Extension Agent William O. Taylor announced the accomplishment Dec. 4 during the Dyer County Association of Tennessee Master Gardeners' awards banquet.
Master Gardeners maintain flower beds in Dyersburg's Okeena Park, Newbern's Oakview Park and other places. They provide advice and information at the Dyersburg Farmers Market and horticultural speakers to local groups. They work closely with the Dyer County High School FFA's display gardens, landscape new Habitat for Humanity homes and contribute monthly articles to the State Gazette.
In addition to the volunteer service, Master Gardeners also recorded 817 hours of continuing education credits.
All that is worth $73,954, Taylor said, using the currently accepted multiplier of $18 an hour. (The multiplier is equivalent to a combination of salary and benefits that would have been paid to a person employed to do the work.)
Master Gardeners complete 14 weeks of horticultural education, donate at least 40 hours of volunteer service and accumulate at least eight hours of continuing education.
Members re-certify each year by contributing at least 25 hours of volunteer service and logging eight hours of continuing education credits.
The awards banquet theme, "We're on the Ball," reflected the members' efforts to get educated, meet certification requirements and pass service milestones in the last year.
VIP awards for three years of service were given to: Mary Adcock, Debra Elgin, Eileen Elliott, Karen W. Henry, Becky Jackson, Dottie Leach, Jerry Leach and Marlene Wilson.
Recognized for completing the training course this year were: Charles R. Burks, Jake Browning, Nancy Duncan, Scott Haight, Georgianne Incrocci, William E. Mallard Jr., Donna Sowell, Kaye Tabor, Melinda Turney and Kim Whitson. The interns have 12 months -- or until next May -- to complete their volunteer service and become certified.
Interns who completed their service requirements by the end of September were inducted as certified Master Gardeners. These included: Nancy Duncan, Suzanne Grueser, Scott Haight, Georgianne Incrocci, William E. Mallard Jr., Kaye Tabor, Melinda Turney and Bobby Vaughn.
Re-certifying Master Gardeners included: Mary Adcock, Wyatt Algee, Sharon Bateman, Glynda Campbell, Tim Campbell, Belinda Carroll, Barbara Collier, Lloyd Collier, Rachel Craighton, Sherry Dunlap, Jerry Edmundson, Debra Elgin, Eileen Elliott, Sharon Grooms, Karen W. Henry, Judy Hickman, Robert Hurt, Becky Jackson, Kathy Johnson, Dottie Leach, Jerry Leach, Brenda Moore, Kim Rhodes, Franklin Robertson, Roberta Robertson, Kathy Sellars, Mary Beth Sheppard, Betty Stephens, James M. Stephens and Marlene Wilson.
Gardeners who volunteered at least 100 hours this year were inducted in the Tennessee Master Gardeners' Gold Leaf Club. These include: Mary Adcock, Belinda Carroll, Barbara Collier, Sherry Dunlap, Eileen Elliott, Becky Jackson, Kathy Johnson, Dottie Leach, Jerry Leach, Mary Beth Sheppard, Betty Stephens, James M. Stephens and Marlene Wilson.
* Becky Jackson for mentoring this year's interns.
* Kim Rhodes for publishing an informative monthly newsletter for the last six years.
* Kathy Johnson, secretary, for preparing precise minutes.
* Eileen Elliott for her dedication to the Shady Acres Arboretum in Trenton.
* Marlene Wilson for her vision and dedication to the Shady Acres Arboretum.
A new Master Gardener class is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Dyer County Extension Office. The $125 fee includes all instruction, the 859-page Tennessee Master Gardener Handbook, a nametag and a light supper during each class. Call the Extension Office at 286-7821 for more information or to register.