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

Master Gardener Helpline! 
Note from Brenda (Jenia) Bradford, SMG Office Manager: 
The Helpline will open March 1 2019. Please be looking at your schedules and be prepared to sign up to help with the Helpline this year during our monthly meetings. I will be there with the calendar. You can call me (my tel number is in your SMG Directory) or go online to sign up. I am available to answer questions about working the Helpline or to work Helpline with anyone who needs it. 

For citizens of Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale Counties looking for answers to gardening questions, please call
 toll free 1-877-252-4769 or locally (256) 766-6223For information about the Helpline on the ACES website click hereFor Master Gardeners that would like to sign up to volunteer on the Helpline visit the Alabama Master Gardener Program Volunteer Records System. 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"
If you sign up online let me know so I can put you  on my calendar. 

March Meeting: Unique Ways of Gardening! 
Tuesday March 19, 2019 12:30 PM
Woodmont Baptist Church East campus
2002 Darby Drive, Florence

During the March SMG meeting Sharon Parish, Homeopathic Practitioner, will enlighten us on a different approach to gardening. In lieu of a speaking fee she asks that SMG members bring seeds, bulbs or plants to share with her.

The lunch entrée this month will be beans. Assignments are:
A to G: Sides, Salads, or Bread
H-M: Desserts
N to Z: Entrée (Beans of your choice)

Plant Sale 2019 Flyer full page
Well, a year has already gone by and it's time once again to think about our Annual Plant Sale. This year the 2-day plant sale will be on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th. This is the weekend right after Easter and yes, we've changed it to Friday and Saturday as oppose to the previous Saturday and Sunday. This will avoid all conflicts with our church attendances. As such, we may extend the Friday shopping hours to accommodate the working crowd but that will be decided at the February SMG Board meeting and announced at our February SMG monthly meeting.

The sale will again be at the Florence-Lauderdale Farmers' Market on Chisholm Road and Cox Creek Pkwy. This location seemed to help with our success last year, as did each one of your contributions whether it be a contribution of your time working at the sale, and/or of plants for sale. We could not have done it without each one of you and I hope you will start considering how you can help again this year. I will have the first round of sign-up sheets available at the February SMG meeting. To help you get going, below is a starter-list of things we will need that you might consider helping with. Until then, if you have any questions, please contact me (256-767-2226) or Pam Arias, Co-Chair (256-698-3155). As always, thank you for all that you do for this organization!

Sandy Newton, Plant Sale Director
  • Plants
  • Non-plant gardening-related items in good shape (e.g., tools, books, label markers, bird houses/feeders, etc.)
  • Plant sale workers (cashiers and booth-manning)
  •  Transporter of plants (w/covered beds/vehicles) before and after sale 
  • Garden carts for use by shoppers during sale
  • Night-time security watch (3-hr shifts)

The 2018 SMG Award Winners

Awards were presented on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019:

Mary Lou McNabb Alabama Master Gardener of the Year Award - Margie Anderton
Shoals Master Gardeners Educator of the Year - Margie Anderton
Shoals Master Gardener of the Year - Lynn Wray Dillard
Shoals Master Gardeners President's Award - Cynthia Kershaw
Shoals Master Gardeners Top Hours for the Year - Brenda Bradford
Shoals Master Gardeners Lifetime Hours - Margie Anderton
Shoals Master Gardeners Most CEUs for the Year - Michael Thomason
Shoals Master Gardeners Most Miles Driven for the Year - Brenda Bradford 
Shoals Master Gardeners Rookie of the Year - Sandra Wesson

Audrey White - 691
Lynn Wray Dillard - 534
Brenda Smith - 508

Jennifer Garrett - 344
Gwen Grigsby - 308

Lisa Maples - 234
Jerry Lewis -220
Kathryn MacNeil - 214
Sally McGuire - 124
Linda Brewer - 112

BRONZE STAR ( 100) Intern
Sandra Wesson -124
Pamela Arias - 123
James Huff - 102

Brenda Bradford -2349
Polly Alexander - 2119

Linda Van Sandt - 1279
Cynthia Kershaw - 1140
Paula Kelley - 1106

Work Day: Pat's Place Community Garden
First workday of 2019 accomplished a lot! The raised beds at Pat's Place Community Gardens on Veterans Drive got cleaned out and prepared for the 2019 growing season. The rains held off long enough that about 2/3rd of the beds were prepped. We will revisit this project soon! Thanks to John Norton for his leadership on this workday.

Workday this Saturday, March 23rd at Woodmont Baptist East Campus There will be a work day Saturday, March 23 at 8:00, at the East Campus of Woodmont Baptist church. We will be trimming, raking and whatever else needed. Remember this is where we meet monthly, so we need to give back by helping out. Thanks

Ivy Green Workday this Saturday, March 16th!

Please join us for a workday at Ivy Green this Saturday, March 16, starting at 9:00. Our primary task will be to clean out and remove the perennials in the butterfly garden that we planted around 10 years ago. The garden has an abundance of red canna lilies, blue asters, bronze fennel, penta, salvia, and pink cone flowers. We will replace the perennials with low maintenance shrubs at the next workday. The workday coordinator is Betty Balch.

Bring your pruners, digging tools (garden forks work best), and pails or bags for rescued plants. Please park across the street from the front entrance or in the back of the

The SMG 2019 Directories are Here!
SMG 2019 Directories are now available and can be picked up at the office. Please note of the advertisers in our directory and patronize them whenever possible. Many offer discounts to Master Gardeners! This year's cover features photos of the Hummingbirds at Margie Anderton's home.

Let's welcome the SMG Class of 2019!
Jim Brooks, Bob Fay, Paige Gothard, Dwight James,
Sherry Kirk, Tony Langley, Martha Mastrangeli, Paula Offutt
Jerry Patrick, Paula Ritchie, Steven Ritchie, Gail Smith
Shayna Stacy, Carrol Steakley, Mary Summy, Barbara Walthour, 
Nelia Westenberger, Michael Wilson and Judy Young

2019 AMGA Spring Conference  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.

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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