Roots & Shoots

January 2023

It's a New Year

Don't forget to submit your hours by January 15th and

your dues by January 31st! 

  • Submit hours via Master Gardener Service Report. Let BethanyAmy or Ken know if you are having trouble logging hours.
  • Pay dues via Pay via PayPal or, Make a check payable to: JCMGA, Inc. Treasurer, c/o ACES, C. Beaty Hanna Horticultural Center, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

Remember that to maintain certification as a Master Gardener in the State of Alabama, you must record 25 Volunteer Service hours and 10 Continuing Education Hours per year, along with your $35 dues, $25 of which come to JCMGA, Inc. and $10 of which go to the Alabama Master Gardener Association, Inc..

Click Here for December 2022 Financial Statement

Click Here Here for December 2022 Meeting Minutes

January Program

January 10th, 10 AM

BBG Auditorium

Members Meeting & Program

Busting Garden Myths

by The Grumpy Gardener

Steve Bender 1 CEU

Looking Ahead

February 14th, 10AM in BBG Auditorium 

Reach for the Stars Awards Program

What it means to be a Master Gardener

from Bethany O'Rear, Extension Agent

Potluck Lunch (11AM) 1 CEU


March 14th, 10 AM in the BBG Auditorium

Members Meeting & Program

Snakes of Alabama

by Jimmy Stiles 1 CEU

Director's Minute

Thank you for the opportunity and honor to continue serving on the JCMGA Board, and to share my hope for the year ahead. Becoming an Alabama Master Gardener has afforded me the most wonderful opportunities to nurture my passion for nature through gardening while meeting some of the most interesting people and serving my community. I only wish I had discovered the Master Gardener program years ago, because no sooner had I completed the training than the pandemic hit. I quickly lost connections to many of my fellow Master Gardeners and the program at large. Like many of you, I let my dues lapse and stopped reporting volunteer hours. Luckily there were a few fellow Master Gardeners that didn't let me stray too far for too long. I am so grateful for these unbroken connections that ultimately brought me back! Furthermore,......

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Click Here for Proposed Budget for 2023

Click Here for Minutes of the December 13, 2022 Board Meeting

Click Here for Minutes of the December 29, 2022 Board Meeting

Bethany's Extras

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday season. I’m already looking to the new year with my eyes focused on what can be accomplished this spring. You’ve heard me say many times that Master Gardeners are generous givers of their time and talents—over the next few months, I’d like to suggest a few ways you can make a difference to your community. Let’s start with libraries. If you have a love of libraries, you know that they are much more than just repositories for books and movies. Libraries provide educational programming, social connections, and teach life skills. Public libraries also distribute soil test kits (did you know the forms and fee schedule were updated this fall?) and access to ACES publications. You can help

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Birmingham Camellia Society’s


Saturday, February 18, 2023

Open to the General Public

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Auditorium

8:30-10:30 a.m. – Entry of Blooms

1:00 -5:00 p.m. – Public Viewing

More Information Here

In addition to the Camellia Show, plans are in the works for one or two other very interesting events in the winter or early spring. We welcome new members and visitors. Please email for dates and more information.

Alleen Cater, Secretary of the Birmingham Camellia Society

Alabama Hydrangea Society

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 1:00.

Education Building at Aldridge Gardens

3530 Lorna Road, Hoover

Hydrangea Glossary

Shelby County Master Gardener Teresa Boody 

will explain some of the specialized terminology used to describe hydrangeas.

Visitors are invited and encouraged to attend.

Community Seed Swap

Saturday, January 21, 9:00-2:00

Auditorium at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Free and Open to the Public 1CEU

Join the Library at the Gardens, a program of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, as we celebrate National Seed Swap Day (a week early!) with a Community Seed Swap.

Bring any open-pollinated, heirloom seeds you would like to share- locally saved seeds, specialty seeds, or excess seeds you have purchased. No seeds to share but interested in learning more? You don’t have to bring seeds to participate. Discover tips and tricks for growing from seed, take home information, and chat with others who share a love of seed saving.

Sign up to participate in the Library’s year-round Seed Exchange!

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

GPIC Training

Training for the statewide Master Gardener Helpline

available by reservation.

Schedule a 1–2-hour session to learn about the new streamlined system where all calls are delivered to a centralized voicemail system and reporting is made fast and easy through automatic links. Whether you’re an old-time volunteer from the days of GPIC or an intern from 2020 or more recently, learn how to answer questions from home gardeners and share the value of Master Gardeners. Please contact Kate Musso at to schedule a training session for a time that’s convenient for you.

At the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Sign up on VolunteerHub

or contact for more information.

Local Area Community Gardens

The Community Service Committee has compiled a list of approximately 20 local area community gardens, and we will be looking for volunteers to assist with cleanup (from the cold snap last month) and to help develop spring garden plans in the coming months. Please contact Bunny Fite at 858.442.6403 or Laura Kezar at 205.908.3715 if you are interested in volunteering at any of these gardens. These gardens are in Hoover, Homewood, ACIPCO-Finley, Crestwood, Irondale, Dennison, Hooper City, Midfield, Fairfield, District 1, Gate City, as well as other communities.

Specific volunteer opportunities for ACIPCO-Finley Garden are Here.

Continuing Education

Each class (webinar or in person) counts as 1 CEU.  

All times are CST

Urban Green Back 2 Basics

Every second and fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.


At the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Kitchen Scrap Gardening Saturday, January 7 , 10–11:00 am  Register

Camellia Presentation Thursday, January 26, 11am-12pm Free & open to the public.

Natural Resources Webinar Series

Sponsored by the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association

 The Importance of Native Plants in Landscapes

January 4, 2023, at 12:00PM

Dr. Craig Huegel, University of South Florida

Register Here

 Even if you can’t make the session, but are still interested in the topic, please register.

A recording will be sent out afterwards to all registrants.

The Library 

at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

Visit Monday–Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Thyme To Read Book Club 

Tuesday, January 7, 2023


The Island of Missing Trees

by Elif Shafak

Thyme to Read is a monthly gathering hosted by the Library. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Library Director

Hope Long at 205.588.4593 or 

Free & Open to the public


The Seed Exchange in The Library needs open pollinated fruit and vegetable seed.

More information at

Jefferson County Master Gardeners Association

Officers and Board Members 2023

President Amy Weis      

Vice President  Hana Berres      

Treasurer Debra Clisby        Secretary Richard Smith

Directors: Darwin Bell, Linda Massey, Katherine"Kat" Harper 

Webmaster   Richard Smith 

Newsletter Editor Kathy Rostand 

 ACES Bethany O’Rear