In Georgia over 2500 Master Gardeners sharing their time and talent have given over 217,000 volunteer hours to their communities at an estimated value of $4.23 million. The Georgia Master Gardener Association, Inc. is a statewide 501 (c) (3) corporation of Master Gardeners which has as its primary purpose support of and advocacy for Master Gardeners and Master Gardener organizations throughout the state.
This is accomplished in a number of ways. GMGA awards a minimum of $15,000 annually to projects throughout the state which are educational and involve the community. Physically and mentally challenged children and adults, public and private school children, historic gardens, their renovation and maintenance, and children’s programs have all been supported by GMGA Project Grants. This is one way we grow gardeners.
Another is through the use of the tools of technology. Our new website is designed to interest, inform, and involve the public as well as fellow master gardeners. Various Master Gardener organizations throughout the state will share their successful projects with the public and their colleagues. Leading nurseries and plant growers will share information about their favorite plants for our Georgia climates. In the Members Only section, The Georgia SCOOP will be found in full color. The membership directory will be found there as well. The store will feature GMGA merchandise as well forms for conference registration, and membership renewal. A calendar will keep us informed of the garden goings on throughout the state with helpful links for further information.
Our GMGA conferences are a third way to grow gardeners. Experts in a variety of horticultural areas of interest provide our members with the most current knowledge in their respective fields. Field trips, tours, and workshops are often a feature of GMGA conferences designed to interest and inform. In addition to the learning that occurs, we share ideas, develop new friends, and have a great time. Members can attend the conferences held twice a year at a reduced rate.