Gilmer County Master Gardener Volunteers


  • Master Gardener Hour at the "DIG" June 27, 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
  • Farmers Market July 1, 2017 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 1 Broad St, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
  • Master Gardener Hour at the "DIG" July 4, 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
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May 4 – Rain Gardens

May 4, 2017  6:00 pm – Gilmer County Library

Rain gardens have been around for a very long time.  They have recently sparked interested amongst gardeners in urban as well as rural neighborhoods.  Why?   Join us so you can learn what rain gardens are, why they are important and how you can add this interesting garden spot to your landscape!

Gilmer County Master Gardner Extension Volunteer Training – 2017 Course

The Master Gardener program in Georgia is a volunteer training program designed to help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners.

The course will be held on Thursdays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm,, from August 10 through October 5, 2017

Applications will be available at the extension office or you can print and drop them off at the extension office.

Cover Letter

GMGEV Application (return to Gilmer County Extension office)

Screening Application  (return to Gilmer County Extension office)

Background Check  (return to Gilmer County Extension office)

Volunteer Agreement & Working with Youth (return to Gilmer County Extension office)

Why do we need personal information?

Master Gardener General Role Description



April 6 – Rock Gardening

April 6, 2017  6:00 pm – Gilmer County Library

Join us this month to find out what to do with all those rocks around your yard! We will discuss: reasons to build a rock garden, how to get started, soil considerations and plant selections.

March 2 – “Ephemerals In The Wild and In Your Yard”

March 2, 2017  6:00 pm – Gilmer County Library

Master Gardener, Karen Hyde is back again this year to discus native Ephemerals. Ephemeral means lasting for a brief time. They have adapted to grow, produce flowers, and set seed in a relatively short period of time. Karen will show us what plants to look for and when they they will be make their brief appearance.


Bulb Forcing

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Gilmer County Library

All about Planting and Forcing Bulbs. This workshop will cover choosing and growing bulbs both indoors and out (pest resistant bulbs, bulbs for naturalizing, bulbs for forcing, and planting for months of bloom. ).  Participants will plant a container during the workshop and receive “homework” bulbs to plant outside,as well as catalogs from bulb suppliers.  Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

 We have three more spots for this class! $20 fee  Register Now!


Pumpkin Arrangements

October 8, 10:00 – 12:00 PM – Gilmer County Library

Our second “Make & Take” program at the Gilmer County Library will be decorating pumpkins with succulents.

This is no ordinary centerpiece!!

Top a pumpkin with sphagnum moss and an assortment of succulents for a striking, long lasting display. We will create living displays with the use of a variety of succulents and add more definition with seed pods all planted on pumpkins.


In this two hour session, each person will create and go home with a unique pumpkin arrangement. We will also discuss care and propagation of succulents.

Register Now!

Registration fee: $20

Creative Gardening with Hypertufa

September marks the first of our three “Make and Take” workshops.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.  Thank you for your support!

September 10, 10:00 – 12:00 am – Gilmer County Library –

hypertuf LeafMaster Gardener Carol Harris will be teaching how to create concrete leaves to be used as garden accents or bird baths. Concrete leaves are easy to make and add a beauty to your garden. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as we discover the joys of sculpting a mixture of Portland cement and sand.

In this 2-hour workshop each person will create an embellished garden piece to take home.

Several recipes for the medium will be discussed and written instructions provided for your further explorations.  Wear your grubbiest work-clothes and prepare to have fun! Snacks will be provided.

Registration fee: $20  

The Pleasure of Gardening in the Fall

September 1, 6:00 pm – Gilmer County Library

Fall is the start of next year’s garden; a time to reflect on the growing season just past and enjoy the pleasures of autumn.


Master Gardener, Beverly Martarella,  will present the many reasons to enjoy gardening from September to November. Beverly will be providing tips for extending the growing season, fall cleanup, soil maintenance, pruning and planting/transplanting. 

Workshop: Landscape Design with Native Plants

Brad Davis REGISTRATION FORMSaturday, August 6, from 9:30-12:30 – United Community Bank

We are excited to announce our first design workshop. Professor Brad Davis from UGA College of Environment and Design will be here in Ellijay for this special event.

Registration and a $20 fee is required for this event.  Forms will be available at the Farmers Market or you can download and print it. Registration Form


Professor Davis will present examples of successful strategies using native plants and will share lists of native plants for the Southeast that offer the most visual appeal for home gardeners. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs of landscape areas in need of improvement and solutions for these will be developed and discussed during the workshop.


Brad E. Davis is a licensed landscape architect, Associate Professor and BLA Program Coordinator in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.  He holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in vocal performance from East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. Before joining UGA in 2007 he practiced for six years in Florida and Tennessee in the areas of high end garden design, land planning, and urban design. He teaches planting design, plant identification, and various design studios including an advanced studio on therapeutic gardens for health care settings. His 2011 article in Health Environments Research and Design Journal entitled “Rooftop Hospital Gardens for Physical Therapy: A Post Occupancy Evaluation,” identifies unique design considerations for rooftop gardens in healthcare facilities, as well as design criteria unique to physical therapy patients. His research was cited in the 2014 book Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, by Clare Cooper Marcus and Naomi Sachs.
His primary research focuses on the study of southeastern native plants with goals of increasing awareness, adoption, and acceptance of a more natural and environmentally healthy aesthetic. In support of these goals he is engaged in propagation trials of native plants for introduction into the green industry, and also studies of public perception and acceptance of naturalistic planting design. These efforts will lead to a more robust palette of native plants available to the designer and the homeowner and strategies for implementation and long term care. He is currently coauthoring a book on plants for southeastern landscapes entitled: Plants in Design: A Guide to Southern Landscape Plants, from the University of Georgia Press, scheduled to be in print in 2017.


May 5 – “Make More Plants: How to Propagate Plants & Shrubs”

May 5, 6:00 pm – Gilmer County Library

Master Gardener, Margaret Williamson in coordination with Karen Hyde, will discuss why and when to take cuttings as a method of propagation emphasizing on heirloom plants.  They will show how to take cuttings from annuals, perennials and shrubs and let the audience make cuttings to take home. In addition, they will explain the use of commercial rooting hormones as an addition to cuttings.  Come learn about the most cost effective way to expand your garden! leaf-cuttings_thumb