Archive for January, 2011

Guthrie’s Donation

Big thanks to James “Hank” and Beth Williams, the owners of Guthrie’s of Peachtree Corners for five gallon buckets and one gallon jugs for our greenhouse passive heating project.

Guthrie’s of Peachtree Corners
3219 Holcomb Bridge Road
Norcross GA 30092

When you’re in Peachtree Corners, stop by Guthrie’s for a sandwich and thank Hank and Beth for their help with our greenhouse!


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Lexus/Scholastic Eco Challenge

The Lexus Eco Challenge is a life-changing opportunity for teens across the nation to make a difference in the environmental health of our planet, one community at a time. The program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. The Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12 who are registered, and enrolled a public or accredited private school or home-schooled, and who are legal residents of the United States or the District of Columbia. Teams can enter if they are part of an after-school science or environmental club, but the Challenge is not open to clubs outside of the school.

Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants.

Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of five to 10 students and one teacher advisor.

Deadline: January 19, 2011


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Greenhouse Workday

Working Hard Painting Barrels


Filling the Barrels with Water


Barrels Supporting Tables for Plants


Almost Finished Painting the Barrels

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Suwanee Garden Tour

Several of our members took a field trip to tour Harvest Farm at White Street Park in Suwanee. Below are our photos. Their garden is located at 752 White Street, Suwanee, Ga 30024.

Directions: Go North on Buford Hwy. Cross over McGinnis Ferry. Turn left onto Davis St. Turn left at the stop sign. When you see the red barn, you are there.

More photos here.

Veggie Washer

Sustainability in Action

Water Pump from Rain Harvest

Green Waste

Finished Compost

Brown Waste

Renovated Barn

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New Board

Our New Garden Board:

  • Rebecca Barria
  • Don Converse
  • Ann DoVanQuy
  • Muriel Knope
  • Angela Minyard
  • Page Olson
  • Rod Pittman

Adrian Bonser is an honorary board member.

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The board met on January 20, 2011 at Rod Pittman’s house.


  • Rod Pittman
  • Don Converse
  • Angela Minyard
  • Rebecca Barria
  • Muriel Knope

New Board: The current board appointed two members, Muriel Knope and Ann DoVanQuy to fill the open director positions due to their heavy involvement in garden projects and community building efforts within the garden. Jimmy Jones and Nicole Maslanka also showed interest in the board positions and board members expressed hope that they would consider running for a position in the fall. Muriel and Ann were appointed by the board to fill empty slots, so their terms expire September 1st, at which time, they may seek re-election.

Plant Sale. The board approved April 15 and April 16 as the spring plant sale dates at the greenhouse. All money raised by the plant sale will go to the garden, and a portion of those funds will be allocated for use by the greenhouse team for their projects. Rebecca will contact the city to request approval for those dates and to complete any necessary paperwork.

Master Plan. The board hopes that the garden will remain in its current location. They discussed benefits and negative impacts of relocation.

Greenhouse Use. The Dunwoody Nature Center expressed interest in sharing greenhouse space, so Don will contact the DNC to put them in contact with Diana Wood, our greenhouse team leader.

Veggie Garden Tour. The board discussed the possibility of organizing a small Dunwoody Vegetable Garden tour sometime this year.

Coffee/Potluck. The board discussed the idea of organizing a potluck or coffee social for members this winter.

Membership Dues. The board discussed the fact that membership dues must be paid by March 1st for the 2011-2012 year and that the budget needs to be created for the new year at the next board meeting.

Tentative Next Meeting: Feb 17 at 3:00 – 4:30 at Rod’s house.

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The board meeting that was canceled last week due to the weather has been rescheduled:

Thursday, January 20th
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Rod Pittman’s House

Email membership@dunwoodygarden.org for directions to Rod’s house.

Although we do not formally allot time at our board meetings for public input, you are always welcome to attend. We do want your ideas, so please contribute your questions and comments via email (membership@dunwoodygarden.org), by commenting on our blog posts, or by speaking to a board member in person.

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