Gilmer County Master Gardener Volunteers

UGA - Gilmer County Extension



  • Monthly Meeting January 22, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
  • Sustainable Gardening February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
  • Thugs and Barbarians March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA Nuisance plants and invasive species. (Julie Keller & Debbie Rupp)
  • Monthly Meeting March 19, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
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Georgia Garden Week April 15-21

Governor Deal has signed a Proclamation establishing the third week in April as Garden Week in Georgia.

On Saturday, April 21, visit the Master Gardener Table at the Earth Day Festival on Broad Street.



March 1 – Planting for Pollinators

March 1  6:00 pm – Gilmer County Library

Not Just Bees!
Pollinators come in all shapes, sizes and species.  Many Georgia native pollinators are wasps and flies.  By planting native plants, and having a succession of boom times, your garden can help many different pollinators. By attracting pollinators to your garden, you attract “good bugs” that are predators of “bad” bugs.  Come learn more.

not just bees

Beeswax Program

Today’s Beeswax program at the Gilmer County Library was a huge success. Mary Lou Blohm provided a wonderful program about the bees. She discussed the behavior and responsibility of each bee in the colony: queen, male drones and female workers.
We would like to thank all of the attendees. You all created such wonderful pieces!


Successful 3rd Annual Pumpkin Make and Take Program!

Today we enjoyed a full class for our 3rd annual pumpkin make and take program. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers discussed succulents and attendees were given a home work assignment for succulent propagation.  Everyone was sent home with a small pot and succulent pieces to grown their very own plant.  Pumpkins were decorated with succulents and natural flora including pine cones, dried flowers and seed pods.

Congratulations to the 2017 Master Gardner Extension Volunteers

Congratulations to the 2017 UGA Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Class. Today, all students successfully passed the ten week course! We are thrilled to have them join this rewarding program. The new volunteers are from Gilmer, Fannin and Pickens counties.


“Beautiful Beeswax Globes”

November 18, 2017  10:00 – 12:00 PM – Gilmer County Library

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer  & Gilmer County Beekeeper, Mary Lou Blohm, is preparing a wonderful educational and hands on workshop with Beeswax.

The educational portion of the program will be about, “Beeswax, the foundation of the hive”,  and will contain the history and uses of beeswax.  As always, we will have honey tasting and a drawing for bottles of honey.

Each person will decorate and go home with a wax globe. The globes can be decorated for a fall or holiday theme.

Registration fee: $20  Register Now!!

Beeswax Registration Form


Pumpkin Arrangements

October 14, 2017  10:00 – 12:00 PM – Gilmer County Library

Back by popular demand!  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.

Registration fee: $20  Register Now!! This workshop is filling up quickly.



Hypertufa – Rag Pots!

Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Gilmer County Library

Master Gardener Carol Harris will be teaching how to create hypertufa to be used as garden accents. Hypertufa is easy to make and adds 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.

This class is full!!  

If you missed RagPots… Maybe you’ll be able to join us for Pumpkin decorating. 


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



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