Great Things Our Master Gardeners Are Doing




Scroll to see what our Master Gardeners have been doing. If you would like to have work you have been doing added to this page or sent to ACES for inclusion, please see the contact page.



The plant Information booth at Hueytown Farmers’ Market Hueytown Harvest Farmer’s Market provides an ideal setting for bringing plant information to this local community. Alberta Fields and Kate Musso work together to coordinate and staff the Master Gardener plant information booth at the monthly Farmers’ Market, supporting the goal of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the eventgoers. The market features local farmers and vendors on second Saturdays through November.

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A great group of our Master Gardeners have, so some time now, been helping the gardeners at BBG plan, plant and maintain the vegetable garden and other gardens. They have named themselves“Tiffany’s Group.” Led by Kathy Connolly and Hope Cooper, they keep in touch through emails so everyone knows where to be and what to expect for the Wednesday and Thursday gardening.

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On just one day, Wednesday, April 26tha ‘goodly sized’ group accomplished the following:Pole beans planted (blue lake on one side of the arbor, Kentucky wonder on the other), Multiple varties of bush beans planted, plus crowder peas…three rows of most.Bed watered inCardboard and mulched bed with peppers and eggplant.Trimmed bottom leaves from tomato plantsPotatoes are beginning to push up. Next week we may be able to do some ‘hilling’





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The Spring Plant Sale at BBG in April, 2018 was, at times, a very cold and rainy one. Pat Cosgrove and Natalie Lee were among the volunteers who braved the cold for the Master Gardener booth










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Charlie Faulkner was one of the Master Gardeners who staffed the MG Booth at the Ruffner Mountain plant sale in April.

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Bessemer City High School (BCHS) has had a Bessemer City High School Community Garden since March 2013. The BCHS was designed and founded by E.W. Phillips, on March 13, 2013,while he was a Master Gardener Intern. There were members of the School Parents Teachers Association and Volunteers. At that time, he was directed to be project manager

of the BCHS Community Garden by Principal, Florence Moore. The BCHS Community Garden has made significant improvement, changes, and aligned with appropriate courses taught. For example: students taking Biology and Environment Science courses are required to participate in Garden projects. Some Special Education Students participate in Practical Exercises conducive with their specific course and orientation. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured the the Bessemer City areas looking for possible Gardens Sites and Places creating Local Food and Local Places (LF/LP) through out the Appalachian Regions. It was Noted by the EPA Team Chief; Bessemer City High School Community Garden was one of the best he had seen during his tours. Credit was given to E.W. Phillips for having the best Garden in May of 2017. Click on the image to see more pictures.



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Peggy Thompson gave a lecture on Native Plants at North Shelby Public Library on March 6, 2018. She is a valued member of the Speaker’s Bureau..






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In the Fall issue of Portico Magazine,BUZZ, The hum, honey, & history of bees was written by one of our 2017 Master Gardener interns, Kate Musso, about another 2017 Master Gardener intern and beekeeper, Leland Hull. The article can be found on page 42.



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Landscaping at Youth Towers in west Birmingham. At Youth Towers, the mission is to reach and teach area homeless young adults in order toend and prevent homelessness in their lives. Volunteers and staff assist these youth byequipping them with tools needed to succeed. Master Gardeners recently stepped in toprovide a plan and assistance to beautify Youth Towers. Invasive plants were eradicated asRick Cybulsky’s plan for a new ornamental landscape was prepared for planting. PattyWarren and Chris Pugh worked with volunteers to implement the plan, now providinginspiring beauty in Youth Towers’ outdoor spaces.


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Master Gardener Booth at Earth Day at the Gardens


Charlene and Ann Gray worked the Master Gardener information booth at Earth Day at the Gardens. They came with hats to make the day.



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Spring Plant Sale at Birmingham BBG

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So many of our Master Gardener’s volunteer at this event. We’d love to have more pictures to show you.






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Master Gardener Booth at the Birmingham
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The Library at BBG


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Thelma and Kathy are two of the many Master Gardeners, who have shifts at The Library at BBG.











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