The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2014

April 12, 2014

Project is growing

Group of volunteers is working on local demonstration garden

ENID, Okla. — There is a large group of volunteers in Garfield County that works to preserve a much-loved national hobby, a skill becoming less common.

Garfield County Master Gardeners is brought to the county by Oklahoma State University Extension, and there currently are more than 60 members of the volunteer group.

“It has several purposes,” said Ann Bethell, Master Gardeners president, “education and enriching the lives of the master gardeners themselves and teaching others how to garden.”

The group has a garden at the county OSU Extension center and is planning to create a demonstration garden.

“We’re in the process right now to build our demonstration garden,” said Bethell, adding the garden will have shrubs, trees and a pavilion.

Garfield County Master Gardeners hosts several fundraisers each year to continue its community service of providing gardening education to those who seek it.

One of the fundraisers is the annual Garden Tour, a tradition in Enid for more than a decade.

“The Garden Tour, the first weekend in June, is something no one should miss,” Bethell said.

The tour costs $10 per ticket and in addition to touring beautiful gardens in Enid there also is live entertainment and other activities.

“You can go into people’s backyards and see what they did. You get to learn from other gardeners,” Bethell said.

Garfield County Master Gardeners just finished its April fundraiser, a spring workshop. Those attending had an opportunity to learn how to “make lemonade from lemons” through tips about gardening during droughts and in harsh environments.

“We try to do one workshop each year, and the public is invited,” Bethell said. “It’s really just a group of people who love to learn.”

Master Gardeners members and those who want to become a part of the organization are able to take a series of classes that run for 13 weeks every other year. The next classes will be in fall 2015.

To become a member of Garfield County Master Gardeners, the course is required, along with 20 hours per year of pubic service in a qualifying garden and 20 hours per year of education. Master Gardeners holds meetings once a month, and the meetings are educational.

“It’s really fun to rub shoulders with people who like to learn and like to share what they know,” Bethell said.

For information on Garfield County Master Gardeners, call (580) 237-1228.

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