AMGA 2022 Award Winners

Congratulations to:

Outstanding Newsletter Award

2022 Garden Thyme East Central AL (Associations up to 32 AMGA members without a website)

2022 All the Dirt Cherokee County MGA (Associations with 33-59 AMGA members with a website)

2022 The Dirt Mobile County MGA (Associations with 60 or more AMGA members with a website)

Jean Lee Lifetime Hours Awards

2022 Sondra Henley Chilton/Autauga County MGA

Gary Murray Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to AMGA 

2022 Dani Carroll ACES Regional Extension Agent

Mary Lou McNabb Alabama Master Gardener of the Year Award

2022 Pat Farmer Chilton County MGA

AMGA Top Hours of the Year Award

2022 Catharine Maddox

The Perennials of Master Gardeners

By Audrey Giles

The Garden of Master Gardeners has many perennials. Those are our members that keep coming back, year after year. We also have many octogenarians and nonagenarians in our Garden of Members. A few plants that come to mind that can live to be 100 are the Jade plant and Christmas cacti. Peonies are another plant that can live on and on for years, as can the orchid.  Ferns can also live to be 100 or more.  So like the plants that live on and on, we at Chilton County Master Gardeners Association celebrate our octogenarians and nonagenarians and recognize them each year to let them know how much they are appreciated.

Behind the Garden Gate: The AMGA 2022 State Conference

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Click here to download the 2022 AMGA State Conference Registration Packet.

May 2-4, 2022

Hosted by: Capital City Master Gardener Association and Central Alabama Master Gardener Association

Located at Embassy Suites: 300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Come join us! The public is invited.

Embassy Suites hotel link:,WW,HILTONLINK,en,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

The code for reservations is GRD and attendees may call 334-269-5055 or use the link above to book online.

Reminder: If you are registering for the conference, your Welcome Reception hors d’oeuvres, Banquet meal and box lunch are included in the conference registration. Please just make your meal choices. If you are bringing a guest, who will not be attending the conference but will attend the Welcome Reception, Banquet and/or want the box lunch, please put the guest’s name, guest’s meal choice and include payment for each in your registration.

AMGA 2022 Conference

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Click here to download the AMGA 2022 Conference Brochure.

May 2-4, 2022

Hosted by: Capital City Master Gardener Association and Central Alabama Master Gardener Association

Located at Embassy Suites: 300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Come join us! The public is invited.

Fall Seminar 2021

The AMGA Fall Master Gardener Seminar, Fall in Love with Your Garden, was hosted by the Autauga County Master Gardeners Association. Fudd Graham, PhD, discussed Identifying and Encouraging Native Insects in Your Garden. He was followed by Desmond Layne,PhD, who told us about the Transformation Garden being developed at Auburn University with fundraising in progress. This garden is designed as a green space and a teaching garden for students. The garden will include row crops, hydroponics, invasive plants, perennials, annuals, a pollinator garden and more. What a real treat to hear Leila Scott Kelly, PhD, talk about Color in the Fall and Winter Landscape; she was informative as well as humorous. The last program was presented by hummingbird expert Fred Bassett. He taught us about the Fall Hummingbird Migration and discussed our ruby throated hummingbirds as well as many others that may visit during the winter.
Following the seminar The Autauga County MGA hosted tours of their public gardens including Prattvillage, Prattville-Autauga Demonstration Garden and Wilderness Park. Several Chilton County Master Gardeners attended and one that has dual membership was a volunteer for the program. We really enjoyed the programs and fellowship with Master Gardeners from around Alabama. Photos by Diane Clapp, Trisha Williams and Audrey Giles. Article by Trisha Williams.

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Speakers at Fall Seminar
Speakers at Fall Seminar

Chilton County Celebrates 40th MGA Anniversary

Chilton County Master Gardeners celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Alabama Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers with a luncheon at the Chilton Research and Extension Center. We enjoyed visiting with retired CEC Gay West and retired 4H Agent Josine Walters. The crew at CREC also joined us for lunch and a delicious chocolate celebration cake. Hurricane Ida gave us cooler but damp weather so we headed home to watch the ACES Zoom presentation. Thanks to Mary Lou McNabb and Extension Agent Gary Murray for starting the very first Master Gardener class in Alabama. Thanks also go to Elouisa Stokes (40 active MG years), Tony Glover and Dave Williams for their contributions to the Master Gardener Extension Program. Photos by Gay West and Pat Farmer.

Celebrating Alabama Master Gardeners 40th
Celebrating Alabama Master Gardener’s 40th
Chilton County Celebrates AMG’s 40th

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