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This Week In The Garden – vol. 117

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, November 14th Day Meeting at the Cottage 10am Social, 10:30-12:00 Meeting

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

Katie is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Herbalist and Beekeeper. https://dunwoodynature.org/ Katie will share some delicious herbal tea with us, and we will sample honey from her bees!  All are welcome!  Invite a friend to enjoy this great program with you.  We welcomed two new members and a guest at the October meeting.  Cyndi Aspinwall rejoined our club; Barbara Johnson (and friend Randy Bergin) joined the club. And Linda Lang brought Kirstin Scrudato as her guest.

Please RSVP to Debbie Boyd by Monday, Nov 13 ph. (Debbie.boyd@comcast.net).

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

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, December 12th Evening Meeting “NGC Holiday Celebration” at the Norcross Community Center. Stay tuned for more information.

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

Floral Arrangements for Meals on Wheels

Following our meeting on October 10th, 17 members pitched in to create 74 floral arrangements for Meals on Wheels clients and 14 thank you arrangements for MOW volunteers.  Members took advantage of the perfect weather and worked on the arrangements in the garden. A good time was had by all. Jenny Allen reports that the MOW clients absolutely love receiving the arrangements! Thanks to all who participated in any way—from donating glass bottles, jars, and greenery to filling the containers with water, arranging flowers, loading the boxes of arrangements and cleaning up. Great teamwork!  Don’t forget to save glass jars for the next MOW floral arranging project. Date is TBD. (See photos at the end)

Cottage Garden Care

We encourage members to stop by anytime it’s convenient for weeding in our garden. 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).

Farm in the Corners, (https://www.peachtreefarm.org/) is in Technology Park at 350 Research Court, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. At the October meeting, we learned more about the Farm in the Corners! The mission of Peachtree Farm is to produce and wholesale locally grown produce for the metro Atlanta and North Georgia area while providing job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Joe Twiner, executive director and two farmers, Quinn and Joey talked about the day-to-day activities and the future plans for the farm. Volunteers are needed as “job coaches” for the farmers, administrative tasks and for events.  The Peachtree Farm Fall Festival, “Tailgate for Tomatoes” is Saturday, October 21st from noon until 4pm. The main feature at the event is the sale of tomatoes. The tomatoes are grown by the hydroponic method in the greenhouse.  Interested volunteers should contact the farm through the website.  Stop by to buy some delicious tomatoes and check out the farm!

The Enchanted Forest-Sunday, November 5th 2-4pm, Johnson Dean Forest

Composting, recycling and creative nature play for the whole family!  

Nature Walk, Storytelling, Crafts & more—Suitable for all ages, the Enchanted Forest is a magical way to experience nature –all are welcome!

The Enchanted Forest is a community favorite for the Norcross Youth Earth Team, hosted by the Norcross Garden Club annually in the Johnson Dean Forest Preserve. This event takes place the first Sunday after Halloween "when fairies manifest in the forest and observant and quiet visitors can see the doorways to their homes." Storytelling will begin at 2PM while leading participants through the forest to discover the magical fairy doors, and to encourage the youth to look for natural items to use in creating their own fairy houses. Participants are encouraged to bring their Halloween pumpkins to repurpose into fairy houses.  Leftover pumpkins will be placed in the forest as a food source and habitat for wildlife.  The remaining extra pumpkins will get composted in a local school garden.  Fairy house vignettes will be on display for one week following the event. (Flyer in jpg and pdf formats is attached)

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 throughout the year.

Upcoming October Events in Norcross

Saturday, Oct. 21st 10A Downtown Walking Tour led by local historian, Gene Ramsay. Meet at the picnic shelter in Thrasher Park.  No reservations necessary.  Wear your walking shoes!

Saturday, Oct. 21st Pedal Norcross 3-6pm Explore Historic Norcross on a 2.5-mile group ride led by Sustainable Norcross, promoting safe and sustainable biking practices. Kickoff is in Skin Alley. Pop-up for Farm Fresh Days Market will also be set up in Skin Alley.  See link below for event details. Registration is encouraged. Great family fun!


Thursday, Oct 26th, Witches Night Out 5:30-8:30pm Visit shops and restaurants for discounts and surprises.


Saturday, Oct 28th Deutsche Car Show 10A-3P Downtown streets. Over 250 classic German automobiles on display. Traditional German cuisine and beer and a lively polka band. Fun for all!

Saturday, Oct 28th-Trick or Treat for kids 3-5PM -South Peachtree, Jones Street and Holcomb Bridge participating shops, restaurants and businesses will be passing out candy until it’s gone!  https://www.theheartofnorcross.com/businessdirectory/trickortreating2023

Ongoing (See https://www.norcrossga.net/ for details and more info and the event calendar:


Movie Mondays-2nd and 4th Mondays; 1:30 & 6:30pm-Norcross Community Center FREE!

First Friday Concerts, at the Norcross Community Center. Reservations required. FREE!

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

LionHeart Theatre: https://lionhearttheatre.org/. See website for upcoming performances, times and ticket information. Performances have been selling out!  Reserve early if you see something you like!

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 other events and for the next Artist of the Month reception. https://norcrossgalleryandstudios.org/

Peachtree Corners Events

Town Center Events Schedule


Lots of Sports on the Screen; and weekly Yoga, CrossFit, Cornhole. The last concert of the season is Oct 28th. And it’s all FREE!

The Forum https://theforumpeachtree.com/

Keep up to date with new pop-up shops for the holiday season and new permanent shops.  Follow the updates for the renovations.  Lots of exciting improvements are in the works.  Check out the schedule of events—something for everyone! https://theforumpeachtree.com/events

At the Forum, Thursday Night Live Music