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Lunch Box for March 17 2014, “Native Azaleas” by Dean Jolley
- Location: Trinity United Methodist Church 2724 Whiskey Rd Aiken SC
- Time: 12:30 on 3/10/14
The third AMGA lunch box of the year will be on “Native Azaleas.” by Dean Jolley. Come learn about these largely underused plants for our landscapes. Many are tough guys (and girls) and can better tolerate drought and sun. Lunchbox is free and open to everyone and provided by the Aiken Master Gardener Association.
Meet A Master Gardener 4/5/2014
Meet A Master Gardener at the Aiken Farmers Market will resume April 5, 2014. The Master Gardeners are at the Aiken Farmers Market from 8:00 A.M. until noon on the first Saturday of each month from March through November. We are there to answer lawn and garden questions and identify plants, weeds, and any other mystery items that the public brings. This is a free service.
Master Gardener Class of 2013 Graduation
A new group of Aiken Master Gardeners celebrated their graduation with a dinner in their honor on January 14, 2014 at St. John’s. Graduates include: Mary King, Trish Manuel, Carissa Doying, Lori King, Mary Weddle, Suzanne Friend, Deb Heath, Clark Lingenfelter, Elise Fox, Anne Cater, Deedee Holmes, Gerald McDonald, Mary Zelmer, Tom Meinardi, Debbie Myers, Phil Davis, Kathy MacDougal, and Madeleine Marshall. Congratulations graduates!
Our thanks goes out to Bruni Beaty and her team for putting on a fabulous party. We appreciate all their hard work, and the table arrangements were beautiful.
Fall Education Day and Plant Sale a Big Success!
The Aiken Master Gardeners Fall education day was held 9/28/13 at the Aiken Farmers Market. There was a beautiful fall day and a great turnout for the event. A big thanks to those that attended and to all the Master Gardener volunteers who made it such a successful event.
Aiken Master Gardeners award Scholarship
The Aiken Master Gardener Association has awarded $1000 scholarships to two 2013 high school graduates. One recipient is from Aiken County, and one is from Edgefield County.
The Aiken High School graduate is Anna Mink who will attend Piedmont Technical College in the fall majoring in Agricultural Education. Her goal is to transfer to Clemson University as a sophomore and to someday teach high school students like her role model, Meghan Wood. Anna has just been selected as the South Carolina President of FFA She will be attending a meeting of all state presidents in Washington, D.C. in July.
Trent Miller graduated from Strom Thurmond High School where he was an honor roll student and had perfect attendance from kindergarten through high school. He was actively involved with his FFA chapter in leadership capacities as well as in football and soccer. Trent will attend Clemson in the fall where he plans to major in Agriculture Mechanization and Business.
Master Gardener Graduation
The Clemson Extension Service certified seventeen new Master Gardeners in the Aiken area on Tuesday 1/8/2013. Those students who completed both the 45-hour Master Gardener training course in 2011 and a mandatory 40 hours of educational service in 2012 were treated to a graduation ceremony and dinner at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Graduates received certificates, name badges identifying them as Aiken Master Gardeners and a chance to win a creative centerpiece that included packets of seeds from Linda Christine and Gloria Wade.
Please welcome and congratulate these newest Certified Master Gardeners (“Class Year 2012″): Betty Alexander, Jack Ardington, George Batten, Carolyn Beard, Bruni Beaty, Denis Bonnet, Duane Carpen, Carolyn Coffey, Tom Hallman, Corrie Hemm, Lee Hiers, Sr.; Holly Holman, Priscilla Jordan, Marge Mitchell, Beth Riesenberger, Priscilla Smith, and Cheryl Trottier.
The intern graduation dinner was made possible through the efforts of many Master Gardeners led by Gloria Wade, Hospitality Chairman: Theresa Heffernan, Jacque Rees, Nancy Chambers, Elsie Smith, Linda and Sam Christine, Marilyn Winn, Mary King, Margaret Marion, Steve Baker, and Al Snell. Thank you all.
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The 2013 Aiken Master Gardener Almanac is now available
The seventh edition of Master Gardener Almanac for Aiken and Vicinity is now available and will sell for $15 to the public. It will be sold at the Aiken County Agriculture Building at 1550 Richland Avenue, East in suite 500. It will also be sold at the Farmers Market at Richland and Williamsburg Streets on the first Saturday of each month when the Master Gardeners are present. The new almanac has been completely revised and increased in size to 104 pages.