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Upcoming Events for Georgia

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Through July 23, Helen
Master Naturalist Course
Smithgall Woods State Park

This nine-week course is in partnership with Warnell School of Forestry at UGA. It will cover herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, entomology, and many more. Increase your knowledge of the natural world and receive certification as a master naturalist. You will be asked to bring appropriate items for each themed weekly class such as binoculars, hiking shoes, guide books, etc. You will also need to bring a lunch each day. $200, $5 parking fee. For more information, call 706-878-3087.

 

July

 

Select Thursdays, Atlanta
Science Café
Atlanta Botanical Garden

This series features expert speakers and discussions on exciting conservation topics. Free with garden admission. 7 p.m. While you are at the garden, enjoy Cocktails in the Garden 5:30-9:30 p.m. (cash bar). Both free with garden admission. For more information, visit atlantabg.org or 404-876-5859.
    July 12 - Stingless Bees, Genoveva Ocampo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    July 26 - Molecular Chemistry, Huw Davies, Emory University
    August 30 - Reptile Conservation, David Steen, Georgia Sea Turtle Center



July 13, Athens
Friends First Friday: Learning about Gardening
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Staff member Connie Cottingham not only publicizes events at the botanical garden, she maintains the garden calendar for Georgia Gardening magazine and her own website (www.conniecottingham.com) and has attended many courses and events. She will share some exciting don’t-miss events coming up in several locations, the best ways to discover events happening within a short drive, and apps, local organizations, and online resources for learning about gardening and garden history. If gardening is one of your passions, you will leave with plenty of fuel to feed it. Includes a full breakfast. In order to give the caterer a correct number, registrations must be received no later than July 6 at www.botgarden.uga.edu or 706-542-6138. 9-10:30 a.m. $12/person. Sponsored by Friends of the Garden. For more information call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 13-15, Atlanta
2018 GMGA Conference: Gardening through Time
The Galloway School

Choose to attend the full day Georgia Master Gardeners Association conference with a keynote speaker and three breakout sessions (four choices each) on July 14, or add tours and a reception the days before and after. Open to all, costs vary. For more information, visit georgiamastergardeners.org.



July 14, Ball Ground
Beekeepers Nancy & Sean Cook
Gibbs Gardens

Did you know that Gibbs Gardens has beehives on the property to help pollenate our flowers? Learn more about this and the art of harvesting honey from expert beekeepers Nancy and Sean Cook. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit www.gibbsgardens.com or call 770-893-1881.



July 15, Athens
Oncidium Alliance Orchid Care (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Dennis O’Connell will lead a discussion on Oncidium alliance plants and how to grow them. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com. 2 p.m. Free.



July 16, Lawrenceville
Life through the Lens
The Bethesda Senior Center

Whether you savor life through the lens of an iPhone or a Leica, learning how to take better photos can capture a moment in ways that make it even more meaningful. Many of the association’s members are not only master gardeners but also avid nature photographers and each year, judges report stiff competition among contest entries. The GNPA judge will announce winners in ten categories – birds, close-ups, digital art, first-time submitters, gardens, harvest, landscapes, plants, still life and wildlife. GCMGA meets on the third Monday of each month. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30, or just arrive in time for the program which begins promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.gwinnettmastergardeners.com.



July 17, Athens
Book Signing: Seeking Eden
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

In Seeking Eden, authors Staci L. Catron, Cherokee Garden Library Director for the Atlanta History Center, and historic preservationist Mary Ann Eaddy promote an awareness of, and appreciation for, Georgia’s rich garden heritage. Join the Friends of the Garden and Athens Area Master Gardener Association for this special event, starting with a reception before Staci and Mary Ann tell us about this important new book about Georgia’s gardening history and sign books. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Talk starts at 7 p.m. $15/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 18-21, Cullowhee, N.C.
The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native Southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu, call 828-227-7397, or email learn@wcu.edu.



July 21, Athens
They Are Back – The Hummingbirds and the Hummingbird Trail
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join us for a ramble as we walk through the Hummingbird Trail to find the hummingbirds’ secret hiding places. Bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like and join the adventure! The last hour of the ramble is intended for participants to have time to independently photograph or observe the hummingbirds. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 22, Athens
Herbal Sweets: Enhancing Desserts with Fresh Herbs
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Learn to make a variety of sweet treats featuring herbs grown at the State Botanical Garden! Sarah Lockman, former pastry chef at The National and 5&10, will guide you in exploring how to use fresh herbs to enhance your baking and cooking. Participants will make peach-basil compote and thyme shortbread and take home a recipe (and chamomile flowers) to make chamomile panna cotta. All recipes and supplies are included, along with suggestions for additional sweet, herb-infused treats. 2-4 p.m. $30/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



July 30-August 3, Raleigh, N.C.
The Perennial Plant Symposium
Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

Join us for days filled with tours, talks, and compelling conversations. The roster of 20+ speakers includes Patrick McMillan, naturalist, author, educator, and creative force behind Emmy award-winning Expeditions with Patrick McMillan; Fergus Garrett, head gardener, Great Dixter; Richard Olsen, director, United States National Arboretum; Christian Kress, founder, Sarastro-Stauden Nursery; and Ron Gagliardo, manager, Horticultural Services, Amazon.com LLC.

 

August



August 10-11, Asheville, NC
2018 Speaking of Gardening
DoubleTree by Hilton, Asheville-Biltmore

Celebrating their 20th year, the Speaking of Gardening Symposium consists of inspiring lectures by renowned plantsmen on creative design, innovative horticulture, and great plants. This two-day symposium includes book signings, plant auctions, sponsor displays, and lunch. Network with professionals & enthusiasts, earn CEU’s, and purchase plants and products from sponsors. $155. For more information, visit www.ashevillegreenworks.org, sabra106@charter.net or call 828-275-1751.



August 18, Dunwoody
Butterfly Festival
Dunwoody Nature Center

Mark your calendars, rain or shine, for a day of great activities, including a Birds of Prey show, games, crafts, music, food, drinks, and, of course, three magical butterfly tents filled with hundreds of nature’s most beautiful and delicate species. Adults $10, children (4-12) $5. Early member preview begins at 9 a.m. with general admission at 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-394-3322.



August 18, Athens
They Are Back – The Hummingbirds and the Hummingbird Trail
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join us for a ramble as we walk through the Hummingbird Trail to find the hummingbirds’ secret hiding places. Bring a camera or binoculars if you’d like and join the adventure! The last hour of the ramble is intended for participants to have time to independently photograph or observe the hummingbirds. Instructor Judy Royal Glenn will be available to answer questions during this time. 9-11 a.m. Free. For more information, call
706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



August 19, Athens
Companion Plants for Orchids (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Many non-orchid cultivated plants have tropical origins, similar to orchids, and require similar growing conditions.  Growing these plants as companions to orchids can benefit both the orchids and the companion plants. Northeast Georgia Orchid Society member Nat Scheckler will discuss companion plants that can be readily grown with orchids. Please bring any plants you would like to show or that you have questions about. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com. 2 p.m. Free.



August 21, Carrollton
Mason Bees and Bumblebees
Carrollton Ag Center

Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator, Georgia Certified Beekeeper, Center for Urban Ag and UGA Extension, NW District, will be speaking. We gather at the Ag Ed Center at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. West GA Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit wgawildflowers.org or email Info@WGaWildflowers.org.



August 25, Athens
Plant Conservation: Protecting Plant Diversity in the Garden and in the Wild
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Plant conservation is an applied science that draws upon many fields of knowledge – from ecology to horticulture, to ethics and politics. This course surveys threats to biodiversity in Georgia and worldwide, examples of rare plant research, techniques for restoration and reintroduction, and ways individuals and organizations are making a difference in protecting the rare plants of Georgia. Class will include group discussions and tours of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $105/person. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.



August 29, Athens
Flower Arranging Unit 1: Line and Line-Mass Design
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

First of five units to earn the Basic Design Certificate from The Garden Club of Georgia. Courses do not need to be completed in order. Participants will be provided a list of materials to bring to class. Additional units of study include Mass Design and Foliage Design, Design for Dining Table, Fruit and Vegetable Design, and Petite Design. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or visit botgarden.uga.edu.

 

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