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Morgan County Master Gardeners Association
LUNCH & LEARN
The final Lunch & Learn for the year will be on Wednesday, November 12th at noon at the Aquadome. The speaker will be Herb Lewis, Birds In Your Backyard. Bring your lunch if you wish. Don't miss it!!
MCMGA CHRISTMAS PARTY
The annual Christmas party will be at the Vestavia Court Clubhouse at 6 pm Monday, December 8th. Bring a finger food to share.
TRI-COUNTY MASTER GARDENER CLASS
The next Master Gardener class will begin in January and will be a morning class. If you have a friend who is interested, encourage them to contact Ken Creel at the Huntsville Extension office ASAP
They can download the application: http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1155/
LUNCH & LEARN
Decatur Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with Morgan County Master Gardeners has developed a series of monthly seminars at the Aquadome to be held on the second Wednesday of the month, June through November at noon to 1 pm. Schedule and subject titles are below in the Calendar.
Contact Rochelle Darnell, 256 341-4950 firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 President, Jim Allen
Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC) has agreed to sponsor the Morgan County Master Gardeners Association (MCMGA)
greenhouse upkeep with an annual donation of $2,500.
Management at AFC realizes the importance of what Master Gardeners do for the community and how important the greenhouse is to their membership. Besides being used as a teaching tool for current MCMGA members and interns, the greenhouse is used to propagate plants for distribution to Hospice of the Valley patients, for the fundraiser plant sale conducted by the Master Gardeners every spring and for other projects around the county. AFC, along with Bonnie Plants (a wholly owned subsidiary), are long-time major sponsors of the Alabama Master Gardeners Association State Conference and have been associated with the Morgan County Master Gardenerís annual Horticulture Exhibit at the Morgan County Fair since its inception.
THANK YOU, ALABAMA FARMERS COOPERATIVE
Please update your volunteer hours online throughout the year or they may be sent to Janie Hartsfield
before December 1st. Sharing your volunteer hours only takes a little bit of your time, but is very important
to our state organization.
V To record your hours online: Go to www.aces.edu/mg On the left side of the page, click "Volunteer Area". On that page, click "Volunteers Service Report". The first time you use it you will have to create an account and you will use "Mor0730" for the password to establish it. After filling out a short questionaire, you will have your own password for the next time. Be sure and write your username (your email address) and your password down somewhere, unless your memory is better than mine. Keep a hard copy of your hours and CEUs for to turn in at the end of the year to Janie Hartsfield.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER:
A new feature of the MCMGA webpage is ASK A MASTER GARDENER: If you have a question about gardening and particularly about gardening in the Tennessee Valley, please email it to email@example.com A Master Gardener will respond. Please include your name and phone number.
2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am - 12:30 pm at the Aquadome in Decatur
except for May (picnic), November (normal time is day before Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas party)
November 12 Lunch & Learn, noon, Aquadome -- Birds in the Garden, Attracting, Feeding, Identification -- Morgan County Master Gardeners
**November 19th MCMGA Meeting, Aquadome 11am - 12:30 pm
December 1 Volunteer Hours and CEUs due
Pay 2015 MCMGA Dues before December 31
December 8th MCMGA Annual Christmas Party -- Vestavia Court Clubhouse 6 pm
WHAT DO MASTER GARDENERS DO?
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This is a year round project that includes all facets of plant care. In addition to our annual plant sale,
these plants are used for nursing homes, get-well and farewell gifts, etc.
A dozen or so plants are taken each month to Hospice of the Valley to be given to the patients.
Master Gardener Flower Bed:
dividing, transplanting, weeding, mulching, pruning, irrigation and lots of elbow grease and loving care.
Plants from the greenhouse and donated from members' yards are offered for sale each spring.
The sale not only means selling the plants, but answering questions about those plants and others
the customer may already have or is interested in.
Horticulture Exhibit, Morgan County Fair:
Volunteers check in plants, arrange them by category, set up the educational project and answer horticulture
questions from the fairgoers.
Helping Senior Citizens:
Working with neighbors who can no longer do it themselves. Planting some annuals, pruning and answering
questions about indoor and outdoor plants means a lot to those friends.
Working with the Tri-County Master Gardener Classes:
Twice a year, 12 week Master Gardener classes are conducted. Each of the counties is expected to do its
part and volunteers are needed to help with registration, testing, administrative duties and food.
This is a good way not only to get required hours, but to refresh your knowledge and get some of the required CEUs.
One of our members works in the newly revamped Rose Garden at
spring and fall, helping to keep the roses in showcase condition.
Plant Care at Hospice of the Valley:
One of our members has taken on the care and feeding of the houseplants and memory garden at
Hospice. She spends about 170 hours per year on her project. The staff thinks she must have been sent
from heaven and all the plants are thriving because of her involvement.
Plant Care at Church:
First Presbyterian Church is fortunate to have one of our members who waters
all their plants each week and fertilizes them when needed. Takes about an hour a week of her loving care.
Programs for Club Meetings:
Several of our MGs are especially knowledgeable on certain subjects and are regularly
asked to speak at garden or other club meetings.
The Tree Lady:
This individual's project has been ongoing since 1999. She teaches kindergarten and first graders
and she's dressed like a tree. The program is also given at Education Day at the County Fair
and other appropriate functions.
These individuals are trained to conduct tours of the garden, answer questions and act as hosts to visitors.
Neighborhood Christian Center (NCC) Landscaping Project:
We are providing a landscaping plan for a home owned by the NCC and used in its ministry in Northeast Decatur.
Some plants will be donated by members and the labor provided by NCC
Scholarship for an AUBURN UNIVERSITY Horticulture Student
MCMGA uses some of its resources from the annual plant sale to fund a scholarship for a horticulture student. The scholarship is administered by the University.
Tell me about YOUR projects
If you can fill any of these needs or if you have others to list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ,
or contact the person in charge of the project.
For times and work needed, call Sonja Hyatt, 355-0899 or Janie Hartsfield, 350-0843
Madison County Extension Service Center
For work in the center, call Ken Creel, 532-1578
For work in the center, call 773-2549. There are work opportunities of all kinds.
Currently, organizing 4H materials is a prime concern.
The Delano Park Rose Garden
needs volunteers to help maintain its newfound beauty.
Volunteers work on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 2:30pm if temperatures are above 50 degrees,
If you're interested, call Carolyn Dobson, 350-1620
There are always opportunities for your time.
Opportunities include: Gift Shop,
Greenhouses/Horticulture, Galaxy of Lights, Docents (tour guides), Education Assistants, Luncheon Hostesses,
Administrative, Plant Sale, Special Event Assistants, Spring Festival of Flowers and Tea Room. (12-06)
2014 Officers and Chairs
President Jim Allen
Hospice Delivery - Rita Schick
Vice President: Sonja Hyatt
Secretary: Peggy Wilson
Interns Stan Addyman
Treasurer: Stan Addyman
Mentors Linda Russell
Parliamentarian: Darryle Waldron
Advisory Council:Jim Allen
Plant Sale:Helen Debuty
|Delano Park Carolyn Dobson||
Programs Brenda Close
|Field Trips Rand Bryan||
Publicity: Dodie Hall
Garden Pathways Sonja Hyatt
Special Projects Allen Jeffreys
|Greenhouse Sonja Hyatt & Janie Hartsfield||
Sunshine Jan Hooper
|Greenhouse Maintenance Darryle Waldron, Tom Braunshausen||
Volunteer Hours:Janie Hartsfield
|Horticulture - County Fair Jan Hooper & Peggy Williams||
Website/Directory/Email: Rita Baker
The revised Constitution & ByLaws and Policies & Procedures
Websites of Interest:
Lee County Master Gardeners -- http://www.aces.edu/mg/lee/
Tri-County Master Gardener Class - 06 -- http://www.aces.edu/counties/Limestone/TriCounty/
Dave's Garden -- everything you've ever wanted to know or ask about gardening. www.davesgarden.com
The Ortho Problem Solver -- www.ortho.com
Ethnobotany -- natural products co-op -- www.ethnobotany.com
The Gardening Launchpad -- gardening links, both for information and for purchases -- www.gardeninglaunchpad.com
Plants National Database -- http://plants.usda.gov
From the Garden With P. Allen Smith -- www.pallensmith.com
Huntsville Botanical Garden -- http://www.hsvbg.org
National Gardening -- www.nationalgardening.com
Garden Guides -- www.gardenguides.com
Some virtual garden tour websites for you to try:
www.smith.edu/gardens/kidscorner/index.htm †(for kids)
www.usbg.gov/virtual-tour/index.cfm †(US Botanical Garden)
Original Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting
For additional information,
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