Calendar of Events 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:

2019 TUMGA DUES INFORMATION:

Dear Master Gardeners,  Please remember that our TUMGA dues need to be paid by March 31st.  If you are wondering if you have already paid your dues, please check the attached spreadsheet.  If you have any questions or concerns about dues please let me know.  I will forward your questions to our treasurer, Linda Jones.  Thank you,  Kate George  TUMGA  Corresponding Secretary  Click here to see if you have paid:  MG-TUMGA dues

You can mail your dues to Linda Jones at:
 P. O. Box 382 Young Harris, GA 30582

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Dear Active Master Gardeners,

Recognizing Master Gardeners for their years of service is an important part of the Master Gardener program. I am in the process of ordering the Years of Service Award badges. This year I will be giving out 5 year badges to people who attended Master Gardener training in 2014, 10 year badges for 2009, and 15 year badges for 2004. Award badges are given out at 5 year intervals, from 5 years up to 30 years of service. If you have not received an award badge and you should have previously please contact me and I will include you in the order. If you trained in 2014, 2009, or 2004 I have already ordered your badge.

Sincerely,
Jacob Williams
Towns/Union Agricultural & Natural Resources Agent
jacob.williams@uga.edu

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Wednesday, March 27th – Gold Medal Garden Work Day
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Union County Farmers Market

Dear Master Gardeners,
Mark Wednesday, March 27th @ 9:00 AM on  your calendar to begin our preparation work on the area where we anticipate putting the raised bed herb garden.
We will be removing existing perennial plants and weeds and generally cleaning up the space.  Hopefully we will also begin our plans for the “cardboard under mulch” program to control other weeds throughout the garden.  We may need to also look at a general beautification of the garden to begin Spring.
If it does not rain !!! Hope to see you there for however long you want to stay – 1-2 hrs at best, depending on our tasks at hand.Thanks Marcia Little MGEV

PS Anyone that has space in their yard to take home and re pot the perennials we remove and babysit them for the Fall Plant Sale, please help!

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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.

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Monday, April 1st – GMREC Mountain Research & Education Center Volunteer Opportunity
Time: 10:00 AM – Noon
Dear Master Gardeners and Friends of the Master Gardeners,

Attached is a flyer about the upcoming volunteer orientation at the Community Council of the University of Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center (GMREC). Please put this exciting volunteer opportunity on your calendars. It will be a great chance to meet new friends, learn about the incredible programs that GMREC offers and enjoy the beautiful gardens of this center. Sincerely, Kate George TUMGA Corresponding Secretary – To see the flier on this opportunity, please click here:  GMREC Volunterr Orientation 2019
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Friday, April 5th – All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: SSSSnakes, Identification and Environmental Importance
Time: 2:00 PM
Snakes may be one of the most misunderstood animals in our gardens and landscapes.  Learn more about their identification and importance to our ecosystem in this webinar presented by TBA. Webinars are  moderated by Dr. Tim DavisUGA Extension and Vicky Bertagnolli, Clemson Extension, and coordinated by  Dani CarrollAlabama Extension.

The link to the event is https://auburn.zoom.us/j/615766171. Note: on April 5, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
For more webinars in this series, see 2019 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series
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Wednesday, April 10th –  Towns County Garden Class Presented by Jacob Williams, Town County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Time:  10:30 AM – Noon
Location:  Towns County Civic Center
Please click here for details:  Towns county garden class
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Thursday, April 11 – TUMGA Business Meeting 
Time:  Social 4:00 – 4:30 Meeting starts at 4:30
Location:  Sharp United Memorial Church Fellowship Hall

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Friday, May 3rd – All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar – Termites & Termite Control
Time:  2:00 PM
Termites and termite control cause homeowners  a lot of worry and even more questions. What kind of termites do i have? Are termite controls worth the money?Wizzie Brown, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension will discuss termite controls in this webinar and how they work.  Webinars are moderated by Dr. Tim DavisUGA Extension ,Vicky BertagnolliClemson Extension, and coordinated by Dani CarrollAlabama Extension.

The link to the event is https://auburn.zoom.us/j/615766171. Note: on April 5, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.

For more webinars in this series, see 2019 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series 

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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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