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Morgan County Master Gardeners Association
MCMGA will have a booth at the Home & Garden Show
Thanks to Helen DeButy and Barb Brown for making the arrangements for the MCMGA Christmas Party. The hors de oeuvres were outstanding and the gift exchange, with the added "something no one knows about you" was rousing. In addition, a total of $476 was raised to buy eight bicycles to donate to the Salvation Army Angel Tree. This was the brainstorm of Susan Ledbetter and Diana Worden after seeing that many of the Angels left on the Salvation Army's tree were requests for bikes. Great job, ladies!
TRI-COUNTY MASTER GARDENER CLASS
The next Master Gardener class will begin in August and will be an evening 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/
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 $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.
2015 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) and December (Christmas party)
Lunch & Learn on second Wednesday March - November 12 to 1 pm Aquadome.
Bring lunch and beverage if you would like
February 28 - March 1 -- Home Show Ingalls Pavillion MCMGA will have a booth. Contact Aylett Dickman to volunteer
March 4 -- Rescheduled MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
March 11 Lunch & Learn Aquadome 12 to 1pm "Snake Identification" Ken Creel, Regional Extension Agent
March 18 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
March 23 - 25 -- State Master Gardener Conference, Cullman
March 28 -- Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Ingalls Pavilion, 11 - 2 pm MCMGA will have a booth
April 8 Lunch & Learn Aquadome 12 to 1pm "Herbs" Kathryn Davis, Limestone County Master Gardeners
April 22 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
April 30 -- Set up for Plant Sale
May 1 -- Move Plants to Horticulture Building
May 2 - 3 -- MCMGA PLANT SALE
May 13 -- Lunch & Learn Aquadome 12 - 1pm "Hydrangeas" Edith Kent, Limestone County Master Gardeners
May 27 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
June 10 -- Lunch & Learn Aquadome 12 to 1pm "House Plant Propagation" Ken Creel, Regional Extension Agent
June -- MCMGA PICNIC -- date to be announced
July 8 -- Lunch & Learn Aquadome 12 to 1pm "Photography of Plants & Wildlife" Bill Gates, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
July 22 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
August 12 -- Lunch & Learn Aquadome 12 - 1pm "Pest Management" Ken Creel, Regional Extension Agent
August 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 Master Gardeners
October 28 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
November 11 Lunch & Learn "Terrariums" Amy Rakestraw, Sugar Magnolias
November 18 -- MCMGA MEETING Aquadome 11 am
December -- MCMGA CHRISTMAS PARTY -- date and location to be announced
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.
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. Carolyn Dobson coordinates volunteers
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)
2015 Officers and Chairs
President Jim Allen
Hospice Delivery - Rita Schick
Vice President: Sonja Hyatt
Hospitality:Barb Brown & Nancy Waldron
Secretary: Debra Kulaw
Interns Stan Addyman
Treasurer: Martha Freeman
Mentors Linda Russell
Parliamentarian: Darryle Waldron
Advisory Council:Ann Vaughn
Plant Sale: Susan Ledbetter & Diana Worden
|Delano Park Carolyn Dobson||
Programs Carolyn Dobson & Nancy Waldron
|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||
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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