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This Week In The Garden – vol. 113

Cottage Garden Care

All Hands are Needed in the Cottage Garden-Wednesday, September 20th-8AM

Things to do: Weeding, digging up oak seedlings, dead heading, and pruning!

We are starting at 8A, but come whenever you can-morning, afternoon, or evening. Bring your gloves, tools, and a smile. Help give the garden a good pre-fall cleanup. The morning will be a little chilly, but it's warming up to the 70's by 11A. Perfect garden cleanup weather!

For questions, please contact Kathy Sumner (678.357.8684)

Plant Pots

Please do NOT drop off any plant pots at the cottage. The enclosure by the trash can is over-flowing and we need to have space for access to the trash can.

Please continue to save the #1- or 1-gallon size black pots. This is the ONLY size that is needed. We will use these for digs and potting for the plant sale. We’ll let you know when and where to drop them off.

Save the Date: October 10th Day Meeting

10:00 am social; 10:30 - 12:00 Speaker and meeting

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

Save The Date: Tuesday October 17th 4-6 pm- Meals on Wheels Flower Arranging

We will meet at the cottage. Please bring snips and a smile!

Norcross Discovery Garden Park Presents Seed Swap Saturday, October 14th 9am at Discovery Garden Park

Celebrate the beginning of the Fall growing season. Come share, swap and ask a master gardener.

Gather & meet neighbors, Share gardening tips & tricks, Seedling raffle, and Learn.


Dress for the outdoors.

Conservation Homecoming 2023-Protect the Okefenokee Swamp From Georgia Water Coalition, supported by Garden Club of Georgia

This Fall, the Georgia Water Coalition is taking our work to protect the Okefenokee to the coffee shop! We are working with our members around the state to set up meetings with their legislators at local coffee shops to talk about the importance of protecting the pristine Okefenokee Swamp from mining. Will you set up a meeting with your state representative and/or senator to discuss how we can protect the Okefenokee?

We know that one-on-one conversations with constituents is one of the most powerful ways to convince legislators to protect the Okefenokee by passing the Okefenokee Protection Act (Georgia House Bill 71). Having those conversations away from the hustle and bustle of the state's Capitol is even better, and that is the goal of Conservation Homecoming!

We’ll be there every step of the way–helping you set up the meeting and providing talking points, virtual training, and materials, but we need volunteers to take the lead on setting up and holding meetings with their legislators during the week of Mon. Oct. 30th to Friday Nov. 3rd. Sign up here to join this effort and protect the Okefenokee.

We have a goal of holding many meetings with legislators around the state–will you help us organize one of those meetings?

Author Mark Warren at the Duluth Library on Tuesday, September 26, 6pm to 7:30pm

"The Forest’s Gifts of Food, Medicine and Craft" presented by award-winning author and naturalist Mark Warren and hosted by the Duluth Garden Club.

From Duluth Garden Club:

Mark Warren, owner of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA, has been teaching native plants, trees, and survival skills to adults and children for over half a century. Mark believes today's society can — and should — learn some valuable lessons and skills regarding the use of native plants for food, medicine, insect repellent, craft, shelter and fire. In addition to a slide presentation, Mark will bring along some plants and handmade crafts for viewing and discussion. Immediately following the presentation, there will be a book sale and signing for Mr. Warren's books at Gwen Tajz Wine Bar located just a block away at 3129 Main Street. We hope you will join us for both programs. For more information about Mark Warren, his work and his books, check out his website at www.markwarrenbooks.com

Plant America-Feed America-National Garden Club President’s 2023-2025 Project

Message from National Garden Club

If you grow your own vegetable garden, fruit or other food items, the National Garden Club encourages you to donate some of this bounty to a local food bank or any other organization that helps fight food insecurity. If you don’t have your own garden, then how about volunteering at a local community garden where food is donated. This could be a town-sponsored garden, a school garden, a church garden, or any garden that supports feeding the hungry. And if you can’t work in a garden, then how about contributing financial support to groups who DO the actual work of providing fresh meals to the less fortunate or to local schools who maintain gardens to help supplement their school lunch programs. Not only will you feel better about being part of the solution to fighting food insecurity, but it’s a chance to promote gardening to those around you!

During the 2023-2025 term, NGC (National Garden Club) will be keeping a running total of how much fresh fruit, herbs, produce, etc. is being donated by our members. We want to spotlight how the NGC is making a difference across America! Just fill out the PLANT AMERICA-FEED AMERICA DONATION FORM, and then submit it electronically. The form is short, and the directions are easy to follow. Some members may donate on a more frequent basis, while others may donate once or twice in a season. Every donation counts!! So, let’s get growing as we continue to PLANT AMERICA and FEED AMERICA too!

Flyer and Report Form: Plant America Feed America