Calendar of Events 2020

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:

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The Board is looking forward to a great year for all our TUMGA members !

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TUMGA MGEVS Work Calendar:   If you have any questions regarding this decision,  please contact Jacob at the Ext. Office. 
 
June Calendar:  click here:  TumgaCalendarJune2020
July Revised Calendar:  click here:  TUMGARevised_July_2020
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Greetings from GMREC May 7th

We hope that this finds you and your family well.  Our Georgia Mountains have put on a beautiful spring season this year and we hope you have been able to enjoy it. 
 
We start our newsletter with some unfortunate news.  GMREC will remain closed to the public through August 1st.  This date can be extended depending on the status of the pandemic and University directives.  This means outreach programs that were scheduled for June and July have been canceled.
 
The good news is that research has continued at GMREC including some exciting projects with new university partners.  We have also added a small apiary located near the parking lot.  We have named it Apple Bees and these honey bees will be used for research and future outreach programs.  Becky Griffin will be our resident beekeeper.  The hive boxes were painted by Freya Jones so the apiary is not only functional but beautiful as well. 
 
We are also excited that we have a new team member, Stuart Hall.  He replaces Cody Graham who now is working on his family farm.  Mr. Hall previously worked at Brasstown Valley Resort in the landscaping and golf course maintenance side of operations. He has a horticulture degree, loves plants and enjoys working in our gardens.  We are glad to have him as part of our team and I look forward to introducing him to you all.
 
We truly miss seeing you all on campus.  Please consider following our Facebook page, University of Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center, as a way to stay connected with us during these times.  Stay well and we look forward to the time we can welcome you all back to the Center.
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Friday, July 3rd – Hamilton Gardens Workday

Time:  9:00 AM

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Wednesday, July 8th – Gold Medal Garden Workday

Time: 9:00 AM

There has been NO report of COVID at the Gold Medal Garden.  Fresh air, Vit D, social distancing and digging in the dirt have attributed to Zero reported cases for 2020 to date.  NO RISK THERE!
 
Therefore – next scheduled work day is WEDNESDAY,  JULY 8 @ 8:30 AM.
 
We will be digging up some plants so bring water, gloves, shovel, etc.  Minor weeds to pull.  We MAY have some new plants, so bring a hand trowel also.
 
What fun we have with each other !  Hope to see you there.  Anticipated work time is 1 hour.
 
Marcia Little
 
PS Dry days ahead so we will need volunteers to water as necessary.  A hose will be provided and there is a watering can already at the Garden. Choose your favorite day to sign up.

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Thursday, July 9th – TUMGA Meeting – No meeting 

Time:  4:00 pm Social 4:30 Meeting

Location:  Sharp United Methodist Church

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Friday, July 10th – “Let’s Get Growing” Series Hamilton Gardens

Time:  11:00 a.m. – “Got Scrim?”

Location:  Paris Pavilion

A delightful presentation  on use of backdrop plantings to create new images and enhance your gardens. Jo Anne Allen, MGEV

The classes last 30 minutes to one hour and are  eligible for MG hours for continuing education on our logs.

We are following the state/cdc current guidelines for social distancing required, masks recommended. That may change before the July class. As an open venue, the exposure is less.

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Friday, July 17th – “Let’s Get Growing” Series – Hamilton Gardens – Pollinators

Time:  11:00 a.m.

Location:  Paris Pavilion

Pollinators: The role they play in our world,  and the UGA initiative to expand Ga Pollinator Gardens. Becky Griffin, State Pollinator Coordinator

The classes last 30 minutes to one hour and are  eligible for MG hours for continuing education on our logs.

We are following the state/cdc current guidelines for social distancing required, masks recommended. That may change before the July class. As an open venue, the exposure is less.

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Friday, July 17th – Hamilton Gardens Workday

Time:  9:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, July 22nd – Gold Medal Garden Workday

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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Friday, August 21st – Communicate to Cultivate –  Zoom meeting – UGAMGEV

Regional Leadership Conference Series – Free but Registration is necessary, see below

From the Trellis Blog: 

Join us for this year’s Regional Leadership Conference series as we learn how to develop and deliver a strong Extension message that engages the community around plants and gardening. After delaying our series out of an abundance of concern for your health and that of our communities, we are excited to re-start the series…in a new format!

We will continue with the three RLC dates on the calendar and we’ll meet via distance using Zoom. During our time together, we’ll discuss our communication topic. Representatives of the Georgia Master Gardener Association (GMGA) will briefly join in the conversation, as well. We’ll then “open the floor” for questions from you! RLCs are FREE, but registration is required. Register here.

  • June 19, 2020 – Communicate to Connect
  • August 21, 2020 – Communicate to Cultivate
  • November 6, 2020 – Communicate for Community

While this is a different format than we envisioned when we planned the series, we feel it is an opportunity to safely come together and discuss timely topics. We can still hear from each other and find encouragement in the program that is near and dear to us all, so it is only fitting that our June session topic is focused on connecting.

For more information, contact the Georgia MGEV State Program Office at masterg@uga.edu.

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Friday, October 23rd – GMREC – Invasive Plant Control

Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon

Location:  GMRE Center auditorium

Our speaker, Carly Evans is the Coordinator for the Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative (NGIPC). In this workshop Carly will speak about the importance of invasive species management and demonstrate hands on removal techniques and treatments. Bring any questions about invasive species plant identification.


Friday, November 6th – Communicate for Community – Zoom meeting – UGAMGEV

Regional Leadership Conference Series – Free but Registration is necessary, see below

From the Trellis Blog: 

Join us for this year’s Regional Leadership Conference series as we learn how to develop and deliver a strong Extension message that engages the community around plants and gardening. After delaying our series out of an abundance of concern for your health and that of our communities, we are excited to re-start the series…in a new format!

We will continue with the three RLC dates on the calendar and we’ll meet via distance using Zoom. During our time together, we’ll discuss our communication topic. Representatives of the Georgia Master Gardener Association (GMGA) will briefly join in the conversation, as well. We’ll then “open the floor” for questions from you! RLCs are FREE, but registration is required. Register here.

  • June 19, 2020 – Communicate to Connect
  • August 21, 2020 – Communicate to Cultivate
  • November 6, 2020 – Communicate for Community

While this is a different format than we envisioned when we planned the series, we feel it is an opportunity to safely come together and discuss timely topics. We can still hear from each other and find encouragement in the program that is near and dear to us all, so it is only fitting that our June session topic is focused on connecting.

For more information, contact the Georgia MGEV State Program Office at masterg@uga.edu.