2010 Speakers

The speaker for the Douglas County Master Gardeners for the February 6th meeting will be Robert Hood and his topic will be “The most common nuisance wildlife found on the exterior of Douglas county homes”. He will discuss how to identify and recognize signs of, but not limited to, grey squirrels, rats, raccoons, armadillos, snakes and stinging insects (bees, wasps, and hornets).

Robert is a native of Decatur, Georgia. He has a BS in Biology from North Carolina Central University ; has been in the Wildlife Removal industry for 16 years; and is licensed through the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources in 5 states. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Animal Control Experts, LLC for 10 years. 

November 4, 2010
Mark Crawford will be the guest speaker for the Thursday, November 4th meeting of the Douglas County Master Gardeners. The topic will be Camellias.
Mark is the owner of Loch Laurel Nursery, a specialty Camellia nursery in Valdosta, Georgia. The nursery also grows cold- hardy citrus.
He has been president of the Valdosta Camellia and Garden Club since 2003 and is a member of the Valdosta Daylily Club.
We are thrilled that he has agreed to drive here from Valdosta to speak to us. This is a program that you don’t want to miss so please plan to attend.

October, 7, 2010
Landscape design was the topic for the Thursday, October 7th Douglas County Master Gardeners meeting. The speaker, Craig McManus, has over 27 years in the ‘green’ industry. He is the founder of McPlants Nursery (http://mcplants.com/)  and of the blog : Landscape Design 360.com. His joy comes from helping people be successful creating their outdoor dreams.
Craig is a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, an ISA Certified Arborist, a Georgia Master Gardener and a Georgia Master Naturalist.
September, 2010
Douglas County Master Gardeners are thrilled to have George Sanko as guest speaker for the Thursday, September 2nd meeting. Hearing this dynamic speaker will be a real treat.
George has been with Georgia Perimeter College for the past 40 years where he taught Botany, Biology and Plant Identification. While there he started the college Herbarium, which eventually housed some 5000 species of native plants. In 1990, he started Georgia Perimeter Collage Botanical Garden, which has more than 2000 native plants, one of the largest in the southeastern USA. In 2003, he developed the Ferns of the World Garden, which is one of the top seven collections of ferns in the world.
August 5, 2010
Hummingbirds was the topic at the Thursday, August 5th Douglas County Master Gardener Meeting.
Gail Woody, a most energetic and enthusiastic speaker is a Carroll County Master Gardener. She an ISA certified arborist, a member of the Little Tallapoosa Garden Club and an officer of the West Georgia Chapter of the Native Plant Society.
Gail’s passion is growing native plants and trees, which attract so many birds and butterflies to her garden. She says that about a hundred hummers visit her garden each year.
July 1, 2010
 Bill and Diana Waldrop will be the guest speakers of the Douglas County Master Gardeners next Thursday evening, July 1st, and their topic is ‘Daylilies’. In 1992, after retiring from the practice of law, Bill began growing Daylilies. He liked them so much that he dug up his vegetable garden to plant more and now he and Diana are the proud owners of the Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens. Visit them online at www.kennesawdaylilygardens.com and see their wonderful gardens and greenhouses.
Their garden has been featured in “Gardeners Diary” on HGT TV. Bill and Diana founded and are officers of the Cobb County Daylily Society. Daylily photography is also an interest of Bill’s.
June, 2010
“Attracting more birds to your yard or garden” was the topic for the June 4th meeting of the Douglas County Master Gardeners. Clayton County Master Gardeners Frank and Patty Hiller are the guest speakers. Both are Master Birders with the Atlanta Audubon Society and both are certifiers for the ‘Backyard Habitat’ program.

May 6, 2010 DCMGA Meeting

Speaker Linda Copeland

   "Legends in the Garden, Who in the World is Nellie Stevens", a book co-authored by Dr. Allan Armitage and Linda Copeland, will be Linda’s topic of discussion. .

   Linda will discuss things she learned while doing research for the book and will relate stories of interest that are not in the book.

   Always passionate about flowers and gardens, Linda began horticulture studies at UGA in 1992. A board member and volunteer of the Atlanta History center, the Southeastern Flower Show, and the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, she is also on the board of the Cherokee Garden Library.  For the past 14 years she has coordinated garden tours abroad for Garden Vistas.

April 1, 2010 DCMGA Meeting

‘Annual and Perennial Vines’ will be the topic presented by Clayton County Master Gardener Carolyn Hawkins at the April 1, 2010 meeting of the DCMGA. Carolyn will teach how to best use some of the new colorful and easy-to-manage vine varieties in the landscape.
An Accredited Master Judge as well as a Procedure Instructor for National Garden Clubs Horticulture and Flower Shows, Carolyn has been a Clayton County Master Gardener since 1992.

March 4, 2010 DCMGA Meeting

Mike and Christy Francis of Maple Ridge Nursery in Decatur will be speaking on ‘Conifers’. Mike’s presentation on Japanese Maples last October was excellent and his return engagement is to share his knowledge and experience about conifers. Growing up in his grandfather’s nursery business, Mike has spoken and written numerous articles on conifers and Japanese maples over the past ten years.
February 4, 2010 DCMG Meeting

The "Pruning Guru", Rick Smith, will be the guest speaker at the Douglas County Master Gardeners meeting on Thursday, February 4th. Certified as both a Georgia Nurseryman and Georgia Landscape Professional, Mr. Smith teaches classes on pruning and other subjects at North Metro Technical College. His seminars have been presented at events such as the Southeastern Flower Show. Rick Smith is President of Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association.

                      Rick Smith

Potluck dinner at 6:30pm, Program starts at 7:30pm
Location: St. Julian’s Episcopal Church
5400 Stewart Mill Rd
Directions: From I-20 Exit 36, travel south on Chapel Hill Road to Stewart Mill Road (Target is on the left and Shell gas station on the right). Turn right onto Stewart Mill Road and travel about 1 ½ miles. St. Julian’s Episcopal Church is located on the right.