“Trash to Treasures Yard Art” Workshop – April 29, 2013

Gwinnett Master Gardener Terri Erwin and her husband Allen graciously offered their home, garden, and expertise to show us some ways to create yard art while helping the environment by recycling.

To start the workshop we enjoyed a tour of Terri and Allen’s amazing garden to see examples of recycling and get ideas.  We were wowed by arbors and hand rails made with tree roots from downed trees, concrete from a broken driveway stained to look like natural stones (fooled us), refurbished furniture that had been discarded by someone who could not see it’s potential, and the list goes on and on!

After getting our creative jump start, we put our hands to work to design our own unique stepping stone.  Using cake pans, flower pots, water trays and concrete mix we set the forms for our project.  After a brief setting period for the concrete, we became artists in our own rights.  Using stones, colored glass, plaques, and tiles for decorations our individuality became apparent.  While our stepping stones dried, we were given a special treat — an opportunity to dig  for native ferns and iris from the garden.

Our prized stepping stones and plants are a fond memory of a wonderful time spent with a great group of Gwinnett Master Gardeners and friends!

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North Atlanta Home Show 2013

GCMGA members helped out in the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension booth at the North Atlanta Home and Garden Show this past weekend.  Thanks to Anne Heath for these photos.

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GCMGA Scarecrow at Atlanta Botanical Garden Thru October 2012

Come see the 2012 Scarecrow entry that Virginia Schofield, Emily Eberhardt, Ruth Kail and Lesile Barnes designed for this years Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit at the Atlant Botanical Gardens

Catch the “Scarecrows in the Garden” Exhibit at ABG

2011 Gwinnett County Fair Home Garden Exhibit Info

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  • Entries are to be brought to the fairgrounds on Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. You do not have to pre-register any of the home garden exhibits. Directions to the fairgrounds can be found at www.gwinnettcountyfair.com
  • Exhibits must be grown by name on entry or will be disqualified.
  • Pick up will be Monday, September 26th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. After that time, entries will be disposed of. You can pick up your prize money at this time also.
  • Prize money: 1st – $7.00, 2nd – $5.00, and 3rd – $4.00. Exhibits with no competition will receive 1st place ribbon and 2nd place money. Judging of entries will be 10:30 a.m. on the day of take-in.
  • Exhibits not listed in a class may be displayed and if sufficient amount of entries, a class can be added. In some classes, ribbons may be awarded but no money.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for attaching their name, address, email address, phone number and class number to entries. No special tag is required; however, tags are available for pick-up at the Gwinnett Extension Office or available at “take-in.”
  • Exhibitors may prepare their exhibits by cleaning, washing and polishing or waxing their entries. Produce may be displayed on foam trays, sturdy paper plates, baskets, etc. Exhibitors are responsible for picking up any display materials they wish to keep on pick up day. Materials not picked up will be disposed of.

Classes

1. Apples – 3
2. Beans – Lima/Butterbeans – handful
3. Beans – String – handful
4. Beans – Other – handful
5. Berries – Small tray or basket – pint size
6. Corn – White 3
7. Corn – Yellow 3
8. Corn – Best stalks – 3
9. Cucumbers – 2
10. Dried – Lima/ butterbeans – 1 pint
11. Dried – Other – 1 pint
12. Dried – Peas – 1 pint
13. Dried – Seeds – 1 pint
14. Eggplant – 1
15. Figs – 3
16. Gourds – Martin type – 1
17. Gourds – Other – 1
18. Honey – 1 pint with comb
19. Honey – 1 pint NO comb
20. Muscadines – 1 pint container
21. Nuts – Chestnuts – small tray or basket
22. Nuts – Other – small tray or basket
23. Okra – Green – 6
24. Okra – Other – 6
25. Onions (bunch)
26. Peanuts – 1 single plant
27. Pears – 3
28. Peas – handful
29. Pepper – Bell – 3
30. Pepper – Banana – 3 (hot & sweet)
31. Pepper – Hot – 3
32. Pepper – Other – 3
33. Pepper – Potted – 3 on a bush
34. Potatoes – Irish Red – 3
35. Potatoes – Irish White – 3
36. Potatoes – Sweet – 3
37. Pumpkin – Small pie – 1
38. Pumpkin – Orange – 1
39. Pumpkin – Largest – 1
40. Pumpkin – Tan – 1
41. Pumpkin – Ornamentals
42. Squash – Butternut – 3
43. Squash – Yellow – 3
44. Squash – Zucchini – 3
45. Squash – Other – 3
46. Sunflower – Largest
47. Sunflower – Novelty
48. Tomatoes – Novelty
49. Tomatoes – Red – 3
50. Tomatoes – Yellow – 3
51. Watermelon – Icebox
52. Watermelon – Largest
53. Other – Miscellaneous
54. Creative Vegetable Display
Display can consist of a variety of vegetables,
gourds, etc. Not to exceed space of 18 x 18”.
Youth Classes – 15 years and Under
55. Decorated Fruit or vegetable (1)
56. Garden Friend – Scarecrow or garden companion
57. Pictures made with seeds. Let your imagination go wild on a thick piece of mat board, or thin wood, bring in your picture created with garden seeds. No need for framing, just trimmed out nicely. Picture must be completely made of seeds that you plant in the garden. Finished size can be no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches. This class is for youth 15 years and under only. Rules will be followed or will be disqualified.
Questions: Contact Tim Daly at Gwinnett Extension
678-377-4010 or tdaly@uga.edu