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!).

General Public Invited to hear Felder Rushing
Slow Gardening-All Senses, All Seasons
Monday, September 18, 2017 @6pm
Launch Point Church
301 Hwy 72, Tuscumbia Alabama

Cost: $10/person at the door. 
Check or Cash only

September Meeting: Felder Rushing
Thurday September 19, 2017 11:00 AM
Woodmont Baptist Church-East Campus, 2002 Darby Drive, Florence, AL.  
The SMG September Monthly meeting will feature Felder Rushing, International and National Horticulturist from Jackson, Mississippi. He will speak on "Tough Plants for Southern Gardens". Join us as Felder enlightens us on Tough Plants for SouthernGardens.

  • 10th generation Southern gardener
  • Started the Master Gardener program in Mississippi
  • Newspaper columnist, host of NPR Gestalt Gardener radio program for 15 years
  • Online Q&A guy for HGTV
  • Longtime board member of the American Horticulture Society
  • Named by Southern Living as one of "25 People most likely to change the South"
  • Founder of international Slow Gardening movement
  • Tends gardens in both Mississippi and England
  • Articles and photos in countless magazines, including Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture, National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, and Organic Gardening
  • Author of 18 Gardening books

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

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 

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

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.

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.