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Plant Sale

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
April 18, 2015

Oak Grove UMC parking lot:
Corner of Oak Grove & Fairoaks
1722 Oak Grove Rd.
Decatur, Georgia  30033


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:




Tuesday, 27 January 2015

DMGA Meeting - Monday, February 2, 2015
"Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, and Asters ... Oh, my!"
Tim Martin, Speaker

When we think of a mixed garden border, the first thought that comes to mind is often of the classic English design, bursting with tulips, delphiniums and roses.  The second thought is often one of resignation, having convinced ourselves that living in the hot and humid south precludes us from having those sorts of gardens.  It’s time to put an end to “Zone Envy” once and for all.

Grab your notepad and take advantage of the cold winter months to start making plans for your mixed garden border, Atlanta style!  From initial design to planting and maintenance, we’ll explore those things that are unique to gardening in the South, and discuss lots of options that are applicable to gardens of all sizes and light conditions. 

This presentation promises lots of pretty pictures, and an equal amount of solid gardening information to apply to your own garden:  manipulating the light to your advantage, choosing the best plants for your particular designs, handling rock solid Georgia clay, and developing your personal gardening calendar to make it all manageable.


That's what's in store for us at the first DeKalb Master Gardener Association meeting of the new year on February 2, 2015.  Our speaker will be Mr. Tim Martin, a former president of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association.  Tim's new company, Timothy Designs, focuses on herbaceous perennials, organic (and ornamental) vegetable gardens, and flowering shrubs and trees throughout the landscape. 

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 this DMGA educational program.  Come join us, and bring a friend.
(If you're wondering, "What happened to the 4th Monday in January meeting?  Did I miss it?"   Nope.  This is the January meeting.  The date was shifted by a week in order to accommodate a library scheduling conflict.  And so there will be two meetings in February.)


DMGA Members Reach Lifetime Master Gardener Milestone

In May 2014, DeKalb Master Gardener Association members Maria Birdseye and Ken Sharpe 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 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.  

Maria and Ken now 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

Applications for the 2015 DeKalb Master Gardener training classes have already closed, but if you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener in the future, 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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