Bluebird Box Build

A 2021 GCMGA grant was awarded to Georgia Piedmont Land Trust’s (GPLT) Mary Kistner Center to build bluebird boxes. In late July, a small group of GPLT members and master gardeners joined forces to build 38 nesting boxes. Two of the boxes will add to an existing box at the Mary Kistner Center and the rest will be placed throughout the county at various locations including community gardens and parks. It was a fun learning experience and will enhance the growth of bluebirds throughout the Piedmont area.

August 2021 Monthly Meeting

Worms in My Kitchen was Trecia Neal’s topic for our first in-person meeting on August 16th meeting in seventeen months at Bethesda Senior Center in Lawrenceville.

Trecia presented a fun and entertaining, yet very informative program about the art of vermicomposting – i.e., using worms (red wigglers) to change food waste into what gardeners refer to as “black gold”. Worm castings are the best fertilizer that you can find for vegetables, perennials, shrubs, trees, and lawns.  Step by step instructions were be given during this talk for how to make our own vermicomposting container and transform our food waste to black gold.

Trecia is a retired biologist who work at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for thirty years and has expertise are ornithology, environmental education, and designing outdoor classrooms and gardens.  She now does designs and gardens as “Green Gardens”. Information is at

Summer 2021 “Bit of Dirt”

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July 2021 Monthly Meeting

Katy Ross, co-owner/operator of Night Song Native Plant Nursery presented Natives in the Landscape: Using native plants to promote biodiversity in urban and suburban landscapes at our July 19th zoom meeting.  Katy has many years working in the plant and nursery industry and showcased many plant ideas for our gardens. 

Katy first became interested in native plants out of high school and always promoted them as a hardier, better alternative to non-natives while working in the nursery industry. She is also a Georgia Certified Plant Professional. She and her husband are working to build a more sustainable native plant nursery and educate the public about the importance native plants play in the environment.