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This week in the garden – vol. 87

February Meeting Tuesday, February 14th at the Cottage

10:00am-Social, 10:30am-12:00pm -Speaker & Meeting

Member and Master Gardener, Laurie Wakefield’s presentation “Grow Vegetables from Seed”, is a sure winner for us! Gathering fresh veggies from our own gardens would be a treat!! Please RSVP by Friday, February 10 to Debbie Boyd (Debbie.boyd@comcast.net).

Election of Officers for 2023-2025

Club members will vote to elect officers for NGC 2023-2025 at the February 14, 2023 meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy O’Reilly (404-435-8579). The new president appoints the committee chairs.  Please reach out to Kathy Sumner (678.357.8684) if you would like to help.

President - Kathy Sumner
1st VP - Membership Debbie Boyd
2nd VP Programs - Gena Spears
Treasurer - Sue Wyatt
Recording Secretary - Dolores Stewart
Corresponding Secretary - Jeanette Shewbert

Membership Dues are DUE by February 15th!

Dues are $60 per member. Two household members may hold membership for a single payment of $70. Please contact Debbie Boyd by February 15th, of your membership intention. Your name will be removed from our club roster and the state membership roster if we do not hear from you by February 15th. If you have questions about membership or renewal payments, please contact Debbie. (Debbie.boyd@comcast.net).  Please respond promptly.

Payment Options:

  • Mail check to Norcross Garden Club, PO Box 576, Norcross GA 30091.
  • Drop off your payment at the cottage. Leave payment in the Treasurer’s folder, located in the hanging file on the wall in the kitchen. Email Sue Wyatt if you drop your payment at the cottage or if you mail it. (suezq50@aol.com)
  • PayPal payment option: Visit our website to pay your dues online via your PayPal account. On the website, choose "Contact Us" Scroll down to Membership, Select Single or Couple, then click on Buy Now to get the paypal link.
  • Cash, Check, Credit or Debit card payments can be made at the February meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to pay with a card, text Jeanette Shewbert (770.329.1411).

WINTER SEED SOWING WORKSHOP                                                   Limited to 15 participants

Reserve your spot today for a hands-on workshop to winter sow NATIVE plant seeds with Gwinnett County Master Gardener Lynda Pollock.

Please don’t confuse this Winter Workshop with the February 14th program to be given by Member and Master Gardener, Laurie Wakefield. She will be presenting a program on growing vegetables from seed. The two programs are completely different. Winter seed sowing happens now, and the plantings go directly outside. Vegetable seeds should be planted indoors typically mid to late February.

Winter seed sowing makes growing native seeds easy. Most native plant seeds need a period of stratification. By sowing the seeds in small pots and leaving them outside exposed to the weather, stratification happens naturally. Learn how to protect seed pots and seedlings from varmints. This seed starting process is the easiest ever!

WHEN: 6:30pm Wednesday, February 8, 2023

WHERE: Norcross Garden Clubhouse Cottage

COST: $10 (Cash, check or Zelle to Leanne Penman to hold your spot) Materials provided include four 5” pots, soil, how-to handout, and native seeds.

If the 15 spots have been filled, your name will be put on a waiting list. If a spot becomes available, we’ll let you know ASAP.

RSVP: LeannePenman2@gmail.com or 770.715.4901

Cottage Rentals

Please note we have cottage rentals on February 4th and March 18th.  Whenever there is a rental booked for the cottage, there will be cards that say: “Cottage is Rental Ready” placed in the cottage.  This is a reminder that cottage has been cleaned.  Please be respectful and keep it clean.

Did you plant a tree in 2022?

Please email Kathy Sumner(kesumner@att.net) and let her know what trees were planted and when they were planted.

Thursday and Friday April 27th-April 28th Annual Spring Plant Sale
April will be here before we know it! Start your plan for what you can dig from your garden to pass-a-long. Remember to save the sale dates and time during the preceding week on your calendar. We need all hands on deck to prepare for the sale. Questions?  Contact Kathy Sumner (text:678.357.8684)

Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Issues Update

See attached for summary of key environmental issues before the legislators.

House Bill 71 has been introduced - with bi-partisan support: The Okefenokee Protection Act

The Okefenokee is one of the greatest remaining natural treasures in the world and holds significant economic, ecological, and cultural value for the people of Georgia. We cannot risk long-term damage to the swamp for an experimental, unsustainable mining project. Now is the time for state action to protect this national treasure.  Opponents of mining near the Okefenokee want to prevent permanent damage of the swamp’s ability to hold water. Twin Pines officials argue mining will have minimal impacts.

  1. Rhett Jackson, professor of water resources at the University of Georgia, described the mining plan as “deeply flawed.” He said mining will make droughts more frequent and severe in the eastern portion of the swamp and increase the probability of wildfires.

Garden Club Members – share this with your friends and neighbors. Ask everyone to call or write to their legislators. The Protect Georgia link is the easiest way you can contact your legislators who are now in session under the Gold Dome.  Fill in your info and edit the sample letter as you wish.   It will be sent to your State Senator and State Representative. www.protectgeorgia.org/okefenokee.    

Cottage Dig Day January 26

In preparation of the upcoming annual plant sale, scheduled for April 27 & 28, thirteen members gathered on Thursday to dig plants from the cottage garden.

Left to right: Beth Bahel, Kathy Sumner, Dolores Romero-Stewart, Cathy Nelmes, Susan Welch and Cathy Crumley. Helpers not pictured here: Debbie Boyd, Saundy Kittle, David Outten, Leanne Penman, Susan Rohrabaugh, Gena Spears, and Gail Thompson.



Storm Bugs -Saturday, February 4th at LionHeart Theatre

Two Shows 11A and 2P Presented by author and educator Andrea Zoppo. Tickets are $5 for all ages and can be purchased on Lionheart's website: https://lionhearttheatre.org/buy-tickets-2/

American Hydrangea Society-Meeting February 27th 7p, Atlanta History Center

7p Social; 7:30p Meeting Speaker: Linda Cline, Master Gardener; Topic: “Let’s Talk Hydrangeas-Secrets to Success

American Daffodil Society’s Flower Show March 10-11, 2023

Standard Flower Show Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Crowne Plaza Perimeter Ravinia Hotel; 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road; Atlanta, GA 30346.  The flower show is free and open to the public The show hours are 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, and from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.  

Garden Magic on the Mountain, GCG’s 95th Annual Convention April 18-20, 2023

At Evergreen Lakeside Conference Resort, Stone Mountain, GA

The Garden Club of Georgia’s (GCG) website has been updated and has a new link: https://gardenclubofgeorgia.org/ There is a downloadable registration form for the convention.