The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce that its 2018 Master Gardener Training Class graduated 23 new trained interns on April 24, 2018. Interns have one year from their training graduation date to complete 50 hours of volunteer service on BMGA approved projects to earn their Texas Master Gardener certification. One graduate, Marcella Asumus, not only successfully completed the course material, she also achieved the 50 hours of volunteer service by April 24 to simultaneously earn her Texas Master Gardener certification at graduation.
Congratulations to the 2018 BMGA Master Gardener Training Class Graduates:
Marcella Ausmus Lorna Mangus
Tom Ayres Catherine McGraw
Lee Ann Bleyl Keith McGraw
Shannon Conroy Karen Parinello
Carol Corlis Kay Przyborski
Cathy Dannemiller Calvin Rashall
Patrick Dunne Brandon Silbernagl
Cathleen Dunne Debbie Skinner
Gerald DuPont Michael Tiller
Nicole Griffin John Williamson
Fred Helinski Lenore Williamson
The Class Coordinator was Master Gardener Faye Beery who said, “My 2018 Master Gardener Intern class was a pleasure to be involved with. Everyone was excited and enthusiastic and eager to absorb all the information they could possibly remember. They warmly welcomed all the speakers and had many questions of them all. They are going to be great members of the Master Gardener Association, and great friends.”
Ms. Beery became a Master Gardener in 2012. Besides coordination for this year’s class, Ms Beery’s past service with BMGA includes chapter President in 2014 and she served as a garden project leader at the Sens Center Flower Beds and the Austin County Fairgrounds garden. She also published the chapter newsletter and took BMGA into the digital age with its initial website. Most importantly, Ms. Beery is a lifelong gardener with a passion for learning, sharing her knowledge about gardening and inspiring others to get their hands in the dirt out in the garden.
BMGA Master Gardeners who assisted Ms. Beery in class coordination were Paul McClendon, Sandy Rhodes and Cathi Pendergraft.