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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:




Wednesday, 25 November 2015

DMGA Meeting - Monday, October 26, 2015
Betsy Abrams, Speaker
"Weather or Not to Garden"

DeKalb Master Gardener Association is pleased to have our own Betsy Abrams speak at our October 26th educational monthly program.   She will go month by month though the year (November through October) talking about different weather hazards and extremes that are common to our area.  She will also cover the basic times that she plants, transplants and prunes.  Other gardening chores throughout the seasons will also be covered.  Learn from a real Meteorologist about gardening in DeKalb County, Georgia!

Betsy Abrams became a Master Gardener here in DeKalb County in 2011 and currently serves as Vice President of DMGA.  She has been busy gardening since 2004, when she left her job as a Senior Meteorologist behind the scenes at the Weather Channel.  She used to speak at schools about severe storms and hurricanes and show video from fellow storm-chasers.  She has chased storms during many spring seasons since 1990 with her husband who still is a forecaster at the Weather Channel.
Betsy's interests include native plants, herbs, and growing vegetable growing.  She works part-time in the wellness department at Sevananda Natural Foods Market, a co-op based in Little 5 Points, dealing mainly with bulk herbs.  She is active with the Georgia Daffodil Society, the American Daffodil Society, and the Georgia Native Plant Society.

DMGA meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Northlake -  Barbara Loar Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library at 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA  30084 (inside I-285, corner of Harobi Dr. and LaVista Rd., turn at the BB&T Bank).  Click here for a map of the library's location. There is no charge or pre-registration for DMGA educational programs. 
This will be our final monthly meeting for the 2015 calendar year.  Plan to join us, and bring a friend.


DMGA Members Reach Lifetime Master Gardener Milestone

In May 2015, DeKalb Master Gardener Association members Dale Bartlett, Gail Douglas, and Linda Karr were recognized as Lifetime Master Gardeners by the DeKalb Cooperative Extension Service.  This prestigious honor is awarded to those who have dedicated and donated at least 25 hours per year for 10 years.  Since the development and initiation of the Master Gardener program in 1979, DeKalb Extension has recognized over 90 volunteers with this “lifetime” status.

The general mission of Master Gardeners in Georgia is to assist Cooperative Extension in providing unbiased information through volunteer service and educational projects.  In addition to successfully completing a horticultural training program provided by UGA Cooperative Extension professionals, Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers must perform an initial 50 hours of service in order to become certified.  Each year thereafter they must volunteer at least 25 hours of approved service in order to maintain active status.  

Dale, Gail, and Linda join an elite list of DMGA members who have earned their Lifetime Master Gardener badges (shown here with the year in which they became Master Gardeners):

Connie Weber    1980
Dee Devine    1998
Stella Chamberlain    2001
Jimmy Dorsey    2001
Phil Edwards    2001
Loretta Parker    2001
Mike Doyle    2002
Bert Weaver    2002
Carole Lawrence    2003
Jerry Vrzal    2003
Marie Birdseye    2004
Ken Sharpe    2004
Dale Bartlett    2005
Gail Douglas    2005
Linda Karr    2005

If you are interested in applying for the Master Gardener program, contact the DeKalb Extension Horticulture Manager, Gary Peiffer, at 404-298-4080 or email directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2014-2015

DeKalb Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of our horticulture scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.  At our October 2014 meeting, three Gwinnett Technical College students were presented with scholarships of $500 each to assist them in their education. 

The recipients are  Mr. Kevin Masse, Mr. Jeremy OHearn, and Ms. Kathy Ponce de Leon.

Kevin Masse had landscaping jobs as a teenager and realized years later how much he preferred working with his hands, outdoors, as a means of making an income.  As someone who is awestruck by a 70-foot Silver Maple that has a 120-foot spread, it is no surprise that his area of specialty is Arborculture.  Kevin is employed as an estimator and production manager for a local tree service and plans to become a licensed arborist.

Jeremy OHearn learned about growing tomatoes and peppers and watermelons from his father and grandfather; he still remembers being intrigued by watching lima beans sprout in kindergarten.  While he enjoys "every aspect of Horticulture" his main area of interest is in food production and Sustainable Agriculture.  After his studies at Gwinnett Tech, Jeremy hopes to obtain a degree in biology, leading to a career related to Aquaponic Farming.

Kathy Ponce de Leon cannot remember a time when she was not interested in gardening and feels that she has been been gardening for what seems like "forever."  As she is learning more about diverse areas of horticulture at Gwinnett Tech, she sees her chosen area of expertise to be Landscaping Design.

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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