WARNER ROBINS: Georgia Master Gardener Conference, Saturday, October 19. The 2019 Garden Conference is open to all Master Gardeners, Gardeners, Green Industry Professionals and Consumers. Master Gardeners and Industry Professionals can receive educational credits. Early registration ends on September 20. For more information and to register:

PERRY: Urban Trees and Shrubs, Friday, October 18. Advanced Training in conjunction with the 2019 GMGA Garden Conference will focus on selected trees and shrubs of Georgia, and will equip active Master Gardeners with the knowledge and skills to identify and diagnose common diseases, detect signs of insect damage or other problems, and how to manage them.  It will also address the correct use of an insecticide if and when it is warranted. Outstanding speakers have been confirmed: Dr. Jean Woodward, Plant pathology, Mr. Greg Huber, Forestry, Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Horticulture, Landscapes. This training has been approved in these categories:  Sustainable Gardens and Landscapes (SGL), Diagnostics and Technology (DT), Urban Forestry and Ecology (UFE). Cost: $45 and includes lunch and field trip! Registration deadline is September 27, 2019. Seating is limited; register soon! Check for more details and to sign up.

ATHENS: Garden Earth Explorers, Every Thursday and Saturday at 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 or 706-542-6156. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia.

ATHENS: Nature Ramblers, Every Thursday, 9 � 10:30 am. Meet aat 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 State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia.

CUMMING: Lunch & Learn with Master Gardeners - Fall Color in the Garden, Thursday, July 25, 11 am to 12:20 pm.  Speaker: Master Gardener Robby Deckert.  Prepare now for the fall season! Learn about the plants that can add a bright touch of fall color to your garden; bring your lunch so you can eat, socialize and learn from the masters about gardening topics all in one afternoon.  No fee and open to adults of all ages; call Sexton Hall to reserve your seat at 770-781-2178.  Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Dr., Cumming, GA 30041. . Forsyth Senior Services,

CHATTOOGA COUNTY: Tips and Tricks for Showing Horticulture Specimens, Thursday, July 25, 6 pm. Chattooga County Agricultural Center, 34 Middle School Road, Summerville. Join Garden Club Flower Show Judge, Fran Myers as she gives us tips and tricks for entering your horticulture specimen in to a show. The Chattooga County Agricultural Fair is right around the corner. Come learn how to make your entry count! For more information call 706-857-0744.

CLEVELAND: White County Farmers’ Market, Saturday, July 27, 7:30 am � 12 pm. <It’s a great source of locally raised fruits, veggies, baked goods and handmade craft items.  Headwaters Master Gardeners will be present to answer your gardening questions and provide info sheets on various gardening/ growing topics. Freedom Park/Square in downtown Cleveland, GA.

CANTON:  Saving Seeds, Saturday, July 27, 10:30 am. Here’s your chance to learn how to save seeds from your garden all-stars for future planting and sharing at Seed Libraries at Hickory Flat, Rose Creek and Ball Ground.  Program will be at the Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton.  Limited seating available; Registration is required by July 24.  Visit Cherokee Master Gardeners website at, call 770-721-7803 or email

HAMPTON: Georgia Botanical Society Annual Meeting, Saturday, July 27 at 10 am. Newman Wetlands Center, 2755 Freeman Rd, Hampton, GA,. We will have a brief business meeting, eat lunch (member provided), and have a presentation on wildflowers. Directions to the meeting site are published monthly in our newsletter, BotSocNews, or on our website  

CARTERSVILLE: Pickled Green Beans, Tuesday, July 30, 10 am to 12 pm. 320 West Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, GA. Cost $10. Join us to learn the basics of pickling. If you can pickle green beans, you can pickle anything. For more information or to register, call 770-387-5142 or check

NEWNAN: Master Gardener Class. The Coweta County MGEV Training Program will be held every Thursday from Jan. 9, 2020 until April 2, 2020 at the Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan, Georgia.  Class times will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break (on your own).  The cost of the training course is $200, which includes all classroom materials and supplies. For an application, please email Karen Mansour at You may also download an application at or pick one up at the Coweta County Extension Office. Registration deadline August 1.
GWINNETT COUNTY: Advanced Training - Landscape Management Practices to Protect Pollinators, Wednesday, August 7. Registration Deadline: August 1. Registration is $30.00. To pay by credit/debit card, please go to the following website , call 770.228.7214 or fill out the form with check made out to the University of Georgia and mail to: UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, ATTN: Beth Horne, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, GA 30223.

HIAWASSEE: Hamilton Gardens Work Day at the Garden, Friday, August 2, 8 am � 8 pm. Volunteers welcome to help with garden chores or selected events. 96 Pavilion Road, Hiawassee, GA, 706-970-0011,;

ATHENS: Friends First Friday: Journey Down the Oconee River, Friday, August 2, 9-10:30 am, Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, $12. Join Joe Cook, author of “Georgia River Network River User's Guidebook” series, as he takes you on a journey down the Oconee River and other Georgia rivers, answering burning questions like: Why, in heaven's name, can't the University of Georgia football team defeat their rivals from the University of Alabama? The answer, you may be surprised to learn, lies in the Oconee River. Cook will discuss the recently published Oconee River User's Guide, the fifth book in Georgia River Network and the University of Georgia Press's guidebook series. Cook has also authored guides to the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Broad and Flint rivers and is currently working on the Ocmulgee River User's Guide. He will be selling books that day, cash and checks only please. Includes a full breakfast. Please make your reservation by noon, Friday, July 26 at  or 706-542-6138. Sponsored by Friends of the Garden. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA

VALDOSTA: Warm Season Grasses and Sedges, Saturday, August 3, 9 am � 1 pm, Valddosta State University, Bailey Science Center, Classroom 1202, $50. The longleaf pine ecosystem has more ground cover plant diversity than any other in the United States. Both warm-season grasses and sedges are an important component of the longleaf ground cover. Many of these grasses and sedges are valuable to wildlife for cover and forage and are an important source of fine fuel for prescribed burning. In this class, students will be introduced to the basic ecology and morphology of grasses and sedges in the lab using microscopes to examine the structures. Participants will then apply this knowledge in the field, learning to recognize a number of summer- and fall-flowering grass and sedge species. For information or to register for classes: or 706�542�6156. State Botanical Garden of Gf Georgia

ATHENS: Swing Dance Night in the Garden, Tuesday, August 6, 7-10 pm, Visitor Center, $6 general admission, $4 students, pay at the door. Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast Swing or Lindy Hop lesson from 7-8 p.m., followed by an open dance to lively music in a tropical conservatory from 8-10 p.m. Athens Swing Night would like you to know that you don't need to have any previous dance experience or a partner to attend.  There's more information about Athens Swing Night on their website: State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA

CARTERSVILLE: Troubleshooting Vegetable Garden Problems, Tuesday, August  6, 7 to 8:30 pm. Feel free to bring plant samples for troubleshooting problems during the seminar. Instructor Paul Pugliese, Bartow County Extension Coordinator. Stiles Auditorium, Olin Tatum Agricultural Building, 320 W Cherokee Ave., Cartersville.

Thoughtful Thursday, Participating in the Pollinator Census with Becky Griffin, August  8, 2-2:30 pm.  To join the event from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: For the complete 2019 Thoughtful Thursday calendar, check out the CE section of the webpage:

DAHLONEGA: Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners (GMMG) Fall Workshop, Saturday, August 10, Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega. This will be a free event sponsored by the GMMG, the Dahlonega Women’s Club, the Achasta Garden Club and the Gold Diggers Garden Club. It will include such topics as native plants for winter interest, good and bad bugs, bee identification, seed collection and saving, soil amendments and fall/winter vegetable gardening.  Additionally, there will be a special presentation on Warrior Farms, based in Dahlonega and providing Agri-therapy for veterans. Mark your calendars now so that you can be a part of this informative day. Pre-registration is required at or through our Facebook page Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners; deadline to register Aug 6. For more information contact Lumpkin County Extension Office at 706-864-2275, our website at or at