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Staff Pick

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

By Susan Schroeder

At this time of the year, it is difficult to pick just one plant, so we will talk about a group of plants – spring ephemerals.  Ephemeral means transitory or quickly fading.  That means that a spring ephemeral has a very short blooming period (That’s why you should come for a visit every few days in the spring!).

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Ephemerals have to jump out of the ground before the trees leaf out.  They are small herbaceous plants located on the woodland floor.  These plants have to come up early in the spring in order to get sunlight before the trees create shade.  The Gardens has a lovely collection of these perennial woodland wildflowers.  If you clear the organic matter from under these little beauties, they are more likely to root when they drop their seeds.  Sanguinaria Canadensis (Bloodroot) has already started blooming. It is located just beyond the Woman and Dog sculpture.

 

 

 

 

Other ephemerals to start looking for include:

  • Erythronium americanum  (Yellow Trout Lily)
  • Hepatica nobilis
  • Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)
  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)
  • Stylophorum diphyllum (Wood Poppy)
  • Trillium grandiflora

It’s always a beautiful day at Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Wood Poppy

Wood Poppy

Birds of SGG

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

by Pat Pepper

Warbler watching

Warbler watching at Price Park – Audubon Society

(My husband, Denson, is second from left, and I am third from the right)

The excitement is building! The Neotropics are on the way! “The Neo-what?” you ask. The beautiful Neotropics are those birds who have been wintering in Central and South America but will be starting their arduous migrations north in the next few weeks.

Our area will be host to many of these birds. The small birds, such as the warblers, travel by night in order to escape the larger predatory birds. As the sun rises, these small birds alight, usually into the top of trees, to eat insects. They must replenish their body fat, which has been severely depleted from their overnight travels.

Spring migration is the best time to look for these birds as the males will be in their breeding plumage and will look like the pictures in your birding books. You will not be able to attract warblers to your seed feeders. They want bugs! Lucky for us, this is the time of year that the Atlanta Audubon Society offers guided walks to help you find these little frenetic birds. While they are colorful, they are also very small, about 5 inches, and they move about very quickly.

Two places that Audubon leads walks are very close to SGG: Kennesaw Mt. and Leone Hall Price Park. Both of these locations have proven to be warbler magnets. Here is a link to the Audubon website if you would like to know more about these trips:

http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

Just to entice you, here are pictures of a few of the more colorful warblers you could find:
(All bird pictures are courtesy of the Cornell Labs)

Black-throated Blue

Black-throated Blue

Cerulean

Cerulean

Yellow-throated

Yellow-throated

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

While you will not see most warblers at your feeders, you can attract some very outstanding spring migrants. One exceptionally beautiful migrant you can attract with seed (use a good mixed seed blend) is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Male rose-breasted grosbeak

Male rose-breasted grosbeak

For the past few years I have seen a male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the seed feeders at SGG. I have had several pairs at my home feeders. They usually stay around for 3 or 4 days then move northward to the mountains. You can find them all summer long in the Georgia Mountains.

If you put fruit (oranges work well) or grape jam out, you can attract Tanagers and Orioles:

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

 

Summer tanager

Summer tanager

 

Baltimore oriole

Baltimore oriole

 

Orchard oriole

Orchard oriole

Remember—you only have about a 5-week window, from the first week in April through the first week in May, to see most of these migrants in the SGG area.

If you happen to see me birding at SGG, please join me. I will be happy to share the birding treasures I find.

Happy Birding!

Pat Pepper

Pat Pepper

mailto:patriciapepper9@gmail.com

April Recipe

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

By Carrie Camden Ziglar

I know you may have heard the phrase, “We need to eat more plants and fewer foods manufactured in plants.”  We all understand the farm to table concept, and we embrace growing our own foods.  I have a daughter who is absolutely adamant about organic, no GMO, antibiotic free foods, and she can actually incorporate that concept into her family meals. When I questioned her about it, her philosophy is “I do not want to give my children meats enhanced with antibiotics because I need their antibiotics to work when they get sick.” Sound theory.  I look at her recipes and at what she fixes for dinner.  I am interested in the co-op she belongs to and the fact that she can have organic cream cheese and other organic options delivered to her home each week.  While I do not believe we can all live this lifestyle, it works for some.  Let me also say that my daughter has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, she is a Registered Nurse and has a Master’s degree in Nutrition.   With all that said, her brothers and my husband think she is obsessive about it, and her husband will occasionally sneak the kids to McDonalds.  I want to share a few of her recipes and hope you will give them a try.


Cauliflower with Olives

1 medium head cauliflower (grow your own or go organic)

trimmed, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into bite-sized florets

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Sea Salt and Ground black pepper

½ cup pitted Kalamata olives (read the ingredients please)

1 ½ teaspoons hot pepper flakes (optional if you like a little heat)

3 Tablespoons lemon oil (you can either buy lemon flavored olive

oil at an olive oil shop (several in Atlanta) or take 3 tablespoons

olive oil and add ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest

Preheat the broiler.  Toss the cauliflower with olive oil in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet (set the bowl aside for now) and broil 4 inches from the heat source, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly charred in spots and just tender.

Return the cauliflower to the bowl, add the olives and red pepper flakes if using, and the lemon oil.  Toss well, taste for seasoning and serve at room temperature.  Will keep for a couple of days in the frig.

 

Three Pesto Recipes

Pesto is just about the best thing to put on homemade pasta or a good quality bought pasta.  These will store well in a tightly sealed jar as long as there is a thin layer of olive oil on the top.  Here are three easy pesto recipes made with good quality ingredients.  Please look for organic cheeses (most Parmigiano-Reggianos are very pure; and if you cannot find them locally, try the Italian Market on Marietta Street in Atlanta or the DeKalb Farmer’s Market.  If you don’t want to venture out of Cobb County, try Harry’s or the Whole Foods or Fresh Market at Merchant’s Walk, and several of the ingredients can be home-grown.

The following recipes make about a cup each.
~ Basil Pesto ~

3 garlic cloves (easy to grow)

2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves

3 tablespoons pine nuts

Generous pinch sea salt

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano

 

With the motor running, drop the garlic into a food processor to chop it.  Add the basil, pine nuts and salt and pulse until coarsely chopped, then process until finely chopped.  With the motor running, drizzle in the oil.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheeses.  Yummy.

 

~ Walnut Pesto ~

3 cloves garlic

1 cup toasted walnuts

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

With the motor running, drop the garlic into the food processor and chop.  Add the walnuts and pulse until coarsely chopped, then process until finely chopped. Do not pulse to a paste. With the motor running, drizzle in the oil.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese.

 

~ Broccoli Rabe Pesto ~

Kosher salt

½ pound broccoli rabe, stems trimmed

3 garlic cloves

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

6 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons kosher salt.  Add the broccoli rabe and cook until tender, about 7 minutes.  Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking; drain well.  With the motor running, drop the garlic into a food processor and finely chop it.  Add the broccoli rabe and pine nuts and pulse until finely chopped.  Add the mustard and blend well.  With the motor running, drizzle in the oil.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese.

 

Hounds on the Grounds

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

Presented by North Cobb Animal Hospital

 

Hounds

We look forward to seeing you and your best canine friend at Hounds on the Grounds presented by North Cobb Animal Hospital.  Our generous sponsors are providing the following fun activities on March 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Lake City Animal Hospital – Your pet could win a medal at our Hounds event!  Sign your dog up for the Canine Good Citizen test.  We can only test a limited number of pets, so sign up early.  You will have two opportunities to show off your well-behaved hound – from 10 AM to 11 AM or from 2 PM to 3 PM.  A special thanks to Shadow Me Dog Training for conducting the tests. We would like to thank Lake City Animal Hospital for sponsoring all of our pet contests.

We want to see all Hounds parade around the Cedar Field at 11:30 AM.  Sweet Pups Bakery is working on special treats for dogs who win our best trick, costume and largest/smallest pet contest! Do you and your dog look alike? There is a contest for that, too!

Invisible Fence and Brookstone Animal Hospital are our activities sponsors.  Invisible Fence is especially excited about sponsoring “How to win yard of the month when you own a dog!”  This program is early – 9 AM – so make sure you and your doggie get here early.  We will discuss pet-friendly landscaping, how to keep your dog safe in your backyard, how to protect your existing plants and talk about creating a digging pit for your pup.

From 10 AM to 2 PM, you and your furkid can make crafts together! Yes, crafts for dogs!  Paint your pups paw and your hand for paw/hand print art.  Make a clay impression of your friend’s foot.  Or, pose for a photo in the perennial bed with your pooch.  We will email you the photo.  There is no fee for any of these activities thanks to Invisible Fence and Brookstone Animal Hospital.

Gather in the Cedar Field between 10 AM and 2 PM for an agility demonstration by Gayle Guntham and her collie, Reese.  Melissa Heeter and her border collies from Woof! Sports USA will amaze you with their Frisbee catching skills.

Stop by Regal Beagle’s tent while you are visiting.  This local groomer/boarder (and Hounds sponsor) will pamper your pet.  Another Hounds sponsor, Rudy Greens, will be giving out samples of their dog food and treats made of 100% domestic, human edible ingredients that you can actually identify and pronounce!  Also visit Pet Pages Atlanta.  They are the #1 resource directory for pet lovers and a Hounds sponsor.

Admission to Hounds on the Grounds is $7/adults, $6/Seniors and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old.  Hounds and children 5 and under are free.  (The Gardens will not be accepting reciprocal memberships on March 15.)  Parking is limited at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.  Please be patient with us if we ask you to use off-site parking at the corner of Shillings Road and Pine Mountain Road.  A shuttle bus will be along shortly to give you and your dog a ride. Refreshments will be available all day (If you guessed hot dogs, you would be correct!).  Tours of the Gardens will be offered at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM. If you have any questions, please call the Gardens at 770-919-0248.  The complete schedule of events can be found on our website, http://www.smithgilbertgardens.com/events-calendar/special-events-at-smith-gilbert-gardens/.

Birds of SGG

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

By Pat Pepper

On Feb. 13, Ann Parsons, our new SGG Director, sent an e-mail telling us about the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) sponsored by the Cornell Labs and Audubon here in the U.S. It ran from Feb.14-Feb.17. This count is a fun way to study the birds in your yard or any outdoor spot you enjoy. It also helps the scientists at Cornell and Audubon track where the birds are at this time of year.

I birded the gardens on Monday, Feb.17, in order to submit my observations for SGG for the GBBC. I birded from 9:04 am to 11:13 am and was rewarded with 19 different species. They are as follows:

1 Great Blue Heron (flying over)

1 Turkey Vulture (flying over)

1 Red-shouldered Hawk

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Pileated Woodpecker

10 Blue Jays

6 American Crows

1 Carolina Chickadee

5 Tufted Titmice

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

5 Brown-headed Nuthatches

2 Pine Warblers

4 Carolina Wrens

30 American Robins

2 Northern Mockingbirds

25 Cedar Waxwings

4 Eastern Towhees

2 Song Sparrows

15 Northern Cardinals

 

Red-shouldered Hawk   Red-shouldered Hawk

Cornell Labs website

 

The three birds I especially enjoyed watching were the Red-shouldered Hawk, a Brown-headed Nuthatch, and a male Eastern Towhee. I first saw the Red-shouldered Hawk as it flew into a tree east of the bee hives. I moved closer to the tree, and it then flew into a smaller tree by the path overlooking the hives. It was about 6 ft. up so I got very good looks at it. Red-shouldered Hawks that have a mate will lay eggs Jan.-June with March & April being the preferred months. I did not see a mate for this bird, but it is possible that there is a nest nearby.

 

After watching the Hawk for a while, I heard the distinctive squeaks of Brown-headed Nuthatches in the pines along the southern rear trail. I found one Nuthatch drilling around a cavity in a dead tree snag. This Nuthatch may have been preparing a nest. Except for a small number in the Bahamas, Brown-headed Nuthatches are only found in pine forests in the southeastern U.S.

 

cornell_brownheaded nuthatch   Brown-headed Nuthatch

Cornell Labs website

 

 

When I returned to the rear parking lot, I heard the singing of a male Eastern Towhee. I had to smile because I could still hear the drilling of that little Nuthatch. It is amazing how such a little bird (4.5 in.) can make so much noise. I returned to concentrating on the Towhee. The Eastern Towhee is our largest sparrow, and you will usually see them on the ground underneath birdfeeders. However, when you see a male Towhee higher up in a tree and hear him singing, you know spring is on the way. He is looking for a mate. It is not a beautiful song, but it gets the job done.

 

cornell_male eastern townhee   Male Eastern Towhee

Cornell Labs website

 

Listen to the Towhee’s courtship song: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Towhee/id

See if you can recognize it when you go to the Garden.

 

There is a new bird app for your smartphone called Merlin (a small falcon). Merlin is a Bird ID app especially designed for beginning birders. If you have an Android, however, you will have to wait a bit longer to get it. This is a FREE app and this link will tell you more: http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2014/01/09/merlin-bird-id-app-faq-frequently-asked-questions/

 

One last link I would like to give you is the Berry College Live Eagle Cam. Momma & Poppa Bald Eagle are about to see their two new babies. By the time you read this, they will probably have hatched. I am very proud of my Grad School Alma Mater for all they are doing to protect these Eagles and inform the public of these magnificent birds who are the symbol of our country.

 

Berry Eagle Cam: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

 

Happy Birding! If you have any birding questions, please e-mail me.

 

pastedGraphic_3.pdfPat Pepper   mailto:patriciapepper9@gmail.com

 

 

 

Plant Sale

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by shaerynck 2 Comments

Plant Sale

Saturday, April 12

Members – 8 am to 9 am

General Public – 9 am to noon

Members get in early to the SGG plant sale on Saturday, April 12th.  In Atlanta, folks usually begin to plant in their yards after April 15th.  This means the timing is perfect for you to make some purchases at our plant sale.  Shon has a plethora of pineapple sage.  Originally from Mexico, this is a great plant to have in your yard if you want to attract hummingbirds or butterflies.  Other unusual and favorite plants for sale include…

  • Selaginella – A gorgeous groundcover whose color ranges from copper to green to blue green.
  • Hyssop – A must if you want to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your garden.
  • Tung Oil Tree – This is an unusual medium-sized tree with spectacular flowers in spring.
  • Vitex or Chaste Tree – If you love the color blue, you must have a Vitex in your yard.
  • Silphium – Although this perennial is tall and requires some room to grow, it is a magnet for pollinators.
  • Japanese Maple – In our opinion, you can NEVER have too many Japanese Maples in your yard!

 

J C Raulston Arboretum at NC State University has donated a wonderful sample of plants from their collection. These plants have been collected, propagated, and tested at the Arboretum. Many were collected during plant collecting trips sponsored by the Arboretum.

We are pleased to share these gems with our Members and plant enthusiasts!

3.5″ or 1 qt pots:

  •  3 Callicarpa brevipes – Beautyberry (this may be the first offering of this plant in the US)

    Callicarpa brevipes

    Callicarpa brevipes

  •  3 Sarcococca saligna - Willow-leaf Sweet Box
  •  3 Coreopsis ‘Novcorcar’ (Crème Caramel) - Crème Caramel™ Tickseed
  •  3 Scutellaria rubicunda - Mediterranean Skullcap
  •  3 Eryngium agavifolium - Agave Leaf Sea Holly
  •  3 Campanula hoffmannii – Hoffman’s Bellflower
  •  3 Lonicera nitida ‘Briliame’ (Ophelia) - Ophelia™ Gold Boxleaf Honeysuckle
  •  3 Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Ogon Chirimen’ - Golden Asiatic Jessamine
  •  3 Pittosporum illicioides ‘Strappy’ - Strappy Narrow-leafed Pittosporum
  •  3 Clematis (evergreen) MWC12-781 – likely Clematis armandii but we have not seen it flower since I collected it.
  •  3 Quercus canbyi - Chisos Oak

1gallon: 1 Ilex ‘Solar Flare’ - Solar Flare Variegated Hybrid Holly

PLUS, Cobb County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your plant questions. Wondering what that weed might be growing in your yard? Bring a bagged leaf sample from the plant or take a photo with your smart phone.

A selection of Bonsai on sale beginning at 10 a.m.

Our Bonsai Curator, Rodney Clemons, will also be on hand to answer questions and provide a behind-the-scenes look at one of Georgia’s finest Bonsai collections.

Garden Admission is $7/adults, $6/seniors and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old, and free for SGG Members. We look forward to having you join us.

Staff Pick – SPRING!

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

By Susan Schroeder

We are frequently asked when guests should visit SGG in order to see a lot of color.  While we ALWAYS have something in bloom, certainly March through May are peak times if you want to see a lot of plants in bloom.March 2013 119

Coming in our driveway, visitors will now get an understanding of why we are members of the American Daffodil Society.  Literally dozens of varieties of daffodils and narcissus are in full regalia throughout the grounds.  Like hope, daffodils spring eternal along with the happiness of those yellow, white, and pinkish petals!

Of particular beauty just now are the several varieties of deciduous Magnolias in bloom including Magnolia denudata “Forrest’s Pink”.  Barring freezing temperatures, they will be spectacular for the next several weeks.  At their feet, the early Hellebores are sporting white, lavender, and rosy pink blossoms.  “Toyo Nishiki” Quince, positioned near the Knowlton Meadow entrance, will soon be spectacular with its pleasing combination of pink, white, and sometimes red flowers borne all on the same plant.

With most deciduous plants yet to put on foliage, many interesting forms are still visible in the Garden:  sprawling, spidery Japanese Hackberry, the wispy exfoliating bark of Seven Sons Tree (Heptacodium), and the multi-hued cinnamon bark of the handsome Paperbark Maple.  Oh, and of course, the bonsai are back on display waiting for admiration.

Interested in fragrance?  A couple of our Witchhazels are aromatic, and the Edgeworthia just behind Marci Pels “Woman and Dog” sculpture promises to be aromatic for a while longer.  Winter Daphne is now adding to the sweet-scented chorus.

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What about the spring ephemerals?  An entire colony of Bloodroot will soon appear with their white petals and prominent yellow stamens.  In the same area, a mass of Trillium Grandiflora marches right behind the Bloodroot.  Linking up their roots into various sized groups throughout the Garden are several varieties of Epimediums that will soon begin their parade of incredible flower form.

The catkins on the Corylus Americana (American Filbert) are a happy sight.  Another uncommon plant that will flower soon is Stachyurus praecox “Variegated” (Spiketail).   We can thank Scott McMahon from McMahan’s Rare Plant Nursery for that unusual specimen.

It’s time to shake off this long winter and come outside again.  It is always a beautiful (and colorful) day at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

March Recipe

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by shaerynck No Comments

By Carrie Camden Ziglar

To say that I am ready for spring would be a gross understatement.  I NEED spring would be more appropriate, and I need the fresh flavors of spring in my foods.  As we head into March, locally grown items become more abundant.  I want those local strawberries, fresh herbs, spinach, radishes—well, you get the idea.

I also think of spring as a time to get really great lamb.  While I know lamb can be an acquired taste, it was a special occasion dish in my home and still is.  Spring is the time to find young, fresh lamb chops or a full rack.  I think what I have chosen to share with you this month reflects fresh flavors that we all crave for spring.

These are the chop-chop recipes in honor of the Braves and the return of baseball, and they celebrate  lamb and pork chops.

Lamb Chops with Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

If you have never paired strawberries with balsamic vinegar, you have missed a great blend.

Makes 2 servings – double or triple at will

For the sauce, heat 2/3 cup good balsamic vinegar with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.  Whisk in 3 tablespoons of strawberry jelly (homemade, hopefully) with salt and black pepper to taste.  Heat this until it boils; reduce heat to medium and reduce the mixture by half, takes about 7 – 10 minutes.  Whisk in jelly until it dissolves. Bring to a boil, then cook mixture until it thickens and is syrupy, about 3 minutes more.  Taste to season again.

Grill the Lamb:

4 lamb chops, seasoned with salt and black pepper

1 cup quartered fresh strawberries

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (or basil if you don’t have mint)

 

Preheat your grill and brush the grate with olive oil.  Grill chops, uncovered, about 4 minutes per side for medium rare.  Transfer chops to a plate, tent with foil, and let rest 3 – 4 minutes.  Serve chops topped with sauce, fresh strawberries and mint.

 

Serve the lamb with ….

 

Spinach Salad with Basil Green Goddess Dressing

 

Tarragon is typical in this dressing, but basil is a great alternative, especially when paired with lamb.

 

Makes about 3 cups

 

For the dressing, puree…

1/3 cup torn and packed fresh basil leaves

¼ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup buttermilk

1 scallion, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon anchovy paste (try it even if you don’t like anchovies; it provides a mild layer of flavor)

Salt and black pepper to taste

 

For the salad, toss…

3 cups fresh baby spinach, hopefully, grown in your garden

2 red radishes, sliced

1 hard cooked egg, sliced

½ avocado, sliced

¼ cup homemade croutons

 

For the non-lamb person, here is your chop:

 

Pineapple-Glazed Pork Chops with Fresh Pineapple and Mango Relish

 

For the relish, combine…

½ cup each of diced fresh pineapple and fresh mango

3 tablespoons minced red onion

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (Hate it? Use flat leaf parsley.)

1 tablespoon seeded and minced jalapeno

Salt and pepper to taste

 

For the glaze, heat…

¼ cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon each of pineapple preserves and Dijon mustard

 

Combine all and heat over high to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens and is syrupy, about 5 minutes.

 

2 bone-in, Porterhouse or Iowa pork chops, 1 to 1 ¼ inches thick seasoned with salt and black pepper.

Grill chops, covered, 6 minutes; brush with glaze.  Flip chops and glaze again, and grill until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thick part registers 145 degrees, usually 6 – 8 minutes more.  Remove to a plate and tent with foil to let rest at least 3 – 4 minutes.

 

To serve, pour any meat drippings over chops, then top with pineapple and mango relish.

 

Serve this with…

 

Cucumber & Jicama Slaw – I know you can’t get these locally right now; just shop fresh.

 

1 English cucumber, seeded and julienned into 2 to 3 inch long strips. Toss this with 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a colander set over a bowl and let this drain at least 15 minutes.  Lay cucumber on paper towels and pat dry.

 

When dry, add cucumber, 2 cups julienned jicama, ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut and ¼ cup bias-sliced scallion greens and a few coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

 

For the dressing, whisk together ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon minced (I grate mine), lime zest, 1 tablespoon each of fresh lime juice, rice wine vinegar, and sugar with salt and black pepper to taste.  Pour the dressing over the fresh vegetables and serve this slaw immediately.

 

 

 

 

North Georgia Gardening Symposium

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by Smith-Gilbert Gardens No Comments

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a proud sponsor of the Chattahoochee Technical College North Georgia Gardening Symposium on February 27, 2014. Speakers include:

  • Scott McMahan, McMahan’s Rare Plant Nursery
  • Mike Francis, Maple Ridge Nursery
  • Rick Smith, The Pruning Guru
  • Jenny Hardgrave, Simply Flowers
  • Todd Hurt, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Matthew Chappell, UGA Horticulture

Participants will receive their 3 hour pesticide recertification credit for category 24 ornamental and turf or 1 hour pesticide recertification for private applicators. Fee: $35.

Download the brochure here »

Valentine Treats

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by Smith-Gilbert Gardens No Comments

By Carrie Camden Ziglar

I am one of those people who really love chocolate (maybe not as much as Susan), but I’ve never met a piece of chocolate that didn’t make me feel better.  When scientific evidence proved that dark chocolate was “good for you”, I was elated.  With Valentine’s Day this month, I wanted to share one of my favorite chocolate treats that is so rich, you really should eat it only once a year.  There is nothing “good for you” in this recipe except the taste.  Smooth, rich and creamy!  Remember that white chocolate really isn’t “chocolate”, but with the topping on this custard it is perfect.  Spring for the best quality white baking chocolate you can find.  Enjoy responsibly!!!!! (more…)

Thanks to our sponsors!

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