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22nd-Jan-2010 04:19 pm - Calendar of Events/Pesticide Class

The Calendar of Events has been updated. Currently, we list only Bamboo Farm public events in our Calendar of Events. If you would like to schedule an event please contact our office Monday - Friday during regular business hours at 912-921-5460.

Pesticide training will be offered on February 15 & 22, 2010. More information on these classes can be found here.

As always, we hope to see you soon.
19th-Dec-2009 03:34 pm - Happy Holidays!
The Bamboo Farm will be closed from December 24, 2009 through January 4, 2010 for the holidays. More information can be found here. There is also a link if you are interested in rentals during the holidays. Welcome our new part-time custodial worker, Jenny Warren. We are continuing to work on signage & interpretation; please bear with us. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know, We are interested in hearing from you. A new and improved map and walking tour are currently in the process of being rolled out for the first of the year. Again, we welcome your suggestions and comments. Again, bear with us, it is a slow process-- limited staff and time. The new walking tour can be found here. We are also working on an all inclusive plant database. Phew! We still need volunteers! Come out volunteer. All the information is here. Don't want to volunteer? Maybe you don't have the time. Have you been out and taken pictures at an event or just wandered around taking pictures of the flowers and landscape? We would love to add them to our collection and maybe use them to promote the BFCG (with credit, of course).
Welcome our new part-time groundskeeper, Thomas Massinne.

Just to clarify, the office is closed weekdays for lunch from 12 Noon- 1:00 PM, but the gates remain open. This is now reflected on the website. Sorry for the confusion.

The August 2009 News from the Gardens newsletter is now available.  Check it out!

There are several new links available on the Links page. Old ones have been either removed or updated. The Cooperative Extension offers many of their publications online, check them out. You will be surprised at all the topics available.

Do you have time & would like to volunteer? Information is available here. Get involved! Come out & volunteer.

The Fall Festival is October 24, 2009, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. You can find basic information here and here. More information will be available closer to October 24. Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Go here for the vendor letter and here for the vendor contract. We hope to see you there!

7th-Jul-2009 02:40 pm - A few odds and ends...

A few changes have been made to the overall layout of the website. We hope that it will aid in navigation of the site. The blackberry field is now closed and has been noted on the front page of the website.

Major changes for the office include changes in staff: Cassie Davis has joined us as the Program Assistant, Jeff Webb is currently the Interm Superintendent, both Dr. Stephen Garton and Chazelle V. have left us. The office is now closed for lunch from 12 noon- 1 PM, Mon- Fri.  If you need plan to visit us during this time, please plan accordingly. The lobby will continue to be open for brochures, but staff will not be available. 

Also, if you bring soil samples to the BFCG, please note the cost has risen to $8 per sample. Please try to bring them by during business hours Mon- Fri. 

Contracts for rental facilities need to be made during business hours only. Facilitators may show facilities, but cannot create contracts. You may also refer to our website.

The June edition of From the Gardens  is now up.

Until next time.
24th-May-2009 09:37 pm - Blackberries are almost here!

The blackberry field will open on June 1, 2009. Blackberries are $3.00 per pound. The field can be closed for field maintenance, inclimate weather, or field conditions (this includes being picked out for the day). The field can be picked out quickly at the beginning and end of the season.

The hours are from Mon - Sat 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Everyone must be out of the field at 4:00 PM. Buckets will be available most weekdays and after 12 noon in the main office. On Sat from 9:00 AM- 12 noon, buckets will be located in the annex.

Hotline: For up-to-date picking days and times call 912-921-5897.
 
Also, please note, the strawberry patch is now closed.

 

8th-Apr-2009 03:19 pm - Event Updates
The strawberry field is now open Mon - Sat from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM or until the field is picked out. Berries are $2.00 per pound. Instructions for picking can be found on signs as you enter the gates. Please note that the field may not be open due to inclimate weather, field maintenance, or can close early due to field conditions. We take cash or check only, no debit or credit cards, please. Checks may be made out to BFCG, in the memo line write strawberries or berries. Thank you. Also, please be aware of stinging insects (bees, wasps, ants, etc).

The 15th Annual Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch will be held April 26, 2009 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. More information can be found here. Registration is requested.

The Herb Society is now meeting every month on the 3rd Thrusday. Come and join them starting at 6:00 PM.


You will find a schedule of events and a map of the grounds here. If you have any questions contact 912.921.5460. We hope to see you there!
10th-Mar-2009 11:17 pm - Put a spring into your step!
The 15th Annual Spring Garden & Art Festival is scheduled for March 21, 2009, from 9 AM - 4 PM. There will be art & craft vendors, plant vendors, gardening lectures, bamboo fiber spinning & weaving, kids events, & food.  Some events are free, while some carry a small charge. Parking is $2.00 per car. *Please note: Some vendors do not take debit or charge cards. Events & times of events will be posted upon confirmation at our website and here on a later post.

Some not so good news to report for the festival. Due to the unusually cold weather we have had, the strawberry patch will not be open during the Spring Festival. The tentative date for the opening of the strawberry patch is the first part of April. We will update the hotline (912.921.5897), this blog(a later post), and the website as soon as the patch opens. Remember, we also hang a banner out on the fence when the patch opens.

On April 26, the Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch will be held. Reservations can be made for $20.00 per person. More information to follow as it becomes available.

If you note, there have been a few small cosmetic changes to the website.

We have finally gotten around to updating the website.

The changes for this update are:
Changes in staff (Contact Us page)
Rental Information
Both events calendars
Newest Commercial Horticulture Newsletter

Also of note, we will be closed from Dec 25, 2008- Jan 1, 2009. We will reopen on Jan 2, 2009 at 8:00 AM. If you are interested in our rental facilities during the holiday season, please leave a message at 912-921-5460 x200. Someone will be back in contact with you as soon as possible.

May you have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!
12th-Aug-2008 02:51 pm - Website Update- Lots of Information!

The website has been updated with the following changes:

There is now a Press Release page. Go
here to find it.

The latest issue of the News from the Gardens has been added in
.pub and .pdf formats. 
In this issue:
     The Butterfly Garden to Get Interpretive Signs
     Major Renovation and Repair Money from UGA
     Orange Bulldog Pumpkins Follows Strawberries
     Calendar of Events

New school field trips have been announced. They are available for public, private, and homeschoolers. Space is limited.

Information about the
Rainbow Goddess Iris Collection and its collector, Stan Gray, have been added. This was the first year for the collection. The next few years as the collection establishes itself will be amazing to watch as the different varieties bloom and show what they can do in this area. Peak bloom for irises in this area is around April-May.

Pesticide training has been announced for August 18 and 25. For more information go
here or call 912.921.5460. The cost is $10 per person/ per day, books not included. Cash or check only. To order your books call the UGA Ag Business Office at 706-542-8999. You may use a credit card to order your books.

The Calendar of Events has been updated to include:
   Pesticide Training- August 18 & 25
   Hardy Orchid Speaker, John Tullock- September 12

Welcome to our two new staff members! Stewart Parker started as the Grounds Foreman and Luzbell Wood started as the new custodian.
Training for the new docent class has been announced. Classes will start September 10 at 9 AM. Classes will run every Wednesday from 9 AM - NOON until October 22, 2008. Need more information? Go
here.

Hardy orchid speaker, John Tullock, scheduled to appear on September 12 at 7 PM. More information is
here.

The Fall Festival is scheduled for October 25 from 9 AM - 4 PM. Schedule of activities and events to be announced. Are you interested in being a vendor? Contact either Jeff Webb at 912.921.5460 or jkwebb(at)uga(dot)edu or Misty Schmitt at 912.921.5460 or mschmitt(at)uga(dot)edu.

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