Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tennessee Home Vegetable Garden - 2018 Calendar
Photo courtesy of UTIA

12/8/2017        Beth Hall,

Home gardeners and growers across the state should enjoy a new resource in 2018 available free from University of Tennessee Extension.  The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar has been developed by the UT Extension Fruit and Vegetable Workgroup to help users create a comprehensive plan for home vegetable gardens.
Natalie Bumgarner, UT Extension plant sciences expert, says, “We are excited about this new calendar because it can support both new and experienced gardeners with schedules, tips and information on vegetable varieties for the garden.”
The calendar includes tips for scheduling planting, harvest and general management. It is formatted like a regular calendar, and you can print and display in a convenient area or use on your computer throughout the year. Also included in the calendar are monthly tasks for growers and an area for taking notes about that month’s weather and crop observations. The calendar is area-specific as well, with suggestions for East, Middle and West Tennessee.
The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar is available for download from the UT Extension website, and the final pages of the file include management templates for crops, climate, pests and diseases. The file also includes fillable boxes that enable it to be used as an electronic record keeping system for gardeners who do not wish to print the file. 
To download your copy of the Tennessee Home Vegetable Garden 2018 Calendar, click the link below or and type “2018 calendar” into the search bar. Dr. Bumgarner also points out the PDF contains links to connect readers to other UT Extension gardening resources, denoted by green text throughout the calendar.  
For more information about gardening, contact your local county Extension office.
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides 
Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, UT Department of Plant Sciences,​​
2018 Vegetable Calendar​ link

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Christmas Forest at the Cookeville Children's Museum

The Cookeville History Museum is hosting A Christmas Forest exhibit which opened during the Museum’s open house on Saturday,       December 9.  You are invited to attend and view fifteen unique trees. 

Master Gardeners are displaying a pollinator/nature tree. PCMG talented elves Mickie Loyd, Carol Ludgate, Linda Anderson, Cathy Lamb, Norma Moore and Vicky Draper have been very busy decorating. Come check out the Christmas forest to see how this team has blessed us with their talents. What a fun way to spread awareness about pollinators in our community!

The exhibit continues through Jan. 2. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 40 E. Broad St. (It will be closed Dec. 23.) Admission is free. For more information, call 931-520-5455.


PCMG December Newsletter

Just a heads up that the December 2017 Newsletter has been added to the Monthly Newsletter tab.  Thanks to all our contributors!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017 PCMG Newsletter

This month's newsletter has been added to the Monthly Newsletter tab!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2018 PCMG Master Gardener Course Registration

The Putnam County UT Extension office is now taking applications for the 2018 Master Gardener Course until December 8. 

This course is offered once per year and is one of the premier educational opportunities in the Upper Cumberland of this type. The 12 educational classes offered during the course cover a wide range of topics such as: lawn management, soils, annuals and perennials, garden design, vegetable gardening, etc.

The classes will be held on Monday evenings beginning January 29th and ending April 16th . The cost of the course is $125 which covers the cost of the materials, speaker expenses and partial refreshments.  The course has a maximum number of 30 participants and is a first come registration.
Those interested may call the Extension office at 931-526-4561 or e-mail . 
Please help get the word out to friends, family, co-workers and neighbors who may be interested in becoming a valued member of PCMG.
Prescott South Middle School Fall Plant Sale - TODAY, 3-3:30pm

The Greenhouse Program at Prescott South Middle School is unlike any other in the county.

Seventh and eighth graders, along with their energetic and caring teacher Casey Garrison, grow vegetables from seed for this annual fundraiser.  The students learn how to germinate seeds and care for the plants during multiple growing seasons as well as learning the basics of how to operate and manage a greenhouse.

Your support of the plant sale will help provide funds for continuing this unique educational experience.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monthly Newsletter Tab Updated

The October Newsletter has been added to the Monthly Newsletter Tab.

Herald-Citizen Master Gardener of the Month - Alexandra Vance
from Oct 1st

Alexandra is a talented artist on canvas as well as in her garden!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

October 7 & 8, 2017 
at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee NASHVILLE, TN.

The Nashville Rose Society will hold its annual Fall Rose Show on October 7 and 8 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Admission is FREE to the public from 1:00 to 4:30 PM on Saturday October 7 th and from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Sunday October 8th .

Over 30 of the most accomplished exhibiting rosarians from across Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama will compete for awards in multiple categories - from hybrid teas, floribundas and miniatures to climbers, shrub roses and old garden roses – displaying hundreds of roses in a variety of colors and fragrances. There will be a competition for best rose arrangement as well.

On each day of the show, at 2:00 PM, a Nashville Rose Society Consulting Rosarian will conduct a FREE workshop on the “Basics of Growing Roses”, designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice. Come and learn how to properly prepare your soil, when and how to prune, as well as proven techniques for fertilizing and protecting roses from damaging insects and diseases. The Nashville Rose Society will provide each attendee at the workshops with a complimentary packet about growing beautiful roses in Tennessee.

“The Nashville Rose Society is excited to hold our annual Fall Rose Show at Belmont University and invite the public to attend. It’s an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing roses with our Middle Tennessee neighbors. Roses have a reputation of being “fussy” and challenging to grow. I hope folks will come to the show to be inspired and to learn that really anyone can grow beautiful roses”, said Ron Daniels, President of The Nashville Rose Society.

The Rose Show will be held in the Gabhart Student Center, rooms A & B, on the campus of Belmont University, located at 2002 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN. Parking is free. For a map of the campus, visit

Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information as well as directions to the Rose Show, visit The Nashville Rose Society’s website at or contact John Wendler, chairman of public relations for the event, at

Burgess Falls Garden/Scout Work Day and Lunch, RSVP
When: Saturday, September 30th at 9am. 
Where: Burgess Falls Butterfly Garden
What to Bring: Tools -- hand tools and pruning tools,  shovels and rakes, buckets, gloves, water, etc.
Lunch: The Friends of Burgess Falls Butterfly Gardens will be providing lunch for all volunteers who help that day!

Please RSVP to Bill Summers by Monday, September 25th if you plan to volunteer and stay for lunch or just plan to volunteer. 
Volunteers can help out for an hour or the entire time.... it is up to you.
Bill Summers email: or call: 931-432-5312
This is a great opportunity to work with youth and teach them the importance of pollinators!!!
Hope the weather cooperates!
Thanks for all you do,

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cumberland County Master Gardener Fall Festival - PCMG Participation

Putnam County Master Gardeners had the opportunity to participate in this year's Cumberland County Master Gardener Fall Festival in Crossville recently.  Our involvement included elements from our successful 2017 Putnam County Fair display.

Please see the highlights in the link below.

PCMG Participation in CCMG Fall Festival


Administrative Updates from Nancy

PCMG Members and Interns,
1. Nominating Committee: If you are interested in being a member on this committee please contact any member of the Executive Committee ASAP. Membership will approve the Nominating Committee of at least three members at the September meeting. Executive Committee positions that will be open for the 2018 term are as follows: President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Jan Tollett has agreed to run a second term as Secretary. The Nominating Committee will present the slate of officers to the active membership at our October meeting with the annual election held at our November meeting.

2. Plant Sale Leader: If you are interested in being a leader or co-leader of the Plant Sale for 2018 please contact Serina Wells- Email: or 931-510-7788.  In the past, this project, including budget has been presented to membership by the November meeting.
Thanks for all you do,


Monday, August 28, 2017

Project Expense Reimbursement Form

The Project Expense Reimbursement Form has been added to the 
Links/Form tab.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

 Cane Creek Pollinator Field Update

Exciting news!  Weather permitting, preparations begin Monday, Aug 28 for the pollinator fields at Cane Creek Park!  We are partnering with:
Cookeville Leisure Services and Public Facilities
TWRA – Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
NRCS- Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
PCMG and Interns, if you would like to help develop educational signage, please contact Nancy. home:  931-839-6807, cell:  931-239-3703 or email:

Also, look who has been hanging around our Monarch Waystation at the   Putnam County UT Extension building....our very own pollinators....Monarch Butterfly on Zinnias and Black Swallowtail Caterpillars enjoying Bronze Fennel.


Herald-Citizen Master Gardener of the Month - Gloria Vick

Gloria is one of our most active Putnam County Master Gardeners, providing leadership in so many of our endeavors.  This article shows that her love of gardening begins at home.

Thanks for all you do, Gloria!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Monthly Newsletter tab has been updated

A special 'Fair' edition of the PCMG Newsletter has been added to the
Monthly Newsletter archive tab.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture - PCMG at 2017 Putnam County Fair

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has shared a clip from 
this year's Putnam County Fair featuring the Master Gardener display.

PCMG at 2017 PC Fair, TN Dept of Ag Video 

From the TN Dept of Ag website:
Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture was formed in 1854 to promote agriculture through fairs and expositions. Nearly three million people visit Tennessee Agricultural fairs each year. TDA proudly continues to support fairs, large and small, held across the state.
2016 by the Numbers
* 2,550,000 people visited 61 fairs in Tennessee
* More than 17,000 volunteers
* More than 120,000 agricultural exhibits
* More than 28,000 agricultural exhibitors
* More than $12 million generated in gross receipts
* Putnam County Fair 2016 Attendance: 51,716
For More Information Contact:
Lynne Williams, Fair Administrator
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Marketing Development Division
P.O. Box 40627, Nashville, TN 37204
615-837-5081 or

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cumberland County Master Gardeners Fall Festival - August 29th
Great opportunity to earn volunteer hours and CEU's!!
This is a wonderful day of FUN, classes, exhibits,Food, marketplace, and camaraderie with other gardeners!  I have attached the schedule of classes for your review. Over 800 attendees registered from 44 counties of Tennessee last year!  Those attending the festival in the past have enjoyed and learned from visiting educational displays throughout the Gardens.

2017 Fall Gardeners' Festival Agenda
I am very excited that Putnam County Master Gardeners will be participating this year! We will be presenting CB and Bonnie's wonderful seed diversity display from our fair exhibit! Also on exhibit will be the Cold Frame from our fair exhibit.
If you would like to volunteer any time at our booth from 9am - 4:00pm on the 29th, please contact Nancy Snope.  John and I have a 10 x 10 cover so we will have shade and chairs for you to sit.  Nancy's Home: 931-839-6807 Cell: 931-239-3703, Email:
When: Tuesday, August 29th
Where: UT Plateau Research and Education Center, Highway 70 N, Crossville, TN
** Free Admission **
Registration: 8am-9am
Classes: 9am-2pm
I look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 Putnam County Fair Board Honors 10 Years of Master Gardeners

The Putnam County Fair Board recently honored the PCMG group for 
10 years of participation in the Putnam County Fair.  The group's initial participation reportedly consisted of a 'few plants on a few tables, manned by a few Master Gardeners.' 

Involvement in the Fair has consistently grown year over year, expanding
creatively to become 'one of the most popular exhibits.'  Congratulations to each Master Gardener who contributed to the team's success throughout the past decade.

July 30th Herald-Citizen Article

Fair Book Cover

PCMG Recognition

PCMGs in Attendance at the 2017 Fair Board Luncheon

Just a Heads Up.....

The PCMG August 2017 Newsletter has been added to the Monthly Newsletter tab.

Thanks to all our contributors and editor!
Grape Day, August 26th, Rutherford County Master Gardeners
Autumn Shultz, President of  Rutherford County Master Gardeners,
has invited neighboring Master Gardener groups to participate in the fun of harvesting and pressing grapes at this year's grape day on August 26th 6am-6pm (come and go). See attached flyer for more information.
Bring your own sterile gallon container, pick grapes, stay for the de-stemming and juicing and take home fresh squeezed juice for making jelly, sauce or drinking.
Sounds like FUN!  Let me know if any plan to attend as we could carpool.

Upper Cumberland Parade of Homes Announcement
By Melanie Chadwell (931-528-7472)
The Upper Cumberland Parade of Homes will be August 19th and 20th in Cookeville and surrounding areas. Presented by the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland, the tour will include new and remodeled houses that feature a variety of design styles and innovative building products.
The Upper Cumberland is a great place to live, and the Parade of Homes celebrates the exceptional quality, fine craftsmanship and design choices that are available here. Instead of just browsing through design magazines and watching HGTV, you can stroll through impressive homes in real neighborhoods and talk directly to builders and product suppliers to gather information for your project. You will see actual examples of shiplap, quartz countertops, outdoor fireplaces, current paint colors, unique lighting, and othertrends. It is much more fun and productive than scrolling through Pinterest.The Parade of Homes is a unique opportunity to See, Touch, and Learn. Although we all enjoy online shopping, there is no substitute for actually seeing products, and talking to professionals. Whether you plan to build your dream home or want to upgrade your current residence, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, regardless of your budget.
Admission is $10 to tour all 6 houses, and tickets will be available at each house during Parade hours, which are Saturday, August 19 from 10-5, and Sunday, August 20 from 12-5. Advance tickets are half price, only $5, and can be purchased at any First National Bank, Kitchen & Bath HomeCORR (Broad Street in Cookeville), or Wilson Bank. More information at
Builders and remodelers featured in the Parade of Homes are:

     Davidson Custom Builders – Ronnie & Denise Davidson

     Elite Construction – Eric Cherry and Tony Johnson

     Holloway & Sons Construction

     Honest Abe Log Homes – Melissa & Greg Watson

     Watermill Construction – Larry Suggs

More information about the Parade of Homes at

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2017 Putnam County Fair Update
Putnam County Master Gardner Exhibit Teams are busy preparing this year's fair displays and have asked for extended support from members and interns.  Your help with any of the following will be appreciated!
Flower and Seed Diversity:
CB would like any seed heads that you can collect in your yard. Please identify and include the name of the plant's seed head, place in a bag, and drop off at the UT Extension building by Monday afternoon, July 31.  Please contact CB if you have any questions.
Shirley needs compost ingredients for the fair exhibit.  The items should be left "bagged" in the compost area at the Fair Building no later than Wednesday, August 2nd.  We need: Egg shells, Banana peels, Coffee grounds, Fruit waste, Vegetables, Corn stalks (chopped), leaves, Straw (Wheat), and Sawdust or Wood chips (1 year old or older) . Note: The compost piles will be small.   Any questions, please call Shirley Smith.
Contemplative Garden:
Please bring your extra garden magazines to the UT Extension building or Fair building by August 2nd. There will be a bench in our garden where guests can sit down, relax, unwind and read through the magazines to get ideas. They may even choose to take a magazine or two home with them!
Charlotte's Web:
Vicky Draper and her team need (two) 8'old wood boards and (one) 6.5' old wood board. Please contact Vicky if you have these items.
Thanks in advance,
CB, Shirley, Nancy, and Vicky

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fun Committee - Garden Tours July 12,13 and 14th
The Fun Committee would like to invite all Putnam County Master Gardeners and Interns to a tour of three of the Master Gardeners' gardens. The tours will be over three days so that if your schedule doesn't work one day, you may be able to come to the other two.

Tour 1 on Wednesday morning, July 12, 9:30am until we get too hot!
Mickie Loyd's: 1101 Oak Hill Drive, Cookeville, 931 432 0288 or 931 349 0139.
Most of you have been to my place and know I have lots of everything. We can have a dig party, and you can take something home with you to plant. I think the wattle fence might be new to some of you so check it out. If I can build one (husband help), you can too.
Tour 2 on Thursday evening, July 13, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Linda Anderson's: 2101 Amber Meadow Rd, Cookeville, 931 432 5037.
To get to Linda's house, on Amber Meadow Rd, you will see a mailbox on the left and a dirt road going through a field, into the woods. The house cannot be seen from the road.
Linda has been a "collector" for years and her yard has many wonderful treasures, as well as a log cabin in back of her log cabin house. Her place is a real treasure, and you won't want to miss it. You might even catch a glimpse of Buttons!
Tour 3 on Friday evening, July 14, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Carol Ludgate's: 2410 N Pointe Cove Circle, Cookeville, 931 520 6355.
Most of you know Carol is a wonderful artist who views her garden with creative eyes. Whimsy is everywhere. You will come away with lots of ideas for your own gardens.
Please make an effort to do these tours. Besides seeing what others do with their gardens. it is a time to visit with each other, beyond the time limits of our monthly meetings. 
See you Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mickie Loyd    

Sunday's Herald Citizen PCMG Article 

'A Whole New Look' with Mickie Loyd

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Reminder to Putnam County Master Gardeners and Interns 
If you have not already done so, please RSVP by emailing Nancy Snope no later than July 10, 2017 at:

2017 Putnam County Fair
Opening Luncheon - Friday, August 4, 2017
You are cordially invited to join the Putnam County Fair Board Team and Junior Fair Board at the 91th Putnam County Fair
* Ribbon Cutting at the Fair Office at 11:30am *
* Luncheon in the Putnam County Music Barn at 12:00 noon *
Saluting the Putnam County Master Gardeners Association


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Just a Heads Up.....

The PCMG July 2017 Newsletter has been added to the Monthly Newsletter tab.

Thanks to all our contributors and editor!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Burgess Falls State Nature Area
Annual Butterfly Garden Celebration, Saturday, July 15, 2017
9am to 3pm

A Note from Bill Summers:
Good Morning, below is the program schedule for the annual Butterfly Garden Celebration here at Burgess Falls.
Burgess Falls State Natural Area
13th Annual Butterfly Garden Celebration
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Join us to celebrate the award winning Native Butterfly Garden that State Parks’ staff, Putnam County Master Gardeners, Volunteers and the Iris funding created. Come and enjoy a fun filled day with Tennessee Park Rangers and Staff-led educational programs.   Educational programs will include Hikes, Landscaping with Native Plants, Butterfly Identification Walk, Birds of Prey, Creek Studies, and Reptiles and Amphibians.  The Native Butterfly Garden is the winner of the 2006 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in Excellence in Parks and Recreation.  For more information call the park office 931-432-5312.
Butterfly Garden Celebration Program Schedule
 9:00am Walk in the Woods with the Park Ranger: As we enjoy an easy walk, the ranger will talk about the area.  Meet at the main trail head.
10:00am Birds of Prey: Join the Ranger at the amphitheater to learn about our native hawks and owls.
10:30am Butterfly Identification Walk:  Middle Tennessee Naturalist John Froeschauer will conduct an informal butterfly identification walk and talk. It will begin in the open garden, and will continue into the neighboring woodland habitat, where different species may be found. The walk will also focus on native butterfly food and nectar plants. Bring binoculars if you have them.
11:00am Mammals of Tennessee: Join the Ranger at the Amphitheater to learn about our native mammals.
12:00pm Birds of Prey: Join the Ranger at the amphitheater to learn about our native hawks and owls.
1:00pm Butterfly Identification Walk: Middle Tennessee Naturalist John Froeschauer will conduct an informal butterfly identification walk and talk. It will begin in the open garden, and will continue into the neighboring woodland habitat, where different species may be found. The walk will also focus on native butterfly food and nectar plants. Bring binoculars if you have them.
1:00pm Reptiles: Join us for a program on the native reptiles of Tennessee.  Meet at the amphitheater.
1:00pm Hike to the Big Falls Overlook: Join the Ranger for a hike to the main falls overlook.  Meet at Picnic Shelter. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. About one hour, meet at the trail head.

Bill Summers
Park Manager
Burgess Falls State Natural Area
4000 Burgess Falls Drive
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone 931.432.5312
Fax 931.432.1451