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A Hallmark of Spring – The Piedmont Azalea

By: Mary Tucker, Cherokee County Master Gardener Excerpt from CCMG Newsletter June/July 2002 The piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens) is a hallmark of spring in Georgia, with its delicate, light pink blossoms dancing at the woodland’s edge to celebrate the change of the seasons.  It is most often found in deciduous…
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Garden Journals

The motivations and goals for gardening are different for everyone.  Whether it’s the beauty of foliage and flowers, fresh vegetables, curb appeal and property value, or just some time outdoors away from electronics, the benefits are the same.  Gardening provides exercise, stress relief, connection with nature, and a sense of…
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A Honeyless Beekeeper

When most people think about bees and where they live the first thought is the honeybee and their well-organized hive full of hexagonal wax comb and thousands of bees laboring away. Honeybees are social insects, meaning there is a division of labor between individuals occupying the colony or hive. However…
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Unearthing History in a Spring Garden

As a youngster, I was fascinated with the idea of becoming an archaeologist.  I could not imagine a more romantic profession than studying ancient cultures and searching for clues in ancient sites.  To practice, I  would routinely bury my coin collection in plastic bags, make maps, and then months later…
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Checking in on the Seed Library

The Cherokee County Extension office with support from the Master Gardener Extension Volunteers collaborated with the Sequoyah Regional Library system to open a seed library at the Hickory Flat Library on March 8, 2016.  The library, which is a retro-fitted antique dresser is filled with flower, herb, and vegetable seeds….
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