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Welcome to the Lakelands Master Gardeners Website
The Lakelands Master Gardeners Inc. is a non-profit
corporation that is affiliated with the Clemson University Extension Service.
The Lakelands Master Gardeners program serves all people regardless of socioeconomic
level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
2014 LMG ANNUAL DUES PAYABLE BY OCT. 31, 2013
Now is the time for our annual membership dues collection.
We want you to know that your membership dues are important to us, even if you are not able to be active or have not attained
enough volunteer hours. The money we receive from our active and inactive members supports many worthwhile projects such as
the Connie Maxwell vegetable gardens, the Burton Center sensory gardens and our most recent tribute to our veterans, the Veterans
Healing Garden. Membership dues also contribute to our scholarship funds, and this year we provided scholarships to 4 students.
With your membership support we can continue to serve our community,
and you can be sure to continue to receive these benefits:
* The monthly email newsletter with diverse and interesting gardening
information and pictures.
* Announcements about upcoming educational speakers and the ability to attend at no cost.
* Notifications of social activities such as the annual picnic and Christmas Party.
* Membership voting rights (for active members with required volunteer hours).
The annual dues structure has been simplified this year, with only
one membership category "Individual" at $20. Where both
spouses want to have membership, each will need to register and pay as "Individual" members. While "Lifetime" memberships are
no longer offered, previously paid "Lifetime" members can continue with no additional cost. Fall 2013 Master Gardener Class
students have their first year 2014 dues already covered by the LMG.
Please note: Dues have a final payment date of October 31st, with a late fee of $5 required after that date ($25). Also, please
use the dues form which is available in the Forms section on the LMG website.
2012 MASTER GARDENER CLASS INTERNS
Some 16 members of the 2012 Master Gardener
class completed their training during November 2012. Upon completion of
their 40 volunteer service hours, these interns will then receive their formal Master Gardener certificates and designation.
Pictured left to right: Trisha Bridges, Glorietta Jones, Phyllis Krohn, Betsy Russ, Chris Moon,
Linda Hamrick, Susan Lawson, James Hodges (Clemson Extension Agent), Claudette Bannerman, Terry Morse,
David McCall, Bonnie Baumhofer, Savannah Durham, LouAnn Collins.
Not Pictured: Donna Feldmaier and Online Graduate Mary-Jane Calliham
"DRIP DEMYSTIFIED" MINI-EDUCATION AND WORKSHOP WELL-DONE!
With the excellent guidance from Doug Crawford, the Lakelands Master Gardeners and their guests
installed a drip system in the raised bed community garden at the YMCA, on Saturday, May 12,
2012. Doug is an intern from the 2011 class but there was nothing “intern-ish” about his
knowledge of drip systems. We want to give a special thank you to Doug’s wife Kim who helped
us learn how to install it.
The one hour class turned into two hours with questions and hands on work. “We were
hoping for a larger turnout,” Ann Barklow explained. “Since only 6 showed upit took us a
little longer to put it in.” We want to also thank the Executive Director of the YMCA,
Gray Stallworth for allowing us use of his site to teach our workshop.
A successful part of the mini workshops is exposing non Master Gardeners to our
organization. We were pleased to have Claudette Bannerman and Kit Adkins, both encouraged
to come by Master Gardener Toni Able. A big thanks to LMG Priscilla Ellis, Anita Herzsprung
Sandy Orr, Ann Barklow and Doug Crawford for all their hard work. Fun was had by all and a
feeling of a job well done.
Doug with Students.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LAKELAND MASTER GARDENER PROJECT!
LMG President, Patti Larson and Vice-president, Ann Barklow worked with the kids at
the YMCA, April 21, 2012. With thunderstorms threatening all week, we were blessed
with a warm and sunny afternoon of planting. The community garden installation was
part of the Healthy Kids Day that the YMCA celebrates every year.
YMCA Executive Director, Gray Stallworth approached the master gardeners a few
months ago and the planning began with a design and planting plan. “Many of the staff
at the YMCA are very knowledgeable about farming,” explained Ann, “and they did
most of the work; buying materials, making the raised beds, filling them with soil, and
mulching the paths. They are a great organization to work for.”
The kids filtered in all afternoon, making the work steady but not hectic. Planted from
seed were: corn, pole, bush, and lima beans, southern peas, yellow squash, and
zucchini along with zinnia, cosmos, and sunflowers. Plants were: peppers, eggplant,
tomatoes, basil, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, oregano, mint, and parsley with a sprinkling
of marigolds throughout the raised beds.
The garden will be maintained by the after school and summer camp kids under the
occasional supervision and consultation of the LMG’s. Master Gardener intern, Doug
Crawford will be installing the drip system on May 12, 2012 as part of an education
miniseries for master gardeners.
March 17, 2012 Extension Office
Another great class this warm St. Patrick's Day morning at the extension office by
Vince Plotczyk. This class was on Container Gardening for plants and vegetables.
13 Lakelands Master Gardeners and their friends showed up for an informative class
covering such topics as soil, drainage, fertilizers, pest control, and care.
The class watched as Vince demonstrated how to drill drainage holes and plant a
blueberry bush in a container with his homemade acid soil mix that he learned about
through his research. Vince also brought several of his vegetable container gardens
to the class so attendees got to see his lettuce, spinach, and radishes up close and
2012 Annual Graduation & Awards Banquet
Thursday, February the 9th the Lakelands Master Gardeners held their 2012 awards banquet at the
Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room.
Friends and family shared an awesome meal and had a wonderful time then reflected back on the
previous year. Pins were given to members reaching mile stones with hours and some honorary
members recognized for their contributions.
Congratulations to Master Gardener of the Year Vince Plotczyk
Certified Master Gardeners
Class 2011 Interns
|Mary Jo Cook