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The Scoop on Joro Spiders by RGC Blogger Florence Ann Berna

The Scoop on Joro Spiders by RGC Blogger Florence Ann Berna

Chances are, if you live in northeast Georgia you’ve come across an East Asian Joro spider this fall. At almost 3 inches across when their legs are fully extended, they’re hard to miss. While they’re roughly the same size as orb spiders, the distinctive yellow and blue-black stripes on their backs and bright red markings on their undersides are unique. Their enormous three-dimensional webs are a striking golden color and tend to be located higher off the ground than those of other spiders. “We’ve been getting lots of calls and emails…

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National Garden Week: Be a Good Host to Pollinators This Summer by RGC Blogger Lisa Ethridge

National Garden Week: Be a Good Host to Pollinators This Summer by RGC Blogger Lisa Ethridge

This spring you will see countless butterfly garden articles using words like nectar, pollinator, and flowers. What you might not see in these documents are words like native, habitat, and caterpillar. While providing pollen is laudable, you are not being a very good host if you don’t provide food for the butterfly through all 4 stages of its life cycle: egg, larva, chrysalis, and adult.

The butterfly has been poetically called a flying flower. In reality, it is an insect, which, in its adult stage, lives 2-6 weeks. Nectar-rich plants like…

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Garden Week in Georgia: It’s Earth Day 2021–How Are You Going to Help Restore Our Earth? by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Garden Week in Georgia: It’s Earth Day 2021–How Are You Going to Help Restore Our Earth? by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

This year EarthDay.org is collaborating with people around the world for three days of climate action. April 20 is the Global Youth Summit led by Earth Uprising & the We Shall Breathe Hip Hop Caucus; April 21 is Teach for the Planet led by Education International; and April 22 Earth Day Live starts streaming at 12:30. All of these events can be streamed on earthday.org. Earth Day also marks the start of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on the Climate.

While I was checking out what was going on for Earth Day, I came across earthday.org’s 51 Ways to Restore our Earth. As I was reading the tips…

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Protect Our Environment: Join The Georgia Water Coalition & The Garden Club of Georgia for Capitol Conservation Day 2021

Protect Our Environment: Join The Georgia Water Coalition & The Garden Club of Georgia for Capitol Conservation Day 2021

Capitol Conservation Day 2021 will be a virtual event.

Join us to get the information you need to make a difference for cleaner, more plentiful water in Georgia. We will virtually come together on March 3 using Zoom.

Experts from the Georgia Water Coalition will brief us on important legislative issues. Then we will put your new skills and information to work! Following the event, meet with your local legislators virtually to advocate in support of important legislation.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling by Guest Blogger & 1st Place High School Competition Winner Tara Goff

The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling by Guest Blogger & 1st Place High School Competition Winner Tara Goff

As rising temperatures bring attention to the problem of global warming, society becomes more involved in ways that the carbon footprint may be reduced. Restaurants commonly choose not to provide straws, the vegan community has grown, and local produce is becoming more readily available, for example at the Roswell Farmer’s and Artisan Market. There are, of course, still the basic approaches, such as opting to walk or bike ride…

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We Can Lower Our Carbon Footprint and End Climate Change—Here’s How, by RGC Guest Blogger & 2nd place HS blog winner Savannah Young

We Can Lower Our Carbon Footprint and End Climate Change—Here’s How, by RGC Guest Blogger & 2nd place HS blog winner Savannah Young

It’s needless to say that there’s no shortage of plastic in the Roswell area. 

Between the sheer amount of straws given out at restaurants to the load of plastic bottles you can find on the side of the road, there’s no doubt that we need to make a change. 

However, while some may struggle to see that we need to make changes in our lives to help the environment long term, others may find it difficult to actually make the change.  

So, we’re throwing it back to elementary school and reminding everyone of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 

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Why am I Helping the Environment?…by Guest Blogger & 3rd Place Winner Maynor Chinchilla

Why am I Helping the Environment?…by Guest Blogger & 3rd Place Winner Maynor Chinchilla

I want you to think about the question “Why I am helping the environment?”. For a lot of people this question is difficult to answer because they may not help the environment or not ever think about it, and if you are one of those people here is the answer. We need to help our environment so we as the entire humanity can have a better future. Remember that this is the place that you are going to invite your children. Remember that their future is located in their home, and I don’t think someone can have a future when it does not even have a home. You are choosing between letting the kids live and die. Trust I know that those words are really strong but…

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2020 RGC High School Environmental Blog Post Competition Winners

Roswell Garden Club is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Environmental Blog Entry Competition:

1st place – The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling, Tara Goff

2nd place – We Can Lower Our Carbon Footprint and End Climate Change—Here’s How, Savannah Young

3rd place – Why am I Helping the Environment?, Maynor Chinchilla

We encourage you to read the words of these student-bloggers from our community and take action on their suggestions. Let’s work together to take the National Garden Club, Inc.’s challenge and move from consumers to caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife.

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