Shoals Master Gardeners is an active club made up of members from all over northwest Alabama.

December Meeting:
 2018 Christmas Luncheon
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:00a.m. 
at Underwood-Peterville Community Center (840 County Road 7)
Bert Rieff will be catering our Christmas luncheon. How does this sound for a nice lunch?
Smoked Brisket Tacos (soft‐shell tacos with variety of toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, special BBQ sauce, Pablona Chile sauce,  fresh cilantro, etc.)
Old Settlers Baked Beans (homemade baked beans with four different beans, special sauce, bacon, sausage, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of seasonings)
Homemade Roasted Red‐Skin Potato Salad with Toppings (roasted red‐skin potatoes with rosemary and garlic seasoning with homemade sauce and seasonings; toppings available–chopped bacon, cheese, scallions, dill, sweet pickle relish, capers, etc).
It is going to be so good. The cost for the 2018 Christmas party is $10 per person. If you have not paid, please do so right away to Brenda Smith, 309 Roxie Drive, Florence, AL 35633. This is a catered event and if you do not pay in advance then you are going to miss out.

2019 SMG Dues are Due! Annual dues for 2019 of $25 should be paid right away. Remember, if you don’t pay your dues, then you will not be listed in the SMG 2019 Directory. Please make your check out to Shoals Master Gardeners and mail to:
Brenda Smith
309 Roxie Drive
Florence, AL 35633

2019 AMGA Spring Conference Please click here for a link to the AMGA web page with all the info you will need for this important event.
2019 AMGA Spring Conference

Invasive Plants Workshop Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join us on at the General Joe Wheeler Home for a workshop on battling invasive plants on your property or landscape. The class will cover plant identification, chemical treatments, prevention methods, and on-site demonstrations and practice session (optional). Materials fee $25, lunch & home tour included. Registration required at (256) 974-2464.

Growing Strong Trees Oct 30, 2018 from 10-11:30 a.m. Join the Delano Park Conservancy and Alabama Extension at Decatur’s Delano Park Rose Garden (625 Gordon Drive, SE, Decatur, Alabama) for a guided tour by ISA Arborist Lee McBride. He will show us how to keep trees strong and healthy, and how to prune now to prevent problems later. This class is free, but please register at 256-773-2549. 

Pathways Fall 2018 Pathways is available at the AMGA website by clicking on the link: Pathways Fall 2018.

Here's the documentary video Wray Dillard produced on banding hummingbirds at Margie Anderton's farm. Please click on the "Thumbs Up" to like the video and also subscribe to Lynn Wray Dillard's channel. Thank you to Margie for the fantastic way you care for these tiny creatures. 

Banding Hummingbirds at Margie Anderton's Farm

Please welcome...

Shoals Master Gardeners Class of 2018 

Mary Alexander, John Allgood, Pam Arias
Kelly Cole, Arthur LaPerriere, Bill Matthews
Shirley Merkel, Jamie Overton, Rusty Phillips
Charles Rickard, Bobby Russell, Ben Strickland
Sandra Wesson, and Judi Williams

Master Gardener Helpline!
For answers to your gardening questions, please call toll free 1-877-252-4769 or locally (256) 766-6223. Or you can submit a question online at the "Ask an Expert" link.

For Master Gardeners that would like to sign up to work the Helpline click on "Links" in the menu bar above, click on "SMG Service Report Login", sign in, click on "HELPLINE", scroll down calendar to choose date, click on the word "VOLUNTEER" beside date you want to work. Agree to date by clinking on "YES". OR you can call Donnie Daugherty at 256-577-0461 or Ina Ranger at 256-247-9819. 
SMG 2018 Graduates
Our 2018 Shoals Master Gardeners Graduates:
Back row: Rusty Phillips, Sandra Wesson, &  Mary Alexander
Front row: Judy Williams, Jamie Overton, Pam Arias & Carolyn Phillips 
Not in photo is Shirley Merkel nor Authur LaParriere. Congratulation! It is great to have each of you as a qualified members of one the greatest community service groups in the Shoals. 

SMG 2018 Projects
Children's Museum- Cam Jones
Central Elementary Project-Peggie Lazenby
Riverhill School- Peggie Lazenby
Threadgill School Project- Cam Jones
Healing Place- Kaye Hillis
Shoal Wildflower Society- TVA Wildflower Trail- Margie Anderton
Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation- Betty Balch
Safe Place Project- David Phillips

SMG Workday: Children's Museum of the Shoals
Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. until noon
We have a lot to do at the Children's Museum and I'm hoping many of you can work this Friday. The city is supposed to come out this week and line up the electrical connection so that we don't dig into them. Then we have to dig up some Black Eyed Susan's and daylilies.  After we get the area cleaned out, there are new plants to put in to the front courtyard. These will require some deep digging because they are large. I will get there early in the morning to Water the area so the ground won't be so hard. I also have some compost we can make mix in. Bring shovels for this area.

There are boxwoods adjacent to Darby that need to be pruned, and we need to dismantle the three raised beds. The children's museum has kindly allowed us to use the wood from the raised beds for the raised beds at Threadgill Primary School. Also, if we have time and enough personnel, we can plant the perennials from the front courtyard into the area around the reading nook. We really need a large turnout to get all of this work done. I will bring black leaf bags and water. Hope to see you on Friday.  ~Cam J.

Below is a video showing the highlight of today's Workday!

Stump Removal Plan "A"


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