Cobb Master Gardener

Special Message

From Gayle Bender, President, Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, Inc.

GayleA heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the wonderful people who made our Plant Sale and Garden Tour a fantastic success – sponsors, volunteers, garden owners, and of course, our shoppers and visitors! Your support is crucial to sustaining and growing our educational programs, community and demonstration gardens throughout Cobb County.

As vaccinations and relaxed restrictions are becoming more prevalent, we are moving back to resuming our educational programs face-to-face.  Starting in August, Gardeners’ Night Out and our regular MGVOCC Monthly Meetings will be in-person.  Lunch & Learn and How Does Your Garden Grow will be in-person beginning in September.  Grow Virtually and Thyme to Read Book Club will continue using a virtual format. Please check this website for times, locations, program content, and registration.

We are also starting to plan for our 2022 Plant Sale & Expo (April 15 – 16), and our 2022 Garden Tour (May 21st).  So please mark your calendars!

We hope that you are enjoying your summer and we are look forward to seeing everyone in person again soon.

Grow Virtually

Growvirtually (1)Grow Virtually is our live and online horticultural education series presented free by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County via ZOOM.  We have a great line up of speakers and topics!

Learn from the comfort of your home using your smartphone or computer! Simply click on the title(s) below to register for one or all classes. Registration confirmation will follow with instructions on how to enter each class. New to Zoom?  CLICK HERE for a lesson.  We are pleased to announce that we will be using the Zoom Webinar format.

We also offer educational videos on YouTube.  Check us out!
Tuesday, August 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
What’s Bugging Your Garden? Part 2

Insects – the good, the bad and how they affect the health of your garden.  In Part 2, we identify insects that are typically found in the vegetable garden and what you need to know when you see them (or see the damage they may cause).  Presented by Cobb Master Gardener Dennis Esler

Tuesday, September 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Building Healthy Soil…

builds healthy plants!  This presentation delves into the discovery of how mycorrhizal fungi makes our soil healthy and how the destructive horticultural practices of the 20th century can be reversed.  Presented by Cobb Master Gardener Cris Force

Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Native Plants in the Urban and Suburban Landscape

Why plant native plants?  Katie Ross, owner of Night Song Native Nursery, will explain why native plants in the landscape increase biodiversity and, ultimately, the health of our gardens and greater environment.

Tuesday, November 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Cherokee Ethnobotany – If Plants Could Talk…

Master Gardener Tony Harris will share his expertise in this special presentation on the plants that were so significant to the life and culture of our native Cherokee people prior to the Trail of Tears.  Tony oversees the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve , a designated Interpretive Site by the National Park Service on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.  

Spotlight On:

Did you know that the Cobb Master Gardener Volunteers help maintain 18 community and demonstration gardens throughout Cobb County?  One of them is the historic Root House in Marietta Center.  Come and join us for a quick tour.  CLICK HERE.  And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our growing YouTube channel!

Need a speaker for your Garden Club or HOA meetings?  The Cobb Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau is there to help with a variety of gardening topics.  To make a request, CLICK HERE.

The 2022 Plant Sale and Expo is on!  We are excited to announce that we will be in the Jim R. Miller Park Covered Arena on April 15 – 16, 2022.  We are accepting applications for VENDORS now.  Please CLICK HERE to register today!  Questions about the sale can be emailed to mgvoccevents@gmail.com  

Don’t forget – our RESOURCES page has links to a wide variety of “Master Gardener Approved” websites to help you learn from the convenience of home. This includes the link to UGA Extension publications for your home and garden. Check it out!

Here are some specific links to keep you busy and help you become a smarter gardener:

Test your Soil – You can bring soil to the UGA Cobb Extension Office to have it tested. Click here for instructions on how to get your soil tested.

Azaleas looking funny?  Learn about the lacebug – a common pest that attacks these spring blooming beauties and how to manage them now.

Did you know that the Cobb Master Gardener Volunteers help maintain 18 community and demonstration gardens throughout Cobb County?  One of them is the historic Root House in Marietta Center.  Come and join us for a quick tour.  CLICK HERE.  And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our growing YouTube channel!

Need a speaker for your Garden Club or HOA meetings?  The Cobb Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau is there to help with a variety of gardening topics.  To make a request, CLICK HERE.

The 2022 Plant Sale and Expo is on!  We are excited to announce that we will be in the Jim R. Miller Park Covered Arena on April 15 – 16, 2022.  We are accepting applications for VENDORS now.  Please CLICK HERE to register today!  Questions about the sale can be emailed to mgvoccevents@gmail.com  

Don’t forget – our RESOURCES page has links to a wide variety of “Master Gardener Approved” websites to help you learn from the convenience of home. This includes the link to UGA Extension publications for your home and garden. Check it out!

Here are some specific links to keep you busy and help you become a smarter gardener:

Test your Soil – You can bring soil to the UGA Cobb Extension Office to have it tested. Click here for instructions on how to get your soil tested.

Azaleas looking funny?  Learn about the lacebug – a common pest that attacks these spring blooming beauties and how to manage them now.

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