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The Georgia Master Gardener Program

The Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners Association is coordinated through the Dougherty County Extension Office under the leadership of Urban Horticulture CEA James Morgan.  The Association includes members from Baker, Clay, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Randolph, Sumter, Terrell, and Tift Counties.

The Georgia Master Gardeners Extension Volunteer Program is an educational program offered through the University of  Georgia Cooperative Extension.  Individuals are trained and certified in horticultural and related areas and, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services under the direction of their County Extension Agent, to help others through horticultural projects that benefit the community.  Master Gardeners bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities' landscapes and gardens. Some local initiatives are:


Native Plant Garden

Native plants are beautiful and they are generally hardier and require less water than non-natives, once established.  One more important reason to grow native plants is less well known.  Because our butterflies and other plant eating insects evolved with native plants and because they  go through a complete metamorphosis, at the early stages they need a specific native plant (called a ‘host plant’) on which to lay their eggs so that the when the caterpillars emerge they will have something digestible to eat; just any green leaf won’t do. The Master Gardener Native Plant Garden at the Parks at Chehaw is designed to share the beauty of native plants along with important gardening tips and advice.  We hope you’ll stop by soon!

Radium Springs Gardens

Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden

Butterflies are important pollinators as well as a good source of food for other animals. Birds, insects and frogs all prey on butterfly larvae and adults. To compensate for their population loss, most butterflies are prolific breeders, laying hundreds of eggs twice a year.
Butterflies serve as environmental indicators due to their rapid response to climatic and habitat changes.  The absence of some species in a particular region could be linked to habitat loss and degradation. 


Chehaw Creekside Pavilion 2007

Radium Springs

Chehaw Creekside Pavilion 2012






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