Master Gardeners Celebrate Improved Space

October 5, 2017

UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension and its Master Gardeners volunteer group celebrated a newly-remodeled outdoor propagation and teaching space with a ribbon cutting at the Extension Office in Cantonment.

Along with being a propagation space, the renovated space behind the Extension Office will serve as an outdoor classroom for the community, offering hands-on learning opportunities on a variety of gardening-related topics.

“The community will be able to come out here and profit from seeing what we’re doing, getting their hands on it, hearing one of our Master Gardeners talk about a certain plant that they’re interested in, and how they can take that back to their own home and be successful in their garden,” said Ann Luther, Escambia County Master Gardener volunteer.

Renovations to the space included new flooring to replace old buckling floors that created a safety hazard, as well as raising the area’s roof, Luther said. The improvements totaled about $8,000 and were paid for by Master Gardener fundraisers.

“The Escambia County Extension Service is excited to see the new addition of our Master Gardeners propagation and teaching area,” Escambia County Extension Director Nick Simmons said. “The Master Gardeners are a valuable asset to our broad array of services to the citizens of Escambia County. Their expertise and experience with horticultural techniques provide the research-based information that clients seek to improve their home garden, lawn and landscape. The new teaching area will provide hands-on learning and allow for a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.”

The Escambia County Master Gardener Program supports the county’s Extension Agent and Horticulture Program, contributing more than 179,886 hours of service since 1987.

Luther said the group is happy to see the two-month renovation process completed so that the area can continue to provide educational opportunities for the community.

“Everybody’s been excited to get back to be able to propagate to put back in our own gardens, which is the demonstration gardens, for this area for the public to see,” she said. “So the ribbon cutting denotes a new beginning of successes in the past, and that will bridge into more and important teamwork and successes in the future.”

Comments

One Response to “Master Gardeners Celebrate Improved Space”

  1. Gail Rappa on October 5th, 2017 6:21 pm

    Way to go! This will help many gardeners expand their selection of plants and share with friends and neighbors. I recently went to a propagation class taught by Master Gardener’s and the class was informative and very helpful. Short and sweet!





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