Shoals Master Gardeners is an active club made up of members from all over northwest Alabama.
Garden Pathways
Here's the link for the Winter 2016-2017 edition of Pathways: Click here! Look for info on the 2017 AMGA Conference info (There will also be a Seed Savers Exchange at the conference!).

January 2018 Meeting features Award Presentations!
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 12:30pm.
Our upcoming Shoals Master Gardener meeting will be delayed for a week and the time has been adjusted to accommodate members of the new class. The program will be presentation of awards to members of the group for their outstanding work and commitment during the past year.

Members of the hospitality committee are proposing really good food, and ask that members contribute to the meal as follows:
Last names A –H: Soup, Chili, or Meat
Last names I – Q: Sides
Last names R – Z: Desserts

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.
Online registration for the Alabama Master Gardeners Association 2018 State Conference is now open at www.amgaconference.org.

The Christmas De-Construction crew, finishing up the dismantling at TVA Art Center in Tuscumbia. The final work-day bringing 2017 to a worthy close. Pictured L to R are : Sandy Newton, John Norton, Dot Burke, Lynn Wilson, Peggy Lazenby, Cynthia Kershaw, Barbara Wilson, Paula Kelley, Brenda Bradford and Beth Peterson.

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.

Christmas Celebration
Peggy Lazenby is finally digging her way out of a BIG JOB, congratulations on a great two years of service   as SMG president. Our 2017 Christmas Celebration at Underwood-Petersville Community Center was enjoyed by all. 

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.

Pathways Fall 2017 Issue Online!
Fall Pathways is on the alabamamg.org website now.

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.

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 About. https://learn.extension.org/events/2850 As always the webinar is on the first Friday of the month (October 6) at 1 PM CDT.

Field Trip: Petals from the Past
On Tuesday May 23rd we head to "Petals from the Past" in Jemison, Alabama. Jason Powell, owner, conducted a tour and highlighted the gardens activities then we enjoyed our box lunch. Afterwards we spent some time on our own as we pick out those plants to purchase.
“Wheels on the Bus”, on our way to “Petals from the Past”

Tour groups getting a lesson.

Field Trip: Summer Celebration 
at UT Research Center
On Thursday July 13th we traveled to Jackson, Tennessee to attend UT Research Center's "Summer Celebration." Numerous Horticultural classes were presented during the day, some by Carol Reese! 

“Summer Celebration” and tour of the Tennessee Extension Experiment Station. This was the coolest we felt all day.

Please welcome...

Shoals Master Gardeners Class of 

Cathy Anderson       Joyce Bates       Linda Brewer     
Patty Collier       Doug Evans     Mikie Green
David Henke     Gloria Huff      James Huff 
Ken Irby     Nicholas Jaynes       Claire LeCroy
Rachel Linton     Kathryn MacNeil       Lisa Maples
Gail McDonnel       Sally McGuire    Bradley McMartney
Lynn Melson     Susan Nale       Foy Persell 
David Phillips       Keith Rylant     Joe Tate

Congratulation 2016 SMG Award Winners
During last month's meeting Dan Larson began the Awards Ceremony by awarding Stars to members who earned them for hours of volunteer Service. The following members were awarded Stars:
Gold Star – Peggy Fleming - 592

Silver Star – Donald Daugherty - 434, Sheila Linsday - 360, Sue Young - 337, Miriam Kraemer - 302, and Audrey White - 301 

Bronze Star – Jacqueline Bretherick - 138, Robert Mininger - 124, Sandra Newton - 116, Ronda Hellums - 115, Myra Collum - 110, Debra Barnes - 109, Candy Parkhurst - 102, Jerry Lewis - 101 , Paul Smith - 101, and Pam Belew - 100

Dan then announced Reach for the Stars awards that will be presented at the state conference this spring:
Bryan Miller – Emerald Gem / 6194 hours
Peggie Lazenby – Platinum Name Badge / 2163 hours
Dee Hubbert – was awarded the “Queen of the Dirty Fingernails” / 16,829 hours

Cynthia Kershaw recognized local award winners:
Top Hours for the Year – Peggie Lazenby / 868.5
Lifetime Hours – Martha Berryhill / 3564
Most CEU’s – Jean Dunn /59
Most Miles Driven – Margie Anderton / 3729 miles
Rookie of the Year – Teresa Peck / 98.25 hours
Friend of SMG – Richard Davis
Project of the Year – Tuscumbia Recreation Center
Educator of the Year – Tommy Flurry and John Norton
Shoals Master Gardener of the Year – H.L. Noah
President’s Award – Jennifer Garrett 

The following Shoals Master Gardeners were nominated for state awards.
Mary Lou McNabb Nominee – Margie Anderton
Jean Lee Lifetime Hours Award – Martha Berryhill
Top Hours for the Year Award – Peggie Lazenby 
SMG 2017 Projects
Children's Museum of the Shoals - Cam Jones
Community Garden - Tommy Flurry
Fame Girls Ranch - John Norton
Helen Keller Birthplace - Betty Balch
Joe Wheeler Park - Jennifer Garrett
Monarch Watch - Betty McCutchen
R.E. Thompson School - Paula Kelley
Safe Place - Ken Horton
The Hall Memorial Native Plant Garden at TVA - Margie Anderton

Riverhill School Workday October 4th!
As all of you know, Riverhill School is up and running. Mrs. Allison Delbert, the science lab/ robotics teacher, is now ready to start working on the gardens for the school. Allison has a workday planned for October 4th(rain day ,Oct. 6th) at 8:15 a.m. until. The turtle habitat and songbird sanctuary are planned for this day. Please bring the usual gardening tools, gloves, and your knowledge. Allison also has another day planned for October 18th(rain day20th) when we will be forming a butterfly/pollinator garden. She will need pavers from the nursery and any appropriate plants that you have to share from your gardens. I know several of you have grandchildren at Riverhill and this will be a great opportunity for you to work with them on their new garden. Allison has been a great steward of the gardens in the past and appreciates everything we help her with. Lets be good neighbors and help them get started on the right foot. Thanks for your support on this teaching project.

Cleanup Day at the Forest Hill School: Oct 25, 2017
SMG Candy Parkhurst with Forest Hills helpers on clean-up day Oct 25, 2017.

Workday at the SMG Nursery: Sept 27, 2017
“The Band of Brothers”, L to R = HL Noah, David Phillips, 
David Henke, Donnie Daugherty and Alan George.

Our “Straw Boss” Donnie Daugherty.

David Henke and Alan George, moving RR Cross Ties into place.

East Campus of Woodmont June 28, 2017
Volunteering on Sept 22, 2017 at the SMG Work Day for the Children’s Museum. Left to right: Peggy Lazenby, David Phillips, Kathy Peoples.

East Campus of Woodmont June 28, 2017
SMG volunteered on June 28, 2017, to clean up and freshen up around the East Campus of Woodmont as appreciation for allowing us to utilize their facility for our monthly meetings.
Left to Right: Intern David Henke and SMG Preston Hillis, trimming trees
SMG Intern David “Chainsaw” Henke plying his skills.

Kaye Hillis and Linda Gilliam discuss pros and cons of work gloves.

ARC of the Shoals-April 20, 2017
Left to Right: Intern David Henke and SMG Preston Hillis, trimming trees

Left to Right: The “Gutter Gang”, Jean Dunn, Martha Berryhill, Jerry Lewis, Lisa Maples, James Dunn.

Left to Right: David Phillips, James Dunn, Jerry Lewis.