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Bowie County Master Gardeners to celebrate 10th anniversary

Bowie County Master Gardeners to celebrate 10th anniversary

May 16th, 2018 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana Region

The Bowie County Master Gardeners await customers during their annual plant sale in 2014. This year they are celebrating their 10-year anniversary Sunday at New Boston, Texas Trail Head Park. (Photo courtesy of Teresa Slack)

The Bowie County Master Gardeners will host their 10-year celebration 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at New Boston Trail Head Park.

All former Master Gardeners and anyone interested in the Master Gardener Program are invited to attend.

Cake and lemonade will be served as attendees reminisce about the organization's 10-year history and look forward to the coming years ahead.

The group was started in 2008 by Brandan Hawkins (cooperative extension program, Prarie View A&M University) and Cherrie Curtis (Texas Agri-Life 4-H and Youth Development, county extension agent).

At that time, the group had 17 members and met in a vacant store on Main Street in New Boston, Texas.

Within a few months, they moved to the Girl Scout Hut in New Boston for their monthly meetings. In 2013, they relocated to the Texarkana College Building at Tex-Americas Center at Red River Army Depot, which is the current meeting location.. Theyannual training at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

In 2013 Brian Triplett, Texas Agri-Life Extension Agent, took over as advisor for two years until his transfer. Cherrie Curtis is the Bowie County Master Gardener coordinator.

The first officers in 2008 were: President Jerry Guinn, Vice President Ken Kunkel, Secretary Donna Worrell and Treasurer Andrea Thomas.

The first project for the Master Gardeners in 2008 was the maintenance of Trail Head Park in New Boston.

Ten years later, the organization has 42 members.

Officers for this year are: President Aarron Corbin, Vice President Teresa Lee Slack, Secretary Vicki Avery and Treasurer Carol Barfield.

Current projects including:

  •  demonstration garden at Tex-Americas Center with proceeds going to Manna Kitchen in New Boston.
  •  "Ask a Master Gardener" at the Texarkana, Texas Farmers Market
  •  "Learn, Grow, Eat & Go" a statewide program by Agri-Life Extension for grade-school children
  •  Kids Day at the Four States Fair
  •  Four States Agri-Expo

The Bowie County Master Gardeners are a part of the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service and the Bowie County Extension Office.

There are four Charter Members still active in the organization: Judy Klimaszewshi, Ken Kunkel, Mary Miller and Andrea Thomas. Charter Member David Hamilton recently died.

At Sunday's ceremonies, charter members will be presented with 10-year certificates and pins and Hamilton will be honored posthumously.

For any additional information, contact Slack at 903-831-7494.

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