"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 will have a booth for "Ask a Master Gardener" on the first Saturday of each month at the Dahlonega Farmers' Market in Hancock Park, from 8:00 am until 12 noon. Come on opening day, Saturday, May 5 2018, check out all the beautiful new spring produce and have your gardening questions answered.

Also, again for 2018, the annual "Ask a Master Gardener" clinics will be at Dahlonega Walmart and at Dahlonega Home Depot for Spring and Fall. Wach out for details of the next events at these garden centers.

Bi-Monthly General Meetings and Programs

Special programs and presentations are scheduled for the general meetings held on the second Monday of every other month
in the Parks and Recreation building at 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega.

Upcoming Presentations

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We are currently booking speakers for programs through 2018, so watch this space for details. The program dates for 2018 are:

March 12

May 14

July 9

September 10

November 12

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Previous Presentations



Daylilies

presented by Felicity O'Neal on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 7:00pm





The rewards of gardening with daylilies can be immeasurable, as they can easily be considered an integral part of any perennial garden. Their multiple colors and color combinations, their hardy endurance of the Georgia summer's heat and their attraction for butterflies and humming birds are just a few of their winning assets.

Felicity O'Neal, originally from Harrogate, Yorkshire, England and member of the American Hemerocallis Society, along with Membership in the Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta, will be joining The Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners to present a program on daylilies and all their special qualities during their next program meeting. Felicity O'Neal's discussion will include a short history of daylilies, along with a couple of recipes, general information and planning and care for daylilies in the garden.

Please join the Master Gardeners for this wonderful, informative event at the Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Center, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Our programs are free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please call 912-571-2162.

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All About Blueberries

presented by Connie Monroe on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 7:00pm


Whether you want to plant blueberry bushes for their delicious fruit or for their year round beauty in the garden or both, Master Gardener Connie Monroe has some excellent gardening tips and advice on growing and harvesting blueberries in North Georgia.

Connie has been a Master Gardener for eighteen years and is also a founding member of the Gold Diggers Garden Club. She and her husband Bob moved to Dahlonega twenty years ago, where they live on a 40 acre farm off Black Mountain Road. Growing blueberries became a project in 2007, when they started planting blueberries for their U-Pick business. Today they have approximately 200 plants within an acre of property. They also have a large vegetable garden and bee hives, and often sell items at the local Farmer's Market. Connie's expertise will help you with all the planting, pruning and fertilizing dilemmas you might come across when growing blueberries.

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From Garden to Vase - Making a Cut Flower Garden

presented by Jan Pierce on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 7:00pm


One of the lovely benefits of gardening can be the rewards of beautiful flowers in your landscape that can then be brought indoors to enjoy. Knowing what type of flowers to choose for this purpose can sometimes be a daunting process. Certified Landscape Designer Jan Pierce will join the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners to teach us how to choose flowers with long-lasting blooms, where to place your cut flower garden, soil preparation, care, and maintenance, and when and how to cut flowers. This program is free of charge and open to the public.

Jan Pierce attended Gwinnett Technical College and graduated as a Certified Landscape Designer. She formed her landscaping business in 2006, which has developed into a "passion for helping others realize their dreams of having a garden refuge to come home to, away from their working environment".

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Organic Gardening

presented by Andrew Linker on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00pm


If you are already planning and preparing your spring garden and have hopes of using organic practices, the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will be hosting an informational program to help with your endeavors. Andrew Linker, the Director of the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network will be speaking at the March 13 meeting.

The Georgia Mountains Farmers Network is a group of local farmers seeking to share ideas and increase the impact of local foods in the region. Andrew Linker is also the Gainesville site manager for the Northeast Georgia Locally Grown, which is an on-line market for fresh, local and sustainable foods and products. He also works with the Brenau University Garden Society project in Gainesville through the Hall County Master Gardeners. With a degree in Environmental Studies, Mr. Linker digs into the research and can explain complex processes in a way that all growers can understand and apply to their own gardens.






Winter Birds

presented by Peter Gordon on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00pm


Everyone enjoys the majestic beauty of our native birds and now is your chance to learn more about these beautiful creatures that surround us. Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will be hosting the Director of the Elachee Nature Science Center, Peter Gordon, who will be presenting a wonderful, educational program on Georgia's winter birds.

The Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, GA is Georgia's only museum or environmental education center that is accredited as a supplementary education school by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Peter Gordon joined Elachee's staff in 1992 and became Education Director in 1994. While at the Nature Center he has developed curriculum, designed exhibits, helped coordinate summer camps, teacher workshops, general public festivals and other programs for the Northeast Georgia community. He has also learned a lot about the animals and plants of northeast Georgia while on the job. As director, Mr. Gordon oversees all aspects of the educational programs; seeing about 35,000 students a year from school districts in the area. The nature center also receives calls about wild animals which they trouble-shoot throughout the year. Peter says he is recognized as the bird guy, the snake guy and any-kind-of-animal-interaction-that-could-happen-in-someone's-backyard kind of guy. The center receives hundreds of animal calls about baby birds and baby rabbits; it's a natural thing for us. ... "It's a good way for us to do a lot of on-the-ground education with someone right there on the phone, making it a very rewarding job."



Smithgall Woods, Hardman Farm and the Gardens Between

presented by William Wagner on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00pm


The Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners are pleased to announce that Will Wagner, General Manager of the Dukes Creek Conservation Area, will present a program entitled "Smithgall Woods, Hardman Farm and the Gardens Between" at their next meeting. This key event will be held at Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega. The meeting is set for 7:00 pm, on Monday, September 12, 2016 and is open to the public.

Mr. Wagner and his family moved to the Sautee Valley of North Georgia this past fall after managing Don Carter State Park in Clermont, working in the Nantahala Mountains of North Carolina and at Reynolds Nature Preserve and High Falls State Park as a Park Ranger. Mr. Wagner is excited to bring his family to this area and "looks forward to continuing to protect a beautiful wilderness park at Smithgall Woods."

We know that our local area is home to incredible vistas and resources, but Mr. Wagner's informative program will showcase an additional list of remarkable sites and services that include: birdwatching, photography, environmental education, hunting, fishing, hiking, enjoying Duke Creek Falls, along with an elegant mountain retreat, a fascinating Indian mound and historic 173 acre Hardman Farm. Mr. Wagner will also discuss the implementation of a new native azalea garden.



Gardening in the North Georgia Mountains: How to deal with pesky deer and red clay soil

presented by Suzanne Brosche on Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 7:00pm


Help is at hand for all North Georgia Gardeners! On Monday evening, July 11, the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will host a presentation by Suzanne Brosche, discussing two of our most troubling problems - Pesky deer and red clay soil!

Suzanne is a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, she is a degreed landscape designer with nearly twelve years of experience in landscaping and horticulture, along with being a lifetime master gardener. Brosche's design style focuses on sustainability and has been praised as inventive and creative. In addition to full-service landscape design and installation, she creates specialty gardens, seasonal color and year-round beauty for homeowners and commercial properties in the Southeast. A graduate of Gwinnett Technical College with a degree in Environmental Horticulture, she has taught Horticulture, Landscape Design, Construction and Management. Her education also includes an International MBA.

Suzanne and her husband Jason own Art of Stone Gardening. Their business provides creative and sustainable landscapes throughout the North Georgia area, specializing in outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, water features, ponds, patios, retaining walls, paths, stone steps, landscape design and installation, and garden design.





Lori Prosser
Linda Fraser
Walter Reeves
Paula Allen Ikebana

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

  • 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

Sustanable Gardening
Red Oaks Lavender
Leilani Vining
Juanita Dale

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