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  • Envisioning the Future

    I picked up a trade magazine at the office yesterday. It was packed full of stories about record spring sales at garden centers and unprecedented questions from new and often first-time gardeners. Have you seen this where you are at? Maybe you are seeing for the first time neighbors out in their yard or flower…

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  • Our state initiative, Value of Landscapes, utilizes horticulture and landscaping to enhance community development and economic growth. We don’t claim to be economic development authorities, but we do know that gardens and landscaping can have profound economic impacts, such as: higher property values faster home sales reduced crime increased sales for businesses Some samples of…

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  • Our state initiative, Environmental Stewardship, is all about teaching people to protect and enhance the environment through use of sustainable landscape management practices. Most MGEV efforts are in this area, as we shared last week. Some samples of projects that fall under this initiative are included in this table from the Volunteerism Guide: When we…

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  • In a previous post, we discussed a spring lecture series that MGEVs often organize for the public (read more here). These series, referred to as “Lunch-n-Learns” because they are offered frequently at the noon hour so that people can attend on their lunch break, provide a great opportunity to showcase MGEV expertise in many areas.…

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  • Not only does Valentine’s Day fall in February, but so does National Floral Design Day! On February 28, we celebrate floral design all over the country. There is a rich history of social and emotional symbolism wrapped up in the flowers that we share and enjoy with each other. For hundreds of years, flowers have…

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  • Arbor Day is celebrated in Georgia on February 21, 2020. It’s a great time to talk to people in our communities about the importance of trees, how we should care for them, and perhaps even plant a few! Events and activities that would be great at showcasing tree planting include: Lunch-n-Learn — Include a tree…

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  • Annie Barbas, MGEV in Lowndes County, shared this nugget in her recent district report to GMGA: The local garden clubs are partnering with the MGEVs in encouraging students to enter the local flower shows. The first trial show resulted in S.L. Mason (elementary school) garnering numerous first-place awards. I can’t tell you how excited I…

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  • Do you have an MGEV project that is certified as a Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat that goes above and beyond the minimum certification requirements and has been certified for at least THREE years? If so, consider applying for an Environmental Education Alliance (EEA) award! Do you have a project that makes significant contributions to…

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  • A few weeks ago, Philip Hensley (ANR Agent, Spalding County) and I staffed an exhibit about the Georgia MGEV Program at an event held at UGA’s Research and Education Garden here in Griffin. The event was promoted as a family event, so I wanted to offer an assortment of educational materials and activities to engage…

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  • This fall, we have been working to put Georgia MGEV projects on the the Georgia map. Literally! Since we started the mapping project in late August, we have had more than 100 projects logged in to the site.   Though we have MGEV programs in nearly 60 counties, and more than 1400 active MGEV projects…

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