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Best meeting time?

We’d like to allow as many people as possible to attend our monthly meetings!

Please indicate the best days and times for you so that we can set up a schedule of future meetings. (You can choose more than one)

Plants of a master gardener

Christi and Crystal are going to meet at the Pickens Extension Office (old Train Depot behind the courthouse) Wednesday March 21st at 10am to identify Kathy Bell’s plants that were salvaged from her greenhouse/home last fall.

Bring plant identification guides/keys that you may have.

For those of you who don’t know, Kathy Bell of Talking Rock was an herbalist who has been in the Pickens community since the early 70s. She passed away last September.

Her husband Jr asked the Master Gardeners to help find new homes for her plants. Kathy began the local farmers market and fought for farmers market rights at the state level. She sold herbal medicine, plants, and was very active as a Master Gardener.

She would have been a key part of this group had it started earlier.

March: Violets, Chickweeds and Cleavers

The March meeting is on Tuesday March 27, 7 p.m.

Our plants this month:

Cleavers – Galium aparine – aerial parts

Chickweed – Stellaria media or  S. corei (aka S. pubera) – aerial parts

Violets – aerial parts. Herbalist Crystal Merrell reports, “All species of Viola are edible as a salad green or pot herb, some are better thatn others.  Violets make an excellent tea. Yellow violets are more laxative than others.”

Official one for herbalists is Violeta odorata.

Caution: Do NOT consume African violet, a houseplant that is not a true violet.

What to bring

Your research and notes about these plants

Grain alcohol for tincture

Measuring cup with ounce markings

Mason jar

Our meeting location in Jasper

just off Camp Road, behind Bargain Barn

95 Whitfield Drive, Jasper, GA 30143