Master Gardener President

Picture of Carol Melton

Carol Melton can be reached at205-516-0029

or byemail.



“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle...a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl, and the anticipation nurtures our dreams.” -Barbara Winkler


January is the perfect time to rekindle your garden dreams and plan for the future. Pull out that seed or plant catalog (think Alabama native plants) and your graph paper and start planning your 2020 gardens. Spring is just around the corner.

It is also the perfect time to plan how you would like to volunteer as a Master Gardener in the coming year. Will you volunteer at your usual venue? Or will you explore and try something new?

  • Offer garden advice on the Alabama MG Hotline.
  • Share your knowledge as a Garden Docent with

students on our Discovery Field Trips.

Learn more about the special gardens at the BBG in one of the garden groups (Bruno Vegetable Garden,

Bog Garden, Fern Glade, Kaul Wildflower Garden,


Explore community service options:

Harvest4Health, Southern Environmental Center, Lovelady Center, ARC of Central Alabama, Norwood Garden, Ruffner Mountain, Christian Service Mission, and more.

Check out the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association website for details and contact information on these volunteer opportunities that may be calling your name in the new year.
I look forward to getting to know you better in 2020 and joining you in sharing our passion for gardening, dispensing reliable gardening advice and serving our community!
Post your 2019 Master Gardener volunteer hours by Jan. 15, 2020.

2020 JCMGA dues of $35 may be paid online or at our next meeting.

I hope to see you January 14th for the first meeting of the new year,
Carol Melton

JCMGA 2020