Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners Elect Officers
The Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners of Newton and McDonald counties recently elected a new slate of officers for 2013. President Jutta McCormick grew up on a farm in Germany and brought her gardening heritage with her to the United States. She has been a Master Gardener for over three years and has appreciated the opportunity to make friends and learn more about native plants. Jutta says, “The Master Gardeners is a fun organization that makes the world a more beautiful place.”
Vice President Beverly Caywood has been gardening since grade school and joined the Master Gardeners last year to learn more about one of her favorite hobbies. She was born and raised in McDonald County and remembers helping her father with vegetable and flower gardening and learning from her mother about houseplants. Since joining the Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners, she has gained friends, resources, and ideas. “If you have questions, everyone is willing to share their experiences and you will find one that works for you,” Beverly states.
A Master Gardener since 2000, Treasurer Sherry McBride loves to make things grow and share what she has learned through being a part of the Hill ‘N Hollow Master Gardeners. She says, “It is a wonderful way to connect with other people who have the same interests. And it is a great way to meet people outside our group who have an interest in growing plants by giving presentations to groups and organizations.”
Lynn Fleshman, the club’s secretary, joined the Master Gardeners two years ago after buying her first home in hopes of learning to care for and beautify her rather large and unkempt yard. Lynn says, “One thing I appreciate about the Master Gardeners is that I learn something new at every meeting. Everyone is just as knowledgeable as they are willing to help.”
The Hill n’ Hollow Master Gardeners are all graduates of the Master Gardener program offering through the University of Missouri Extension Center. Together, they spend thousands of volunteer hours every year educating the public about gardening techniques and making Newton and McDonald counties more beautiful places to live. You can visit their website at http://hillandhollowmg.webnode.com.