Monday, September 21, 2020

Master Gardeners Graduate

Elaine Buch (Master Gardener Training Aide), Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Isabel Way-Soto (Master Gardener Coordinator), Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Mike Gott (Master Gardener Training Aide), Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, Rege Malone (Training Aide, Josephine Shields (Master Gardener Training Aide), and Christal Beheler.

Elaine Buch (Master Gardener Training Aide), Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Isabel Way-Soto (Master Gardener Coordinator), Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Mike Gott (Master Gardener Training Aide), Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, Rege Malone (Training Aide, Josephine Shields (Master Gardener Training Aide), and Christal Beheler.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 11, for 13 volunteers who successfully completed the 13week Master Gardener certification program.

The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public.

The graduating class of 2015 including

Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, and Christal Beheler, will join the existing 70 Master Gardeners that support the University of Florida Cooperative Extension office with public education volunteerism.

Collier County Master Gardeners are volunteers in action helping people to beautify and protect our environment. The newest class of 13 graduates will be advising homeowners on how to design, plant, and care for their landscape in an environmentally friendly way Through educational tours, plant clinics at Home Depot, Lowe’s, local libraries, Naples Botanical Garden, 3rd Street Farmers Market and the Extension Office, and supporting the public with inquiries regarding plant problem diagnostics, Florida Friendly landscapes, plant identification, integrated pest management, plant growth and maintenance. Volunteers also make occasional home visits as Florida Yards and Neighborhood advisors and host the Yard and Garden Show in the fall and the Garden Workshop Series in spring.

If you want to learn more about how to become a Master Gardener, please contact Isabel Way, UF/IFAS Collier County Master Gardener Coordinator at iway@ufl.edu or call the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension office at 239-252-4800. For more information on events go to collier.ifas.ufl.edu/Calendar.shtml/

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