August 2022 Meeting

AugustJohn Magyar, owner of Universal Aquatics, was our guest speaker at our August 15th meeting.  John’s presentation of “All Things Water Features” from fountains to waterfalls to koi and goldfish ponds, exploring different designs for your backyard was extremely informative. The water features they’ve built are beautiful and they inspired ideas for our own yards!

John has worked in the water feature industry for 25 years. Universal Aquatics specializes in backyard water feature installation, repair and maintenance. This includes installing or repairing koi ponds, waterfalls, water fountains, pondless waterfalls and more.  For further information you can contact John through their website at Universal Aquatics.

July 2022 Meeting

We had some outstanding photos shown at our annual Photo Contest. Our gardeners are wonderful photographers.  Eric Bowles, a well known photography judge, returned as our contest judge.  He has been trained in judging photos by Professional Photographers of America, and judges both digital and print competitions for a variety of groups, galleries and museums.  For more information about Eric, visit his website at Eric is also an active gardener so makes a perfect match as our contest judge. Follow this link to our Photo Gallery to see the entries.

June 2022 Meeting

JUNE — A nature advocate and wildlife photographer and a Hall County Master Gardener, Karin Hicks spoke on “Creating a Hedgerow for Wildlife.”  She shared her adventures with creating a hedge row that met the standards of her HOA. Using a variety of plants with natives being the backbone, she created layers of plants to support wildlife and create privacy. Due to the mixed nature of a hedgerow loosing one plant won’t create a gap tooth look that happens if one plants a uniform hedge using one type of plant such as Leyland Cyprus or Boxwoods. Karin shared her plant list which is a good starting point. Use sites such as NWF.ORG plant list function, GNPS.ORG for plant descriptions, and Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder,, to read about plant needs and native status. For more information on hedge rows check out: What is a Hedgerow and Why You Should Plant One – Growing with Nature

May 2022 Meeting

MAY — Rose Guerra, a naturalist/environmental educator, was our guest speaker for our May 16th meeting at Bethesda Senior Center sharing her knowledge regarding Dragonflies and their Habitat. Rose gave us a lighthearted introduction to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia, their beauty and contributions to our environment. 

Rose currently contracts with several environmental organizations, including Atlanta Audubon Society, Dunwoody Nature Center, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, City of Sandy Springs Rec/Parks, Chattahoochee Nature Center to share her knowledge of many species in Georgia.