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Pine County Master Gardeners honored at their annual Awards Night

Thirty-Five University of Minnesota Extension Pine County Master Gardeners volunteered 2,679 hours and put in 444 education hours in 2019. They were honored at their Awards Night and Dinner at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center (formerly the Audubon Center of the Northwoods) west of Sandstone on January 21. 

Paul Olesen, Askov was recognized for his 1,000 hours of volunteer service. Two master gardeners were recognized for 20 years of service, they are Char Husom, Brook Park and Sandra Johnson, Finlayson.  Six received 10 years of service awards, they are Jennifer Eaves and Charles Mans, Hinckley; Roger and Linda Fischer, Cindy Novy and Barb Videen, Pine City. Three received their Master Gardener Certification for completing their intern year that included a 48-hour U of M Extension horticulture core course and 50 volunteer hours of service.  They are Anita Flansburg, Hinckley; Karen Jansen, Pine City and Cassidy Roberts, Rush City.

The Pine County Master Gardeners main projects in 2019 included:

  • Raising funds for and rejuvenating the Pine City Community Garden and presenting a six-session Summer Gardening Series at the garden
  • Helping to rejuvenate the Hinckley School Garden and providing seven after-school ‘Garden in Residence’ classes for 56 Hinckley Elementary School garden club members
  • Junior Master Gardener sessions for 30 Pine City Elementary School after-school students
  • Pine County Horticulture Day
  • Pine City Summer Food and Fun Project
  • Ask a Master Gardener booths at the Pine County Fair, Grand Casino and Pine City Farmers Market
  • Coffee with a Master Gardener sessions at the Sandstone Library
  • Yard & Garden Thymes Newspaper columns
  • Annual Plant Sale
  • Facebook page.

The master gardeners were treated to an excellent program on “Completing the Circle – Lake Superior” by Kate Crowley, Willow River who told and showed photos about the walk that her husband Mike Link and she made around Lake Superior.

The master gardeners invite everyone to save the date of Saturday, April 4 for the 18th Annual Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine City High School. Look for registration information at the U of M Extension Pine County webpage and click on “Pine County Horticulture Day.”

The Master Gardener program is a University of Minnesota Extension horticulture education program that trains volunteers who have an interest in horticulture.  Trained Master Gardener volunteers provide research-based horticulture information to the public through a variety of ways. Anyone with an interest in the program or who has gardening questions should contact Terry Salmela, Coordinator at the U of M Extension Pine County office at the courthouse in Pine City at 800-657-3813 Extension 3.  Like the Pine County Master Gardeners on Facebook.