Woodlands Garden Update

Greetings Woodlands Gardeners and Friends,

The arctic winter blast came and went, the weekend deluge is over, and today is sunny and breezy in the garden. This beautiful weather should continue through tomorrow when Mid-Week Gardeners meet, 9-11am. If it’s still too cold for you at 9am, come on over at 10, and we’ll work until noon. The wet soil is perfect for pulling weeds, and it’s a good time to transplant, so we’ll have plenty to do. Join us for some dirty fun.

For those who prefer a more relaxing visit, our Sunday in the Garden open house will be this weekend, January 31, 2-4pm. Long time Woodlands volunteer Anne Topple will be here to greet you and show you what’s special in the winter garden. But here’s a preview – quince and witch hazels are in bud and bloom; the deciduous magnolias are loaded with big fat buds, looking like they can’t wait to pop open; the beech trees are still full of crinkly pale brown leaves, rattling in the breeze. While the Camellias got hit hard by the freeze a few weeks ago, they are coming back with a new set of buds and blooms. Aviva says walking the Camellia Trail makes her feel like Alice in Wonderland. The Camellia Committee is ready to start labeling the trees, and they could use your help. Let me know if you’d like to join this group.

And speaking of Anne, congratulations to her on receiving the Certificate in Native Plants from a program that may be of interest to others on this list. Here’s a message from the directors of that great project, along with a link to their website for more information.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance are pleased to offer our third year of courses for the Certificate in Native Plants Program. This program has been very successful, drawing students from all over the state who want to learn more about the natural history and conservation of Georgia’s native plants. To date, 30 students have completed their requirements and earned their Certificates.

People from all backgrounds participate in the Certificate program, including natural resources professionals, conservation activists, landscapers and gardeners, and folks

who just love plants and the outdoors. Students have the opportunity to learn about the identification, cultivation, ecology, propagation, and conservation of native Georgia


Here’s the link for more information: http://www.uga.edu/botgarden/cnp.html

See you in the Garden!

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