Brown County group becomes Master Gardeners

These members of the Brown County Master Gardeners planted flowerpots to place under the Welcome to Hiawatha sign. Pictured are (L-R) Marianne Schmitt, Charlotte Vandiver, Janis Simon and Mindy Young.

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K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) has started a new program called the Brown County Master Gardeners. Four KSRE employees – Marianne Schmitt, Charlotte Vandiver, Janis Simon and Mindy Young – took a training class over the fall last year via Zoom and were certified as beginning master gardeners.

To complete the program, the group must do 40 hours of community service.

Their first project was planting some flowerpots to place under the Welcome to Hiawatha sign on the north side of town. The group got permission from the city and donations from Wolf River Nursery, Grimm’s Gardens and Wal-Mart to purchase the supplies and went to work on Monday planting.

The group will maintain the pots and hopes to plant other items in the fall and have perennial plants planted for next year. The group would like the look to change occasionally, to keep it fresh and new looking.

Their next project was holding a Zoom meeting inviting the community to join them in a talk about vegetable and flower gardens. This meeting took place Thursday, May 27.

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