Calendar of Events 2019

Dear TUMGA Master Gardeners,

 2019 Class for Master Gardeners: The Hospitality Committee would like to get their wish list out there before Santa🎅comes! Don’t worry, there will be a reminder sent out after the New Year starts!
It has become a tradition that the TUMGA Master Gardeners welcome the new class of Master Gardeners on their first full day by providing small snacks and a lunch. That date is Tuesday, February 5th. The menu for the luncheon is hearty soups, breads and small desserts to be served during their lunch break. Any of the TUMGA MG’s may attend the luncheon and get to know the our new Class participants.
The Hospitality Committee needs your help to do this event. Many of you have said that you want to help so please look at the wish list and sign up to bring any of the item(s) to help make the new Master Gardeners Class feel welcome!
The Hospitality Committee:
Doug Koke
Vicki Best
Donni Folendorf
Cathy Haist
Please click here to see the Hospitality Committee’s wish list:  MG Class Hospitality First Day of Class 2019
Community Announcements are mixed in with the regular TUMGA Meetings. Friends of Master Gardeners and friends in the community, this is a list of events we thought you might be interested in:
Thursday, January 10th – TUMGA Program Meeting 
Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Choir Room instead of Fellowship Hall.  Go past the Fellowship Hall and up the stairs, someone will be there directing us.
Our own TUMGA members will be sharing their gardening expertise on various subjects.  Please get back to Marty if you would like to participate.
Tuesday, February 5th – First New Master Gardener Class
Please see information above for hospitality needs.
Thursday, February 14th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Friday, February 22, 2019 – GMREC – Water Resource Management & Irrigation
Time:  10 am to 3 pm
Water Resource Management & Irrigation. Workshop – Please register by calling 706745-2655, between January 15 and February 15. There is no charge for this day-long workshop. Our speaker is Gary Hawkins, UGA Water Resource Management and Policy Specialist. This workshop will help producers understand the technical aspects of selecting and operating an irrigation system. Topics covered include the irrigation system components, irrigation plan, water source, sprinkler components, application rates and maintenance and operation. In addition, Natural Resources Conservation Service programs to help producers will be discussed. Program sponsored by Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council in cooperation with Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District. Lunch will be provided for registered participants. GMREC auditorium and grounds.
Thursday, March 14th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Friday, March 29, 2019 – GMREC – Firewise Communities
Time:  10 am-noon
Location:  GMRE Center auditorium
Firewise Communities. Seminar-No need to register. Our speakers will be Frank Riley, Executive Director at the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council and Tony Harkins, Chief Ranger with the GA Forestry Commission. The risk of wildfires in our area was never more apparent as in 2016 when fires destroyed many homes. Learn how to protect yourself and your community with the Firewise program, a framework that helps communities get organized to reduce their risk. This seminar, sponsored by the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Georgia Forestry Commission, and US Forest Service will assist you and your community with developing a plan. Learn about your risks, what you can do to reduce those risks, and what resources are available to help you. The program is free and light refreshments will be provided. GMRE Center auditorium.
Thursday, April 11 – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Thursday, May 9th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Friday, June 7, 2019 – GMREC – The Importance of Pollinators
Time:  10 am-noon
Location:    GMRE Center auditorium and Gardens
The Importance of Pollinators Seminar-No need to register. Our presenter is Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist, Science and Conservation Program, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, University of Georgia. Pollinators are essential to the quality diets we enjoy in the developed world. However, they are a finite resource and there is evidence that pollinators are imperiled from exotic diseases, habitat loss, and intensive management practices. This one hour lecture will overview the place of pollinators in agriculture and steps concerned landowners can take to encourage local populations. Guided tours of the Ethnobotanical Gardens on the grounds of the GMRE Center will follow the lecture. GMRE Center auditorium and Gardens.
Thursday, June 13th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Thursday, July 11th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Thursday,  August 8th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Thursday, September 12th – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA
Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Thursday, October 8th  – TUMGA Program Meeting – TBA

Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall
Friday, October 18, 2019 GMREC Winemaking at Home
Time:  10 am-noon
Location:  GMREC Auditorium
Winemaking at Home Seminar-No need to register. If you are interested in making wine, getting a good start is key. Join us for an introductory program in winemaking where you will learn about the equipment necessary, proper sanitation, fermenting, and the advantages and disadvantages of using fresh fruit and kits. Local business owner of “Crushed and Corked” Johnny Williams, along with Purple Foot Wine Club member Jay Davis will show you how to be successful at this age-old craft. Refreshments will be provided. GMRE Center auditorium.
Friday, November 8, 2019 – GMREC – Flavored Vinegars & Dipping Oils Workshop
Time:  10 am-noon – Limited to 15 Participants – Registration & Fee Required
Location:  GMREC auditorium
Flavored Vinegars and Dipping Oils Workshop. GMREC auditorium. Our presenter is Karin Rutishauser, owner of The Herb Crib, specializing in organically grown herbs in Blairsville, GA. Flavored vinegars and dipping oils are simple to prepare and make wonderful gifts. They can be used as marinades, and in dressings for salads or pasta. In this workshop, you will learn to create your own custom flavored vinegars and dipping oils. This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Registrations accepted from October 8, until November 1. No early registrations accepted. To register for this Workshop, please send your name, phone number, email address and a non-refundable check for $20.00 made payable to “Karin Rutishauser” to: Community Council GMRE Center 195 GA Mtn. Experiment Station Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512