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ABOUT DMGA

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:  www.caes.uga.edu/extension/dekalb

 


 

 
 
 

DMGA Meeting - Monday, August 28, 2017

Speaker: Jennifer Leavy
Chemical Control of Mosquitos

For our August 28 meeting, DeKalb Master Gardener Association is pleased to have a presentation that you won't want to miss. The topic will be "Balancing risks: How chemical control of mosquitos to prevent Zika virus will affect bees and other beneficial pollinators." Our speaker will be Jennifer Leavey of Georgia Tech.

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and the associated birth defects found in some babies born to infected mothers has caused alarm and concern even in areas where mosquito-contracted cases have not been reported.

Mosquitoes are a nuisance in Georgia in the summer, and many people choose to spray their yards to control mosquitos and prevent bites. Unfortunately the agents used in these sprays are also toxic to bees and other pollinators.

Learn about the importance of bees, the threats from mosquitoes and how to balance the risks to both humans and pollinators.

Jennifer Leavey is the Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Georgia Tech College of Sciences and a faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences. She is the director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, an interdisciplinary educational initiative with the goal of recruiting and retaining students in STEM careers through the study of how urban habitats affect honey bee health and how technology can be used to study bees.

DMGA meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Northlake / Barbara Loar Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library located 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.

Plan to join us and bring a friend. There is no charge or pre-registration for this DMGA educational program.



DMGA Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2016-2017

At the March 2017 monthly meeting, DeKalb Master Gardener Association awarded a second set of horticulture scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.   Scholarship checks of $500 were awarded to these two Gwinnett Technical College students:

Ms. Katherine Angell
Ms. Jill Baker

A continuing scholarship, also in the amount of $500, was awarded to:

Mr. Thomas Kmetz

Under a program created in 2006, DMGA awards scholarships each year to DeKalb County residents attending UGA or Gwinnett Tech. We enjoy the opportunity to promote and encourage horticulture education in this way.

Our congratulations to these deserving students and our best wishes for their future successful careers in horticulture.



 

 

 
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Call:  404-298-4080
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