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Norcross Garden Club

Norcross Garden Club

The Norcross Garden Club would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Come join us for one or both of our meetings to get some great new gardening tips for 2013! The Day meeting will be January 7 at 9:45 a.m. The day meeting will welcome the president of the Atlanta Rose Society. She will be speaking on the care of roses from planting, pruning, and growing.

 

Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard

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Lyle Collins, owner of Southern Trillium LLC will present a program on “Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard,” at the January meeting of the Mountain Shadow Garden Club. Lyle is a University of Georgia graduate, certified Erosion Control Specialist and licensed Pesticide applicator for the state of Georgia. He originally founded Southern Trillium with two other associates in 2004 and has been creating and installing custom landscape designs, hardscapes and water features since then. He is a regular contributor to Hometalk, a home networking blog. Lyle is also a photographer and has spoken at previous garden club meetings on the topic of photography in the garden.

 

Be Mindful of Stinging Insects

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In the summer, it seems we find we are either waving our hands to fan ourselves or swatting away annoying insects. In addition to the flies and mosquitoes, the early arrival of spring and summer this year gave all kinds of bees a head start and they are building some amazing and impressive nests. However, large nests mean a large numbers of bees, and their stings can not only be painful but also dangerous to children, pets and those who are allergic.

 

Register Now for Scarecrows in the Garden!

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Registration is being accepted for Scarecrows in the Garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual October extravaganza featuring more than 100 wild and crazy characters lurking about the woodland. The life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, are designed by metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses, schools, and organizations. Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional. The registration deadline is August 13, with drop-off in late September. Registration forms are available at atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

 

Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Learn how to make your home and landscape look better – especially key if you are doing neighborhood improvement or trying to sell a home — at a workshop offered by the DeKalb Extension Service on July 19th at 7 p.m. Gary Peiffer, Horticulture Manager DeKalb Extension, will speak on “Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal.”

 

Make Plans Now to Attend the 2012 Garden of Eden Ball

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The 2012 Garden of Eden Ball, the largest annual fund-raiser for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will honor those who have made the most recent additions of gardens and facilities at the Midtown attraction possible. Set for Saturday, September 29, the event celebrates the completion of the New Seasons Capital and Endowment Campaign, the most successful fund-raising endeavor in Garden history. The “Celebration of Seasons” will honor donors for making the Hardin Visitor Center, SAGE Parking Facility, Kendeda Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, and Cascades Garden a reality.

 

Take a Hike

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Concerts in the Garden returns to one of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor music venues this summer for its 10th annual season. This year’s stellar lineup features eight great acts performed on the Great Lawn

 

Concerts in the Garden Returns for 10th Year

Concerts

Concerts in the Garden returns to one of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor music venues this summer for its 10th annual season. This year’s stellar lineup features eight great acts performed on the Great Lawn

 

Native Plant Sale

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The Georgia Native Plant Botanical Garden will continue their Friday and Saturday Spring Native Plant Sales on May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 25 from 10 am-2 pm. Available for the Spring Native Plant Sales are many varieties of Native azaleas; a wide selection of Spring ephemerals, a great assortment of Native trees and shrubs and lots of perennial bedding plants. A very special offering is a variety of mature Trillium. And there are many choices of ferns now ready for sale. Purchases can be made by cash or personal check only.

 

“Poison” Ivy

Poison Ivy

No, we are not referring to the noxious, tri-leafed skin irritant that is the bane of campers. The ivy in question is not chemically poisonous. Yet in certain circumstances, it can be far more insidious than its caustic cousin. English ivy (Hedera Helix) is a staple in many metro Atlanta landscapes. It is cheap, spreads quickly, has pretty leaves, stays green all winter and thrives in poor soil as well as shade. As such, it is valued as a groundcover where grass won’t grow and as erosion control on slopes. Many also use English ivy as an accent in container plantings.

 
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