Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers

UGA - Gilmer County Extension



  • Monthly Master Gardener Meeting September 21, 2021 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
  • Ellijay Farmers Market September 25, 2021 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Make & Take Events are back this Fall!

There will be two Make & Take Events this fall. For full details and registration links, see the Library Programs, Fall Make & Take page.

Hypertufa Troughs 

Saturday. Sept 18, 10:00-11:30 outdoors at the library. Material fee for active participants $20.00, advance registration required.

Succulent Pumpkin Arrangements

Sat  Nov 23, 10-12, library, lower level indoors. Material fee for active participants is $20, advance registration required.

Apple Grafting Class

The Cherokee County ANR agent, Josh Fuder, and I (Ashley Hoppers) have teamed up this year to offer a virtual apple grafting class! The cost is $35.00 per person and the deadline to register is Friday, March 19 (however, I anticipate the program will fill to capacity well before the deadline). 

Register here:

By registering, you will also have access to pre-recorded lectures and tutorials covering:

  • History of Apples in Georgia and the Southern U.S.
  • Apple Genetics and Varieties
  • How to Collect and Store Scions for Grafting
  • Grafting Technique
  • Post Grafting Care & Pruning

Participants will be provided with the following supplies:

  • 5 semi-dwarf rootstocks (M7 about 15′ tree at maturity)
  • 9 labeled scions (“Yates”, “Winter Terry”, “Tarbutton”, “Southern Detroit”, “Golden Delicious”, “Woodstock”, “Myers Royal Limbertwig”, Rambo”, and “Arkansas Black”
  • 5 vinyl plant tags for labeling
  • Precut strips of parafilm

Participants will need to provide their own:

  • Grafting knife 
  • Nail polish or paint dab to seal any cut ends

Dates and times of LIVE Zoom class times: 

(if you need any help after watching our uploaded video content, Josh and I will be leading these troubleshooting sessions)

Wednesday, March 31 from either 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. OR 12:00 – 1:00 p.m

Thursday, April 1 from either 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. OR 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

2020 Christmas Tree at the Library!

Master Gardeners hard at work on the entry into this year’s Festival of Trees at the Gilmer County Library. Thank you Debbie Rupp, Wendy Widmann, Beverly Costa Martarella and all. It’s a beautiful tree!

2020 Butterflies at the DIG

These are just a few of the beautiful butterflies that were spotted at the DIG this fall!


2020 Farmer’s Market

Farmers Market Fall Finale – open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Saturday, October 3rd

Great selection of items handmade by local crafters.  Get stocking stuffers, Xmas gifts, or treat yourself!

2/19 – WEDNESDAY – Establishing a Pollinator Garden (RESCHEDULED FROM 2/6)

Gilmer County Library, 2/19/20, 6PM
Life-long Ellijay resident Karen Hyde will be sharing her knowledge about plants for pollinators that do well in our area.
We’ll have light refreshments and LOTS of seed packets to take home.

Pollinator Program Cancelled

The Wildflowers for Pollinators event at the Gilmer County Library tonight 2/6/20, has been CANCELLED due to hazardous road conditions and flooding. Be safe out there.

Establishing A Pollinator Garden

Feb. 6, 2020 – Here are some links that you may find valuable related to the Library Program being provided this evening!


Native plants of Georgia: Bulletin 987- 3

Monarch Watch

Georgia Native Plant Initiative (includes local resources for seeds and plants)

Tray Gardening

Tray Gardening Make & Take

Last Saturday we had a very successful Make and Take program.  The program was led by Julie Keller and Cindy Tesar.  Our educational component was “Health Benefits of Plants and Gardening”.  Now that the outdoor gardens have been put to rest, we created Tray Gardens.

Christmas Market 2019

The Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will host the 2nd Annual Christmas Market.

Date: Saturday, November 16
Hours: 10:00am – 2:00pm

If you have any questions, please email us at,

or call/text Margaret at 706-273-9163.




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