The Fayette County Master Gardeners met for their annual holiday dinner and award ceremony at Rachel’s House Catering early this week.
There were 10 Master Gardeners present along with family and guests. Each Master Gardener received a certificate of service denoting the number of years they had been with the program. The Ohio State University Master Gardener Program was established 17 years ago in Fayette County and there was one gardener from that class in attendance.
Certificates of appreciation were given to The Washington C.H. Service Department, David Persinger/Fayette County Farmer’s Market, Nancy and Brent McClish/McClish Greenhouses, and, Brigetta Hisey/Fayette County Soil and Water. Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Courtney Michael, shared with the group the plaque they received from OSU Extension for meeting the State’s Master Gardener Program’s standards for the second year in a row.
The 2016 Master Gardener’s instruction will begin in January and will meet for 12 weeks. Classes are held at the OSU Extension office and some of the subjects to be covered are soil and plants, trees, botany, insects, diagnostic techniques, and, pest management.
According to those attending the dinner, “becoming a Master Gardener is more than just an extensive education in gardening. It also affords the opportunity to meet new people and to make lasting friendships.” And the program’s “community service aspect is not only an opportunity to educate friends and neighbors on good gardening techniques, but it leaves a good feeling knowing you are helping others and also enhancing the county.”
If you are interested in the Master Gardener training, please call 740-335-1150 and ask for Courtney Michael.