Some of our HCMG Volunteer Activities...
Take a moment to learn more about all of the various events, activities, committees and volunteer opportunities in which the Hall County Master Gardeners participate. There is always something for everyone, whether you like teaching children in the Junior Master Gardeners or helping out behind the scenes at the Victory Garden.
Booths at the HC Farmers' Markets & our own Spring and Fall Garden Expos
Ask a Master Gardener booths are an important and vital tool used to assist the local community at area Farmers Markets, local plant retailers, and events located around Hall County. The Hall County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers distribute important research-based up-to-date educational gardening information at these booths. Event flyers and information about the Master Gardener Program are circulated as well. Hall County Master Gardener booths support the local county extension office by providing answers to home gardening questions and assisting folks in the community with their gardening needs.
The Youth Gardening program is an international program started by the University Extension Network of Texas A&M University. Its mission is "to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education." Currently, twenty eight universities nationwide implement the program at the state level, with Texas A&M serving as the national headquarters.
To learn more about Youth Gardening in Hall County, please visit their page.
Gardens on Green
at the Hall County Board of Education Building on Green Street in Gainesville
Gardens on Green, located on the property of the Hall County Education building, is a cooperative effort of Hall County Master Gardeners and the Hall County School System. Gardens on Green seeks to provide a place not only for growing plants, but for "growing good kids", for growing the human spirit, and ultimately for growing a better community.
To learn more about Gardens on Green, please visit their page.
at Elachee Nature Science Center
Pollinators need your help! The Pollinator Garden at Elachee Nature Center is located next to the Nature Preschool and was created to demonstrate that you don't need a lot of space to create a garden that attracts beneficial insects such as bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and beetles.
The Redbud Project
Model for Hall County Conservation
The Redbud Project is a citizen conservation movement to bring awareness to Hall County's amazingly biodiverse ecosystems of native species plants. To inform the community of the vast collection of these
plants, which were marooned in the banks of the Gainesville Ridges millions of years ago by glaciers and upheaval of the Earth's tectonic plates, volunteers foster awareness of our environmental legacy.
To learn more about the Redbud Project, please visit their page.
At Jubilee Community Garden, Master Gardeners Extension Volunteers serve
alongside volunteers from other organizations to grow and distribute fresh vegetables to those in our community who are food insecure. Donations are made to local charities and food banks.
Alta Vista Cemetery
Hall County Master Gardeners and the Colonel William Candler Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, collaborated to install and maintain Patriots' Park at Alta Vista Cemetery. The site features a patriotic garden with simple perennials as well as a monument to those from Hall County who died in World War 1, the graves of two Revolutionary War soldiers and a concrete path with a granite bench. The garden, along with the cemetery,
is open to the public dawn to dusk. Additionally, the City of Gainesville maintains the grassy portion and the rest of the cemetery.
Wilshire Park is a delightful oasis located between the picnic pavillion and the playground at the end of Wilshire Trail in Gainesville. So many people walk the trails and take children to the playgound, making this a highly visible area. It is this high visibility that provides informal opportunities to educate the public about pollinators and promote the Hall County Master Gardener Extension volunteers.
Ag Day is a cooperative effort between the Hall County Extension, Master Gardener Extension volunteers, various agricultural entities in the county, and the Hall County School System. Annually, one Hall County elementary school is chosen to host the program. One morning is set aside and the agencies involved come to set up learning stations for the students.
In partnership with Hall County Parks & Leisure, landscaping around the
Colonel James Roberts cabin illustrates trees and shrubs that would have existed around the cabin during the Civil and Revolutionary War eras in North Georgia. Two kitchen garden beds contain herbs and plants used by Cherokee Indians and European settlers.
Hall County Master Gardeners assist the Longstreet Society in installing and maintaining heritage plants in the demonstration gardens around the 19th century Longstreet-Piedmont Hotel. Plants include fruit trees, camellias, and various ornamental shrubs.
Demonstration gardens surrounding the UGA Extension Hall County office serve as a beautiful and inviting public garden which includes plants that grow well in our Zone 7b home landscapes. The garden provides opportunities for public education and hands-on learning. Encouraging pollinators and other beneficial insects, proper pruning methods, small fruit and ornamental plants for sun and shade are a few of the themes within the gardens. The native plant garden supports pollinators and beneficial insects and is part of the Homegrown National Park movement and biological corridor that runs through Hall County. Root bags filled with pollinator-friendly plants provided through a grant from Georgia Association of Conservation District increases awareness of habitats for pollinators and is a reminder that it only takes one container with the right plants to provide wildlife value.