Roots and Shoots Newsletters

The Roots and Shoots Newsletters are emailed to the Master Gardener membership each month.

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Be sure to read this month’s President’s message.

If you need a copy of the current issue, you can emailKathy Rostand.

If you are looking for a previous issue of Roots and Shoots, please see Jason Kirby in The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens when it is open again or emailJason.

Below are some of the July highlights:

Bethany's Extras


I must sound like a broken record, but I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and adaptability of Jefferson County Master Gardeners!

There was a Master Gardener crowd at the Sims Garden in Homewood last week. Amy Milam is the garden’s director, and she was joined by Terry Millican, Laura McWane, Bunny Fite, Corri Marteny, and Kate Musso. They weeded the kitchen garden and mulched it. David Callahan stopped by to donate seedlings on his way to a propagation get-together for the

dedicated Class of 2020 interns who continue to care for the pollinator garden at the Midfield High Ore Trail project. Roger Clarke came by the following day to plant pumpkin seeds in a new planting area, previously cleared by Laura McWane’s, herd of goats, carefully confined onsite for a weekend of grazing and weed eradication.

Meanwhile, the “Grow More, Give More” mission is being shared at local Farmers Markets where Master Gardeners hand out information, seed packets and even vegetable transplants. Allison

Calvin, Bunny Fite, Cathy O’Sheal and LaRue
staffed the table at the Vestavia Farmers
and returned the following day to the
Farmers Market at the Preserve in Hoover.
Katherine Ennis, Bunny Fite and Anne Belue
rounded up June’s activities at the Helena
Farmers Market
and seeds and transplants were
quickly exhausted by attendees who had just
viewed a cooking class on how to make Southern-style Caprese salad.

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T’s for MG’s!

It's been over ten years since our group has had T-shirts made. Our old logo is a good one, but it might be fun to think about an update and explore other options.So, let's have a contest for all our Master Gardeners todesign a new logoor an additional logo for our shirts! The contest will go through the end of August and a distinguished panel of judges will select the winner who will receive a $50 gift certificate. Also, let us know if you are interested in short sleeve or long sleeve shirts or both. Any suggestions on materials or vendors would be appreciated. Please send entries and suggestions toDarwin Bell.

Would you like to pay your 2021 JCMGA Membership Dues?

The fee is $35 includes $10 which is the annual dues for AMGA.

You can send a check payable to JCMGA to:

Jan Street

JCMGA Treasurer

c/o ACES

2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, Al 35223

Or you can use PayPal or a credit card. Go to the JCMGA Home Page. Click on the drop down “For MGs”. If you want to pay with a credit card, click on ADD TO CART. You’ll be taken to PayPal’s site, but you don’t have to pay through PayPal. There is an option to use your credit card.

Jefferson County Master Gardeners Association

Officers, Board Members, and Committees 2021

PresidentGary WalkerWebmaster&SocialMediaDiane Remick

1stVPresidentDarwin BellNewsletter EditorKathy Rostand

2ndVPresidentMary Foy

TreasurerJan StreetACESBethany O’Rear

Asst.TreasurerRick CybulskyHospitalityRuth Varnell & Gail Pless

SecretaryLinda MasseyMembershipKen & Alicia Hall, Linda Systrom


JCMGA 2021