MANCHESTER, Iowa — The Delaware County Master Gardeners celebrated another year of service and education on Tuesday, October 15th at Backbone State Park. Since 1994 the Master Gardeners have been sharing their love of gardening and education in Delaware County. The night was a celebration of service and friendship with a potluck style meal, awards ceremony, and educational entertainment.
Delaware County Master Gardeners were honored for their years of service with a certificate of appreciation from the ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County Office. Those present and receiving their certificate were Barb Recker and Julie Vandermeer for 5 years of service and Bob Wendt and Susanne Reiter for 10 years of service. Also reaching a milestone of service were Lori Scovel, Bruce and Marianne Nodurft, Daphne Loecke, and Mary Knipper for 10 years.
New Master Gardeners who had completed their internship requirements were also presented with a certificate, Master Gardener name tag and pin. These new Master Gardeners completed their educational training in the fall of 2018 and have spent the last year volunteering and learning more about horticulture and the Master Gardener program. Of the eight individuals who completed the training last fall, two were present at the banquet, John and Donna Weibel and were welcomed as new Master Gardeners. The others will be recognized at a later date, those include Calvin Burr, Jessica Deutmeyer, Jackie Moorman, Megan Thul, Dan Zehr, and Shannon Zehr.
If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener we will host the classes in Delaware County in the fall of 2020. Contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County Office for more information at 563-927-4201.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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