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BMGC Begonia Sale

Buckhead Men’s Garden Club is holding a sales event with the Greater Atlanta Begonia Society this Saturday, July 31, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at their greenhouse in Buckhead (located on the premises of the Atlanta History Center). It is a rain or shine event, and promises to be a one of a kind venue for acquiring rare and unusual begonias.  If you’re interested, arrive early, so you will have your pick of the selection.  If you have any questions, please shoot email Steve at ssulli@mac.com or call 770-296-0219

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This week we donated 48.5 pounds to the food pantry.

  • Tomatoes, cukes, herbs, and squash (28 lbs) from the pantry beds.
  • Thanks Mary C (14 lbs) and Joe H (4.5 lbs) for donating from their home gardens.
  • Thanks Karen C (1.5 lbs) for eggplants from her plot.
  • Thanks Van M for gathering a pound of figs from a neighborhood tree and donating them.

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Pantry Numbers

Okay, we topped last week AND we crossed $2000 in donated value!

Home and community gardens in Dunwoody donated 60 pounds for a donated value of $300. That comes from the Dunwoody Community Garden (with special thanks to Sally, Ann, Adrian/Brian, Karen/Don, and Macy), the Georgetown Community Garden (with special thanks to Susan Harper, Kathryn Chambless and John Schmidt), and the home gardens of Angela, Sally, and another Georgetown citizen whose name didn’t make it to us!

Our Ton for Hunger totals to date are:

378 pounds donated

$2,226.50 donated value

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Are you interested in joining our Board of Directors?

The Board may consist of up to seven members, and Directors serve two-year terms. Our current Board consists of organizers, writers, political liaisons, avid gardeners, eco-activists, and hard workers. Bring your own personality and talents to our Board. The only prerequisite for a Director position is enthusiasm.

Interested? Send an email to membership@dunwoodygarden.org, comment on this blog post, or let any current board members know in person.

Current board:

  • Rebecca Barria, Chair
  • Angela Minyard, Treasurer
  • Pattie Baker, Secretary
  • Don Converse
  • Page Olson
  • Bob Lundsten

** Pattie plans to step down from her board position at the end of this membership year due to other commitments. However, she has expressed an interest in remaining the Food Pantry Team Chair and continuing as an active volunteer.

Nominees for next year:

  • Adrian Bonser
  • Rod Pittman

Elections will take place at our August Membership meeting unless the nominees are uncontested.

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Our garden is getting national attention! The American Community Garden Association is holding its national conference in Atlanta this year, and they’ve selected our garden, from more than 150 metro gardens, as a stop on their community garden tour on Saturday, August 7th. This is quite an honor. Let’s show off.

Please help out by freshening up your garden plot and paths before the tour. Things you can do: mulch the paths around your bed, weed your plot, replace spent crops with new plantings, and personalize your plot with a garden sign or art.

Do you want some company while you tidy up? Join us:

Garden Gathering
Saturday, July 31
8:00 am – 10:00 am

We also need some help with the communal areas!

Our super-star volunteers have been extremely busy: Bob Lundsten has tirelessly mulched the main paths, Karen Converse is keeping the ornamental gardens looking beautiful, Pattie Baker tends nearly ten charity beds weekly, and many more members than I can name have been helping out.

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Our very first membership year ends August 31, which means it’s time to start collecting next year’s dues.

Presently, we operate on a September 1st to August 31st membership calendar, but we are considering a membership calendar that begins March 1st in order to coincide with spring fever and reflect the common practices of many gardens nationwide.

We could shift into a new calendar as follows:

September 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011
Dues: $25.00

March 1, 2011 – February 29, 2012
Dues: $50.00

What do you think? If enough members express an interest in a new calendar cycle, then we will call a brief meeting so that members may drop by the garden and cast an official vote. Please share your thoughts with us by sending an email to membership@dunwoodygarden.org, making a comment on this blog post, or letting any board member know in person.

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We’re looking forward to participating in a Dunwoody parks master planning process. We plan to advocate not only for a presence of our existing garden in the Brook Run plan, but also advocate for the five enhancements that we proposed in our community garden master plan.

  • Vegetable Grow-Space Expansion Area
  • ADA Accessible Beds
  • Linear Orchard
  • Bridge-to-Bridge Woodland Path
  • Greenhouses

Why a Dunwoody parks master plan? Dunwoody recently purchased Brook Run Park and other city parks from DeKalb County, and new ownership often means new ideas.

When will the master plan process begin? After city council gives the thumbs up and allocates funds for it. The topic is on Monday night’s agenda.

What was the original plan for Brook Run? Click here.

Where is our garden located in the original plan? Our garden is located across from the Nature Education Center and near the Picnic Meadow in the space indicated as a parking lot. The original plan does not include a community garden.

Got ideas to share? Email us and/or email our the city council.

UPDATE: The Dunwoody city council has approved the parks master planning process to move forward immediately. Public meetings will be announced in the coming weeks, and we will have an opportunity to contribute our ideas, not just for our garden or Brook Run, but for all parks in Dunwoody.

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