Lockerly Newsletter February 2018 
From the Director

When I was a child, one of our favorite family activities was fishing.  Late afternoon on a Saturday would find us loading up the cane poles, a bucket, a small cooler of drinks and heading out to The Glory Hole, a stocked irrigation pond on one of my uncle's farms.  We would fish until the sun went down, then go home to clean and cook our catch.  We used mostly worms for fishing and if the fish weren't biting, my parents could find me on the ground, in the shade of the car, playing with the worms.  I was perfectly happy to dig new holes in the dirt for them to live in, only to recapture them and put them back in the Styrofoam container.

I loved playing with worms, digging in the dirt with my dog or building forts under the cluster of camellias and pines in our backyard.  Bless my mom, she never complained about the holes; my parents were happy that my sister and I liked to play outside, get dirty, and stay out of their hair!

While children continue to enjoy nature today, I'm not sure that it is encouraged as much as it once was.  In 2016, Scott D. Sampson wrote a book called, "How to Raise a Wild Child".   In it, he laments, "Fearing that we must protect nature and kids at all costs, we often do more harm than good.  Nature connection depends on firsthand, multi sensory encounters.  It's a messy, dirty business -- picking leaves and flowers, turning over rocks, holding wriggling worms, splashing in ponds.  Lacking such experiences, children's growth is impoverished and they're unlikely to care for, let alone protect, natural places." 
Humans are inextricably linked to the natural world, and while I don't advocate for children running amuck in every open space they find, I think all of us nature lovers must work to provide opportunities to establish balance.

One of the many things I am most proud of at Lockerly is how we encourage children to get dirty, while making the experience educational.  Our camps each summer, especially Camp Oliver Worley, result daily in happy, exhausted, muddy children.  It doesn't get much better than that! 
Director of Education Greg Eilers and campers in Rooty Creek at Camp Oliver Worley 
In May, thanks to a partnership with DNR, we will offer a Kid's Fishing Event.  There are currently 1100 catfish in Lockerly's pond being fattened on Purina Catfish 32 Floating Feed.  On May 19, they will get their first taste of worms, hot dogs, chicken livers, bread, or whatever the kids choose to use as bait.  We hope the event will serve as a beginning for some child's fascination with the natural world. 

And if some of the children prefer to sit in the shade and play with the worms, you'll likely find me right there with them. 

Until I see you again, STAY DIRTY! 
Jennifer N. Pollard
Executive Director 
Thank you to our members!

Members who joined for the first time or renewed memberships during January include:
Mrs. Susan Allen
Ms. Joyce Brady
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Eilers
Dr. and Mrs. John Gamble
Ms. Jean Graham
Mrs. Julia Harris
Ms. Sarah Johnson
Ms. Jennifer Jones
Mr. Justin Jones
Ms. Brenda Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. William Pollard, III
Mr. Wayne Sanders
Mrs. Gail Seagle
Mrs. Dee Tighe
Ms. Debra Watts
Do you need to join or renew?  Click HERE to donate today!!
Lockerly is a member of the American Public Gardens Association which means a Lockerly membership entitles YOU to discounts at other public gardens, including FREE admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden if you live more than 90 miles away.Go to to find a listing of participating gardens. 
Plant Sale is Coming!
The Plant Sale Committee met this week and plans are moving along splendidly for this year's sale!  Mark your calendars today for the dates!

April 20, 9am - 6pm
April 21, 9am-12pm

Friday morning from 9am - 12pm is MEMBERS ONLY!  If you haven't joined or renewed your membership, please do so today!  You can also join/renew at the plant sale that morning. 

Camp Oliver Worley (full day): 
Rising 6th - 9th graders, June 11-15
Rising 3rd - 5th graders, June 25-29

Camp Discovery (1/2 Day): 
Rising 1st and 2nd graders, July 9-13 

Registration Coming Soon!!

Celebrate GA Arbor Day at Lockerly

Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day at Lockerly with native azalea expert Ernest Koone.  This fun and educational session will be from 11am - 2pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.  The event includes an educational session by Mr. Koone, a box lunch, and an azalea planting demonstration on Lockerly's nature trail.
Ernest Koone III is President of Lazy K Nursery, Inc. at Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Lazy K
Nursery is the largest grower of native American azaleas in the United States and has provided plants to Public Gardens and Arboreta as well as countless private gardens throughout the country. 
Ernest is a well-known horticultural speaker throughout the south, has introduced many new selections of azaleas and is a noted designer of native landscapes.  His clients include Callaway Gardens, Gibbs Gardens, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rock City, The Tennessee Aquarium, and Quaker Hill Native Plant Garden in Pawling, New York.  
Click here to reserve your spot today:  
Invest in Rose Hill Today!
We are just over halfway to our $100,000 goal for Invest in Rose Hill!  Thank you to everyone who has donated to this tremendously important campaign!  Our total today is $50,325.79. 

You may be asking, "What have we done and what is left to do?"  Well, let's see... 
Reupholstered chaise lounge.

The front and rear parlors have been beautifully repainted in striking new colors, with new, period appropriate window treatments to match as well as newly upholstered chairs.  Cracked and damaged plaster has been repaired and repainted in the Sibley and Daniel Tucker Bedrooms.  You must see the transformation to believe it! 
Come visit! 
Admission is free for Friends of Lockerly!
The black paisley wallpaper was removed in the Daniel Tucker bedroom and replaced with a fresh coat of beautiful blue paint.

What's left:  The parlors on the main floor look fabulous, but now we need to balance out the elegance on that floor by renovating the two dining rooms.  The small, or rear dining room needs $5,600 for painting, new window treatments, reupholstering the chairs and giving the rug a good cleaning and touch up repairs.  The front dining room needs $8,200 for paint, window treatments and repairs to two tables. 

The Martha Tucker bedroom (supposed home our resident ghost, Emma), will also get updates and upgrades as $8,000 become available, as well as the Erwin bedroom, for $7,000.

Last, but certainly not least, we need $20,000 to repaint the exterior trim, columns and porches. 

If you have interest in contributing to any of these rooms, please don't hesitate to call the office or donate online at:
2018 Calendar of Events 
Mark your calendars for these exciting programs!!!

February 17:  Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day at Lockerly with native azalea expert Ernest Koone. Register now:     

March 20:  Astronomy Night Hike at Worley Outdoor Education Center  

April 20-21: Plant Sale (members only on Friday morning)  

April 28:  Celebrate National Arbor Day at Lockerly with Japanese Maple expert David Freed

May 19:  Kid's Fishing Event

September 8:  Lockerly Under the Stars

September 22:  Nocturnal Animals and Night Hike at Lockerly 

October 13: Family Fun Day 


Feb 05, 2018 02:14 pm | Center for Urban Agriculture
Post authored by Paul J. Pugliese (UGA County Extension Agent/Coordinator (Bartow County), Cartersville, GA) and Shimat V. Joseph (Assistant professor, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia - Griffin Campus.)

Fig. 1 Adult beetle (left) and "tooth pick" symptom (right)
Granulate ambrosia beetle, Xylosandrus crassiusculus (Mot.) [Previously known as the Asian ambrosia beetle]

Introduction: Granulate ambrosia beetle (Fig. 1) is a serious pest of woody trees and shrubs in Georgia. These tiny beetles were first detected in South Carolina in the 1970's and have spread across the southeastern US.

Host plants: Woody ornamental nursery plants and fruit trees are commonly affected. In spring or even in late winter (around mid-February), a large number of beetles can emerge and attack tree species, especially when they are young. Some highly susceptible tree species include Styrax, dogwood, redbud, maple, ornamental cherry, Japanese maple, crepe myrtle, pecan, peach, plum, persimmon, golden rain tree, sweet gum, Shumard oak, Chinese elm, magnolia, fig, and azalea.

Biology: The female beetles land on the bark of woody trees. Then, they bore through the soft wood and vascular tissues (xylem vessels and phloem) of the tree. They settle in the heartwood and begin making galleries. Eggs are laid in these galleries. Adults introduce a symbiotic fungi into the galleries as a food source for the developing larvae.
Symptoms: The initial sign of infestation is presence of boring dust pushing out of the bark as "tooth picks" (Fig. 1). Severely infested trees with granulate ambrosia beetle may show symptoms of stunting, delayed leaf emergence in spring, and extensive defoliation.

Monitoring and management: Once adults of granulate ambrosia beetle bore through the bark, there are limited control options to mitigate the problem. Those settled beetles in the heartwood of the tree are less likely to be exposed to insecticides. Also, the beetles do not consume the wood, which further minimizes their pesticide exposure. Pyrethroid insecticides such as bifenthrin or permethrin can be used as preventative sprays to repel invading females. Thus, the insecticide-application timing becomes critically important for management. The insecticide applications can be timed with trap captures or adult activity. The simplest method to determine adult activity in the area is using alcohol and a bolt of wood (Fig. 2). A wood bolt (about 2 to 4-inches in diameter and 2-feet long) can be utilized. Any hardwood species such as maple will work for building traps. A half-inch diameter hole drilled at the center of the bolt, about a foot deep, is filled with alcohol and the opening can be closed using a stopper cork.  Ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol with 95-percent alcohol content (190-proof) can be found at most liquor stores. Hang several bolt traps along the woodland border of a nursery at waist height to determine beetle emergence and activity. Sawdust tooth picks (Fig. 2) begin to appear on the bolt when they are infested with adult beetles. Once tooth picks are detected on a bolt trap, daily scouting should occur on nearby trees.

An immediate spray using a pyrethroid insecticide on nursery trees is warranted upon detection of tooth picks on the bolt trap.  Be prepared and ready to act quickly as soon as beetle activity is confirmed.  If practical, the entire nursery should initially be treated with an area-wide application to repel beetle activity.  If individual trees are found to be infested, immediately destroy infested trees and follow up with targeted spray applications in blocks with beetle activity. Generally, pyrethroids are not effective for more than a week as their residues quickly breakdown. Re-application of the insecticide is generally required at weekly intervals until spring green-up is complete in areas where the beetle pressure is moderate to severe.

Healthy trees can withstand a low level of beetle infestation. Timely irrigation and adequate fertilization of trees throughout the growing season will increase a tree's tolerance to beetle infestation.  Closely monitor traps throughout the spring for a second emergence of ambrosia beetles. Ambrosia beetles can have multiple generations throughout the year and are strongly attracted to trees that are drought stressed, injured, or excessively pruned.  Pay close attention to irrigation needs during extended summer and fall drought periods to minimize tree stresses.  Avoid mechanical wounding of trees with maintenance equipment that could invite ambrosia beetles to attack.    

When to deploy monitoring traps: The monitoring traps should be deployed starting the first week of February in Georgia because warmer periods during a mild winter may trigger early beetle emergence and infestation.
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