DEKALB COUNTY: Silent Auction to benefit Tucker Butterfly Garden, February 4 - 16 at The Garden Enthusiast in Tucker, hours during the auction Monday  Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12:30  4 pm.  MGEVs will be in the store on the two Saturdays (Feb. 9 and 16) to offer complimentary light refreshments.  No cost to browse.  Tucker Butterfly Garden is a DeKalb Master Gardener site in front of historic Browning Courthouse on LaVista Road in Tucker.  Auction proceeds will fund an extension of the accessible garden path and expansion of the native plant garden.  At auction are treasures for every budget, including a consultation with a landscape architect, gardening items, artwork, certificates to local businesses and a design plan for a pollinator garden.  Submit your written bid at The Garden Enthusiast, 2316 Main Street, Suite D, Tucker GA 30084.  For more information, contact Linda Karr at 404-474-7072 or email:  linda.karr@thegardenenthusiast.com

LUMPKIN COUNTY: Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners (GMMG) and Lumpkin County 4-H 2019 Plant Sale/fundraiser. Spring is on its way and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardener’s and Lumpkin County 4-H’s 2019 Plant Sale has officially started! Proceeds will go to the 4-H program, establishing and maintaining gardening projects throughout the Lumpkin and Dawson County areas, helping to fund the Junior Master Gardener’s program, providing college scholarships, and hosting educational gardening presentations throughout the year to the public. The plant descriptions, photos and order form are available online at www.gammg.org or http://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/lumpkin/4-h-youth-development.html. The deadline for submitting the order form and payment is Friday, March 15th.  Plants will be available for pick up on 1 day only this year, Saturday, April 13th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Literally hundreds of plants will also be available that day for purchase just in time for Easter!  A new opportunity will be available this year! GMMG will be selling “chances” for one lucky customer to receive an unusual and gorgeous 5-foot tall Japanese maple!  Drawing will be in mid-April. All details are available online and you can call the Lumpkin County Extension office at 706-864-2275 for further information.

Thoughtful Thursday, Thursday, February 14, 2-2:30 pm, Extension Educator, Karan Rawlins, on Available Natives & Invasives Learning Opportunities. 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.

GWINNETT COUNTY: Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Meeting - “Saving Seeds and Seed Libraries” with Josh Fuder. Monday, February 18, 11:30 am. A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers  UGA's Gwinnnett Extension office has a seed library! Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years and on February 18 at 11:30am, Cherokee County Extension Agent, Josh Fuder will help gardeners rejoin the ritual with a presentation on how to start saving seeds and sharing the abundance in our community. Fuder's seed-saving experience stems from his studies at Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and a M.S. in International Studies. He served with the Peace Corps and now continues to combine his love of plants and desire to help people, in his community in Cherokee County. During this presentation, Fuder will discuss various strategies for successfully collecting and storing a variety of seeds, as well as share tips for starting a seed library in your own community or garden club. Potluck lunch begins at 11:30am followed by the program at noon at Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville 30044. This program is free and open to the public.

SANDY SPRINGS: Lawn Care for Spring and Summer, Monday, February 18, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Rd, Sandy Springs, GA. Mid-February is the ideal time to plan to treat your lawn turf - before weeds germinate. Beautiful, healthy lawns require more than simply mowing and fertilizing. Cool-season and warm-season grasses require similar activities, but at different times, to be effective. This class will cover how cool and warm-season grasses differ and what they require, soil testing, fertilizing, weed control, aerating and watering. Even if someone else takes care of your lawn, this seminar will enable you to work with your lawn service more effectively. Register at https://www.friendsoflostcorner.org/master-gardener-classes. Presented by UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the North Fulton Master Gardeners.

ROSWELL: Lawn Care for Spring and Summer, Tuesday, February 19, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Mid-February is the ideal time to plan to treat your lawn turf - before weeds germinate. Beautiful, healthy lawns require more than simply mowing and fertilizing. Cool-season and warm-season grasses require similar activities, but at different times, to be effective. This class will cover how cool and warm-season grasses differ and what they require, soil testing, fertilizing, weed control, aerating and watering. Even if someone else takes care of your lawn, this seminar will enable you to work with your lawn service more effectively. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA . Register online at www.roswellgov.com/register (you must create an account to register online) or stop by the Bill Johnson Activity Building. When registering online, search for Activity 52020. If you have questions, call (770) 817-6670 or email cfuller@roswellgov.com. Presented by UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the North Fulton Master Gardeners.

COWETA COUNTY: Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Morning Glory Series - Creating the Experiential Garden, Tuesday, February 19, 10 am to Noon. Carleton Wood, Executive Director of Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, will lead a free hands-on workshop to give Coweta gardeners ideas for making their landscapes richer and more meaningful. He’ll share time-honored ideas that will help participants better understand why some gardens and landscapes are more successful than others. Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, completed in 1916, features a home that was designed to flow gracefully into its gardens a series of dwarf boxwood parterres that have adorned the estate’s terraces for more than 175 years. Hills and Dales is considered one of the best preserved 19th century gardens in the country. The Morning Glory educational programs are sponsored by the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs). The free presentations are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at UGA Extension-Coweta County, 255 Pine Road, Newnan. Please call the Extension office at (770) 254-2620 or email uge2077@uga.edu  for reservations. More information: www.ugaextension.org/coweta

FAYETTE COUNTY: Fayette Master Gardener Association Free Lecture - “Getting Your Rose Garden Ready for Spring” & “10 Easy Steps for Growing Today’s Roses”, Tuesday, February 19, 10 am. The Bridge Community Center, 225 Willow Bend Road, Peachtree City, GA. Linda Schuppener, Master Rosarian and Rose Hybridizer, was born in southern Florida and has called Douglas County, GA ‘home’ for more than 40 years. The love that Linda’s mother had for roses throughout her life created an interest for Linda as well. She joined the American Rose Society and the Greater Atlanta Rose Society in 1999, hoping to benefit from the advice and experience of the rosarians of the Society. To further her education and knowledge of rose growing, she became a Consulting Rosarian with the American Rose Society in 2003 and a Master Rosarian in 2014. She is also a member of the Rose Hybridizer’s Association. In 2012 she registered her very first rose seedling  ‘Divine Dee’. Several others have followed.
 
FAYETTE COUNTY:  Raised Bed Gardening, Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 am.  Come hear Bob Westerfield discuss helpful tips and techniques used in the intensive gardening environments of raised bed gardens.  Companion planting, microclimates, plant varieties and making the most of your space will be discussed.  Free.  Please RSVP by calling our office at 770-305-5412 ext. 7. Fayette County Extension Office, 140 Stonewall Ave. West, Suite 210, Fayetteville, GA.
 
GREENE COUNTY: Master Gardeners Workshop - Sharpening and Pruning! Join GC Master Gardeners for a free pruning workshop, Tuesday, February 19, 11:00 - 12:30 at 122 E. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. Extension staff will review the major benefits of pruning, proper tool selection, and cleaning your tools between jobs in order to not spread diseases or issues. And...Ricky Easley will discuss/show the pruning approach he has used for crepe myrtles in downtown Greensboro (growing into a tree form vs. topping them). Participants will be able to see pruning of crepe myrtles in action.  To register please call (706) 453-2083.
 
SAVANNAH: Regional Leadership Conference, Tuesday, February 19, 10 am to 2 pm. Deadline to register February 12. No cost; a simple lunch provided. Presented by the State Program Office of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and the Georgia Master Gardener Association, This is a training opportunity for current and prospective MGEV leaders. GMGA will present interactive classes on their organization and the role of the GMGA District Director. UGA will present best practices for managing finances, project management and collaboration. Active MGEVs will receive Advanced Training credit. Agents/coordinators will register attendees from their county as a group; please inform your agent/coordinator if you wish to attend. For more information contact the UGA State Master Gardener Program Office at 770-229-3368 or Nanci Shipley, GMGA Secretary at 678-334-1501

ALPHARETTA: Lawn Care for Spring and Summer, Wednesday, February 20, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd, Alpharetta, GA. Mid-February is the ideal time to plan to treat your lawn turf - before weeds germinate. Beautiful, healthy lawns require more than simply mowing and fertilizing. Cool-season and warm-season grasses require similar activities, but at different times, to be effective. This class will cover how cool and warm-season grasses differ and what they require, soil testing, fertilizing, weed control, aerating and watering. Even if someone else takes care of your lawn, this seminar will enable you to work with your lawn service more effectively. Pre-register for these free classes on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-alpharettanatural-resources-commission-11520264281 or call (678) 297-6200. For more information about this event, please contact Terry Porter at (678) 297-6213 or tporter@alpharetta.ga.us. Presented by UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the North Fulton Master Gardeners. 

DOUGLAS: Dirty Hands Workshop “Native Wildflower Seed Bombs - Bees, Butterflies & Beyond,” Thursday, February 21, 9 am to 12 pm or 6 pm to 9 pm, $30 per session, To Register Text or Email Donna Vincent, 912-381-0644 - donna@vincentgardens.com. Limited space available, so register early. This session we’ll be making native wildflower seed bombs to Throw & Grow! Gather up all your gardening friends and y'all come join us. It's going to be fun to be with "like-minded folks" that are nuts over "Pollinator Conservation".  Attendees will get to take home a pound of seed bombs, too, enough to cover a 10 x 10 area. Bonus Offer for attendee that brings friends! Bring 3 gardeners or friends & take home SIX pounds of SIX varieties of Native Wildflower Seed Bombs enough seed bombs to cover an estimated area of 600 sq. ft. to Throw & Grow out in their natural habitat range.  Vincent Gardens, 1960 East Baker Hwy, Douglas, GA 31535

SAVANNAH: 2019 Savannah Camellia Festival, Thursday through Sunday, February 21-24, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA 31419. Thursday and Friday - 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 7 am to 5 pm (Camellia Show), Sunday 9 am to Noon; Cost $5 for Gardens admission. Seminars and demonstrations on flower arranging, proper planting for camellias, grafting and more. Luncheon Guest Speakers - Vince and Barbara Dooley on Friday, February 22, 11:30 am, $75.00 per person. Andrews Visitor’s Center - Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Purchase Tickets and information at: https://coastalgacs.wildapricot.org.

COWETA COUNTY: Pruning Tips for Homeowners, Saturday, February 23, 10 am. Coweta County Master Gardeners are offering a presentation on the reasons why, when and how to prune common shrubs and bushes in your yard. Come learn the basics and have opportunity to ask questions about your plants. Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan.
 
COLUMBIA COUNTY: Wildlife and Food Plot Management Educational Seminar, Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am to 2 pm. The purpose of this course is to introduce the small acreage landowner in land management practices that can readily be employed to improve wildlife habitat. Eubank Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobbham Road Appling, GA 30802. Cost: $15.00 for meal and materials. Online Pre-Registration is required and space is limited be sure to register early!  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildlife-and-food-plot-management-for-small-acreages-registration-54878068781. If you have questions please call (706)541-4011 or email uge3073@uga.edu.

MACON: 2019 Spring Garden Symposium, Saturday February 23, 8:30 am to 3 pm. Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden, Middle Georgia State University, Professional Sciences Building, 1st floor, enter through Jones Building. $40 Registration fee includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Register online at: https://eventpro.mga.edu/EventProConnect/Registrations/SelectEvent.aspx?BookingNumber=1528 (password Spring). Information at https://www.mga.edu/botanical-gardens/

SANDY SPRINGS: Good Soil and Composting, Monday, February 25, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Rd, Sandy Springs, GA. This new class is the foundation for our Spring classes on growing and maintaining vegetables, perennials, shrubs and roses. It provides an understanding of the science of soil and how to improve your soil emphasizing sustainable methods. It will cover the use of compost and mulch to improve and protect your soil. Register at https://www.friendsoflostcorner.org/master-gardener-classes. Presented by UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the North Fulton Master Gardeners.

DEKALB COUNTY: DMGA Meeting - Tom Branch will speak on the creation of Frazier-Rowe Park on Lavista Road, Monday, February 25, 6:30 pm. Tom Branch will speak about Frazier-Rowe Park: Hidden Jewel.  It’s the recently developed park near Sprig Restaurant on LaVista Rd.  Tom got involved when a friend asked him to help.  He rallied the community and volunteers far and wide to clean up and plant this hidden gem of a park.  Join us to hear about it!  DeKalbGardener@gmail.com.  DMGA meets at the Northlake Library, 3772 LaVista Road, parking and entrance on Harobi Road (inside the Perimeter).  We start at 6:30 pm and are out of the library before 8.  Our meetings are free, so feel free to bring a friend! 
 
ROSWELL: Good Soil and Composting, Tuesday, February 26, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. This new class is the foundation for our Spring classes on growing and maintaining vegetables, perennials, shrubs and roses. It provides an understanding of the science of soil and how to improve your soil emphasizing sustainable methods. It will cover the use of compost and mulch to improve and protect your soil. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA. Register online at www.roswellgov.com/register (you must create an account to register online) or stop by the Bill Johnson Activity Building. When registering online, search for Activity 52020. If you have questions, call (770) 817-6670 or email cfuller@roswellgov.com. Presented by UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the North Fulton Master Gardeners.

FAYETTE COUNTY: Conifers of the South, Tuesday, February 26, 9:30  11:00 am. Conifers are beautiful evergreen trees with needle-like foliage that are often overlooked in our landscapes. Come learn about these landscape gems from Dr. John Ruter, UGA Professor and Trial Gardens Director.  Free.  Please RSVP by calling our office at 770-305-5412 ext. 7. Fayette County Extension Office, 140 Stonewall Ave. West, Suite 210, Fayetteville, GA.

EATONTON: Regional Leadership Conference, Tuesday, February 26, 10 am to 2 pm. Deadline to register February 19. No cost; a simple lunch provided. Presented by the State Program Office of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and the Georgia Master Gardener Association, This is a training opportunity for current and prospective MGEV leaders. GMGA will present interactive classes on their organization and the role of the GMGA District Director. UGA will present best practices for managing finances, project management and collaboration. Active MGEVs will receive Advanced Training credit. Agents/coordinators will register attendees from their county as a group; please inform your agent/coordinator if you wish to attend. For more information contact the UGA State Master Gardener Program Office at 770-229-3368 or Nanci Shipley, GMGA Secretary at 678-334-1501

ALPHARETTA: Good Soil and Composting, Wednesday, February 27, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. This new class is the foundation for our Spring classes on growing and maintaining vegetables, perennials, shrubs and roses. It provides an understanding of the science of soil and how to improve your soil emphasizing sustainable methods. It will cover the use of compost and mulch to improve and protect your soil. Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd, Alpharetta, GA. Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-alpharettanatural-resources-commission-11520264281 or call (678) 297-6200. For more information about this event, please contact Terry Porter at (678) 297-6213 or tporter@alpharetta.ga.us. Presented by UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County and the North Fulton Master Gardeners. 

ATHENS: MGEV Advanced Training  Invasive Plants and Insects, Wednesday, February 27, 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.

MARIETTA: Open Garden at Wright Center, Thursday, February 28, 9 am until noon.  Our topic is Bluebirds.  Jim Bearden, an expert on bluebirds from the Green Meadows Preserve, will talk about bluebirds from 9:30 until 11 and will demonstrate cleaning out bluebird boxes.  This is a free talk, but donations will be taken for feeding the birds at Green Meadows.  Jim is a Master Gardener and has been on a one-man mission to save bluebirds for years.  For more info on Jim, click on this link: https://www.mdjonline.com/news/one-man-conservationist-looks-to-save-cobb-s-bluebirds/article_017d2a16-53e0-11e8-8956-2b0abee6463b.html. Wright Environmental Education Center, 2661 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Parking entrance is on Post Oak Tritt Road behind Chestnut Ridge Community Church.

 LAGRANGE: GMGA Field Trip  Historic Hills and Dales, Thursday, February 28, 10:30 am. Tour of both Home and Gardens, 1916 Hills and Dales Drive, LaGrange, GA 30240. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last for about two hours. We are welcome to stay in the garden the whole day. The cost of guided tours of both the house and gardens is $20.50/person. Only GMGA members may attend so join GMGA now and enjoy this beautiful garden tour. Register at https://georgiamastergardeners.org/events/field-trips/

CHEROKEE COUNTY:  Spring Symposium-A Greener World Begins at Home Saturday, April 6, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Yanmar EVO Center, 5889 Old Alabama Rd, Acworth, GA 30102. Pre-registration required.  Cost $40.00 - lunch included. Keynote speaker Erica Glasener, Growing a Greener World.  Additional workshops include: Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Wild for Wildflowers; Jeremie Carroll, All about Orchids; Jim Pruckler, Camellias in Your Landscape; Rick Smith, Pruning How To’s;  Dr. Zach Felix, Snakes, Friend or Foe; Chef Daniel Porbubiansky, Cooking w/Herbs;  Dr. Elizabeth Little, Diseases and Plant IDs and Dr. John French, Threats to GA Forests. And as if that is not enough - there are vendors and door prizes..  Please visit our website at https://cherokeemastergardenersinc.wildapricot.org/ for more information and to register.