Master Gardener President

Gary Walker can be reached at 205-240-0060 or by email.

President’s Message

Gary Walker


I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer

Greetings Master Gardeners!

It's hard to believe that it's now September. Wednesday, September 22 will be the first day of fall. I look to the trees in fall for the brilliance of color in shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, and brown.
Fall is the time to look for new members for the JCMGA board. A nominating committee is first selected to help recruit these new board members. It's been a joy to serve with this great group of people. It hasn't been the easiest year, that goes without saying. My life has been enriched getting to know Darwin Bell. He's going to be an amazing President.

Carol Melton is the Chairperson of the nominating committee. It would be nice to have at least 1 new master gardener. Maybe a past president? An older member who knows everyone but not interested in serving as an officer. Diversity is always good.
Anyone interested in serving as an officer next year please email or call Carol. Her email

is Her phone number is 205-516-0029.
Carol was a wonderful President. She pressed forward in this pandemic to show us that we can survive. Zoom was new to me. Carol grabbed the bull by the horns. She inspired me!

I'm really excited about our upcoming Master Gardener program on September 14. Greg Harber is a gifted speaker. Greg has visited the Galápagos Islands three times and he will share with us

an overview of the islands, their flora and fauna, and the impact of ocean currents on life above and below the water's surface. Come explore with us the diversity of life in this most unique corner of the world!

Greg will visit the Galapagos a fourth time in November. For the door prize, Greg will give his own wrap-around canvas that he took of the Galapagos Sea lions.

It’s going to be a great year!

Gary Walker, President

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