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Upcoming Events for Georgia

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June 8, Athens
Summer Tree Identification
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
About 200 tree species occur in Georgia’s Piedmont forests and woodlands. In this class, students learn to identify some of the most common of these by their leaves, bark, branching patterns, and tree form. Students will learn to use a hand lens and a simple dichotomous key for woody plants to identify species. Class time will be divided between classroom exercises and a field trip to the woods at the State Botanical Garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. Register and info at or 706–542–6156.

June 8, Athens
Public Open House
The Trial Gardens at UGA
Explore fun, new, beautiful varieties that will be on the market in 2020 in this trial garden of annuals, perennials, roses and more. We love answering all your gardening and plant related questions. 8 a.m. – noon. Suggested $5 cash/check donation. Info at (706) 583-0285 and

June 8, Mills River, North Carolina
Implementing a Living Pond Restoration System
Mills River Educational Farm
Specialists John and Jonathan Todd bring years of experience and insight into the management of water as an agricultural asset. In this follow-up workshop to their March design course focused on Living Web Farms’ pond, the Todds will work with participants to implement “living machines”- combinations of plants, animals, and microbiota- to restore the function and well-being of the pond. The systems and their purpose will be explained in the context of holistic ecological design, and participants will leave with a greater consciousness of planned restoration, as well as the importance of water resources and the opportunity they present in a changing agricultural industry. 1:30-7 p.m. 

June 9, Athens
The Internet Culture of Orchid Growers (Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A great deal of the orchid community resides on the internet. NGOS members Dennis O'Connell and Nat Scheckler will discuss various places on the 'net you can find fellow orchid enthusiasts as well as excellent information on orchid culture. 2 p.m., free

June 11, Athens
“Plants that Dye” Ramble
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Did you ever wonder what people from all of the cultures of the world used to make beautiful, colorful garments? Dyeing fibers is a practice that goes back thousands of years. Some colors produced from rare plants were so vibrant that they were reserved for royalty, while others were used for artistic expression. Foraging for “plants that dye” in all seasons can produce a vibrant spectrum of colors for botanical and animal fibers. Join Beatrice Brown in an exploration of many natural sources that can be used in textile dyeing for personal and home use. 5:30-6:30 p.m., meet at the Visitor Center Fountain, free. Register and info at or 706–542–6156.

June 12, Athens
Friends First Friday: Bats
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Laci Pattavina, Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Conservation section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will present a program on native bats of Georgia. The focus of the presentation will be on bats as a factor in reducing insect pests in the home garden and ways to attract bats to your area. Laci will also talk about recent challenges to native bat populations such as white nose syndrome. Come learn exciting facts about bats in your garden. Includes a full breakfast. 9-10:30 a.m., Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, $12. Please make your reservation by noon, Friday, July 5 at or 706-542-6138. 

June 13, Atlanta
Speaker Series: The Secret Life of Coyotes in the City- Part II
Trees Atlanta
Historically, coyotes have preferred forested and wooded areas as trees provide food, protection, and shelter for their young. However, due to developmental activities removing many trees, coyotes have found it increasingly difficult to find a home. Perhaps this is why we have seen an increase of coyote’s in city environments. The Atlanta Coyote Project is in the midst of conducting a large-scale wildlife study across metro Atlanta. From Grant Park to Milton (and points in between), they are documenting the biodiversity along a 50km transect for at least one year using remote cameras. Not just coyotes, but all forms of wildlife. 40 cameras are deployed along this urban-rural gradient in an attempt to investigate potential patterns of species distribution. 7 p.m. Free, please register at or 404-522-4097.

June 15, Athens
Ferns of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
This course will cover the basics of fern biology, ecology, and identification features. Participants will then have a chance to explore the Dunson Native Flora Garden and learn to identify the most common ferns of Georgia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge ecoregions. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., $50. Register and info at or 706–542–6156.

June 15, Cleveland
3rd Annual Lavender in the Mountains Farm Day
Lavender Lamb Farm
Sample culinary lavender treats. Discover unique lavender products. View lavender demonstrations & create lavender-inspired crafts. Enjoy fresh cut lavender. Capture unlimited photo opportunities with beautiful blooming lavender & scenic mountain views. Activities to suit all ages. Some activities will have a small fee. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rain-date is June 16th which will be announced by 7am June 15th on our Facebook page. Info at or (706) 865-0510.

June 20, Mountain City
Plant Walk
The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center
Organized by herbalist Patricia Howell, director of BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies and led by various well respected herbalists in the region, our nature walks will explore the diversity of herbs and medicines native to the Southern Appalachian region, known as the “apothecary of the nation." Hidden in plain sight throughout the Foxfire center are a multitude of plants long valued for both their healing qualities and as wild edibles. On this guided walk, you’ll hear their colorful stories, and learn about role they’ve played in local history, folk lore and why we still use many of them today! Please wear appropriate shoes, as the walk will include a short hike through the property. Info at or 706-746-5828.

June 21-22, Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina
Historic Garden Tour
Join us as we learn the plants, history, and enjoy the beauty of these preserved outdoor works. The cost is $75 per person. Tickets are available online. Visit for more information. 

June 22, Blue Ridge
Southern Appalachian Beekeeping: Where To Begin
The Folk Apothic - Blue Ridge, Georgia
Most people get into beekeeping without realizing what they want out of it. Some people want honey for themselves, others don’t want the honey, just pollinators for their garden. Then there are others still who would like to make a little money from an awesome hobby. Join us as Jonathan Hargus from 'The Beekeeping Mentor' blog leads us in a not so traditional approach to beginning beekeeping. *This first section of the course covers the 3 main styles of beehives and their specific uses. Each student will gain the information needed to know which direction they want to go with their beekeeping operation and which style to make their own. Lesson 2 will be held the following weekend. Class cost is $30. Please call (702) 907-4372 to register.  

July 15, Atlanta
AgLanta Eats 2019
Atlanta Botanical Garden
AgLanta Eats, the hyper local food festival now in its fourth year, will feature a variety of tastings prepared by top, local chefs utilizing the freshest ingredients from AgLanta growers and metro Atlanta farms. Attendees will have access to the Atlanta Botanical Garden while enjoying farm fresh food, a selection of beverages, live music, garden tours, and a silent auction. 4-8 p.m., open to all ages, Ticket prices vary.

August 19 Lawrenceville
Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Meeting
Bethesda Senior Center
225 Bethesda Church Road
 “Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife”. Dr. Mike Mengak will discuss ways to discourage and/or co-exist with wild creatures in home gardens and landscapes. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist (since 1991), president of The Wildlife Society's (TWS) Southeastern Section and a TWS Fellow. He has served as Chair of the Wildlife Damage Management Working Group for TWS and as past president of TSW's Georgia and Virginia chapters. The public is welcome at no charge – bring a covered dish to share and join us for dinner at 6:30, or just come for the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m. For more information about GCMGA, visit or email



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