Annual Plant Sale - Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
For many years the NGC has held a plant sale in the spring. This year is no different and we’re excited to offer the plant sale April 12-13, 2019.
Why hold a plant sale?
There are a number of reasons that we hold this sale. It funds the budget for the upkeep of the Garden Club cottage at 33 College Street. It allows us to contribute in support of the aims and goals of the Garden Club of Georgia and the National Garden Clubs. It helps us award scholarships to local students for summer camp and facilitates participation in local events such as the community garden, the farmers market and other focused activities.
Educating and building community
- One of the main benefits of this sale is how it brings us together in the education of our membership and the community that supports it.
- We work together in each others gardens; we learn how to propagate, plant and pot.
- We share our knowledge and teach and learn from our newer members.
- We combine our talents and interests and find a way for all members to contribute. New customers become old friends and members.
- We engage our local merchants.
- We have become a noteworthy part of the calendar of activities in Norcross.
Where do the plants come from?
Starting in March we will go to each other’s gardens as well as others to dig and pot pass-along plants. This could be two or twelve members depending on the work to be done. The plants are then “fostered” either in that garden or taken home by the participating members to be cared for and grown out. The week before the sale these will be brought to the garden club and prepped before being arranged around the grounds for the sale.
Sale day benefits for you
The day of the sale members don their green aprons and help our shoppers find the plants they want plus some new ones! Interacting with new and old customers is one of the joys of the event, and of the year! Our Brown Bag raffle in the cottage is well supplied with donations from the local merchants and contributions from our talented members. These are two busy and fun filled days ending with the drawing for the winners in the raffle.
Returning this year: Ask a Master Gardener and Annandale yard art for sale.
New this year: The Norcross Community Market joins us in Heritage Park with a variety of local vendors offering local delicacies, sweet and savory along with herbs, honey, and fresh cut flowers.
What happens after the sale?
Cleanup will occur that day and through the next week. In May we celebrate with a picnic in the community garden with congratulations all around.
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2019 Capitol Conservation Day, Free Event – Advance registration required Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:30AM Meet @Central Presbyterian Church for breakfast briefing NGC Carpool and/or MARTA
7:30-8:00 Check in and hot breakfast at Central Presbyterian Church
8:00-9:30 Program: Issues Update & Advocacy Training
9:30-10:00 Walk to State Capitol
10:00 Group Picture at State Capitol
10:15-12:00 Meet with legislators
12:00-12:30 Event wrap-up
Our March Day meeting will be the first Monday of March instead of the 2nd Monday due to a conflict with the Deep South Garden Clubs Convention date.
Program: Lunch and Learn, “A Favorite Plant from the Landscape” presented by club members. We will also have the installation of officers and approval of By-Law revisions.
Please RSVP to Leanne (we have limited space at the cottage).
Program details to follow.
Join a group to hear Gloria Woody discuss Hummingbird Habitats.
Depart for carpool from TJMaxx at PIB and HBR at 9:15. Program commences 10am
Gardening enthusiasts are invited to meet a living legend. On March 18, Dr. Michael A. Dirr, a renown Professor of Horticulture now retired from UGA, will literally explore the ABC’s of plants in a free presentation titled “Abelia to Ziziphus…Mining the Alphabet for the Next Great Garden Plant”.
Throughout his career, Dr. Dirr has published more then 300 scientific and popular papers and articles. His teaching, lectures, seminars, garden study tours and plant introduction programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural awareness not only in Georgia, but across the nation. He has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the Liberty Hyde Bailey Medal from the American Horticulture Society.
Dirr’s “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” is the field’s leading horticultural text and reference work, and along with his “Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation” has become the bible for the landscape and nursery industry. In addition, Dr. Dirr’s photo library of woody landscape plants (on CD-ROM) is recognized as the field’s premier collection of plant images.
In his presentation on March 18, 2019, Dr. Dirr will share what he considers some of the best plant selections for Georgia gardens. The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners’ Association is hosting this exciting opportunity 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 dinner at 6:30, or just come for the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m.
Details to follow.