Smith-Gilbert Gardens seeks volunteers for docent training

Smith-Gilbert Gardens docent training

Submitted information and photo:

Smith-Gilbert Gardens seeks volunteers to join their Docent Training class of 2020, which begins in late January. Docents are the outgoing volunteers who lead interactive tours of the gardens for all types of groups and casual garden visitors. Beyond leading tours, docents also help with environmental education programs like Garden Stories, Butterfly Ambassadors, Scout programs, guided bird walks and more. Docents are the key link between Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ mission to be a resource for education, the physical collections at the gardens, and garden visitors.

No prior gardening experience is required – trainees will learn all they need to know. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who enjoys learning and teaching others. Due to the garden’s hours and popular tour booking times, some weekday morning availability is required.

Training begins Monday, January 27 from 9:30 to noon, at Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw; and continues on each following Monday through March 2. Trainees will learn the history of the Hiram Butler House and surrounding property, the plant and sculpture collections at the gardens, and everything else they need to know to lead a fun, informative tour at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Upon completion of training, new docents can start leading tours right away!

Anyone interested in joining the Docent Training class of 2020 should submit their New Volunteer Application online at https://smithgilbertgardens.com/support-us/volunteer/ , and will be required to submit to a background check and drug screen. For further information, please contact Kathy Post at (770) 919-0248, or email [email protected]

Smith-Gilbert Gardens houses more than 4,000 species of plants on 17 acres in Kennesaw, GA. United by woodland paths, the gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Paladino Camellia Garden, Crevice Garden, Rose Garden, and American Conifer Society Reference Garden. 

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

Cobb housing costs cited as a key concern in ARC survey

Olde Braswell Estates, East Cobb housing
Custom homes at the new Olde Braswell Estates subdivision, where older ranch homes once stood, start at $1.1 million. (ECN photo)

As teardowns of old homes continue in East Cobb and the rest of the county, residents are taking notice.

In a recent survey conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission, 62 percent of Cobb residents responded that they’ve seen older homes in their areas being leveled by new, bigger and much more expensive homes.

Furthermore, another 44 percent said they could not afford to stay in their communities if they had to move.

The ARC’s 2019 Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey, which was unveiled earlier this month, included the launch of the organization’s Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy, which is meant to help local governments understand their housing challenges.

The study was conducted by the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University, and included the responses of more than 5,000 people in 13 counties about quality-of-life issues.

More than two-thirds (68 percent) of the residents surveyed said they’ve seen home “flipping” in which residential properties are remodeled and sold or rented at higher prices.

East Cobb is included in what the ARC describes as a “submarket” of “moderate-to-higher-priced suburban neighborhoods consisting almost entirely of single family homes.” That submarket (see map below), which includes other communities mostly in the north metro area, has a median home age of 26 years and a median home sales price of $298,000.

For that submarket, the ARC suggests, among other things, expanding the housing supply by reducing development costs. That would include increasing residential density “by reducing setbacks and minimum square footage requirements that support smaller lot sizes, duplex-fourplex designs, accessory units, multi-family development and micro-units.”

ARC Submarket 6 map

Although there’s no public transit in East Cobb (except for a CobbLinc bus route along Powers Ferry Road), 48 percent of Cobb residents in the survey said expanded transit is the best option for the Atlanta region’s traffic issues.

Another 30 percent of Cobb residents said transportation is the biggest problem facing the region, followed by 11 percent who cited concerns over crime.

The ARC survey also asked respondents about jobs and careers and the local economy. In 2013, the economy was cited by 24 percent as the biggest problem in metro Atlanta; that figure has fallen to 7 percent.

What wasn’t included in the ARC survey was housing as one of those categories. They included education, health care, taxes, race relations and others.

Here are the questions that were asked on the survey.

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

Cobb Master Gardeners to hold open garden on winter birding

Submitted information about Thursday’s Cobb Master Gardeners open garden session on winter birding. It’s at the Wright Environmental Education Center (2661 Johnson Ferry Road): Cobb Master Gardeners winter birding session

Master Gardener and Chattahoochee Nature Center Docent Thea Powell will speak at 9:30 on “Winter Birding in Your Backyard.”

She will teach us how to create a bird friendly winter garden with native plants, bird feeders and habitat tips. You may also walk the lovely trails, enjoy a picnic on our tables, inspect our invasive plants jail, and check out our active frog pond.

Park at Chestnut Ridge Church, 2663 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta– at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Post Oak Tritt Road. Easy access to parking off of entrance on Post Oak Tritt Road.

Related story

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

‘Backyard Birds’ discussed at Wright Center open garden event

Wright Center open garden

Submitted information and photo from the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, which is holding its next Open Garden event next Thursday, May 16, at the Wright Environmental Education Center in East Cobb:

Joe Ranney of Wild Birds Unlimited will speak at 9:30 and 10:30 on Backyard Birds, including songbirds, migratory birds, owls, and raptors (hawks, vultures). He will bring nest boxes, feeders, seeds, etc. Make plans to attend the talks and to walk the trails of this beautiful urban forest.

The Wright Center is located at 2661 Johnson Ferry Road; parking is in the adjacent Chestnut Ridge Christian Church, accessible via Post Oak Tritt Road.

Related story

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

Cobb spring plant sales on tap at McFarlane Nature Park, Jim Miller Park

Cobb spring plant sales

The Georgia Native Plant Society is holding its 2019 Spring Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6 at the McFarlane Nature Park (280 Farm Road, off Paper Mill Road).

It’s one of two sales the GNPS holds each year to provide the public and its members with an an opportunity to purchase plants native to Georgia.

General information, including details of past sales is at the GNPS archived plant sale page.

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County is having two fundraisers this spring for upkeep of demonstration, community, and school gardens.

The 20th Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale at Jim Miller Park is April 19-20 (Easter Weekend) from 10-4 each day.

There will be roughly 70 vendors with products ranging from handmade dog dishes to pottery, jewelry to jams and jellies, furniture to yard art, and obviously, plants. The event is free and we will be there, rain or shine.

The 17th Annual Garden Tour will be in West Cobb and Smyrna in May, with four private homes on display, a working daylily farm, and a Master Gardener project, the Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA).

Tickets are on sale now and are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Purchase tickets here: https://www.cobbmastergardeners.com/calendar/garden-tour/.

Children 17 and under are free.

Cobb spring plant sales

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

 

Enhance Floors to hold ‘Fall In Love Again’ home improvement workshop

If you’re getting eager to start with home improvement projects, an East Cobb business has lined up a full slate of expert speakers for a Feb. 12 workshop it’s calling “Fall In Love Again.”

The free event takes place from 3-7 p.m. at Enhance Floors (1847 Roswell Road), and the lineup includes representatives from local business that specialize in flooring, carpeting, tiles, kitchen and bath, windows, walls and real estate.

Fall in Love Again

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

Inaugural East Cobb Tour of Homes announces call for entries

East Cobb Tour of Homes

Thanks to Sharon Renaud for the photo and information about the very first East Cobb Tour of Homes, which is taking place April 27-28, 2019.

Organizers Kelly Lamb and Todd Barney (above) have issued a call for entries for the tour, which will feature private residences featuring “exquisite interior design, architecture, landscaping and the art of good living.”

Here’s more from Lamb:

“East Cobb has a well-established reputation as a great place to raise families and enjoy a high quality of life at a superior value. It’s also increasingly recognized for elegant new housing and beautifully maintained older homes. We’re inviting homeowners to ‘share their flair’ during the East Cobb Tour of Homes, which will showcase the qualities that make our community unique in metro Atlanta.”

Owners of homes that will be included in the tour will get complimentary admission to a gala opening night party on April 26.

The theme for the tour is “Share Your Flair!” and the application deadline is Dec. 31.

For more information and to apply, visit the tour website or e-mail: [email protected]

Related stories

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

 

Cobb Master Gardener information sessions coming to East Cobb libraries

Cobb Master Gardener information session
The Cobb Master Gardeners held a garden fair and plant sale at East Cobb Park this spring. (ECN file photo)

The fall is not quite here—the weather and calendar tell us so—but those eager to star digging into a new season for their plants and gardens are already in autumnal mode. If you’re itching to join them, two Cobb Master Gardeners information sessions in September in East Cobb can help you get started.

The venues are libraries: Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 11-noon at Sewell Mill (2051 Lower Roswell Road), and next Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10:30-11:30 at Mountain View (3320 Sandy Plains Road).

It’s a volunteer group started in 1980 that’s always looking to add more to its ranks. In 2017 alone they volunteered more than 22,000 hours for projects that include community gardens in conjunction with school groups and those feeding the needy.

The sessions are free and will go over the process of becoming certified and trained to be a master gardener. But you’re asked to call the UGA Cobb Extension office at 770-528-4070 to register first.

Related stories

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

Cobb Master Gardeners have two East Cobb events this week

McFarlane Nature Park

From our calendar listings are two free events this week for green thumbs, thanks to Cobb Master Gardeners:

On Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. is the Gardeners’ Night Out session at the East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road), with the subject being Dahlias, including how to prepare for spring planting;

On Thursday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is a Native Plants Workshop at the Wright Environmental Education Center (2661 Johnson Ferry Road), with an emphasis on invasive plants that threaten them. Parking is available next door at Chestnut Ridge Christian Church.

Related stories

 

Check out our full calendar listings for more things to do in East Cobb. Send your calendar items to: [email protected].

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

Cobb Master Gardeners Spring Tour includes new Hyde Farm Community Garden and Murdock ES Gardens

Hyde Farm Community Garden, Cobb Master Gardeners Spring Tour

This one’s from our calendar listings and a bit more to follow. Saturday should be fabulous for the Cobb Master Gardeners Spring Tour, which is being held at several locations around East Cobb, including the new Hyde Farm Community Garden.

The tour lasts from 10-5, and on-site tickets will cost $20. The sites can be visited in any order:

Experience how art meets science at six (6) fabulous gardens in East Cobb! This year’s lineup features four private gardens, the newly constructed Community Garden at Hyde Farm and the gardens at Murdock Elementary School.

Teams of Master Gardeners will be on hand to educate gardeners young and old on plant selection, soil preparation, and best practices that were learned and applied over the years thanks to their UGA training and continuing education. And this year, we want to engage all of your senses with music, art, photography and food preparation as you wander through.

Admission is free for children 17 and under.

And now for the specifics of each location, and what you’ll find when you get there:

Jazz It Up At Joe’s, The Washington Garden (2192 Deep Woods Way)

From tots to teens to empty nest, Master Gardener Joe Washington’s garden of 34 years has evolved. The sound of soft jazz is the perfect match for a stroll from the sunny front to the shady back – the perfect spot to kick back and relax! A variety of native and non-native plants complement the hardscape features. Joe has enjoyed years of designing and completing his garden projects with an eye toward low maintenance and simplicity of care. As a special treat, visitors “of a certain age” will learn that you are never too old to garden if you adopt some helpful adaptive gardening tools and techniques.

Seed What It’s All About at Murdock Elementary School (2320 Murdock Road)

Kindergarteners and First Graders enhance their science education at Murdock outside by planting a summer vegetable garden entirely from seeds and harvesting the vegetables in the fall! Students and staff will be on-hand to demonstrate how seamlessly the indoor classroom and outdoors work together to enrich their educational programs. And, visitors will learn to hone their garden skills with several hands-on demonstrations including proper pruning techniques from the Master Gardeners. Don’t be late for class!

Farm to Table, Hyde Farm Community Garden (726 Hyde Road)

There is no better place to prepare and taste your veggies than right on the farm! And there is no better place for growing them than at the historic Hyde Farm property in East Cobb. The Community Garden at Hyde Farm was opened for “bed renters” in late 2017. The newest project of the Cobb Master Gardeners, the garden features 50, 4’ x 8’ raised beds and a large pollinator garden. Visitors will not only experience how a community garden works, but learn the health benefits of growing and preparing the harvest in the adjacent kitchen. Come on in!

On the Waterfront, The Lok Garden (1811 Baldwin Farms Drive)

Twenty years ago, the lakeside garden of Master Gardener Maureen Lok and her husband, Jan Michael, was a “boring” mix of lawn, junipers, and “meatball shrubs.” No traces remain. Today, they are surrounded by a healthy assortment of native and favorite trees and perennials. Their vision is a peaceful, shady retreat for the family to enjoy and for flora and fauna to flourish. Their garden is a certified Wildlife Habitat. Like many lots in Cobb County, steep slopes and erosion have presented drainage and gardening challenges. Learn how they have redesigned the garden to meet those challenges and oh yes, take in that view!

Thanks for the Memories, The Young Garden (4066 Sweat Creek Cove)

Pat and Tom Young’s garden is affectionately known as “Waldo Gardens.” It bears the name of a special kitty that passed not long before they built and moved into their home in 2007. Their garden is a living album of people, pets, and plants loved. The Youngs painstakingly restored the topsoil removed during construction and blended the formal front yard into the steep, natural, yet stunning back which is also certified Wildlife Habitat. Guests will enjoy discovering the garden’s special features and perhaps get a glimpse of the resident breeding hawks.

The Artful Gardener, The Hebert Garden (4145 Jefferson Township Parkway)

Split rail and picket fences, colonial style homes, and large lots welcome you to the enclave of Jefferson Township. Master Gardener and former art educator Jayne Hebert took full advantage of all her yard has to offer. The garden features a wide variety of flowering perennials, parterre raised beds, grape vines, blueberries, fruit and nut trees, and more, all set against a lovely backdrop of the home and 100-year-old barn. Her artistic eye is apparent as you will discover artfully integrated garden antiques with flea market finds. Visitors will especially appreciate her handmade deer fencing.

More information and a tour map can be found here.

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

PHOTOS: Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair at East Cobb Park

Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair, East Cobb Park
East Cobb News photos and slideshow by Wendy Parker

The Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair and Plant Sale came to East Cobb this year, and the quad at East Cobb Park was filled on Friday and Saturday with vendors selling plants, fresh herbs, garden supplies, equipment and furnishings, arts and crafts, food and more.

Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair

Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair

Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair

Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair

The volunteer organization was also soliciting support from attendees to sign a petition to preserve county funding for the UGA Cobb Extension Office, which oversees the Master Gardener program and county 4-H services.

Proposed budget cuts would eliminate the office entirely. The extension office has posted information on its Facebook page about upcoming budget town hall meetings in Cobb.

Cobb Master Gardeners Garden Fair

The Master Gardeners volunteer time to grow and cultivate community gardens in the county, including the CrossRoads Community Garden at Chestnut Ridge Christian Church in East Cobb. The garden grows food that’s donated to pantries and teaches children about gardening, and it recently expanded plant beds.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Cobb Master Gardeners will return to the East Cobb area on May 12 for their spring Garden Tour, which features a new community garden at Hyde Farm, and gardens at Murdock Elementary School.

More information here about hours, admission charges and an event map. Proceeds will be used to continue Cobb Master Gardener projects, including the community gardens.

 

Get Our Free E-Mail Newsletter!

Every Sunday we round up the week’s top headlines and preview the upcoming week in the East Cobb News Digest. Click here to sign up, and you’re good to go!

%d bloggers like this: