|Plant sale raises proceeds for uptown beautification projects|
|Sunday, May 05, 2013 8:04 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
There was an array of sun and shade perennials, grasses, small ornamental trees and shrubs—all hand dug and donated by the members—and clay pots and greeting cards for sale to raise proceeds to benefit the garden’s development.
Candace Cross of Delphos took advantage of the event and purchased some shade-loving plants.
“I’m interested in Hosta and ferns,” she added. “I’ve always loved being outside and have been interested in gardening since I was young.”
Members of the Delphos group include Denny Cressman, Jackie Fritz, Carol Kimmett, Mary Ann Buzard, Diane Sterling, Les and Barb Shafer, Diane Rostorfer and Larry Brunk.
Kimmett detailed past projects which includes the installation of the wrought iron fence, Pergola, espaliered Apple trees, paver pathway and the corner beds located at the corners of Second and Third Streets and Main Street.
“Future projects include an irrigation system, annual planting and possibly a mural painting,” Kimmett said.
Buzard said that the group is very appreciative of the customers who attend the sale.
“All proceeds are invested back into the garden and funds the materials and activities for the year,” Buzard said.
The group has also worked with the Delphos Girl Scouts, helping them with their horticultural endeavors.
“We donated plants to them to install at the library so they could establish a butterfly garden,” Cressman said.
Master Gardener Volunteers are horticulture stewards of the community who strive to preserve the natural beauty of the environment, as well as share their knowledge, expertise and love of gardening.
Members of the group work diligently at educating themselves by taking 50 hours of classroom coursework exploring Botany and plant physiology, soils, entomology, plant materials and wildlife. While taking courses, they begin practicing their skills through volunteer work — the program criteria requires 50 hours of service — and develop the skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of the environment and community.
“Classes start in the fall and run for six weeks,” Kimmett explained. “We also have continuing education units (CEU) to fulfill each year.”
Sterling outlined the many opportunities for the education credits through working with the volunteers on outreach programs and events.
“People can work in The Children’s Garden, at the Allen County Fairgrounds or Brown Bag Lunch Series to get their CEU’s,” Sterling said.
For more information please call Sterling at 419-604-9692 or Fritz at 419-692-6646. Visit the OSU extension’s website at allen.osu.edu/topics/master-gardener-volunteer-program.
|Last Updated on Monday, May 06, 2013 12:51 AM|