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June 12, 2009

Wake Master Gardeners celebrate 30 years

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Wake Master Gardeners recently celebrated 30 years. Panelists who discussed the program's history are, from left, Sherrill Register, Carl Matyac, Pam Beck, Arabelle Plonk (front), Victor Lynn and Erv Evans. (Photo courtesy of Angela Hertzberg)

Master Gardeners who support N.C. Cooperative Extension in Wake County recently celebrated 30 years of service with a birthday party, cake and all. One highlight was a panel discussion with former horticulture agents and MG volunteers reflecting on the program's history. Wake's MG program began in 1979 when agent Victor Lynn learned of a program called "Garden Leaders" while attending a national agricultural agents meeting. Lynn returned to Raleigh to begin a similar program in Wake County. Today, Wake County Master Gardeners have 129 members and three emeritus members. In addition to answering home horticulture phone calls five days a week, the group is responsible for five demonstration gardens, three WaterWise gardens, horticultural therapy, Successful Gardener clinics, youth horticulture and a speaker’s bureau.

-A. Hertzberg

Posted by Natalie at June 12, 2009 08:09 AM