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!)

June Meeting: Hypertufa/Papercrete Making
Tuesday June 20, 2017 11:00 AM 
Woodmont Baptist Church-East Campus, 2002 Darby Drive, Florence, AL.  
The June SMG monthly meeting program will be a demonstration on Hypertufa / Papercrete making . Our on Peggie Lazenby and H.L. Noah will show their expertise, while Michael Thomason will show what little he knows about this art. So come and enjoy the fun as we learn about this art of plant container making. It will be a demonstration of sorts under the shed out behind the church so bring a lawn chair. We will move to the shed after our lunch and business meeting.

Field Trips Scheduled for This Year!!
On Tuesday May 23rd we head to "Petals from the Past" in Jemison, Alabama. Jason Powell, owner, will conduct a tour and highlight the gardens activities then we will enjoy a box lunch. Afterwards we will spend some time on our own as we pick out those plants we want to purchase and take home.
We leave from the Florence -Lauderdale Coliseum parking lot at 7am sharp. Arrive at Petals around 10:30am. We will start out by going on our tour with Jason and then enjoy a box lunch if you choose. We will allow time for you to walk through Petals on you own so you can purchase plants. We will leave Petals at 2pm and head back to Florence arriving between 4:30pm and 5pm. The cost of the box lunch is $12 if you choose to purchase one. I will have more details on the box lunches at the monthly meeting. You can sign up at the monthly meeting or contact Michael Thomason at 256.349.4488

On Thursday July 13th we head to Jackson, Tennessee to attend UT Research Center's "Summer Celebration". We leave the Florence Lauderdale Coliseum parking lot at 6:30am sharp and arrive back around 5pm. They will be conducting numerous Horticultural classes during the day, some by Carol Reese. So, you can pick and choose what you want to hear. There will be $5 registration fee at the center and they will have tents set up where you can purchase lunch. More details coming as they release information. You can sign up at the monthly meeting or contact Michael Thomason at 256.349.4488.

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

New Master Gardeners!

Introducing the Shoals Master Gardeners Class of 2016 Graduates!      

 Jean Batson
Tony Couch
Kathy F. Darby
Alan George 
Linda Gilliam
Scott Hickman
Kathy Hickman
Mary Hill
Inge P. Johnson
Cam Jones
Michael Knight
Nancy O'Neal
Teresa K. Peck
Sandi Rosellini
Ann Taylor
Jacob Thompson
Barbara Yielding 

The SMG September meeting program will focus on not only how to divide plants but also how to pot them up by five of our own very talented Shoals Master Gardeners.

SMG Cynthia Kershaw and Door Prize Winner Kathy Hickman

SMG "Divide & Conquer" presenters Margie Anderton, Dee Hubbert and Sarah Haggstrom

Sarah Haggstrom 

SMG Looking Good at the Fair
SMG and Extension Office exhibit at the North Alabama State Fair in Muscle Shoals during the week of September 20-25, 2016 at North Alabama State Fair Grounds Muscle Shoals.

SMG Senior Conference
The Senior Conference that was in September. Pictured are Peggie Lazenby, Darlene Minnifield, James and Jean Dunn. 

Jr MG Program
SMG supporting the Jr MG Program with help from Peggy Lazenby and Kaye Hillis.

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 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

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.

Healing Place Workday-April 21, 2017
James Huff, Lisa Maples James Dunn and Kaye Hillis.

Kathy Peoples, Don Larson, Lisa Maples, David Henke, Jean Dunn and more.

ARC Homes Workday-March 9, 2017
Intern Foy Persell

SMG & Interns in front of one of the ARC Homes. Left to Right = Kathy Peoples; Peggy Lazenby; Joe Tate; Lisa Maples; Martha Berryhill; Audrey White; Kaye Hillis; Jerry Lewis; Gail McDonnel.

Tree Trimming Intern Class, left to right=Linda Brewer; David Phillips; Lisa Maples; Joe Tate; Susan Nale; Gail McDonnel; David Henke.

SMG Workday-March 18, 2017
Several Community Gardeners and SMG volunteers helping to clean up the beds for Spring planting. Included are Macarthur Butler, Jean Dunn, Taylor Reeder, Lynn Wilson , Dee Hubbert.

A very very RARE sight, Jean Dunn actually resting at the Community Garden Work Day. John Norton has never seen Jean rest before so it is a good thing he captured this image.

Lynn Wilson and Dee Hubbert trimming the Rosemary and roses at the Extension Office.

SMG Project-Tuscumbia Multi Purpose Center
Chip & Peggy Lazenby, Brenda Bradford, Martha Black and Martha Berryhill.

Jerry Lewis, Kathy Peoples and Martha Berryhill

Peggy Lazenby, Kathy Peoples and Martha Black. Oh wait, isn't that Chip sitting down in the background?

SMG "called" a work day on July 22, 2016 to spruce-up the Extension Office grounds and the Community Gardens. 

Martha Black

Martha Berryhill

Audrey White