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


February 2018 Meeting features Birds of Ecuador!
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 12:30pm.
The presenter for this month’s SMG meeting will be Dr. Paul Kittle. He is the past chairman of the Department of Biology at UNA and the past President of the Shoals Audubon Society. He has traveled extensively studying birds and getting his LIFE bird list! One of the places Dr. Kettle chose to study birds was Ecuador. He will share with us some of the different habitats of the birds that live in different climates in the same country.  

The theme for lunch will be Italian. Assignments by last names are:
A to C:  Desserts
D to L:  Entrees
M to Z:  Sides or Salads

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.


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.


Click here for a 2018 SMG Plant Sale flyer!


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.