MASTER GARDENERS OF THE YEAR:2017
CHARLES AND BILLIE FLEMING


Left to Right: Billie Fleming, Marjorie Stansel, President, Charles Fleming

On January 4, the Douglas County Association of Master Gardeners presented its Master Gardeners of the Year Award to Charles and Billie Fleming. Although Charles and Billie only became Master Gardeners in 2016, they quickly set to work on many projects. They volunteer at the Sweetwater Roof Garden, serve as hosts for the West Georgia Green Association meetings and have helped the City with a small garden at Mill Valley Park.
Charles and Billie also volunteered at MG Booths for Taste of Douglasville, Greystone and King of Crops events. They frequently volunteer at the Extension office and are currently helping with Master Gardener training classes and Advanced Training Classes. Charles has volunteered to chair the Plant Sale and work with the Greenhouse to ensure that we have the best plants available to offer at our next plant sale on May 5.
With all these activities, it is easy to see why they were chosen as Master Gardeners of the Year.



MARILYNN PARKER - 2016 - DOUGLAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENER OF THE YEAR
Marilyn Parker was named the 2016 Douglas County Master Gardener of the year by the Douglas County Master Gardener Association.
Marilynn completed her Master Gardener training in 2011. She served as secretary of DCMGA for 2016 and 2017 and she serves on the NW Georgia Training and Mentor Committee. Marilyn works at Pollinator booths during notable events in Douglas County. She is a certified beekeeper, among other titles with the NW Georgia Beekeeper Association. As such, she maintains the bee hive at the Master Gardeners’ Plant-a-Row for Hunger garden on Sel- man Avenue.
She served as a Judge’s clerk during the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival and submitted a number of specimens from her own garden.
For all her valuable contributions through the years, Marilyn deserves to have been chosen Master Gardener of the year for 2016.


Congratulations to Connie Christenson, one of two Douglas County Master Gardener Association members who were named '2015 Master Gardeners of the Year.' Connie completed her Master Gardener training in 2012 and immediately set to work volunteering with several projects. She assists with the Nature Trail workdays and contributes plants to be added to the trail. She also works at the greenhouse each year helping ready plants for the plant sale. In addition, she contributes many plants to the sale. Connie has volunteered to help main- tain the beloved Children's Garden at the Douglas County Library. Adults and children alike delight in the garden's charm and diversity, offering color and floral interest throughout the year. Connie is actively involved in the Hydrangea Festival and in 2015, she chaired the 'wheelbarrow display' at the Old Courthouse. Connie submitted several wheelbarrows to the display; and, at the same time, contributed scarecrows to the scarecrow display at the vegetable garden. Connie will always help when asked. For all her valuable contributions through the years, she deserves to have been chosen to share the designation of the Master Gardener of the Year status for 2015, along with fellow Master Gardener Judy Cole.

Congratulations to Connie Christenson, one of two Douglas County Master Gardener Association members who were named '2015 Master Gardeners of the Year.' Connie completed her Master Gardener training in 2012 and immediately set to work volunteering with several projects. She assists with the Nature Trail workdays and contributes plants to be added to the trail. She also works at the greenhouse each year helping ready plants for the plant sale. In addition, she contributes many plants to the sale. Connie has volunteered to help main- tain the beloved Children's Garden at the Douglas County Library. Adults and children alike delight in the garden's charm and diversity, offering color and floral interest throughout the year. Connie is actively involved in the Hydrangea Festival and in 2015, she chaired the 'wheelbarrow display' at the Old Courthouse. Connie submitted several wheelbarrows to the display; and, at the same time, contributed scarecrows to the scarecrow display at the vegetable garden. Connie will always help when asked. For all her valuable contributions through the years, she deserves to have been chosen to share the designation of the Master Gardener of the Year status for 2015, along with fellow Master Gardener Judy Cole.

 

Volunteer of the Year
(past years)


1996 Debbie O'Donnell
1997 Karen Hubernet
1998 Jeanne King
1999 Terry Owenby
2000 Tommie Monroe
2001 Mona Clary
2002 Aaron Walker
2003 Rachel Hendee
2004 Rachel Hendee
2005 Jan Thomas
2006 Jim Sims
2007 James Dickinson
2008 Paul Beggs
2009 Mellie Boykin
2010 Sherry Beggs & Genie Gordon
2011 Genie Gordon
2012 Marjorie Stansel
2013 Mary Yount
2014 Sherry Beggs
2015 Judy Cole and Connie Christenson
2016 Marilyn Parker