The March meeting of the Boone County Master Gardeners was held at the Fellowship Bible Church in their large meeting room in order to abide by the restrictions for COVID-19.
President Olena Cooper presented Christine Parks her prize for the most number of sanctioned hours for a rookie member in 2020. She was given a new pruning tool and a certificate recognizing her achievement.
Alan Gregory then presented an excellent program on growing tomatoes with a slide presentation which reviewed the many varieties of tomatoes, how to plant them, heirloom vs hybrid, soil temperature, rotating the location, etc. He also gave us tips based on personal experience which are sure to be useful to our members.
Melinda Hamilton, Treasurer, presented the financial report and collected dues.
Olena passed out forms to be completed by the chairmen of the various beds to estimate what the needs are in their specific beds, i.e. plants, mulch, fertilizer, etc.
Lavonne McCullough, chair of the hanging basket committee, reported that they have received estimates for plants and supplements from several nurseries, and work will begin soon to have the baskets ready to hang.
Olena then introduced two trainees who started their online training on March 1. They are Barbara Bradford and Kim Tillotson. They were given a warm welcome and gave a brief description of how and why they became interested in the Master Gardeners. A third trainee, Lionel Cantu was not present to be introduced.
Olena asked for workshop ideas, since she is hoping to have several this year, depending on what COVID-19 restrictions are regarding size of groups. The board has discussed having an “Open House” workshop open to the public. This would entail a tour of our sanctioned projects, with Master Gardeners stationed at each to describe their project, how it is planned, what the plants are, and answer questions. We hope to have the public vote this year on their favorite project.
Olena then presented the rest of the 2020 awards to the following:
Alan Gregory for the most sanctioned hours
Bob Creamer for the most educational hours
Jean Newland for the most hours for the County and District Fairs. Winners were presented with a new pruning tool and a certificate recognizing their achievements