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This Week In The Garden – vol. 108

Cottage Garden Care Schedule for May-August

Next Cottage Care Dates are Monday Aug 7th, 4P-6P and Thursday, Aug 10, 10A-12P, Wednesday, Aug 16, 6P-8P

Members are most welcome to stop by anytime it’s convenient for you. Bring a friend or family member with you to pick up debris and pull a few weeds! If you have any questions, please text Pam Cammarata (770-314-9541).

Cottage Care Days

1st Monday of the month, 4p-6p

2nd Thursday of the month, 10A-12P

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6p-8p

Day and Time June July Aug
1st Mon 4p-6p 5th 3rd 7th
2nd Thurs 10a-12p 8th 13th 10th
3rd Weds 6p-8p 21st 19th 16th

What’s on your mind? Do you have ideas for Workshops or Field Trips?

Is there a topic you would like to hear about? Is there a place you would like to visit? Please send ideas/suggestions to Kathy at kesumner@att.net. Kathy will compile the results and let us know what programs or trips might be available for us to explore during the year. 

Volunteers needed for Plant Sale, Awards and Discovery Garden chairpersons and helpers.

Our club needs volunteers from our membership! Please consider volunteering for a committee chair or to join a committee. Please contact Kathy Sumner with questions and if you would like more information. (kesumner@att.net; text-678.357.8684) There are also opportunities to get involved with other committees, than those highlighted below. Please contact Kathy with questions and to VOLUNTEER!

  • Plant Sale chair and committee. Kathy and Debbie will be advising and helping, but a chairperson and committee are greatly needed. The committee will ask members to dig plants from their own gardens in the fall and pot them so they will be well established for the spring sale (for example, Hosta, day lilies). The board members appreciate the feedback from the plant sale survey.  Responses will be considered by the committee going forward.
  • Awards chair and committee. To gather information for the various awards and help members with the documentation. This will not be so time-consuming if several will help. Our club qualifies for many awards. We must create the documentation and submit it.
  • Discovery Garden chair and committee. Kathy Sumner is planting and caring for our plot at Discovery Garden. She would welcome some help. Ask Kathy for more details. (kesumner@att.net; text-678.357.8684)

Save the Dates!

Great Southeast Pollinator Census August 18-19, 2023

Are you getting ready to count pollinators? We are asking members to participate by counting pollinators on a specific plant of your choice in your garden or any outdoor area that you visit on August 18 or 19. A copy of the Census form and Insect identification guide is attached. Contact Kathy if you have questions.

The Great Southeast 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. Visit this website (https://gsepc.org/)  for more information. It includes a short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJkR8eVXgY0) demonstrating the ease of participating in the count from your own backyard or favorite outdoor space.

There is plenty of time to add pollinator plants to your containers or gardens. Read “Creating a Pollinator Paradise” on p17 of the Garden Gateways, Summer 2023 edition for some ideas. Or check out Pike Nurseries for pollinator plant suggestions. (https://shop.pikenursery.com/plants/?Attracts=Pollinators) Or see the list below from the Great Southeast Pollinator Census website.

NEW: Dogwood District Fall Meeting, Wednesday October 25, Dunwoody Country Club

Norcross Garden Club will be helping with this meeting. More information to follow. Please save the date on your calendar. Volunteers will be needed. All are invited to attend.

Garden Therapy

Please continue to save:

  • plastic grocery bags for the Neighborhood Cooperative Ministry. They always need bags for packaging food for the clients.
  • can pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House.
  • glass jars to be used as flower vases for Meals on Wheels clients.

NGC Meeting Schedule for September-December

Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

September 12th Evening Meeting

“Company’s Coming-Be a Good Host,” Fall migration of birds presented by Steve Rushing of Rushing Outdoors-https://rushingoutdoors.net/

October 10Th Day Meeting

“Farm in the Corners,” Local produce with a Mission presented by Joe Turner, Peachtree Corners. https://www.peachtreefarm.org/

November 14th Day Meeting

“Bees, Trees, and Honey” presented by Katie Hendrickson of Dunwoody Nature Center.

Katie is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Herbalist and Beekeeper. https://dunwoodynature.org/

December 12th Evening Meeting “NGC Holiday Celebration”

Other Gardening Information

Green and Growing with Ashley Frasca-Saturday mornings 6a-9a-WSB radio, 95.5


Ashely Frasca hosts a live gardening talk radio show on Saturday mornings and posts weekly podcasts.  Ashley was the producer for Walter Reeves radio show for 8 years.  You can also follow her on Facebook and/or register for the newsletter.

Ruby’s Farm, Lula GA-Retail Nursery and Design Center

Ruby's Farm is a retail nursery that offers a design center for customers, along with an incredible outdoor showroom. They are located off 985 / Cornelia Hwy on Hwy 52 in Lula. Only 5 minutes from Jaemor Farms. https://www.rubysfarmlula.com/  Ruby's Farm is a subsidiary of Landscape Design Company (LDC). LDC is a residential and commercial landscape installation company. 

Summer Activities in Norcross

Farm Fresh Days-May 10 to Sept 6

Farm Fresh Days are every Wednesday, 4p-7p in Thrasher Park from May 10th through September 6th.

Except when it’s raining! For updates and more information, check out:  www.aplacetoimagine.com

Norcross is busy with summer activities (most are free) and festivals. Movie Mondays, Summer Concert Series, Jazz in the Alley, and more! For updates and more event information go to www.aplacetoimagine.com

Next Jazz in the Alley, Saturday, August 12 7:30-9:30p Betty Mauldin Park.


Remaining Friday Concerts: August 4, August 18 and September 1


Don’t forget to check out what’s happening at LionHeart Theatre, the Norcross Gallery and Studios and Sustainable Norcross

LionHeart Theatre: https://lionhearttheatre.org/. See website for upcoming performances, times and ticket information.

The Norcross Gallery and Studios is open Thursday-Saturday 11am-4:00pm to view works and exhibits by local artists. The Artist of the Month reception and exhibit kicks off monthly at 45 South Café. Stop by the Café anytime to view the featured artist’s exhibit. Visit the gallery website for the next Artist of the Month reception. https://norcrossgalleryandstudios.org/

Check out Sustainable Norcross on Instagram for more information on recycling, conservation, bike laws, and other helpful tips. https://www.instagram.com/sustainable.norcross/

Visit their table at Farm Fresh Market and learn about hard to recycle items that can be dropped off during the Market.

Peachtree Corners Events

Town Center Events Schedule


At the Forum, Thursday Night Live Music


Light Up the Corners at the Forum, Saturday August 12 8pm 4-mile Glow Run and 1K Twilight Trot https://lightupthecorners.com/

Peachtree Corners Festival September 23-24 https://www.peachtreecornersfestival.com/