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

March 2018 Meeting features Doug Chapman!
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 12:30pm.
Doug Chapman is the Regional Extension Agent for Commercial Horticulture. Doug has been with the extension system since 1992. For several years he was the Extension Agent for Home Horticulture and also the Master Gardener Coordinator for Limestone county. He also teaches our Shoals Master Gardening Intern's class Back Yard Fruit Production.

Here are a few photos from the SMG February 2018 meeting:

In pic on left Donnie Daughtery receiving Give a Hand award from Bonnie Deason while Marcia Whiten receiving door prize from Donnie Deason in pic on right.

Dr. Paul Kittle talks about Birds of Ecuador.

Volunteer Opportunity (No digging, easy work)!
Here is an opportunity to obtain volunteer hours and give Shoals Master Gardeners exposure.
Volunteers are need to host a booth at the 2018 Spring Building & Remolding Show.
Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 4900 Hatch Blvd, Sheffield, AL
When: Saturday March 17 & Sunday March 18, 10 AM – 5 PM each day
What: 8’ x 10’ booth area, SMG can sell plants or just hand out info, or both. Booth area will have a tile floor. an 8’ folding table and two chairs.
Cost: For SMG there is zero cost!

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

Winter 2018 Pathway, Happenings plus AMGA Conference links!
The winter 2018 issue of Pathways is available for download at Pathways Winter 2018
AMGA Happenings 2017-2018  is available for download at Happenings Winter 2017-2018.
Online registration for the Alabama Master Gardeners Association 2018 State Conference is now open at www.amgaconference.org.

23rd Annual Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, AL

“Spruce Up Your Spring” is the theme of this year’s conference, sponsored by the City of Florence Mayor and City Council and the Florence Beautification Board, Tree Commission, and Urban Forestry/Horticulture Department. Two specialty tracks will be offered: Horticulture and Urban Forestry, with ISA points available. Outstanding speakers will present current information on horticulture and creating and preserving the urban green environment, including keynote speaker Tom Underwood, Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Bill Finch, former Director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, Troy Marden, award-winning garden and floral designer and frequent contributor to Alabama Gardener and Southern Living magazines, Will Jangaard and Brad Phillips, speaking on Trees and the Law, Dale Dickens, Urban Forestry Coordinator, Alabama Forestry Commission, and Tom Powers, Powers Treeology.

Public is invited. Cost: $45, which includes lunch.
Registration: www.florenceal.org. Information: Mayor’s Office, 256-760-6400.

SMG Picnic 2017
Oct 17, 2017 of Kay Hillis, Kathy Peoples and Sarah Haggstrom at our Picnic.

Peggy Lazenby and Taylor Reeder.

HL Noah the Potter
HL Noah the Potter, demonstrating his method  to mix  up a batch of Hypertufa during the Sept 19 Meeting.

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 Helpline guru Donnie Daugherty speaking at our August SMG Meeting about the successes and challenges of the 2017 Helpline. SMG President Peggy Lazenby looks on.

SMG Scott Hickman receiving the Door Prize at the August meeting.

Cynthia Kershaw receiving the Helping Hands award at the August meeting from Sheila Lindsay.
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
The Children's Museum of the Shoals has planned an Easter egg hunt for March 24th and asked us if we would have a work day in advance of their party. March 13, 2018 was sat as the work day. Those that attended preformed routine clean up,trimming hedges, blowing leaves, weeding and trimming, Etc. About  60 bags of mulch was distributed, and a huge pile black leaf bags was left at the curb.  Cam Jones is coordinating this project. There will be another workday scheduled soon to complete this project. Thanks so much to those who volunteered their time to help make The Children's Museum of the Shoals beautiful!


Extension Webinar Info
Hi everyone! Do not despair if you missed Mollie Keck’s informative webinar on Meet Our Native Pollinators. You can find a link to the webinar recording posted at: https://learn.extension.org/events/2849

Please tune in next month when Dr. Tim Davis will discuss New Invasive Ants to Know Abouthttps://learn.extension.org/events/2850 As always the webinar is on the first Friday of the month (October 6) at 1 PM CDT.