Parker County Master Gardener Association's

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

Saturday, April 8, 2017 8 a.m. - Noon

 

Native Plants and Grasses, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs, Annuals, Roses, Shrubs...

Educational presentations on various topics.

Bring plant & gardening questions to “Ask a Master Gardener” table.

 

Texas AgriLife Extension Service Office

604 N Main Street   Weatherford, Texas

Proceeds help fund horticultural educational and community projects in Parker Co.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

These are some of our ongoing projects:

Who We Are

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Located in north central Texas, the Parker County Master Gardener Association (PCMGA) program is an educational and volunteer program sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System.

Parker County Master Gardeners have received instruction in a wide range of topics including lawn care, insect and weed management, landscaping with native and adaptive plants, water conservation, etc. In exchange for this training, the Master Gardeners volunteer time to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The information given herein is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Parker County Master Gardener Association or the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is implied.

Parker County Master Gardener History

Neil Collins is the person to whom we owe our thanks for the Parker County Master Gardener Association being in existence today.  In 2000, Neil discussed organizing the PCMGA with Jon Green, Parker County Extension Coordinator.

With a persistent attitude, Neil and others would be Parker County Master Gardeners convinced Mr. Green to allow the organization to form.  Neil also checked with members of Tarrant County Master Gardener Association who lived in Parker County to see if there was interest in either being PCMG members or keeping a dual membership of the two chapters. Neil Collins and eleven others banned together to charter new Master Gardener chapter.  These twelve original members are lovingly called "The Dirty Dozen”.

The Dirty Dozen
Ann Anderson     Bill Newhart
Neil Collins     Alyce Preble
Marlene Deaton     Brenda Proctor
Jackie Hoover     Esther Proctor
Gay Larson     Jim Saunders
Debra Limbocker    

LaDonna Stockstill

       Leadership Thorough The Years
Year  President    
Vice-President Treasurer   
Secretary Immediate Past President Directors
2000 Neil Collins
 Jackie Hoover Alyce Preble
2001 Neil Collins  Jackie Hoover Alyce Preble
2002 Jim Saunders Jackie Hoover  Bill Newhart Catherine Hill
Debra Limbocker
2003 Jim Saunders LaDonna Stockstill  Bill Newhart  Debra Limbocker
2004 LaDonnaStockstill  
 Melanie Anderson  Sue Swanson  Kate Measure
2005  Homer Babbitt  Dianne Bleau  Iola Messinger Gloria Young  La Donna Stockstill
2006  Homer Babbitt  Jerry Parr  Iola Messinger  Judy Schmidt  La Donna Stockstill Grenetta Bledsoe,Lee Ann Nave, Susan Showalter,
Carol Ann Stroud
2007  Kate Ebbs  Darlene Chapman  Dorothy Babbitt  Kathy Feagan  Homer Babbitt Grenetta Bledsoe,Karen Brown,Susan Showalter,
Jean Lane
2008  Judy Schmidt  Karen Brown  Jerry Parr Karen Floyd  Homer Babbitt Melanie Anderson,Dianne Bleau,Jean Lane,Charlsie Colvin, Iola Messinger
2009  Kathy Feagan  LaDonna Stockstill  Jerry Parr  Teresa Blackburn  Judy Schmidt Dianne Bleau,Linda Fewell, Karen Floyd, Iola Messinger
2010  Judy Schmidt  Cynthia White  Helen Sisney
Catherine Miller
Charlsie Colvin Kathy Feagan Foster Clayton, Linda Fewell, Karen Floyd, Gloria Young
2011  Patti Lankford  Cynthia White  Catherine Miller  Karen Lail  Judy Schmidt Foster Clayton, Becky Johnson, Iola Messinger, Gloria Young
2012  Karen Lail  Becky Johnson  Barbara Calderon  Deborah Corcoran  Patti Lankford Jacque Brock, Linda Fewell, Dianne McMahan, Iola Messinger
2013  Karen Lail  Terri Stokes  Kimberly Dietz  Joan Lipscomb   Patti Lankford Jacque Brock, Cheryl Cox, Cyndi Goodwin, Dianne McMahan
2014  Jerry Parr  Terri Stokes  Karen Lail  Iola Messinger Karen Lail Cheryl Cox, Cyndi Goodwin, Pat Posener, Sue Swanson
2015  Jerry Parr  David McClellan  Karen Lail  Liz Street  Karen Lail Pat Posener, Sue Swanson, Lee Ann Nave, Iola Messinger

Growth Throughout the Years

2000

The first year the association was formed the Master Gardeners donated funds to have an operation budget. Projects were started at Aledo, and Chandor Gardens. Master Gardeners would work the phones answering questions from the public concerning horticultural issues. Twelve active members got the organization off the ground.

2001

With Neil Collins president, by laws were written and and the first plant sale was held. We lost a few along the way and our numbers were down to 9 active members.

2002

With the numbers moving downward, president Neil Collins and Jon Green held the first Intern class with 26 signing up for training. A Speaker's bureau was formed and programs were now going out to the public. The first scholarship were given out to individuals attending specialist training.

2003

Under Jim Saunders leadership a second Intern Class of 15 was held. Meeting were held one a month and things started to take off.

2004

LaDonna Stockwell was elected president. Our numbers were such that committees were formed. An association handbook was written. The website was established and an Advisory board established. Clark's Garden was added as a project. In the spirit of giving back to the community a yearly collection was establish to donate gifts and essentials to the residents of Park View Apartments. A large intern class was held that year. Awards were giving out at the end of the year. Master Gardener of the Year was LaDonna Stockstill, Sprecial Merit to Neil Colins, Extra Mile Award went to Lee Ann Nave, and the first state award, a first place in 'Botanical Guide for Chandor Gardens. 

2005

Homer Babbit was voted president and new bylaws were written.  With 27 active members, an executive board was established and new project at Springtown was set up. Willow Park was reestablished and The Real Dirt was published. An open house was held at the Extension office demonstration gardens. Plus, an intern class of 39 was held. The board voted to add Immediate Past President to board. Awards for the year were: Master Gardener of the Year: Kate Lake, Intern of the Year: Dorothy Babbitt & Leslie Grady, Extra Mile Award and Volunteer of the Year: Lee Ann Nave, Special Thanks Award: Jerry Parr, Special Merit Award: Gay Larson.
State Awards: 3rd place Project Award “Water-wise Demonstration Garden”, 1st place Publication Award “The Real Dirt”-a
Gardening Handbook for Parker County, 1st place “Successful Gardening in Parker County”

2006

Homer Babbitt remained on as president. A new project called the Literary Garden at the Weatherford Public Library was established. With our numbers at 59, another intern class was set up. An Intern Coordinator's position was created to assist Jon Green and help with training. With a rain water tank installed for rain water harvesting classes on rain water collection were held. The board added four director positions to the board. Awards for the year: Master Gardener of the Year: Homer Babbitt. State Awards: 1st place Educational Program “Rainwater Harvesting Seminar”

2007

Kate Lake become our new president and the Administrative Procedural Manuel (APM) was written replacing the older documents. The National Vietnam War Museum became a new project. With 53 active master gardeners, a small class was held with 13 interns. Master Gardener of the Year: Linda Fewell and Intern of the Year: Ron Jackson. State Awards: 2nd place Graphic Award- “The Real Dirt” on Landscape Design

2008

President was Judy Schmidt. A Herbarium retreat was held and the Herbarium began.
Phone duty 3 days
First fall plant sale
First annual gardening calendar began
Master Gardener of the Year:
Judy Schmidt
State Awards:
2nd place Medium  Association, 2nd place Project City of Azle Central Park, 2nd place Publication Award-Calendar
64 Active Master Gardeners

Legacy Articles

  • In Memoriam +

    The Parker Master Gardeners have had several members that have passed away and they are dearly missed. Chandor Gardens allowed Read More
  • Master Gardener Association Awards +

    Each year the Master Gardeners of Parker County cast ballots for the Master Gardener of the Year. This individual has Read More
  • The Dirty Dozen +

    Parker County Master Gardener History Neil Collins is the person to whom we owe our thanks for the Parker County Read More
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