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The DeKalb Master Gardener Association is just that — an  association of about 40 Master Gardeners and friends in DeKalb County, Georgia.  The organization was formed to foster more extensive educational, community service, and social events for interested Master Gardeners. 

DMGA is classified as a "Master Gardener volunteer organization outside the UGA university structure" and receives no support or public funds through the Cooperative Extension Service.  For information about the DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Service, please visit the following website:




Tuesday, 02 September 2014

DMGA Meeting - Monday, August 25, 2014

The August 25th DeKalb Master Gardener Association meeting will feature Master Beekeeper Cindy Hodges.  She will give a brief background of honey bees, followed by what they are used for besides pollination.  She will also discuss the problems we are having with pollinator decline, as well as what people can do to help bees.

Cindy will bring an observation hive so that you can see the bees up close -- very close!  She may bring samples of honey which could be purchased directly after the meeting (off library property, please).  Note:  Her honey won Best of Show at the Georgia State Honey Show.

Cindy is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Emory University.  She and her husband maintain about 50 hives located from the Hyatt Regency downtown to the Dahlonega mountains.  Most of their colonies are in Dunwoody and Decatur.  This is Cindy's second year as President of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association.  She was the Georgia 2012 Beekeeper of the Year.  She has also earned her Welsh Honey Judging Certification.

DMGA meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Northlake -  Barbara Loar Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library at 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA  30084 (inside I-285, corner of Harobi Dr. and LaVista Rd., turn at the BB&T Bank).  Click here for a map of the library's location. 
There is no charge or pre-registration for this DMGA educational program.  So, buzz on over to the library and join us!  Bring a friend.


DMGA Members Reach Lifetime Master Gardener Milestone

In May 2014, DeKalb Master Gardener Association members Maria Birdseye and Ken Sharpe were recognized as Lifetime Master Gardeners by the DeKalb Cooperative Extension Service.  This prestigious honor is awarded to those who have dedicated and donated at least 25 hours per year for 10 years.  Since the development and initiation of the Master Gardener program in 1979, DeKalb Extension has recognized 90 volunteers with this “lifetime” status.

The general mission of Master Gardeners in Georgia is to assist Cooperative Extension in providing unbiased information through volunteer service and educational projects.  In addition to successfully completing a horticultural training program provided by UGA Cooperative Extension professionals, Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers must perform an initial 50 hours of service in order to become certified.  Each year thereafter they must volunteer at least 25 hours of approved service in order to maintain active status.  

Maria and Ken now join an elite list of DMGA members who have earned their Lifetime Master Gardener badges (shown here with the year in which they became Master Gardeners):

Connie Weber    1980
Dee Devine    1998
Stella Chamberlain    2001
Jimmy Dorsey    2001
Phil Edwards    2001
Loretta Parker    2001
Mike Doyle    2002
Bert Weaver    2002
Carole Lawrence    2003
Jerry Vrzal    2003
Marie Birdseye    2004
Ken Sharpe    2004

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like to apply for the 2015 DeKalb Master Gardener training classes, contact the DeKalb Extension Horticulture Manager, Gary Peiffer, at 404-298-4080 or email directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2013-2014

DeKalb Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of our horticulture scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.  At our October2013 meeting, two Gwinnett Technical College students were awarded scholarships of $500 each to assist them in their education. 

The recipients are  Mr. Jesi Noreault and Ms. Tracy McKinnon.  Both of them came to the Atlanta area by way of New York, and both became acquainted with vegetable gardening as children.

Jesi Noreault grew up in an upstate New York town with a mother, father, and grandmother who were inspired food and ornamental gardeners.  Asked about his favorite plants, he singles out Lily of the Valley, lilacs, and any tree that provides delicious fruits.  Jesi's career interests lie in Landscape Design, specifically in creating sustainable designs that incorporate edible yards and food forests.  Expecting to graduate in about a year, he is applying to graduate schools in Landscape Architecture.

Tracy McKinnon learned about growing food and herbs with her grandmother in Brooklyn, NY.  Loving cut and dried flower arrangements, some of her favorites are Calla Lily, Hydrangea, and Hedychium coronarium (Ginger Lily).  Along with her interests in Permaculture Gardening and Floral design, she is passionate about using art and hands-on experiences to raise people's consciousness of food and the environment.  After graduating in 2015, Tracy would like to operate a 'Garden Farm' where she can create workshops and demonstration gardens to give the public interactive gardening experiences.

Created in 2006, the scholarships given annually by DMGA have promoted and encouraged education in horticulture by rewarding promising students at UGA and Gwinnett Tech.




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