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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:




Friday, 09 October 2015

DMGA Meeting - Monday, September 28, 2015
Sara Henderson, Speaker
"Heirloom Flowers:  Passing the Test of Time"

The DeKalb Master Gardener Association welcomes Sara Henderson to speak at our September educational monthly program.  She will give a presentation on Heirloom Flowers:  Passing the Test of Time.
There are many advantages to using heirloom plants in your garden, but gardeners often forget these old-fashioned favorites when charmed by the newest pretty face at the nursery. There will always be room for some of the best new offerings, however a garden based on reliable performers will require much less effort while rewarding the gardener with an array of lovely flowers and attributes, such as fragrance, that are often lost in the modern hybrids.  Many of these choices have been used in gardens for over 200 years—a testament to their desirability as well as their survivability. 
Sara Henderson has gardened in Atlanta her entire life and cherishes her memories of gardens and gardeners from years past.  An avid gardener, Sara has been active in many horticultural organizations including the Georgia Perennial Plant Association and the American Hydrangea Society, and has worked in public gardening for over 20 years.  Her current position as Director of Gardens for Oakland Cemetery, a Victorian Garden Cemetery in Atlanta, has allowed her to become reacquainted with many of these old-fashioned plants and come to appreciate their usefulness in today’s low input gardens.
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 DMGA educational programs.  Plan to join us, and bring a friend.

Coming up in October:
Monday, October 26:  Betsy Abrams - "Weather or Not to Garden"


DMGA Members Reach Lifetime Master Gardener Milestone

In May 2015, DeKalb Master Gardener Association members Dale Bartlett, Gail Douglas, and Linda Karr 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 over 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.  

Dale, Gail, and Linda 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
Dale Bartlett    2005
Gail Douglas    2005
Linda Karr    2005

If you are interested in applying for the Master Gardener program, 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 2014-2015

DeKalb Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of our horticulture scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.  At our October 2014 meeting, three Gwinnett Technical College students were presented with scholarships of $500 each to assist them in their education. 

The recipients are  Mr. Kevin Masse, Mr. Jeremy OHearn, and Ms. Kathy Ponce de Leon.

Kevin Masse had landscaping jobs as a teenager and realized years later how much he preferred working with his hands, outdoors, as a means of making an income.  As someone who is awestruck by a 70-foot Silver Maple that has a 120-foot spread, it is no surprise that his area of specialty is Arborculture.  Kevin is employed as an estimator and production manager for a local tree service and plans to become a licensed arborist.

Jeremy OHearn learned about growing tomatoes and peppers and watermelons from his father and grandfather; he still remembers being intrigued by watching lima beans sprout in kindergarten.  While he enjoys "every aspect of Horticulture" his main area of interest is in food production and Sustainable Agriculture.  After his studies at Gwinnett Tech, Jeremy hopes to obtain a degree in biology, leading to a career related to Aquaponic Farming.

Kathy Ponce de Leon cannot remember a time when she was not interested in gardening and feels that she has been been gardening for what seems like "forever."  As she is learning more about diverse areas of horticulture at Gwinnett Tech, she sees her chosen area of expertise to be Landscaping Design.

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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