Gardening Gurus: Introducing the South Fulton Master Gardener Extension Volunteers 1

Active since 1995, the South Fulton Master GARDENER Extension Volunteers have been actively serving the community. Their mission is to stimulate the interest in and increase the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily, enthusiastically and responsibly share this knowledge with others.

As a part of The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences GMGA, est. 1979, they volunteer and hold monthly meetings at the
Cooperative Extension Service building at 1757 Washington Road in East Point.

According to Master Gardener Debra Mason, some of the tools they use are shovels for digging and filling holes, hoes for weeding and making rows to plant seeds and plants, tillers for mixing and amending soils, rakes for raking debris and smoothing the soil, and trowels for making small holes and rows for planting and getting in tight spaces.

“We also use pitch forks for putting down pine straw as well as blending amendments into soil,” says Mason. “Gloves, waterproof shoes/boots, and hats are also very important to most gardeners.”

The community garden, located on Mason Road behind the tennis courts, has beds that are currently available for the community to use. Master Gardeners are there on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings to answer any questions for novice gardeners.

ongoing projects

+ Speakers Bureau: Members speak about gardening topics at various locations and groups, including schools, libraries, gardening clubs, community groups, churches and seniors. Topics include vegetable and herb gardening, soil preparations, container/in-ground gardening, perennials, landscaping, lawn/shrub/tree care, pruning, perennials, houseplants, orchids, succulents and more.
+ South Fulton Community Garden: Plots are currently available (contact the extension office at 404.762.4077 for information).
+ Atlanta Beltline: Beltline docents educate the public on the Beltline Arboretum, invasive species clearance/control and the impact on Atlanta environment and communities.
+ Plant Sales: Held twice yearly.
+ Project G.R.O.W.L.: The 4-H Club project deepens youth understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in their environment and urban economy.
+ 3rd Grade Bonnie Cabbage Plant Program
+ Trees Atlanta: Maintaining Atlanta Tree Canopy by planting and maintaining trees in neighborhoods.
+ Extension Office Coverage: Assist agents and answer phone questions and assist walk-in clients.
+ Atlanta Technical College Child Care: Educating youth on where food comes from.

The South Fulton Master Gardener Group is still growing and thriving from 1995 to present day.

For more information, visit SouthFultonMasterGardeners.com