This week in the garden – vol 66

Dogwood District Board Meeting, Tuesday, Aug 9th at 10AM

Location: Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Road. Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328

All members are invited to attend.  The April 18 - 20, 2023 State Convention will be discussed. The Dogwood District will be hosting this event. They are seeking members' talents and resources to provide everyone with a great experience. If you wish to carpool to the meeting, please contact Leanne.

Cottage Garden Helpers

Many thanks to members old and new for hand cultivating the cottage garden this past Tuesday morning. It’s looking so much better. It’s amazing what a team can do in a few hours.  Sharing time in the garden is a great way to get to know each other. Thank you for sharing your time and energy! All members and friends are welcome to stop by anytime.

Our youngest member is not a stranger to the garden. He has been earning service hours from us for years. It’s wonderful having flexible limbs, strong knees and a strong back to lift those bags to the curb. Thank you!


If you wish to help care for our cottage garden, here are a few items on the “to do” list.

1)  Prune the Winter Jasmine only where it weeps over the wall. Prune only the long branches where it nearly touches the sidewalk. Please don’t prune anywhere else because pruning now will remove the beautiful bright yellow winter blooms. If you have any questions on how to prune this don’t hesitate to ask Leanne Penman

2) Deadhead the Shasta Daisies on the side of the cottage facing Lawrenceville Street. To do this, simply pinch or cut off the flower stem below the spent flower and just above the first set of full, healthy leaves.

3) Hand cultivate the weeds growing beyond the path to the front door (on Lawrenceville St. across from City Hall). This is the door we rarely use. We typically enter at the back door. Do your best to get the weeds along with the roots attached. This will save us from having to pull them a second time.

4) Pull any weeds between the stepping stones. It’s best to use an old steak knife to get down between the cracks. Again, do your best to get the entire weed, root, and all. Thank you!


Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association Monthly Meeting

Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
6:30 pm: Social and Potluck Dinner (dish for 6 people) 7:00 pm: Program Meeting
See attached flyer.  Visit

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census August 19th and 20th, 2022

Protecting Georgia's Pollinators One Count at a Time! The Great Georgia Pollinator Census is a citizen science project created by the University of Georgia. This project is designed for everyone to participate and make a difference for pollinator conservation! Watch the video to learn more about how to join the count and to view the video--  Click below for the pollinator count sheet and guide to counting pollinators. 

Counting-Sheet-Great Georgia Pollinator Census

New Member Orientation on Tuesday August 23, 7:00 pm.

The meeting will be held at our Cottage. If you have never participated in this meeting, please feel free to join us. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about our club, please share this information.

Please rsvp to:

Summer Book Club-POSTPONED New date TBD

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.” Please rsvp to:

Good Health Wishes for Laurie 

One of our newest members, Laurie, had a terrible fall in Norcross and has shattered her left arm. She will undergo surgery adding metal to put her back together this Wednesday, August 10th.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Norcross Community Market-Thrasher Park

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Off for One Week—No TWIG next week

From Nancy and Jenny:  We will be away from our computers for a bit.  Please know we will get back to you when we return to Garden Club land.

Please keep this TWIG issue handy for important dates and reminders.