Master Gardeners recognized in Whitley County

Some of this year’s projects include: Six gardens at the 4-H fairgounds, many gardens at Morsches Park, the Courthouse garden, South Whitley Garden Walk, educational workshops in the spring, fall and during the 4-H fair, school library and church programs, and the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show.

Master Gardeners are rewarded based on the number of volunteer hours they have given and the number of educational hours they have received. Interns have 0-48 volunteer hours and 0-48 educational hours; Master Gardeners have at least 48 volunteer hours and 48 educational hours; Advanced Master Gardeners have at least 75 volunteer hours and 60 educational hours; Bronze level have at least 225 volunteer hours and 75 educational hours; Silver level have at least 525 volunteer hours and 90 educational hours.

Those recognized were: Interns – Deb Baker; Master Gardeners – Linda Bustamante, Jane Hawk, Derrick Heffelfinger, Jenny Heffelfinger, Marsha Reuter, Tommy Shupe; Advanced Master Gardeners – Mary Ann Anderson, Kay Fleck, Nancy Hosler, Sue L’Esperance, Aileen Meier, Cheryl Tucker, Lynn Walker; Bronze level – Jan Barkley, Marsha Croner, Carolyn Hughes, Bridget Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Janice Klopfenstein, Linda Reuter; Silver level – Pam Koch, Dick Koch, Carolyn McCrum, Beth Ann Sickafoose, and Maureen Trumbell.

Officers for 2010 are: President, Jan Barkley; Vice President, Sandy Johnson; Secretary, Janice Klopfenstein; and Treasurer, Linda Reuter.

For more information about Master Gardeners, contract Cindy Barnett, Extension Educator at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313 or

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