2018 Community Projects

The following is a brief overview of our Community Projects as they are updated for the year.  Please refer to our Community Project Page for past years projects.

February 2018 – Children’s Daffodil Garden in Meeks Park

The daffodils are in full bloom in the Children’s Daffodil Garden at Meeks Park, picture of the garden and plaque attached.  If you get a chance, stop by and see them because even though they are beautiful in the picture, they look so much better in person.  Jo Allen, MGEV

June 2017 – Gold Medal Garden at Union County Farmers Market

MGEV – The Gold Medal Garden at the Union County Farmers’ Market is in dire need of weeding.

Since everyone is very busy working in their own yards as well as MGEV projects, I decided that it may be more convenient to you to Meet Me In The Garden (Gold Medal) at your convenience!

This is how it works —   I will be in the Gold Medal Garden weeding each day this week starting Tuesday, June 27th – Friday, June 30th at 9:00 AM.  Work for 30 minutes or 15 minutes, whatever you can fit into your schedule.  You be the judge on RAIN as I will not send out a weather/work update for each day.  Bring your own water, gloves and trowel. Thanks in advance for your help.  Marcia Little, Chairman

June 2017 – Pioneer House

Date:  Tuesday, June 27th – MGEV work at the Pioneer House
Time:  9:00 AM – ?
We need to finish raking up leaves and debris, do some planting and mulching, and spread some sawdust.  Bring tools appropriate for those jobs.  Thanks,  Sheleila

February 2017 – Children’s Daffodil Garden in Meeks Park

The Children’s Daffodil Garden at Meeks Park, part of the Living Holocaust Memorial of the planned 1.5 million Daffodil bulbs to be planted around the world to remember the 1.5 million children who died senselessly in Nazi occupied Europe, is now in full bloom.  Please see attached photograph, courtesy of T. Spencer Allen.  The photograph is beautiful but not as beautiful as seeing it in person so if you get a chance, please drive by.  Tidying up and Spring weeding was completed on  the 13th of February.

May 25, 2017 – Children’s Daffodil Garden in Meeks Park

The Children’s Daffodil Garden at Meeks Park was weeded today and bone meal was applied.   Jo Anne Allen, Chairman


 Bluebird/Bird Project

February 2017 Bluebird Project Update

The bluebird houses at Farmer’s Market and the new courthouse in Blairsville have been cleaned out for the season.  Repair was attempted on one of the houses but we will have to replace it as it has suffered damaged from some critter chewing into it.  It is scheduled for repair.



Bluebird/Bird Project

2016 Bluebird Project Update

The bluebird houses at Farmer’s Market, new courthouse in Blairsville, walking trail and dog walk trail have been cleaned out for the season.  We have one repair and reinstallation on the dog walk trail.  We have three houses to go back up on the walking trail, one was a repair and the other two were on poles we had installed very high up off the path and it is no longer easy to get to them.  We will clear with Meeks Park the locations we would like to reinstall them in before doing it.  We are going to try to get this accomplished this coming week.  We had successful nesting of bluebirds in most of the houses in Meeks and the new courthouse.  We have only had nests in two of the houses at Union County Farmer’s Market.

It was amazing to see Jo Anne and Tom Allen scamper up the embankments with pipe wrenches to remove two of the poles so we can use them again!  I believe they have taken some lessons from their goats!

We have several members of TUMGA wishing to have bluebird houses installed and we will also try to get these done.

Barbara Baumgardner, MGEV

Tom and Jo Anne working on removing pole Tom and Jo Anne removing pole

Tom and Jo Anne removing pole 2 Tom and Jo Anne reinstalling house walkway

Tom and Jo Anne cleaning house walkway Jo Anne, Tom and Bert cleaning house


Jo Anne Bert and Barbara cleaning house Barbara and Jo Anne with poles 3



The Children’s Daffodil Garden at Meeks Park, Blairsville

March, 2016 – The Children’s Daffodil Garden at Meeks Park is in full bloom!  If you go by Meeks Park, take a minute and stop by and see it.  It is beautiful.  After the blooms fade, we will be applying bone meal and then do a little weeding and tidying up.  (Photograph by Tom Allen). Jo Anne Allen, Chair

For further information, please contact:  Dan Greenfield, President – dgreenfi@hotmail.com

March 14 2016 full bloom


Towns County 4-H Garden Club – March 2016

March was a very busy meeting!  Towns-Union Master Gardeners Jo Anne Allen and Judy Caines taught the children how to read and understand the soil test in their garden and the 3 parts of the fertilizer labels, Nitrogen-Phosphorus- Potassium!  They dug up lots of weeds and a few iris bulbs that they plan to sell at the HGC Plant Affair on April 16th, to raise funds.  They sprinkled fertilizer to prepare the soil for planting.  We also tried an art project using potato stamps carved by our 4-H Extension Agent, Billie Harvey. Each child was given white carnations and green food coloring with instructions how to turn their carnation green for St. Patrick’s Day.  A fun way to understand the science of “capillary action”.

Our  next meeting will be April 11th, when the children will be planning  their “Pizza” garden.    We like to start about 3:30PM.  If you’re interested in having your child participate, please contact Billie Harvey at the Extension Office, 706-896-2024; or email: bsharvey@uga.edu.




Towns County Extension Office

Towns County Extension Office: Answer phones, assist customers, fill in for Administrative Assistant on as needed basis.  Weed, mulch and add/maintain plants and construct and install two rain barrels at the entrance.

Contact: Judy Caines, Chairman

For further information, please contact:  Dan Greenfield, President – dgreenfi@hotmail.com

April 2016

Rain barrels entrance April 2 2016

The rain barrels were designed, built, and installed by Gary Caines. It is a very impressive job because, as you can see,  not only are they good to look at they were engineered correctly.  Thank you Gary for a super job.

There will be pictures of the additional work:  the daylilies Judy, Sheleila, and Dan have transplanted to outline the bed along the wall; Also the asparagus that had grown unattended for who knows how long in the main bed was transplanted and labeled to the narrow bed along the right side of the entrance walkway and Sheleila also moved the big rocks.

The finishing touch to the work was the mulch spread around the daylilies. The work done Thursday was a big step to making the entrance look like a properly tended bed. The next step is to amend the soil with a load of donated top soil. There is more to be done but it is well on the way.

Stop by and see the progress.

Judy Caines, Project Chairman


United County Bank’s Customer Appreciation Day – “Tomato Day”

United Community Bank’s Customer Appreciation Tomato Day is May 6, 2016.  Set up is 9 to 9:30 and it continues until 5 or when the tomatoes are all given out.  Sign up sheet will be at the April meeting.

Jo Anne Allen, Chair

For a copy of the tomato growing instructions please click here:  GHGTomatoes2015lesscolor

For more information:  President Marty Dellinger mg2016marty@gmail.com