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PTC Garden Tour May 4 features lush landscapes

Garden at Carnellian Lane home in Peachtree City.

The Fayette County Master Gardener Association, made up of master gardener Extension volunteers with the University of Georgia Extension Service, will conduct the annual plant sale and garden tour Saturday, May 4. Hundreds of plants for flower and vegetable gardening as well as landscaping will be available. The plant sale will offer flowers, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, and trees, many of which are native plants, for purchase. Read More»

Spring gardening begins in the cold

Spring gardening begins in the cold

On a very cold day in March, members of the Peachtree City Garden Club and Down To Earth Organics Club helped weed and till the raised garden beds at Christian City so their members can begin their vegetables gardens this spring. Back row, (L-R): Joyce Spindler, Chuck Wright, Michael Sule, Marcia Hendershot, Linda Giles and Bonnie Helander. Front row: Jo-Ann Wright, Ina Sule, Ellen O’Neill. Photo/Special.

Busy as bees at 180-degree Farm

Busy as bees at 180-degree Farm

There is always plenty of work going on at the non-profit 180-degree Farm in Sharpsburg with residents from across the Atlanta region showing up to lend a hand. But the farm will feature something a bit different on April 13 when local beekeeper Steven Page will host a class for beginning beekeeping. For more information and to RSVP contact Scott Tyson at scott@180farm.org Photo/Ben Nelms.

Master Gardeners prepare for plant sale

Master Gardeners prepare for plant sale

Twenty-five Fayette County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers took a one-day propagation class recently at the State Botanical Garden in Athens. Conservation Horticulturist Heather Alley (center) talked about collecting tips, breaking dormancy (changes in temperature, water and light), grow buckets, grow lights, growing media and the many published and online resources available. The master gardeners are sowing and propagating plants that will be sold at their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Stonewall Government Complex. Read More»

The voice of the turtle

The voice of the turtle

Retired biologist Dennis Chase addresses a crowd of interested youngsters and their families about turtles at Peachtree City Library’s “Terrific Turtles Two: Fayette’s Freshwater Turtles” last Saturday morning. Chase, Harold Wahlquist, formerly of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Connie Haynes, a wildlife rehabilitator, discussed wildlife and water quality, turtle death traps, captive care of turtles, and turtle die-offs. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Preparing to buy your first home

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By TONY WILHELM
Special to The Citizen

(Part One in a three part series)

Purchasing a home should be a dream come true, but poor planning can turn it into a nightmare. To make the process as stress-free as possible, it is important to follow the right steps, in order, as you begin your search. Read More»

South Metro Rose Society meets Jan 28 in Fayetteville

The South Metro Rose Society will meet January 28 at 7 p.m. at The Heritage Bank at 440 N. Jeff Davis Drive in Fayetteville. All rose growers from novice to expert are invited to attend free of charge. This month’s program features Master Rosarian Cindy Dale speaking on “Top Performing Roses for North Georgia.” Her colorful Power Point program will describe many varieties of garden roses that are the most hardy, disease resistant, and produce the most blooms in this part of the country. Members will be encouraged to share their thoughts and add their favorites to the list. Read More»

What the fiscal cliff deal means to homeowners

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By Mary Watts
Special to The Citizen

On January 1, the Senate and House passed H.R. 8 legislation to avert the “Fiscal Cliff.” The bill was signed into law by President Obama on January 2. So what does that mean to you as a homeowner? There are several specifics of the agreement that directly affect homeowners. Make sure that you are aware of the following when developing your 2013 Financial Plan. Read More»

PTC Garden Club tip of the month - January

Since January is the time we all make resolutions, why not resolve this year to document what you are doing in your garden? Experienced gardeners understand the importance of keeping good records. January is the perfect time to start keeping a garden journal!

A garden journal can be as simple as a calendar to jot down information or a loose leaf binder filled with lined paper. You might want to separate your binder into categories since there are several things you want to keep track of in the garden throughout the year.

What to Include in a Garden Journal: Read More»

Fayette’s Deborah Lum helps decorate the White House

Fayette County resident Deborah Lum dons her “Holidays at the White House 2012” apron and points to a Presidential Christmas ornament that reflects her recent trip to the Washington, D.C., to assist other volunteers in decorating the White House for the Christmas holidays. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Fayette County resident Deborah Lum, it was a just the type of work she had been wanting. Lum traveled to Washington, D.C., in late November to join a host of volunteers charged with decorating the White House for the Christmas holidays. Read More»