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The DeKalb Master Gardener Association is just that — an  association of about 40 Master Gardeners and friends in DeKalb County, Georgia.  The organization was formed to foster more extensive educational, community service, and social events for interested Master Gardeners. 

DMGA is classified as a "Master Gardener volunteer organization outside the UGA university structure" and receives no support or public funds through the Cooperative Extension Service.  For information about the DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Service, please visit the following website:




Monday, 28 July 2014

Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2013-2014

DeKalb Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of our horticulture scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.  At our October2013 meeting, two Gwinnett Technical College students were awarded scholarships of $500 each to assist them in their education. 

The recipients are  Mr. Jesi Noreault and Ms. Tracy McKinnon.  Both of them came to the Atlanta area by way of New York, and both became acquainted with vegetable gardening as children.

Jesi Noreault grew up in an upstate New York town with a mother, father, and grandmother who were inspired food and ornamental gardeners.  Asked about his favorite plants, he singles out Lily of the Valley, lilacs, and any tree that provides delicious fruits.  Jesi's career interests lie in Landscape Design, specifically in creating sustainable designs that incorporate edible yards and food forests.  Expecting to graduate in about a year, he is applying to graduate schools in Landscape Architecture.

Tracy McKinnon learned about growing food and herbs with her grandmother in Brooklyn, NY.  Loving cut and dried flower arrangements, some of her favorites are Calla Lily, Hydrangea, and Hedychium coronarium (Ginger Lily).  Along with her interests in Permaculture Gardening and Floral design, she is passionate about using art and hands-on experiences to raise people's consciousness of food and the environment.  After graduating in 2015, Tracy would like to operate a 'Garden Farm' where she can create workshops and demonstration gardens to give the public interactive gardening experiences.

Created in 2006, the scholarships given annually by DMGA have promoted and encouraged education in horticulture by rewarding promising students at UGA and Gwinnett Tech.




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