Master Gardeners hold annual meeting

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Linda Warren receives her award for 5,000 hours of service at the annual meeting of Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association. (Contributed photo)

The annual meeting of the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association was held at Little River Country Club in Marinette on Dec. 12. The slate of officers elected for 2019 are: Jill Ruess, president; Tara Votis, vice president; Barb Swan, secretary; Viki Palid, treasurer; and directors-at-large Ed Draze, Dorothy Sadowski and Tim Limberg.

Linda Warren provided a pictorial program about the developmental history of Harmony Arboretum, which had small beginnings in 1971 with the allocation of a 2-acre plot on County Road E by Marinette County. Through the efforts of many master gardener volunteers, it has become a popular site for families and tourists living in or visiting the Marinette County area.

Warren’s 5,000-hour plaque was a highlight of the service awards announced for numerous volunteers. She has been a master gardener volunteer for 27 years and has accumulated these hours through activities that include garden design, education and lots of coordination and green thumb activities.

Asked what she was most proud of, Warren said, “Knowing how much gardening knowledge we have passed on to the general public through classes and conferences and demonstrations at Harmony.”

The arboretum is open 24/7 at no charge all year and is still located on County Road E, seven miles west of Marinette. Highlights include demonstration gardens, prairie gardens, orchard, wetland demonstration, shade garden, Children’s Learning Center and more.

Activities are being formulated for the 2019 garden season. The 24th annual Spring Garden Conference is scheduled for March 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus. The association works collaboratively with the UW Extension-Marinette, Marinette County Land and Water and Chapee Audubon Society to provide educational options to area students, families and visitors.

Master gardener volunteer training classes are offered annually. Training for 2019 will be held in Townsend.

Anyone interested in attending classes or becoming a “Friend of Harmony” is asked to contact the UW-Extension or any association officer or director. Contact information is available at 715-732-7510 or http://marinette.uwex.edu.