Dahlonega 10 years ago, Nici has been involved in the Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum, Gold Country Squares (square dancing), Gold Diggers Garden Club, Lumpkin County Historical Society, and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners. For many their first sight of Nici is when she strolls through town during events in hoop skirts or bustle dresses she has sewn herself. Others know her best for her paintings and handmade jewelry. But to fellow gardeners, her knowledge of the natural world and how to explain it (from her biology degree) is the part of her they appreciate the most.

Why do we feed birds? presented by Yvonne Bombadier on Monday, November 11 2019

Invasive Species presented by Nici Angell on Monday, September 9 2019

Food Production presented by Ann Carder on Monday, July 8 2019

This program is about the preservation of food by canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables. Come learn how to preserve your hard work with no additives.

Ann has been a Georgia Mountain Master Gardener for over 20 years. She has worked with school programs at Lumpkin County Elementary and presented a program at Blackburn Elementary. Carder has been preserving food from her garden for many years and has successfully set up a canning kitchen where family and friends gather to enjoy and benefit from the fruits of their labor. She was a Rural Letter Carrier and greatly benefited from her customers gardens. She began with the Ball canning book and the extension books “So Easy To Can” and “So Easy To Freeze” and has been canning and preserving food since.

All Things Weeds presented by Lumpkin County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister on Monday, May 13 2019

Don’t miss “All Things Weeds” to learn about weeds in the home landscape and lawn, including weed identification, weeds commonly found in the area, how to control weeds (chemically and non-chemically) and why some weeds are more difficult to control. Participants are encouraged to bring weed samples or pictures to be identified and to receive advice!

Composting presented by Peri Gordon on Monday, November 12 2018

Heritage Winter Gardening Practices “Wintergreens: An Appalachian strategy for surviving til spring”
presented by Rosann Kent on Monday, September 10 2018

Permaculture presented by Lisa Sweet on Monday, July 9 2018

If you have been in the Lumpkin County area for any length of time you have surely heard of Rosann Kent! And, if you haven’t ..then you’re in for a real treat when you join the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners for their next program!

Since 2012, Rosann Kent has been the director of the Appalachian Studies Center, the state’s official center for the study of the mountain region as designated by the Georgia legislature. The center and its heirloom seed demonstration garden are headquartered in the Historic Vickery House on the campus of the University of North Georgia.

This description of Rosann Kent doesn’t suffice to describe the interesting person that you will meet at her upcoming presentation! She is a master storyteller and will entertain us all! In describing her presentation, Rosann says she will talk about wintergreens and Appalachian strategies for surviving till spring! She says, “It’s green and it grows in winter. One of our favorite seeds in our seed bank is Mr. Lovell’s ‘wintergreens.’ Although in the mustard family, wintergreens don’t taste as strong as typical mustard.” At her lively presentation you will learn more about wintergreens, how to plant, cultivate, harvest and save the seeds.

The program, “Permaculture”, will be presented by Elizabeth (Lisa) Sweet. Permaculture is an ethical design system for ecological and sustainable living. Based on three ethics and twelve principles, permaculture is flexible and evolving. It incorporates both new strategies and solutions and traditional ones from all over the world. It is a way of seeing, thinking, and doing that results in abundant places.

Lisa has been interested in permaculture ever since she discovered it in 2006 through Toby Hemingway’s book, Gaia’s Garden. In 2014, with a newly purchased 10-acre slice of an old cattle farm to plan for, she and her husband Charley had the perfect reason/excuse to spring for Geoff Lawton’s online permaculture design course. Together they created an evolving permaculture plan for their property. Lisa’s keenest interest is in sustainable food production systems that include some small livestock such as dual-purpose Kinder goats, Ancona ducks, and chickens.

Lisa teaches English at Woody Gap School. In the spring of 2019 she will be introducing her students to permaculture in a sustainable agriculture course.

In addition, the GMMG members will be convening early at 6:30 pm to receive a presentation by Brooke Nations, Regional Director of the GMGA (Georgia Master Gardener’s Association) of a grant award of $500 to be used over the next 12 months for their Junior Master Gardener’s program, “Diggin-It” which is an on-going program for interested 3rd,4th and 5th graders at the Lumpkin County Elementary School. They plan to develop the JMG program throughout the elementary schools in Lumpkin County.

History of the Cherokee Rose presented by Donna Whitfield on Monday, May 14 2018

The Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners are happy to announce that spring is finally here! It’s hard to believe the past winter with its many cold spells culminating in late April. Even with some cold and windy days the Master Gardeners have been busy this spring with many activities including their annual fundraiser/plant sale held in conjunction with the Lumpkin County 4-H. GMMG wants to thank everyone who supported this major fundraising effort! In addition, the Master Gardeners have been involved with local clean-up and planting efforts to enhance the community. The Georgia Mountains Junior Master Gardener program at Lumpkin County Elementary School, known as the Diggin-It gardening club, is winding down for the year and will be recognized for completing their course on May 18th!
Dr. Donna Whitfield has a wonderful presentation on the history of the Cherokee Rose! You may have even read a past article written by her in this publication about our state flower as well as other topics!
Dr. Donna Whitfield was born and raised in Lumpkin County, and has been gardening all her life. Despite having a busy professional career here in Dahlonega, she became a Master Gardener in 2007 and found a connection with her medical background. She is fascinated by ethnobotany, which is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people, and has been researching several plants that have local roots. The Cherokee Rose is one of them, and her presentation will go into the details of the history of the plant and its connection to our local area.

Raised Bed Gardening presented by Sandy Asbill on Monday, March 12 2018

“Mr. Sandy Asbill has been working in the organic area of agriculture for 45 years and seeks to educate people about the natural systems of nature. He will not only cover producing from raised beds, but will pass on his wealth of information about the intricacies of how plants grow and produce to include the importance of soil ingredients. He will teach us how roots prefer to uptake nutrients and as a result how to grow plants that not only produce more flowers and fruits but a better quality as well. To highlight his presentation we will learn that when you truly reach the preferred balance of nutrients in the growing medium, the pests will cease eating on our desirable plants and prefer the weeds nearby.

Here are some of our other programs we have really enjoyed:

  • Felicity O’Neal – Daylilies
  • Connie Monroe – All About Blueberries
  • Jan Pierce – From Garden to Vase – Making a Cut Flower Garden
  • Andrew Linker – Organic Gardening and Georgia Mountains Farmers Network
  • William Wagner – Smithgall Woods, Hardman Farm and the Gardens Between
  • Peter Gordon – Winter Birds
  • Suzanne Brosche – Dealing with pesky deer and red clay soil
  • Susan Varlamoff – Sustainable Gardening
  • Lori Prosser – From Cottages to Castles (gardens of England)
  • Linda Fraser – Growing Wild Things in a Polite Neighborhood
  • Tina and Bill Misko – Can Lavender Be Grown in Georgia?
  • Joel Hitt – The Curious Calling to Garden in the Woods
  • Georgia Forestry Commission – Fire Prevention for Landscaping
  • Karan Rawlins – Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
  • Erica Glasener – Designing a Garden for Four Seasons
  • Juanita Dale – Home Garden Tour
  • Kelly Bowen – Container Gardening for Porch and Patio
  • Paula Allen – Ikebana Flower Arranging
  • Leilani Vining – Small Space Gardening
  • Amanda Rose Newton – Controlling Pests in Your Garden
  • Walter Reeves – Environmentally Responsible Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Tracy Pierce – Small Fruits and Berries

Gardening Workshops

Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners organize workshop sessions throughout the year, to give practical guidance and help on specific topics, and filled with information!. All are open to the public and are free.

Special Events

All day Fall Workshop on Saturday, August 10 2019`

This Fantastic Fall Gardening Workshop was sponsored by the GMMG, the Dahlonega Women’s Club, the Achasta Garden Club and the Gold Diggers Garden Club. More than 100 attendees had a very instructive day. Participants learned about Naturescaping, Bugs 101, Bees and Other Pollinators, Seed Collecting and Saving, and Fall Vegetable Gardening and Soil Amendments.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS that made this Free Community Workshop possible. A SPECIAL Thank You to all of our presenters:
Joel Hitt – Rabun County Master Gardener
Nici Angell – Lumpkin County Master Gardener
Becky Griffin, MPPPM – Urban Ag Center
Connie Monroe – Lumpkin County Master Gardener
Chris Dorsey – Director of Warrior Farms.

GMGA Annual Conference 2015

We were pleased to host the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Annual Conference in 2015.

Friday, September 11
5:00 – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception Refreshments, Music, Program and Ghost Tours Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square North, Dahlonega 30533
Saturday, September 12
7:30 – 8:30 am Networking, Registration and Continental Breakfast University of North Georgia – Hoag Auditorium, 131 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega 30533
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Remarks by Joel Hitt, Master of Ceremonies and Welcome by Amy Booker, President of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau President
9:00 – 9:45 am Keynote Speaker Southern Living Representative – Kip McConnell This year’s keynote speaker, Kip McConnell, director of Plant Development Services Inc., and the Southern Living Plant Collection, will share his expertise. “New, Better, Yours – Plant the Newest Best Plants.”
9:00 am – 5:00 pm All Day – Market Place Vendor shopping
10:00 – 10:15 am Refreshment Break and Market Place Shopping
10:15 – 11:30 am Breakout Workshop Sessions (select two choices) and Market Place Shopping
Predatory Beetle Lab – 92 Sunset Drive
Native Woodland Garden – 159 Sunset Drive
Pollinators – Hoag Auditorium
Heirloom Seeds – Vickery House, 24 Vickery Drive
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch – UNG Main Dining Hall and Market Place Shopping
12:30 – 1:00 pm GMGA Business Meeting – President Marjorie Stansel
1:00 – 2:00 pm Breakout Workshop Sessions – Repeat of morning sessions and Market Place Shopping
2:30 – 3:30 pm Sharon Collins Presentation (including 15 minute Q and A). Sharon Collins is the current host and Executive Producer of Georgia Outdoors, which airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
3:45 – 5:00 pm Walter Reeves Presentation (including 15 minute Q and A). Well known gardener, writer and radio/TV host Walter Reeves will speak at this year’s state conference presenting “Planting Perfectly: Happy Plants Make Happy Gardeners”.

Speaker Profiles and presentation details
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Conference Marketplace vendors
Dahlonega Information