Tour of the Demo Garden

by Audrey Giles

Thursday May 5 was a beautiful day for a tour of the Chilton County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. We were host to Regional Extension agents Mallory Kelley, Dani Carroll and Bethany O’Rear and interns of Lee, Elmore, and  Montgomery County associations. Everyone met at 10 am for a tour of the different beds of the garden. CCMGA member Harriett Jackson gave a short bio of the Gardens and how the new one came about. Matthew Price, director of Chilton Research and Extension Center, told them a little about the center, what their purpose is, how they are funded, and all the fruits they grow. Everyone enjoyed delicious doughnuts from Lickin Good Doughnuts, coffee from Jack’s, and ice cold bottled water. Then they all  climbed aboard the 2 tour wagons from the Chilton Research and Extension Center to see the kiwi, strawberries, peaches, and figs, to name a few, that they are growing for research. After that, they all drove up the road to Petals From the Past for lunch and a welcome speech from Jason Powell of Petals.  After their lunch catered by Panera Bread, they all had a tour of Petals by Jason and then went SHOPPING🤩🪴🎍🌳🌾🌹🌼💵💵❗️

Photos by Audrey Giles

CCMGA intern Tammy Gentry on left with guests from Montgomery, Lee, and Elmore County associations.
CCMGA member Harriett Jackson, gives a short bio of the Demo Garden and how the new one came about..
CCMGA Pres. Pat Farmer and member Audrey Giles
CCMGA Intern Hugh Nichols and one of the guests.
Native Columbine in the Native bed.
CREC Manager Matthew Price and CCMGA Pres. Pat Farmer
CCMGA intern Kerry Rush talking to one of the guests.
Getting ready for the tour of the Center.
R.E.A. Mallory Kelly really tickled about something!

CCMGA Plant Sale

Chilton County Master Gardeners held their Annual Plant Sale at Goosepond Park on April 15 and had a rain date sale on April 30. Our members propagated lots of wonderful plants including ferns, hostas, phlox, iris, daylilies, black-eyed Susan’s, ground covers, vines, figs, houseplants, shrubs, trees and more. This year there were tomatoes, peppers and watermelon plants too. There are always great old fashioned favorites and pass-a-long plants that you don’t always find in nurseries. We also had an Ask a Master Gardener table and a Country Store with gently used garden and decorative items. Two customers won a Grow More Give More bucket to grow a vegetable!

Our members enjoy helping our customers find lots of great plants for their gardens and talking gardening.

HELP! We Need Help With Helpline!

I hope everyone has seen the group email from Pat about the online sign up site for the Extension Helpline. Pat and JERRY have worked it and JERRY said it was easier then the old set up. Ruby Moberg has signed up several times, she is experienced at it, so if you would like, you can go in and sign up with her. Or any others that are comfortable with a computer should be fine with it. The link is posted below, so click on it, then look at it and your calendar, and pick a day for you. Extension is now doing it 1 full week a month, up till Nov., instead of every Thursday all summer. It’s a great way to earn hours! Please help! The button below will take you to the sign up site.

Sign Up!

Volunteers Needed

New sign

Check our calendar, watch your email or attend meetings to learn of  volunteer opportunities.

Helpline:  April -Sept.
Thursdays 9AM-4PM Late March through Sept at Chilton County Extension Office.

Ask a Master Gardener
Master Gardeners are available during April at Garrison’s Farm Center to answer garden questions.

Demo Garden:  Year Round
Meet at 9AM(8AM in summer) at the Demo Garden, weather permitting.  Time subject to seasonal change. Specific dates TBA

Extension Office Garden
Days scheduled as needed.

Find Volunteer Opportunities

Chilton County Master Gardeners can find volunteer activities in a variety of ways.

  1. Click on the Event Calendar on the left navigation bar. For details click on the event title.
  2. Watch for email messages.
  3. Watch Facebook for posts from our Chilton County MGA Members closed group.
  4. Attend monthly meetings.
  5. Let the Chilton County Extension office know that you are available to volunteer for Extension activities.