2010-04-15 / Local & State

Chamber Gives Back

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Pictured are some of the FCCC&T board members, along with master gardeners Monica Schall, Jim and Marian Sickles, Donna Shasserre and Linda Garber. Pictured are some of the FCCC&T board members, along with master gardeners Monica Schall, Jim and Marian Sickles, Donna Shasserre and Linda Garber. Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism was pleased to present a check to Fulton County Master Gardeners on April 6. This is the second donation presentation in the Chamber Gives Back Program. The money donated by the Chamber of Commerce will be used to enhance and update the courtyard at the Fulton House. The master gardeners plan to use plant materials that are pollinators and that will add seasonal color and new life to the garden.

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Fulton County have recently been established and a second class in now working on their accreditation. Created here in 2009 with the help of a few master gardeners trained in the Franklin County branch, Lorraine Milroth, Wil Ford and Monica Schall, the Fulton County group has 13 members, including: Gary Ankney, Jennie Cejka, Ann Comins, Wil Ford, Linda Garber, Linda Kasper, Bridgit Martin, Lorraine Milroth, Kathaleen O’Connor, Monica Schall, Donna Shasserre, and Jim and Marian Sickles.

The purpose of Penn State Master Gardeners is to first enhance the horticultural education of its members, who then volunteer their knowledge and experience to educate and give back to their community. This can be done in many ways: by demonstration gardens, workshops, lectures, articles or the “help” line at the extension office.

The first master gardener class worked with Don Fowler and the Lions Club to establish a “pollinator garden” along the walking trail at the Lions Park. The garden is filled with plant material that will attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators that are so crucial for healthy plant production. Class members monitored the pollinators and reported their findings for research purposes. There is signage at the garden for education. Some landscaping was also started at the park and there are plans for additional plantings.

The group is in the process of developing workshopss and lectures for the early summer. Dates and descriptions will be advertised or more information about the program can be obtained by calling the extension office at 485-4111.

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