Graduates swell master gardeners' ranks

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Photo submitted New Master Gardeners are John Wall, (back row, from left), Dan Ward, Sam Davis, Terry Dean; (front row, from left) Patricia Messer, Brenda Webb, Loretta Hoeffner, Kristy Rice, Patricia Dean, Sue Davis, and Beth Leibowitz. Not pictured are Marie and Jerry Swenson and Karen Welch.

Carroll County Master Gardeners just completed their 2011 training class with 14 members from throughout the county.

The program is operated under the direction of the U of A Cooperative Extension Service. Classes were presented by specialists from the University of Arkansas along with local extension agent Randy Forst, Leon Duncan, retired, and Janet Carson, horticulture specialist in Little Rock.

As certified members of the nationwide program, graduates are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours back to their community as well as continue their education by attending meetings, field trips and classes throughout the year.

Carroll County has trained more than 100 applicants since its inception in 1996, with Beth Stafford and Jean Ericksen from that class still acting as active members.

The purpose of the organization is to stimulate interest in horticulture, encourage members to volunteer their services, share the benefits of cooperative effort with the community, encourage the training, knowledge and experience of other master gardeners and to assist the Carroll County Extension Service in disseminating horticulture information to individuals and groups throughout the county.

For more information on the program, visit the extension office on Freeman Switch Road in Berryville or call (870) 423-2958.

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