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Judy Lemoine 770-934-8541

Each year, The Beautification and Environmental Education Grant (B.E.E. Grant) awards $500 to each of two schools. Below are results from recent B.E.E. Grant project recipients. We invite you to pply now.

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2017 Grant Projects:

Avondale Elementary uses B.E.E. Grant funds to create an extensive herb garden with a recycling system and pumpkin patch.

avondale elementary

Previous Year's Projects:

Brockett Elementary, Tucker -
  Raised garden beds for each grade l level, a worm composting bin using appropriate scraps and general composting material.  A Junior Garden Club will meet weekly, but all students will be involved.

DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, South DeKalb (Atlanta in DeKalb) - Building a beehive and setting up a new colony, teaching children about beneficial insects and the basics of food origins.  (This hive is to be placed with full cooperation at Panola later in the spring when the bees can find nectar plants, and it will be monitored.)

Hightower Elementary, Doraville -

An outdoor classroom for "Learning to Grow" including a Butterfly Garden, research, etc. as well as an outdoor meeting area and seasonal plantings by the students.

Huntley Hills Elementary & Montessori School, Chamblee - Courtyard garden with areas for all ages.  This is a new STEM School (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and much emphasis will be placed on organic methods, aimed at helping the community as well as the students to experiment and learn.

Oak View Elementary, South Decatur -
  A community garden as well as a school project designed to teach "ecology, use of energy and resources, sustainibility, and interdependence." (This is a new school, open for challenges.)
I am really excited about the schools which qualified and am looking forward to seeing their projects in the spring.

Joanne Bennett 404-636-3856

A special THANK YOU to the garden clubs and junior garden clubs who have donated Valentines for the Veterans Hospital. This is always a special delivery to let our veterans know we remember and honor them.

Donations for the Fig Leaf project for the Georgia Regional Hospital will be delivered soon. There is still time to bring underwear and/or socks to the Garden Center or to me at 2780 Hunting Hill Lane, Decatur 30033. Anything we do for Georgia Regional is much appreciated.






Deanna McFarlan 770-939-1282

Mary Lovings 404-284-9150


Rigby Duncan 404-321-1733

Joy Zaidan 770-493-8475
Mark your calendars for our Annual Awards Catered Luncheon on April 24 (please note the new date). Reservation forms will be available at our March General Meeting, and will be e-mailed/mailed as well. Don’t forget the due date for awards – March 1 in the Garden Center.

This section is for GARDEN CLUB information of interest. Please let us know what's going on in your club and we will post it.


Smoke Rise Morning Glories Deck The Historic Halls!

Decemberís chill brings out some very creative talent with Dekalb Federation Garden Clubs, and the Smoke Rise Morning Glories enjoy the challenge. Again this year, the club volunteered to provide historically-accurate holiday theme designs for the Wells-Brown House in Stone Mountain Village. Many of you may recall that the Neo-classical residence was featured in the 2017 Expressions Calendar published by the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. The house is now the headquarters of the Stone Mountain Historical Society, and over the holidays they sponsor many events in the home.

L-R, Glenndolyn Hallman, DFGC President and Smoke Rise Morning Glories President Bonnie Pennington making finishing touches.

A few years ago the Morning Glories offered to provide the seasonal décor in support of the community and the Historical Society. Each year the decorations reflect a simpler time where the primary decorations would feature native plants and locally available items, such as pine cones, magnolia, boxwood, cedar and juniper, and fruits and nuts. The club has also used dried materials, such as hydrangeas, eucalyptus, seed pods and decorative sticks for the arrangements. Swags of fresh cedar form garlands for the staircase and upper balcony. Bows are used but sparingly.
The clove studded oranges are a wonderful addition for both scent and color to the arrangements on the mantles and in bowls around the rooms. Citrus was probably available at that time but expensive. Cloves were in general use in baking and seasoning. 

This fun project takes several days of planning and preparation before the actual day of decorating. A workshop was held two days before off-site, on a damp and chilly morning. Volunteers MaryAnne Anderson, Quill Duncan, Glenndolyn Hallman and Bonnie Pennington created the front gate and lamp décor, the front door wreath, the two candelabra bases, and the balcony swags. The group moved the items to the house and installed them before the cold rain began. Marsha Pittard provided the clovestudded oranges for that special accent.

Two days later, eight club members met at the house on a frosty morning and installed all the interior greenery. The staircase is always a challenge, as the swags need to be doubled and secured and still create a beautiful natural accent to the bannister. 
In total, twelve club members worked on the project, and several others contributed greenery and brought snacks to the hard-working members at the house.  
The community enjoys the display as it lends a very festive holiday air to a grand old house on a quiet street in Stone Mountain Village.    


Mountain Mums 10th Anniversary Meeting

On September 10th the Mountain Mums and the Morning Glories Garden Clubs, Redbud District, enjoyed a joint meeting with 46 members in attendance, to celebrate the Mountain Mums 10th Anniversary.

Following warm greetings by Mountain Mums President, Jody Currie, and Morning Glories President, Quill Duncan, Jeanne George delivered a beautiful inspiration on Renoir’s, The Chrysanthemums. Helen Homrich , the Mountain Mums first President, conveyed an informal history of the garden club while emphasizing the Mums appreciation of the Morning Glories efforts to sponsor them. Morning Glory member, Judi Crutchfield introduced Rick Barnes of NatureScapes. His interesting and enlightening PowerPoint presentation on “Gardening in Small Spaces” included gorgeous photographs of his original garden designs. Morning Glories’ Joy Zaidan awarded Mountain Mums’ Ann Purr with a National Garden Club Award for Outstanding Service to Redbud District’s Yellow Daisy Flower Show.


Shenandoah Rose visits Gibbs Gardens

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Members of Shenandoah Rose Garden Club had an April outing to Gibbs Garden Daffodil Festival in Ball Ground Georgia. Initially planted in 1987 with 200,000 bulbs, between yearly plantings and natural multiplication the daffodils cover more than 50 acres. Currently, more than 20 million daffodils rewpresenting 60 varieties composed "The Largest Daffodil Display in the Nation". The flowers were stunning and went on as far as the eye could see.


Gibbs Gardens has several Festivals (Azalea, Rhotodendron, Hydranger and Rose) so be sure and try to make one. Gibbs Garden details can be found HERE:

Click HERE to see photos of our outing!

Lake Ivanhoe's Bluebird Trail

The Lake Ivanhoe Garden Club in Tucker Georgia has a Bluebird trail on the Heritage Golf Links. The trail was installed by the club members in 2003. Since then, the club has maintained the trail, replacing bird houses as needed, John and Gena Ivester have been maintaining the Bluebird trail for the club. The number of Bluebird eggs and fledglings are reported to the Bluebird Society every year.

John and Gena putting up the cleaned boxes for the birds - Spring 2014


Ladybugs Garden Club of Lilburn, GA Planted A Pollinator Garden on the Four-Mile Camp Creek Greenway Trail in Lilburn
by Jo Pell Holbrook, Ladybugs Publicity Chair

Formerly a wildflower garden on the Camp Creek Greenway Trail in Lilburn, Ladybugs repurposed the 18 foot by 60 foot tract bounded with a stone path to a pollinator garden. This project is in compliance with the goals of the Deep South Unified Regional Project. The garden is situated under the power transmission line right-of-way which is perfect for many sun-loving, blooming perennial plants and shrubs as well as spring flowering bulbs. We planned the pollinator garden to attract insects and birds to provide for cross-pollination necessary to the production of more plants, fruits and seeds. Honey bees, a pollinator which we hope to attract, are an endangered species due to the lack of appropriate plants and pesticides. Nine of 14 Ladybugs participated in planning and installing the pollinator garden. Several of their spouses and two volunteers assisted with planting. The two volunteers saw our sign inviting the public who walked the Greenway Trail to help with planting, and one, Jack Bolton, is a former Lilburn Mayor who is a Master Gardener. Nine Ladybugs and some of their spouses hauled water in barrels with spigots more than one mile three or four times a week using the City of Lilburn's Kubota (like a golf cart) and our hoses and buckets. Watering the garden requires at least three hours of two Ladybugs. Even though five Ladybugs are not physically able to work, they all participated in our one fund raising project to enable us to partially pay expenses of the garden. In March 2017 we received a $300 grant from Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association to add more plants to the pollinator garden.

Spreading mulch over the new tract of the pollinator garden on the Camp Creek Greenway Trail in Lilburn, GA will help with weed control until plants can be installed.  This is not the usual way to begin a new garden, but with weeds being a major threat to the garden, we decided it is the best choice for weed control.  From left, spouse Larry Kahn, Ladybugs Pat Kahn,  Joyce Baker and Berna Spencer.

Ladybugs Pollinator Gaden (continued)


Ladybugs Jo Pell Holbrook, Joyce Baker, Berna Spencer, 2nd row-Karen Shires; Volunteers Christianne Ahlberg and Jack Bolton (former Lilburn Mayor); Ladybug Debbie Hoaks; Spouses Glenn Hoaks and Dewey Holbrook planted the pollinator garden in October 2016.


In April 2017, Ladybugs planted more perennials in the Camp Creek Greenway Trail  Pollinator Garden that was initiated in October 2016.  The $300 grant awarded in March 2017 from the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association allowed Ladybugs to expand the garden more fully.


It is hoped you enjoyed learning what other garden clubs are doing and you might find
programs or projects for your club.

If stress and anxiety are regular visitors to your world, then it may be time to head out into the garden for some natural therapy. It’s been proven that gardening makes you feel better, and the good news is that gardening has been shown to be beneficial to your mental health.

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