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June Gardening Opportunities


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White County Farmers’ Market opens June 22nd thru September 21, 2019.  It’s a great source of locally raised fruits, veggies, flowers, baked goods and handmade craft items.  Every Saturday, 7:30 am till 12 Noon (or sellout) at Freedom Park/Square in downtown Cleveland, GA, 30528.   The Headwaters Master Gardeners group has supported this weekly event as one of its many community service projects in the tri-county area of White, Rabun and Habersham counties.  Master gardeners will be present at the Market to promote the event, answer your gardening questions, and provide info sheets on various gardening/growing topics.

ATHENS: Garden Earth Explorers, Thursday, June 6, 13 & 20, 10:15 am, Saturday, June 8 & 15, 10:15 am, Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden, free and open to children of all ages. Join the State Botanical Garden of Georgia education team as they bring you a new program to the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden called Garden Earth Explorers.  Families will join one another for a morning of adventure discovering Garden Earth through songs, puppets, stories, hikes, activities or games.  Each week will highlight a new theme such as water, soil, foods we eat, pollination, plants or trees.  The Garden Earth Explorers program is an informal way to give young naturalists a better understanding about the importance of our shared earth.  Thursday mornings will be geared towards ages 3-6, and Saturday mornings will capture the interest of our more advanced learners ages 7-10.  Please note that this event will not take place during inclement weather or a scheduled festival.  For information  www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706-542-6156. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia.

✅ATHENS: Nature Ramblers, Thursday, June 13 & 20, 9 – 10:30 am. Meet at Visitor Center Fountain, State Botanical Garden, free. Please join our Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the garden while making new friends and enjoying the cool, fresh air. Sessions will start with an inspirational reading by a nature writer such as Annie Dillard, John Muir, or Janisse Ray. This is a ramble, not a hike; we will stop to view interesting plants, insects, butterflies, mushrooms, etc., along the way. Ramblers are encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group. Join us for one or all sessions; these informal rambles are free, but donations are accepted in the garden’s donation box in the lobby of the Visitor’s Center. To get a feel for what our rambles are like visit http://naturerambling.blogspot.com. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia.

HIAWASSEE: Hamilton Gardens Work Day at the Garden, Friday, June 7, Garden open from 8 am to 8 pm. Volunteers welcome to help with garden chores or selected events. 96 Pavilion Road, Hiawassee, GA, 706-970-0011, www.hamiltongardens.org; info@hamiltongardens.org

ATHENS: Summer Tree Identification, Saturday, June 8, 9 am � 1 pm, Staate Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA, Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, $50. About 200 tree species occur in Georgia’s Piedmont forests and woodlands. In this class, students learn to identify some of the most common of these by their leaves, bark, branching patterns, and tree form. Students will learn to use a hand lens and a simple dichotomous key for woody plants to identify species. Class time will be divided between classroom exercises and a field trip to the woods at the State Botanical Garden. For information or to register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706�542�6156.
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ALAPAHA: Summer Tree Identification, Saturday, June 8, 9 am �� 1 pm, Gaskins Forest Education Center, Alapaha GA, $50. About 200 trees and large shrubs occur in Georgia’s Coastal Plain counties. In this class, students will learn to identify some of the most common of these by their leaves, bark, branching patterns, and tree form. Students will learn to use a hand lens and a simple dichotomous key for woody plants. Class time will be divided between classroom exercises and a field trip outdoors. Students will also be introduced to a plant identification technique known as HIPDAD: Habitat � Illustration � Phenology � Distributribution � Abundance � Description. For information or to re register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706�542�61�6156. State Botanical Garden of Georgia

COLUMBUS: Sixth Annual Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival at Columbus Botanical Garden, Saturday, June 8, 9 am � 5:00 pm. Columbus Botanical Garden, 36003 Weems Road in Columbus, GA. The festival is being presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Society, Columbus Botanical Garden, and the UGA Extension. During last year’s event, the festival was honored by being recognized as a Daylily Ambassador, a distinction held by few. The Daylily Festival will feature an accredited daylily show that is scheduled to open at 1:15 pm, a marketplace with daylilies and arts and crafts for sale, and the opportunity to learn daylily growing tips and see demonstrations. Food will be available for purchase.  Admission is free. A donation of $5 is suggested. For additional information, www.ColumbusBotanicalGarden.org; Instagram � Columbus_Botanical_Garden; Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/daylilysociety.  If you have any questions, please contact Larry Miller at: loclmiller@att.net or 706-327-2067.

DADE & WALKER COUNTIES: Georgia Botanical Society Field Trip - Lula Falls/Cloudland Canyon SP, Saturday, June 8, 10:00 am. Meet at the upper parking lot for Lula Falls (Lula Lake Land Trust). Contact Information: Richard Ware (706-232-3435, cell 706-766-5143, gabotany@comcast.net) & Rich Reaves (770-827-5186, rich.reaves@att.net). State park entrance fee required. Directions to the meeting site are published monthly in our newsletter, BotSocNews, or on our website www.gabotsoc.org.  All field trips are open to all folks interested in Georgia’s native plants. Simply show up at the meeting site to join the trip.

ATHENS: The Internet Culture of Orchid Growers (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting), Sunday, June 9, 2 pm, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA, Visitor Center, Classroom 2, free. A great deal of the orchid community resides on the internet. NGOS members Dennis O'Connell and Nat Scheckler will discuss various places on the 'net you can find fellow orchid enthusiasts as well as excellent information on orchid culture. For information or to register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706�542�6156.
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✅ATHENS: MGEV Advanced Training � Advocating Invasivve Species Management, Friday, June 21, Registration Deadline: Monday, June 10.  Check http://extension.uga.edu/programs-services/georgia-master-gardener-extension-volunteer-program/volunteer/cuhttp://extension.uga.edu/programs-services/georgia-master-gardener-extension-volunteer-program/volunteer/current-mgev-volunteers/advanced-training.htmlrrent-mgev-volunteers/advanced-training.html for more details and to sign up.

UGA GRIFFIN CAMPUS: MGEV Advanced Training � MG SPRROUTS, Tuesday, June 11. Check http://extension.uga.edu/programs-services/georgia-master-gardener-extension-volunteer-program/volunteer/current-mgev-volunteers/advanced-training.html for more details and to sign up.

✅ATHENS: Natural Colors “Plants that Dye” Ramble, Tuesday, June 11, 5:30-6:30 pm, meet at the Visitor Center Fountain, free. Did you ever wonder what people from all of the cultures of the world used to make beautiful, colorful garments? Dyeing fibers is a practice that goes back thousands of years. Some colors produced from rare plants were so vibrant that they were reserved for royalty, while others were used for artistic expression. Foraging for “plants that dye” in all seasons can produce a vibrant spectrum of colors for botanical and animal fibers. Join Beatrice Brown in an exploration of many natural sources that can be used in textile dyeing for personal and home use. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA. For information or to register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706�542�6156.
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NEWNAN: “The Smith-Gilbert Garden: Past, Present and Future,” a Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers presentation, Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m., UGA Extension, 255 Pine Road, Newnan, GA. Guest speaker Lisa Bartlett is garden manager at the Smith-Gilbert Garden in Kennesaw. When Lisa became garden manager several years ago, she found a private garden that had been neglected for years. Learn how the garden has been brought back to life and is now a community treasure. Free Admission; You need not register in advance to attend. Contact: Call 770-254-2620 or email coweta.extension@uga.edu. More Information: www.ugaextension.org/coweta

ATHENS: Sunflower Music Series: Randall Bramblett, Tuesday, June 11, 7-9 pm, Flower Garden Lawn, $15 ($10 for Friends), children ages 6-12 free. Highly sought-after for his creativity as both a collaborator and skilled touring sideman, Randall Bramblett’s talent has earned him the respect of his peers and many of rock’s finest luminaries. While having shared stages with artists such as Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic, among others, it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is truly on full display.  www.randallbramblett.com. For information or to register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706�542�6156. State Botanical Garden of Georgorgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA

✅Thoughtful Thursday, Horticulture Therapy Activities for MGEVs to Conduct with Mike Maddox, ThursdayJune 13, 2-2:30 pm. Mike Maddox is the state coordinator for Wisconsin’s Extension Master Gardener Program and has recently completed the certification process for horticulture therapy. To join the event from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/200728791. For the complete 2019 Thoughtful Thursday calendar, check out the CE section of the webpage: http://extension.uga.edu/programs-services/georgia-master-gardener-extension-volunteer-program/volunteer/current-mgev-volunteers/continuing-education.html.

MARIETTA: Open Garden at Wright Environmental Education Center on Thursday, June 13, 9 am to 12 noon. Cobb Extension Agent Courtney Brissey will speak at 9:30 and 10:30 on “Native Trees for Birds” or Georgia's native trees and how birds rely on them. Make plans to attend the talks and to walk the trails of this beautiful urban forest.  2661 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Park in the parking lot of Chestnut Ridge Christian Church at the intersection of Post Oak Tritt Road and Johnson Ferry Road.  Enter from Post Oak Tritt Road. https://www.cobbmastergardeners.com/project/wright-environmental-education-center/

✅ATHENS: Ferns of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge, Saturday, June 15, 9 am – 1 pm, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA, Visitor Center, Classroom 2, $50. This course will cover the basics of fern biology, ecology, and identification features. Participants will then have a chance to explore the Dunson Native Flora Garden and learn to identify the most common ferns of Georgia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge ecoregions. For information or to register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706�542�6156.
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ATHENS: Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden Performance Series: Rebecca Sunshine Band, Saturday, June 15, 9:30 and 11 am show times, free. Theater-in-the-Woods. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia invites you to celebrate the opening year of the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden with family friendly outdoor performances on the Theatre-in-the-Woods stage. Come experience music, laughter and connection in nature as our artists bring excitement to your weekend. All performances will take place at 9:30 am with a second showing at 11:00 am. In case of rain, the Callaway Administration Building Auditorium will serve as the stage. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA

TIFTON: Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild, Saturday, June 15, 9 am � 5 pm, UUGA Tifton Campus NESPAL Building, Seminar Room, $105. Plant conservation is an applied science that draws upon many fields of knowledge from ecology to horticulture, to ethics and politics. This course surveys threats to biodiversity in Georgia and worldwide, examples of rare plant research, techniques for restoration and reintroduction, and ways individuals and organizations are making a difference in protecting the rare plants of Georgia. For information or to register for classes: www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706��542�6156. State Botanical Garden of Georgia


✅LAWRENCEVILLE: “Creating a Pollinator Garden,” Monday, June 17, 2019, 7 pm.  With honeybee and wild bee populations declining at an alarming rate, taking care of these and other hardworking pollinators is a critical effort that must be made collectively in order to make a difference. Jimmy Gatt will cover trees and plants that gardeners can choose to create a more insect friendly garden. The more plants selected to support insects, the more birds and wildlife we bring to our gardens. Jimmy will also touch on home beekeeping and how those who wish to keep bees can create gardens that support this hobby. Jimmy is a certified beekeeper and a board member of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association. He recently established a partnership between Trees Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association to plant more summer-blooming trees in Atlanta. The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners' Association (GCMGA) is hosting this presentation at the Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. The public is welcome at no charge � bring a covered dish to share and join us for ddinner at 6:30, or just come for the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m. For more information about GCMGA, visit www.gwinnettmastergardeners.com or email gwinnettgardener@gmail.com

ATHENS: Full Moon Hike - Strawberry Moon, Monday, June 17, 8-9:30 pm, meet at the Visitor Center Fountain, $5/person or $15/family. Come see the garden come alive at night. Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring family and friends of all ages along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night. Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles on our wooded trails and in the garden. If you have young children or infants, a backpack carrier is suggested. Pre-registration is required. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA

HIAWASSEE: Hamilton Gardens Moonlight Music, Tuesday, June 18, 6:30-8:30 pm Free. Bring chair, beverage & snack. In inclement weather, call 706-970-0011 or Facebook to see if cancelled.

Later Event: September 21
White County Farmers Market