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Congratulations to the 2011 Class of Master Gardener Volunteer Educators

Delaware Master Gardeners bring environmental education and the joy of horticulture into classrooms, homes, communities, and demonstration gardens throughout the county.  They offer science-based guidance on home lawns and gardens, develop demonstration gardens and community service projects, run gardening workshops for adults, conduct youth outreach, and staff the Garden Line telephone service.  Through the Junior Gardener program, one of its most extensive outreach efforts, New Castle County Master Gardeners bring environmental education about resources, recycling and composting to classrooms. 

Every two years the organization seeks to re-invigorate and increase its volunteers. The year 2011 was a “training year” for New Castle County Master Gardeners; training was scheduled from March to May of 2011.  Certification as a Master Gardener is achieved only after participation in a rigorous training course and completion of the specified hours of volunteer service.  Anyone interested in becoming a NCC-MG in 2013 should contact the Cooperative Extension office at (302) 831-COOP, or email Carrie Murphy cjmurphy@udel.edu .  Additional information can also be found at http://ag.udel.edu/nccmg .

 Topics covered in training include (but are not limited to):

  • Botany
  • Plant Classification and Identification
  • Soil Science
  • Backyard Composting
  • Community Gardens
  • Adult Education
  • Workshop Development
  • Tree and Shrub Selection, Planting and Care
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Entomology
  • Turf Maintenance
  • Weeds
  • Herbaceous Plants
  • Plant Pathology
  • Vegetables
  • Youth Education
  • Pruning

To complete the training a new volunteer educator must successfully complete a 3 month training session that translates into 72 hours of horticultural course work.  Additional training is required in the following Master Gardener focus areas: Youth Education, Home Gardener Workshops, and Telephone and Diagnostics.  Finally, 40 hours of approved volunteer service must be completed in New Castle County prior to the end of the 2011 year. 

Congratulations to the class of 2011:  Jane Bensinger, Joseph Blake, Beverly Booth-Jones, Kris Chiappa, Mary Egerton, Carol Fiederlein, Kismet Hazelwood, Lynn Hessler, Mary Ellen Hillegas, Fred Hillegas, Christopher Holbrook, Bill Horne, Alan Jewett, Rick Judd, Debbe Krape, Rue Manning, Gil Martin, Ruth Mayer, Maureen McLellan, Shirley McWhorter, Marilynn Miley, Anna Miller, Marsha Minutella, Anita Moos, Lila Muir, Carmen Suggs, Suzan Swartz, Terry Tse, and Jane Wrenn.

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