“We Love Our Octogenarians!


The Chilton County Master Gardeners Association now has 10 Octogenarian members.  And along with this descriptive word comes a bonus of having a Lifetime Membership in CCMGA.  John Wallace, who certified in 2018, also became our 10th Octogenarian in 2018.

“Octogenarian: Someone in his or her eighties, or in other words, between 80 and 89 years of age.”

Now that is a big word, and one that we don’t use in our every day speech, but a person that has lived for such a wonderful length of time deserves to have a special word to describe them!

E.C. Lewis was one of the founding members of the Association and became certified in 1999.  Joan Davis certified in 1997 in Jefferson County, but joined our association in 2009.  Lindy Helton became a member in 2000, Wayne Freeman in 2002, Margaret Goolsby in 2006, Margaret Ennis in 2007, Peggie Harris in 2008, Charlotte Word in 2009, Bettye Glass in 2011, and our newest member, John Wallace in 2018. We LOVE our OCTOGENARIANS!

CCMGA octogenarians in 2019




AMGA 2019 Conference Registration Open

Chilton County Master Gardener Association, along with Autauga and Shelby County MG Associations, has the honor of hosting the 2019 Alabama Master Gardener Association Conference. The Conference is being held at Clanton Performing Arts Center in Clanton, AL on May 8,9, and 10. The public is welcome and registration is now open. There is a great lineup of speakers and activities! One of our most noted speakers is Joe Lamp’l, Executive Producer and Host of the PBS series “Growing a Greener World”, previous host of DIY’s “Fresh from the Garden”, and on-air contributor to The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Weather Channel. And he is just one of the great speakers!
Online registration is at www.alabamamg.org. Just click on 2019 Annual State Conference(in red), then click on Registration (in green) to be taken to online registration. We hope to see you at the AMGA 2019 Conference!
Brochure speakers page

Master Gardener Classes

Do you want to learn more about gardening? Have you thought about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer? Then join us!! Classes will be held at the Chilton County Extension Office on Wednesdays, January 23 through April 10, 2019. Class topics include Vegetable Gardening, Annuals and Perennials, Lawn Care, Weed Identification, Entomology, Care of Landscape Plants, Plant Propagation and more. For more information or to request an application call the Extension Office at 205-280-6268. Class space is limited, so apply early. We look forward to seeing YOU in 2019!

2019 Master Gardener Class flyer


January Gardening Activities

January is a great time to do your garden tool maintenance–clean, oil and sharpen tools. You may also want to do a soil test in preparation for the growing season. tool display

  • Fruits–Set out apples, peaches, pears, and grapes, prune dormant trees.
  • Shrubs–Plant shrubs and trees. Spray deciduous shrubs with dormant oil spray to control disease and insects. Choose a day when weather warms.
  • Lawns–Soil test before setting up a fertility program.
  • Roses–Visit nurseries to select varieties and start planting. planted.
  • Annuals and perennials–Plant hardy annuals.
  • Bulbs–Lilies, except Madonna, may be planted. Check stored bulbs and discard rotten ones. Make indoor plantings of amaryllis, callas, and gloxinias.
  • Miscellaneous–Prune winter-damaged limbs. Give houseplants a bath in lukewarm water to remove dust.
  • Vegetable Seed–Plant hardy vegetables, root crops, and tubers in southern-most areas. Plant lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli in cold frames.
  • Vegetable Plants–Set out cabbage plants.

Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension ANR-0047






“Backyard Water Gardens” by Trisha Williams

Our November program was presented by Mary McCroan, a Master Gardener from Wetumpka, who is working toward her Advanced Master Gardener certification. Mary taught us about “Backyard Water Gardens.” She discussed the various types of water features from bubbling pots to ponds complete with streams and waterfalls.  Location, sun, shade, style and budget should be considered when deciding to install a water feature. Mary shared examples of water features such as an inexpensive preformed pond to a large pond. She shared her experience in building her small and medium ponds and gave cost estimates for  DIY (with help where needed) compared  to having a professional install a similar water feature.

Photo by Audrey Giles Speaker at Nov. meeting

Pumpkin/Blueberry Muffins

Chilton County Master Gardeners baked muffins for the AMGA Fall Conference and this
Pumpkin /Blueberry muffin was a favorite.

blueberry pumpkin muffins

  • 1 1/2  c. self-rising flour
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 3/4 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar (optional for topping)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pan or use paper baking cups in muffin pan. Stir ingredients together, spoon into muffin pan, sprinkle with brown sugar if desired. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular size muffins. Recipe provided by Deb Pitts

Chilton County Sesquicentennial Celebration

Chilton County Master Gardeners participated in the County’s Sesquicentennial celebration on October 27th by hosting a tent at the Celebration in the Park to sign up people for the 2019 MG Class. We also talked about the 2019 AMGA Conference we will be hosting at Clanton Performing Arts Center next May. In addition to that we had a huge yard sale at the Chilton County Extension Office that Friday and Saturday.  Congratulations, Chilton County on your 150th Birthday!

150th Celebration

150th celebration

150th celebration photo









October “Gardening in Small Spaces”

Our program this month was presented by Mr. Glenn Huovinen.  Mr. Houvinen, a Master Gardener in Autauga County, is working on his Advanced Master Gardener certification in “Gardening in Small Spaces”.  His program was very informative, outlining the process of drawing a plan, getting a soil test, deciding what you like to eat and want to grow, and whether to grow in a raised bed or containers. He also explained about hooking up a rain barrel to your gutter system to help with watering. Mr. Huovinen talked about how to air prune and irrigate pots. He even touched on the art of Espalier for growing fruit trees, since this is a very space saving technique. I think everyone enjoyed his program on Gardening in Small Spaces.

Autauga County is partnering with Chilton County, along with Shelby County,  to host the AMGA Conference at the Clanton Performing Arts Center in May 2019. Mr. Huovinen set up our scrolling banner displaying the activities and speakers we have lined up for the Conference. He talked about the great venue for the conference without having to change rooms or choose which speaker you want to hear.

We are excited and working hard on getting everything scheduled and set up.  We have some excellent speakers, one being Joe Lamp’l from the television series “Growing a Greener World”, which is an award-winning PBS series. He was also host of Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network, and has been on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Weather Channel. The Conference is open to the public, but you must pre-register to attend. Registration starts in January, more information will follow.