Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July meeting

Gardeners and Friends,

Our July meeting 
will be held Thursday July 19th at 11:00 AM at Hoppergrass Restaurant. We will have Bette Byrd to speak on how she overcame cancer through organic gardening. You do not want to miss this presentation. 

We will be discussing plans for a fall plant sale, plus fall tours and speakers. Come and buy your lunch if you wish, and enjoy sharing summer & fall gardening plans. 

Dee Gilbert

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Travel oppurtunity

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are head on a horticultural study tour of the Big Island of Hawaii. 
September 23 – 30, 2018 
Register:  $3,105/person double occupancy. Includes hotels, entrance fees to all attractions, and most meals.

More Information 
We will see ornamental and edible horticulture production, and taste a wide variety of tropical fruits, nuts and coffee.  Learn about invasive species management, native plants, visit orchid gardens and organic farms.  We will tour USDA and University of Hawaii research stations and parts of volcano national park.  
Our host is Cynthia Nazario-Leary, the state coordinator of the Hawaii EMGV program and she has arranged behind the scenes tours available only to this group.  
 Arrange to go early or stay late to enjoy black sand, white sand and green sand beaches and some of the best snorkeling in the world.  Tour a seahorse breeding facility with the goal of preventing wild harvest of seahorses.  There are a myriad of wonderful opportunities on the island.
 Registration closes as soon as the trip fills or 8/1/2018. 
 Map and profiles of destinations we will visit.  (Scroll down below the linked map for site descriptions).
 More Information
 Note:  We are going to the Big Island - an agricultural, horticultural paradise.  This is a completely different island from tourist areas of Honolulu.
 Join us for a Brief Webinar Overview of the Trip
3 pm, Thursday, July 26, 2018 
Hosted by: Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary, State Coordinator, Hawaii Extension Master Gardener Program, Kari Harper, Hidden Treasurers Tours, Dave Close, Consumer Horticulture and Extension Master Gardener Specialist, Virginia Tech, and Ben Grandon, Extension Horticulture Agent, NC State University
 Trip Reviews from participants in other NC EMGV Travel Study Tours: 
  • “Absolutely Phenomenal” 
  • “The trip was amazing in every way!” 
  • “The best and most fun activities ever! Well planned and executed. . . really hard to choose a best because each outing was so much fun.”
  • “Wonderful! Great learning experience!” 
  • “Couldn’t be happier. A wonderful experience. Took just over 1,000 photos”

Landmark Park

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mary Grace Hood

I am sorry to report that Mary Grace's son, Nicholas, passed away this afternoon, Saturday, June 30. No information is known at this time about arrangements nor when Mary Grace will return home.

Roberta Hyers

Dr. Roberta D. Hyers, PhD, a resident of Ozark, died Friday, June 29, 2018, at her home. She was eighty-two years old.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 3, 2018, from the First United Methodist Church of Ozark with Reverend Michael Sigler, Reverend Bobbie Lassiter, and Reverend Dr. Billy D. Gaither officiating, Holman Funeral Home and Cremations of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Ozark Monday from 5:00 P. M. until 7:00 P. M.
Dr. Hyers was born February 16, 1936 in Blackshear, Georgia to the late Robert Willis Dixon and Ruth Ethel Johnson Dixon.  She grew up in Palatka, Florida.  Dr. Hyers earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida; her Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Louisville; and her Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of South Florida.  Dr. Hyers and her husband lived in many different locations including seven years in Germany while he served in the United States Army. She had lived in Ozark for the past twenty-five years where she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Ozark.  She was a Master Gardener and past president, served on the Library Board, and was past president of the Friends of the Library.
Survivors include her husband, COL James Earl Hyers (United States Army, Retired) of Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Don Moore of Suwanee, Georgia; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Bruce and Mel Hyers of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, David M. Hyers of Jacksonville, Florida; three grandchildren, Ryan Moore, Melissa Moore, and Tyler Hyers; one sister, Mary Ciesinski of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and one niece, Fern Hatzenbuhler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, Organ Fund, 167 East Broad Street, Ozark, Alabama 36360; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607; or to the American Kidney Fund, 11921  Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville,  Maryland  20852.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June Meeting

CMG Friends,

There will be NO Claybank Master Gardeners meeting this month on Thursday, June 21st.  Instead, we have been invited to visit Steve Ray’s lovely gardens in Enterprise which include many varieties of Japanese maples on that day.

We will meet next month on July 19th at Hoppergrass Restaurant and have a speaker ready to give a presentation on raising your own food for health recovery.

Keep cool, drink lots of water, and remember to avoid heat exhaustion and sun damage. The safest gardening hours are before 10 AM and after 4 PM. This is a good time to plant heat resistant tomatoes, cucumbers, and fall melons. 

Hope to see you all in July at Hoppergrass,

Dee Gilbert

Thursday, June 7, 2018

addresses for Mary Grace and Nicholas Hood

Nicholas Hood
c/o 566 Overlook Road
Fultondale, Alabama 35068

Mary Grace Hood
147 Coby Drive
Ozark, Alabama 36360

Requesting garden pictures for the 2019 AMGA Conference

The 2019 Steering Committee Wants
Your Favorite Garden Photographs!

Joe Lamp’l says often on his Growing A Greener World, that photography and gardening go hand in hand.  Just as Mr. Lamp’l takes us to gardens we may never have the opportunity to know about or visit; the 2019 AMGA Spring Conference wants to take Master Gardeners into your local gardens.  OR to gardens in your county we may never have the opportunity to visit.
We are asking each MGA to submit 5-6 of their favorite garden photos within their association.
Pictures can be a variety of personal and / or
association project gardens.
Please no people or pets.
Pictures should be in at least 300 dpi resolution. 
Most cell phones take pictures at this resolution.
Each MGA should appoint one person to collect and
submit the photos from your MGA.
Please put in the email subject line:  Your MGA Name plus  Pictures
Please send to
Picture submission deadline date is February 1, 2019

By submitting photos, they become the property of the 2019 AMGA Conference and may or may not be used.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Gardeners and Friends

All, please note that the June 5th meeting will be next TUESDAY. 
My apologies for the typo.

We will be having a CMG meeting at First Christian Church in Dothan jointly with the Wiregrass Rose Society at 6 PM on Tuesday June 5th. Jason Powell, owner of Petals From the Past, will be the speaker. It will be a joint potluck meal.  First Christian Church is located at:
1401 N Cherokee Ave
Dothan AL 36303-2625.
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We will be having a CMG meeting at First Christian Church in Dothan jointly with the Wiregrass Rose Society at 6 PM on Thursday June 5th. Jason Powell, owner of Petals From the Past, will be the speaker. It will be a joint potluck meal.  First Christian Church is located at:
1401 N Cherokee Ave
Dothan AL 36303-2625.