Master gardeners’ plans taking root

Published 11:10 am Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dr. Charles C. Mitchell Jr., an Extension agronomist, leads a program Wednesday for Chilton County Master Gardeners interns.

Interns in the Chilton County Master Gardeners volunteer program met at the Chilton County Extension Office on Feb. 29 for a class about soils.

Dr. Charles C. Mitchell Jr., the Extension agronomist, taught the class.

Mitchell currently works in the Department of Agronomy and Soils in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University.

“Besides having fun, food and fellowship, we learn some things every month,” Master Gardener Ann Baker said. “We encourage them and have fun with them.”

While the interns were in class, Baker and fellow Gardener Felina Campbell stuffed Master Gardener coffee mugs with treats to give as gifts to speakers and others who help the program.

“It’s fun socially, but it’s educational because we have a speaker and program every month,” Baker said. “It’s people helping people. It’s just a wonderful group to be a part of.”

The class meets for 12 weeks. After interns graduate, they will be expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer service for their communities in order to become certified Master Gardeners.

Upcoming events for Master Gardeners include:

•A plant sale at Get Moving Jemison on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Helping with the Botanical Garden sale April 12-15 in Birmingham.

•A program by Fred Bassett on hummingbirds March 13 at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact the Chilton County Extension Office at (205) 280-6268.