This week in the garden – vol 61

Thanks Norcross Garden Club members for a fun-filled June.  Below are some highlights from the last few weeks.

Learning is FUN at the Pollinator Booth during the Norcross Community Market

Norcross Garden Club member, psychologist, and entomologist, has a discussion with youth during the Norcross Farmers Market. Sustainable Norcross and the Norcross Garden Club partnered at the Market to celebrate Pollinator Month. The day was filled with learning about insects and inviting all to join us at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 20, Discovery Garden Park, 189 Lawrenceville St, Norcross. We will be citizen scientists counting pollinators for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census.  To learn more visit Thanks to the NGC volunteers and members who stopped by the booth.

Member of both the Norcross Garden Club and Sustainable Norcross, displays her pollinator wings as City Planner looks on. The displays' goal was to educate market shoppers on pollinators as well as insect phobias in a systemic but fun way. One of the groups’ interests is to protect our fragile ecosystem from myths about bugs.

Norcross Garden Club Youth Outreach in action! Norcross Garden Club member helped kids discover nature through magnifying glasses, a field microscope, solar sunglasses and much more. Youth planted a Beauty Berry at Good Shepherd Summer camp and took home a potted flower seed. So much fun and learning for these children.  And maybe the seeds of Earth Care were planted?

Norcross Garden Club Member led an education session on Garden Bugs and Diseases at Norcross Discovery Garden Park.  She explained how to identify specific garden pests and best practices to treat and control the spread of disease in an organic community garden.

Thanks to Norcross Garden Club member for digging in the garden to make space for the new pollinator garden plans.  There is more to do to get ready for the new pollinator garden and path.  Your help is needed…please come to one of the garden workdays listed below.

Garden Workdays-Wednesday, July 6th 7-9 PM and Friday, July 8th 9-11AM

All are needed to help prepare the garden for the new pollinator gardens and walking path. Meet Pam Cammarata on Wednesday evening or join us in the cool of the morning on Friday. Bring your favorite garden tools.

Feel free drop by anytime it is convenient for you to pull a few weeds or pick up trash/debris. Weeding and general clean-up is always needed. Please contact Pam Cammarata if you would like more information or to volunteer.

A Garden Tour Treat-Thursday, July 14, 9:00 - 11:30!!!!

We have an opportunity to view three members’ gardens and socialize with Garden Club friends.  Visit Kathy Sumner, Gail Thompson, and Susan Welch in their beautiful gardens.  They are happy to show you around and answer any questions.  Gail and Susan live in the same general area so that might help in your planning.   SEE YOU THERE!! Questions, contact Saundy.

Jazz in the Alley, Saturday, July 16th, 7:30pm, featuring Unknown Lyric

The Cottage Garden (facing Lawrenceville St.) is the perfect spot to enjoy the Jazz in the Alley Band. BYO chair and refreshments.

Summer Book Club-Thursday, July 28th, 7:30P at the Cottage

Join club members in reading “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  Highly recommended read by Staci Catron during the Cherokee Garden Club Library tour at the Atlanta History Center. An excerpt from the Amazon review: “Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings―asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass―offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.”

Summer Flowers That Thrive in Heat | National Garden Clubs, Inc

Check out this link from the National Garden Club.

“Planting and Growing with Challenges,” Gardening Issue- Garden Photography-The Way that You See Them- is an article -  Planting and Growing- 2022 June Gardening Edition-Garden Photography-Jun2022 on garden photo composition, setting up a grid, best lighting and color theory using your cell phone camera. Reward all your hard work in your garden with good photos using these tips and tricks. Linda Doiron, NGC member, is the editor of the Gardening Issue of “Planting and Growing with Challenges” published by The Garden Club of Georgia. See attached.

Red, White and Boom! Norcross July 3rd Celebration

The festivities are from 5p-10p.  Food trucks on S. Peachtree, Kids activities in Thrasher Park, Lions Club, and other snacks on Jones Street with other vendors. Music in Webb Park and a DJ in the Crossing Parking lot. And the Fireworks show at approximately 9:40pm.

Many street closures.  Parking is always a challenge.  For a map and more details, visit the city’s website.

Two Reminders

Send pictures of plants that you will dig for the Fall Plant Sale to Gena Spears.

Please review the Help Wanted opportunities. See attached.  Contact Nancy or Jenny for questions or more information at

Norcross Community Market-Thrasher Park

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Norcross Happenings-See attached Norcross July Newsletter.  Please note the band listed for Jazz in the Alley in the Newsletter has been replaced by "Unknown Lyric".