Volunteering 2020

We are gardeners and are a unique group of people who love all kinds and types of plants and relish digging in the dirt.  We became Master Gardeners to improve our knowledge and do better in our own gardens. 

Part of being a certified Master Gardener is the requirement to volunteer each year – somewhere within our county – in some way – and give a few hours of our time.  For many, the enjoyment of being a Master Gardener is learning from each other and sharing what we’ve learned and know with the other folks.

At our recent garden tour, with our members serving as docents in the participating gardens, we had the opportunity to share our gardening knowledge with those visitors.  Our volunteer docents, wearing aprons and badges to identify themselves, masked and practicing social distancing due to the pandemic, relayed unique information about each of the seven tour gardens.  Collectively, they answered hundreds of questions to identify plants, explained the importance of natives, talked about rain barrel value, landscaping and hardscaping and discussed sun vs. shade.  We salute these folks.

This volunteer docent is really enjoying her assignment

This volunteer docent is really enjoying her assignment
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Garden Tour June 2020


GCMGA presented Down the Garden Path on Saturday June 13, 9AM – 4PM.  

We donned our masks and practiced social distancing that day.  Although we were delayed by restrictions from the pandemic with the tour moving from May to June, folks were ready to be outside and enjoy nature’s beauty.  We showcased seven diverse gardens:

  • A Certified Native and Wildlife Habitat employing only native plants
  • A formal English style garden with winding paths and water features
  • A landscape featuring sustainable practices, statues and a koi pond
  • A Charleston style garden utilizing classic Southern plants
  • Two inviting pocket-size garden retreats

Many gardens were located in shade and on slopes providing ideas on how to beautify a challenging landscape.  Ideas for types of plants – shrubs, trees, natives, perennials and annuals – were gained by our visitors.  Many questions and comments from our visitors and lots of answers from our hosts and docents.  All of our gardens were along the Highway 78 Corridor from Lilburn to Lawrenceville to Grayson.  We invite you to look at just a few pictures of the gardens on the tour.

Varlamoff Garden: Potted Wonder welcomes all to the hosts' sustainable garden haven

Varlamoff Garden: Potted Wonder welcomes all to the hosts' sustainable garden haven
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2020 Photo Contest

This was a wonderful show which we could enjoy from home via Zoom.  Lori Prosser and Ann Langley did a wonderful job co-chairing this event and we again thank Eric Bowles for judging.  There were 107 entries from our members.  Enjoy the pictures!

2020 GCMGA Photo Contest

2020 GCMGA Photo Contest
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Pandemic 2020

Due to the pandemic and Gwinnett County restrictions, we will not be able to attend or hold meetings at the Bethesda Senior Center as the center is currently closed.  When we are again able to join together, we will update the website.