Calendar of Events 2018

TUMGA Monthly meetings occur the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at Sharp United Methodist Church, Young Harris, GA January through December.   For more information: President Marty Dellinger

Have you thought about being a Master Gardener?  Well here is your chance if you move quickly, before the new 2019 Class fills up:

How can I become a Georgia Master Gardener? If you love gardening and can commit to learning and sharing knowledge and skills through volunteer service, this Georgia Master Gardener Program wants you.

Do you have to know a lot about gardening to apply? NO! Some basic experience and knowledge is preferable but we are looking for enthusiastic people who want to learn and VOLUNTEER.

What is expected of Master Gardeners? After successfully completing the classroom portion, participants volunteer 50 hours of service to the UGA Cooperative Extension within the first year of their classroom training. Upon completion they officially become Georgia Master Gardeners and must volunteer a minimum of 25 hours of service each year thereafter.

WHEN:       February 5, 2019 ~ April 9, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm each Tuesday for 10 weeks

ORIENTATION: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

WHERE:     North Georgia Technical College
Blairsville, GA 30512

COST:       $175.00 Includes Georgia Master Gardener Handbook

SPACE IS LIMITED… Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2018
Brought to you by the UGA Cooperative Extension
Classes open to Towns & Union County residents. Others may be accepted on a space available basis, but must volunteer in Town or Union Counties.

DAVID BEST, TC Master Gardener – 706-896-9658

DONNA CATES, UC Master Gardener – 706-781-0987

JACOB WILLIAMS, County Extension Agent – 706-439-6030



Please Note Date Change

FALL PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – Saturday, Sept 22 – 7:00AM-1:00PM

MG’s, we will be having a Perennial Plant Sale at the U.C. Farmer’s Market to raise funds for our upcoming projects. Date changed to September 22nd.  You will be needed on Friday, September 21st, after Trash and Treasure Sale is over, to help set up.   The plants are donations of our members, friends, etc. So, take a walk around your yard/garden.  Too many hostas, herbs, daylilies, irises, lilies of the valley and any other perennials that need division?  Do you have shrubs or trees you can take cuttings from (don’t forget your hydrangeas) that you can do NOW?  Do you have saved perennial seeds (or purchase a packet of seeds) that you can plant now?  We will have a small budget that mostly will pay for signs.  So we need pots of various sizes, fertilizer, soil, mulch, and compost.  If you can’t do the digging, I am sure we will help you.  Don’t forget to LABEL all your plants!  I use cut up vinyl blinds.  Perhaps you can help set up for the sale the day before, price plants, help transport plants, sell on Sale Day, give expert advice to our customers, carry plants out to customer’s cars, be a cashier, or clean up when the sale is over.

As you can see there is something for everyone to do!  Believe it or not it can be FUN!    Hoping for 100% participation! Plant Sale Director:  Pat Smith

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:

Saturday, September 15th – Celebration of Life – TUMGA Member Marshall Elliott
Time:  1:00 PM
Location:  Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church, Young Harris

Please click here for all the information:  Celebration of Life for perennialpals

Tuesday, September 18th – Canning Apples
Time: 4:00 PM












Friday, September 21st – Union County Farmers Market – Set up for Plant Sale  
Time:  1:00 PM 

Saturday, September 22nd – TUMGA Perennial Plant Sale
Time:  7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:  Union County Farmers Market

Tuesday, August 28th – Hamilton Gardens 
Time: 6:30 pm
Call 706.970.0011 in inclement weather to check for cancellation

Friday, October 5th – All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar Series –  Structural Misidentified Pests
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Location: TBA
Insect pests often inhabit our structures – homes, sheds, businesses. They can be difficult to control especially when they are not identified correctly. Join Elizabeth “Wizzie” BrownTexas A&M AgriLife  as she discusses the identification of often misidentified structural pests. Moderated by Lucy Edwards, and Rhonda Britton, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The link to the event will be added asap. Note: on October 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 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series.  The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceClemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.

Thursday, October 11th – TUMGA Business Meeting
Time: 4:00 – 4:30 – Social Time/4:30 Meeting Begins
Location: Sharp Memorial Methodist Church, Young Harris

Tuesday, October 16th – Canning Greens & Dried Beans
Time: 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 23rd – Community Council of GMREC Presents: Value Cuts from the Chuck – Seminar & Workshop
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Program will take place at the Union County Schools Agriscience Center, NOT the GMREC
Dr. Alexander Stelzleni, UGA Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Science. One hour discussion of the numerous cuts of meat from an inexpensive Chuck Roll, to show the great quality inside. Optional Workshop to cut along with Dr. Stelzleni for those who can bring their own Chuck Roll, knife and cutting board. Registrations for the Workshop accepted after September 23. Please register only for the free Workshop by emailing the GMRE Center at The Union County Schools Agriscience Center is located just off the Gainesville Hwy, 2 miles south of the Blairsville Square at: 255 Lovell Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512.

Saturday October 27th  – Donna Shearer – Saving Our Hemlocks – Moss Memorial Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Haysville
More Information:  TBA  

Friday, November 16th – Community Council of GMREC Presents: Bottle Painting Workshop
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 AM
Location: GMREC Auditorium
Freya Browning and Allyson McGraw, Local Artisans. Learn to paint on a glass bottle. Each participant will leave with their own painted bottle, lighting optional. Bottle or jar, paint and all other supplies provided. $20 fee. Limited to 15 participants. Registrations accepted after October 16. No early registrations. To register for the Bottle painting Workshop, please send us your name, phone, email address and a non-refundable check for $20.00 made payable to “Allyson McGraw” to the GMREC Center.