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This Week In The Garden – vol. 126

This week in the garden…Vol 126

February 12, 2024

Tuesday, February 13th Evening Meeting at the Cottage

6:00 pm social; 6:30 – 8:00pm Program and meeting

Please RSVP to Debbie Boyd if you can attend. (Debbie.boyd@comcast.net).

“Let Love Grow” Please join us for a potluck dinner and Valentine Card making for our 120 local Meals on Wheels recipients. That is a LOT of cards! Many hands make light work!

Main dinner entrée is baked chicken. Decaf coffee, water and wine will also be providedWhat to bring? 

·   a dish to share (surprise us! And it’s optional)

· art supplies-scissors, glue, buttons, fabric, lace, magazine/seed catalogs with flower pictures, markers, colored pencils and??? Surprise us with your creativity, too!

· plastic grocery bags for the Neighborhood Cooperative Ministry

· can pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House and cash for raffle tickets

Georgia Arbor Day Celebration, Friday February 16th 10A at Pinnacle Park

All members are invited to join the Norcross Tree Preservation Board, Mayor Craig Newton, the Georgia Forestry Commission and local students to celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. Please arrive by 9:30.

Arborist Rick Barnes will lead an educational program and we will watch the planting of a Shumard Oak 

reinforcing Norcross’ commitment to a greener future. A sweet treat will also be provided.

Monday, February 19th Gwinnett Masters Gardeners Meeting, 12P

LOCATION: Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA

TOPIC: “Ferns” GUEST SPEAKER: Connie Gray, Program Coordinator and Board Member of the Athens-East Piedmont Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society will share her knowledge on “Ferns.” GCMGA meetings are free and open to the public. If you would like to join the group for lunch, please come at 11:30 and bring a dish to share.

Friday, February 23rd Field Trip-Atlanta Botanical Garden for the Flower Show

At the January meeting, Cathy Nelmes shared that she would like to organize a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to attend the Flower Show on Friday, February 23rd. So far, nine (9) members have signed up. Kathy Sumner can take 7 passengers in her car. We will need at least one more driver. Please contact Cathy Nelmes if you would like to sign up to attend the Flower Show (raynelmes@aol.com).

Admission for non ABG (Atlanta Botanical Garden) members is $29.95 for a Flower Show weekend pass. ABG members’ ticket cost is $10. Please see the Atlanta Botanical website for more information about the Flower Show, other Garden events, and membership pricing. https://atlantabg.org/

The Okefenokee Protection Act -House Bill 71

The Garden Club of Georgia is asking all Garden Club members to act by contacting their State Legislators to remind them of the importance of passing House Bill 71. The new legislative session began on January 8th and ends on March 28th. Please consider calling and or writing to your State House and Senate representatives. Detailed information about the Okefenokee Swamp and its importance and specific information on how to contact the Georgia legislators was attached to TWIG Vol 124. For more information: https://www.gawater.org/okefenokee-swamp  

If you contact your representatives, please let Kathy Sumner know. (text: 678-357-8684)

UGA Extension Gwinnett Annual Fundraiser Plant Sale

A wonderful selection of edible and ornamental plants available for pre-sale, along with a new and different choice of plants available for purchase the day of pick up. These plants are of the highest quality and selected to perform well in Hardiness Zone 8a (NEW!). Order Now until Friday, March 1, 2024! 
Plant pickup and the bonus middle of the ring sales (check and credit card only) are at the Gwinnett County

Fairgrounds on March 14th from 9A to 5:45P. Please see the UGA Extension website for more information about the plants, to print an order form and to find out more about the ordering process.

https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/gwinnett.html; order form: https://uga.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c935d0b5a2c492b21f443187d&id=e83701c9ce&e=5f5c6730c6

Help Wanted (and NEEDED)

We need members to help in several roles and committees. Please let Kathy Sumner know what you would like to help with. Examples: Publicity, plant digs and sale, youth activities, giving talks or workshops, leading a field trip, helping write up awards etc. Please let us know what your interests and talents are and how you would like to help the Norcross Garden Club. (Kathy S: 678-357-8684)

Planting for Pollinators Series (Hosted by Sustainable Norcross and the Bee City Committee)

Workshop 1: Planning Your Garden with Pollinators in Mind was led by Tixie Fowler on Tuesday Feb 6th. It was well attended, very informative and fun, too! 6 members, including Tixie attended the workshop.  To register for future workshops, visit Planting For Pollinators Workshop Registration.

Cottage Garden Care 

Members are encouraged 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 Cammarta (770-314-9541).

Wednesday, February 21st Red Cross Blood Drive 

The Red Cross is offering a $20 Amazon Gift Card to all February Donors. Please pass the Blood Drive information to your family and friends who may be interested in donating blood. 

Norcross Events (See https://www.norcrossga.net/) for details and more info and the event calendar: https://www.norcrossga.net/calendar.aspx?CID=22#changeDateMonthDropDown

LionHeart Theatrehttps://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. https://norcrossgalleryandstudios.org/

Peachtree Corners EventsTown Center Events Schedule-https://peachtreecornersga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/561/Full-2023-Event-Calendar-PDF?bidId=   The Forum https://theforumpeachtree.com/