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Morgan County Master Gardeners Association
ANNUAL MCMGA PICNIC
MCMGA picnic will be on Thursday, June 25th at 6 pm at the home of Mary
Jane Warner. The club will provide meat and beverage. Please
bring your spouse (or whomever), a covered dish to share and lawn chairs.
June Lunch & Learn topic will be a hands-on program on House Plant
Propagation by Ken Creel, Regional Extension Agent. The date is June 10th,
noon at the Aquadome. Bring your lunch and a beverage if you wish.
The Lunch & Learn programs are at the Aquadome on second Wednesdays at noon
March through November.
In July, the Lunch & Learn
topic will be Photographing Plants & Wildlife with Bill Gates from Wheeler
Wildlife Refuge. The date is Wednesday,
July 8 at noon.
The speaker for the July
meeting will be Kara Long from the General Joe Wheeler Home. The meeting will
be on Wednesday, July 22nd, 11 am at
TRI-COUNTY MASTER GARDENER CLASS
The next Master
Gardener class will begin in August and will be an evening class beginning on
August 13th for 13 weeks. If you
have a friend who is interested, encourage them to contact Ken Creel at the
Huntsville Extension office ASAP. Course information can be found on the
download the application:
2015 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
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
(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
Please update your volunteer hours online
throughout the year or they may be sent to
before December 1st. Sharing your volunteer hours only
takes a little bit of your time, but is very important
to our state
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
A MASTER GARDENER:
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.
2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am - 12:30 pm at the Aquadome in
except for June (picnic) and December (Christmas party)
Lunch & Learn on
second Wednesday March - November 12 to 1 pm Aquadome.
Bring lunch and
beverage if you would like
June 10 -- Lunch &
Learn Aquadome 12 to 1pm "House Plant Propagation" Ken Creel, Regional
-- MCMGA PICNIC -- 6 pm, home of Mary Jane Warner
July 8 -- Lunch &
Learn Aquadome 12 to 1pm "Photography of Plants & Wildlife" Bill
Gates, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
July 22 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am, Kara Long, General Joe Wheeler
August 12 -- Lunch &
Learn Aquadome 12 - 1pm "Pest Management" Ken Creel, Regional
26 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
September 9 -- Lunch &
Learn " Water Features In the Garden" Hannah's Lawn * Landscaping
September 23 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
September 24 - October
3 Morgan County Fair Horticulture Exhibit
September 20 Accept
plants September 22 Accept cut flowers
October 14 -- Lunch &
Learn "Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece" Susan Ledbetter, Morgan County
October 28 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
November 11 Lunch &
Learn "Terrariums" Amy Rakestraw, Sugar Magnolias
18 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
December -- MCMGA CHRISTMAS PARTY -- date and location to be announced
2016 CALENDAR OF
2016 MCMGA Plant Sale will be
April 30th - May 1st, 2016
WHAT DO MASTER GARDENERS DO?
Hope you will let me add your activities to it if you are a
send them to the email address below:
This is a year round project
that includes all facets of plant care. In addition to our annual plant
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.
from the greenhouse and donated from members' yards are offered for sale each
sale not only means selling the plants, but answering questions about those
plants and others
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.
Wheeler Basin Library
Landscaping renovation to conform
to original design.
Working with neighbors who can no longer do it
themselves. Planting some annuals, pruning and
questions about indoor and outdoor plants means
a lot to those friends.
Working with the
Tri-County Master Gardener Classes:
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.
Park Rose Garden:
One of our members works in the newly revamped Rose Garden at
Park twice a
and fall, helping to keep the roses in showcase condition. Carolyn Dobson
Fulfilling requests from several
school districts to help plan and design outdoor classroom projects.
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
heaven and all the plants are thriving because of her involvement.
Plant Care at
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.
for Club Meetings:
Several of our MGs
are especially knowledgeable on certain subjects and are regularly
speak at garden or other club meetings.
This individual's project has been ongoing since 1999.
She teaches kindergarten and first graders
district about trees - what they do and provide for us and what we can do for
she's dressed like a tree. The program is also given at Education Day at
the County Fair
other appropriate functions.
These individuals are trained to
conduct tours of the garden, answer questions and act as hosts to visitors.
Christian Center (NCC) Landscaping Project:
We are providing a
landscaping plan for a home owned by the NCC and used in its ministry in
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.
about YOUR projects
If you can fill any
of these needs or if you have others to list, please email me at
or contact the person in charge of the project.
For times and work
needed, call Sonja Hyatt, 355-0899 or Janie Hartsfield, 350-0843
Extension Service Center
For work in the
center, call Ken Creel, 532-1578
in the center, call 773-2549. There are work opportunities of all kinds.
Currently, organizing 4H materials is a prime concern.
Delano Park Rose Garden
needs volunteers to help maintain its
Volunteers work on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at
2:30pm if temperatures are above 50 degrees,
If you're interested, call Carolyn Dobson,
There are always
opportunities for your time.
Call 256 830-4447 ext. 238 or
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)
Officers and Chairs
President Jim Allen
Hospice Delivery - Rita Schick
Hospitality:Barb Brown &
Interns Stan Addyman
Mentors Linda Russell
Parliamentarian: Darryle Waldron
Advisory Council:Ann Vaughn
Plant Sale: Susan Ledbetter & Diana Worden
Delano Park Carolyn Dobson
Programs Carolyn Dobson & Nancy
Field Trips Rand Bryan
Publicity: Dodie Hall
Garden Pathways Sonja Hyatt
Special Projects Al Hornsby
Greenhouse Sonja Hyatt
Sunshine Jan Hooper
Greenhouse Maintenance Larry Moss
Volunteer Hours:Janie Hartsfield
Horticulture - County Fair Sonja Hyatt
The revised Constitution & ByLaws
and Policies & Procedures
Policies & Procedures
Websites of Interest:
Alabama Master Gardeners --
of Northern Alabama --
County Master Gardeners --
Master Gardener Class - 06 --
Garden -- everything you've ever wanted to know or ask about
Ortho Problem Solver --
Ethnobotany -- natural products co-op --
Gardening Launchpad -- gardening links, both for
information and for purchases --
National Database --
the Garden With P. Allen Smith --
Botanical Garden --
Some virtual garden tour websites for you to try:
†(from New Zealand)
†(US Botanical Garden)
(Royal Botanical Garden,
gardens in UK)
(Univ. of Washingtonís herbal gardens)
For additional information,
This page last modified on
04 Jun 2015