MG Conf Poster 14

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Marcia NelsonMarcia Nelson — 2013 Master Gardener of the YearMarcia became a MG on Whidbey Island in Island County in 2003, after retiring as an executive in the telecommunications industry and while working full time at a local nursery.  From her intern year to the present she has been deeply involved with the Education Display Garden at Greenbank Farm.  On that port authority property she designed and constructed the Display Pergola Garden and the rose garden.  She served on the Steering Committee and sets up seminars to use the garden as a teaching tool.  She also promotes the Children’s Garden at the Youth Center of the Naval Air Station.  Marcia not only works at plant clinics, she created the “Clinic FACs”, Marcia is the founder and initiator of the Drainfield Landscape Project on Whidbey Island where 72% of homesites rely on septic systems.  The project is the first of its kind in the country and promotes environmental safety and soundness.  Marcia Nelson’s lasting legacy to the MG Program and the community of Island County is commitment, dedication,work and guidance for the last ten years, as well as the future contributions she will make.
Carol BaranyCarol Barany — 2013 Media Award WinnerWhether you are reading an article that Carol wrote or listening to a class she teaches, she will keep your attention from the very first words with her enthusiasm for all things growing.  She can teach a new concept in gardening, be part of a two hour workshop, or give an impromptu demo on how to create a beautiful bouquet while walking along your favorite pathway.  She gives hours to the Master Gardener program through her writings, classes she teaches, and the nurturing of plants in our greenhouse.  We are especially proud of her articles in our local Yakima magazine published by the Yakima Herald Republic.  In addition to donating many hours to Master Gardeners, she also volunteers at her church and the local food bank.  She is an important part of our Yakima Valley.



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