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2022 EMG NCC: Day 2

Morning Transportation to Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Conference team members will be in the ANdAZ hotel lobby 15 minutes before each trolley departure time. Trolleys cannot wait at the stop. If you are late, you will need to catch a later trolley.

  • 7:00 AM first trolley departs Montgomery St. stop for Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (meet in lobby @ 6:45 am)
  • 7:30 AM second trolley departs Montgomery St. stop for Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (meet in lobby @ 7:15 am)
  • 8:00 AM third and final trolley departs Montgomery St. stop for Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (meet in lobby @ 7:45 am)

7:30 - 9:00 AM | Breakfast

  • served in the Andrews Visitor and Education Building, seating on the porch



9:00 AM|Welcome

  • Dr. Nick Place, Dean University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Leo Lombardini, Head, University of Georgia Department of Horticulture
  • Dr. Tim Davis, Director, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, and County Extension Coordinator, UGA Extension Chatham County
  • Dr. Charlotte Glen, Chair, Extension Master Gardener National Committee
  • Dr. Sheri Dorn, Conference host

10:00 AM|Celebrating History: Savannah’s Story

  • Dr. Stan Deaton is the Senior Historian and the Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian at the Georgia Historical Society (GHS). He is the Emmy-winning writer and host of Today in Georgia History, jointly produced for TV and radio by GHS and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Dr. Deaton is a public speaker, writer, teacher, and lecturer. He serves as the managing editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly.

10:30 AM|BREAK

11:00 AM|Celebrating History: The Garden’s History

  • Melanie J. Ford, Director of Construction, University of Georgia Office of the University Architects, will share the fascinating story of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden, site for the 2022 Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference. Melanie's Director responsibilities are varied and include general oversight of capital construction projects and major renovations on UGA’s campus. Melanie received a Bachelor of Science in Building Science at Auburn University, worked in the private sector as a general contractor for twenty years and then joined the UGA team in 2007. She earned a Master’s in Historic Preservation from UGA in 2016 while working full-time. She is currently still working full-time and also pursuing a Master’s in Landscape Architecture and anticipates graduating in spring 2024. Melanie is currently President of the Georgia chapter of COAA and President of the Athens Area Women in Construction.

11:30 AM|Celebrating History: 50 Years of Extension Master Gardeners

  • Jennifer Marquis, Statewide Program Leader, Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program, will share the history of the Extension Master Gardener Program.

12:15 PM|Adjourn for lunch

  • served in the Andrews Visitor and Education Building, seating on the porch


1:30 PM|Session 1

  • Health & Wellbeing (Frank Williams Classroom) Measuring the Wellness Outcomes of EMG Volunteerism: Insights from Florida and The Urban County Farm
  • Community Development (Bethel Burton Building) MG Program for Puerto Rico and Fulfilled Volunteers and Thriving Units: Virginia EMG Research Study (handouts and research study)
  • Environmental Stewardship (Ballroom) Engaging Volunteers in Applied Research and The NDSU EMG pollinator Program: Education, Research, and Impacts (handouts)

2:30 - 3:30 PM | Posters & Snack Break (Roots n Shoots Classroom and Bamboo Museum)

3:30 PM | Session 2

  • Health & Wellbeing (Frank Williams Classroom) Reducing Anxiety with Nature and Gardening (RANG): Evaluating the Impacts of Gardening and Outdoor Activities on Anxiety among U.S. Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Harvest for Health: Gardening Intervention for Cancer Survivors (handouts)
  • Community Development (Bethel Burton Building) Small Ripples Become Big Waves: MG Volunteer Programs Can Document Change using Ripple Effects Mapping and Inclusive Volunteer Selection Practices: Lessons from the UC Master Gardener Program
  • Environmental Stewardship (Ballroom) Pollinator Day: Reaching the Urban Population through Purdue EMGs (handouts) and The Georgia Green Landscape Stewards Program: Creating and Implementing a Statewide Sustainable Landscape Program (handouts)

4:30 PM | Free time in the Gardens

5:00 - 7:00 PM | EMG Program Birthday Dinner and National Coordinator Awards (Lakeside Pavilion)

  • Happy Birthday, Extension Master Gardener Program! Join us in the Lakeside Pavilion for a low country boil dinner and ice cream to celebrate the 50th birthday of the EMG Program. Like any good birthday party, gifts are in order! Be sure to bring an item for the celebration – white elephant style!
  • Group Photo at 6:45 PM!

Evening Transportation from Gardens

  • 7:00 pm first trolley departs Gardens for Montgomery St. trolley stop
  • 7:30 pm second trolley departs for Montgomery St. hotel trolley stop
  • 8:00 pm third and final trolley departs for Montgomery St. trolley stop