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The Lakelands Master Gardeners Inc. is a non-profit corporation that is affiliated with the Clemson University Extension Service. The Lakelands Master Gardener program serves all people regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

 
RECORD 2017 PLANT SALE

The 2017 LMG Plant Sale, held Friday April 21st and April 22nd, was our most successful ever. Thank you to Annie Keith and all the other volunteers for all the hard work and planning that helped make it a success. The two day sale brought in a record amount with attractive staging and bold pricing. We also identified three prospective new MG's for the August class, one returning member, and one possible transfer.

The plant sale is not only our only fund raiser it is always a big chance for the general public to ask a Master Gardener their burning plant questions. They brought in baggies with branches of plants to be identified and a mysterious pecan sprouting up in the middle of the flower bed. Thank You Mr. Squirrel. The Gentlemen trying to grow grass in a shaded yard....James had the HGIC print out for that one. Being a MG doesn't mean you know it all but that you know where to go to find the answers.

2017 Plant Sale Volunteers


2017 Plant Sale Volunteers

2017 Plant Sale Shoppers


Plant Sale Shoppers

 

2017 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET


The 2017 Annual Awards Banquet was held February 9th at the Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room. It was a most busy evening with a delicious buffet, great conversation and many recognitions. After members elected new officers/directors, they heard a recap of the year's activities, celebrated the Master Gardener of the Year Award recipient, acknowledged newly certified Master Gardeners from the 2015 MG class and welcomed new interns from the November 2016 MG class that just graduated. Outgoing President Barb Wells was acknowledged for her enthusiastic service. And Sandy Orr received the prestigious Master Gardener of the Year Award. Jimmy McInville was elected President, Donna/Wally Sears elected as co-Vice President, and Barb Wells elected as Past President. Chris Moon was re-elected to another 2-yr term as Secretary, and Melody McInville will continue her current term as Treasurer.

 

2016 Master Gardener of the Year - Sandy Orr
2016 Master Gardener of the Year

 

2017 Newly Certified Master Gardeners
2017 Newly Certified Master Gardeners (Class of 2015)

 

2017 LMG New Interns
2017 LMG New_Interns (Class of 2016)

 

LMG ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE NOW DUE FOR 2017

To renew or start your membership with the Lakelands Master Gardeners, use the 2017 Membership Renewal Form in the Forms section and send with a check payable to LMG, Attn: Treasurer, 345 Klugh Rd., Abbeville, SC 29620.

Master Gardener Class of 2016

We now have 16 new and ready to go Master Gardeners from the 2016 class. I want to thank all the current Master Gardeners who helped with the class and/or taught different sections of the programs. Special Thanks to Linda Halsey who helped to coordinate volunteers and provide the cake for our exam night celebration. Thanks to Mike Brown and all the volunteers who helped to grade papers, set up breaks and clean up after each class. It made for a very smoothly run program again in 2016.   

Also, thanks to Vince Plotczyk, Donna Boozer and Paula Lemond who provided their expertise in specific classes and different exercises during the class. Also, I want to thank the Master Gardener Association for the continued scholarship support they provided that gave extra opportunities to more students. Each new class helps us to continue to have a strong Master Gardener program and Association in Greenwood and the Lakelands area.

 
 
 
2016 Master Gardener Class 
 
First Row- Marsha Whittington, Jan Coffey, Lillian Moneyhun, Suzie Martin, Eilene Webber , Julia Ciezadlo, Cora Blair, Melinda Fincham, Sarah Bowen Hecox   Second Row-  Shirley Pate, Mack Tharpe, Mark Sakowitz, Bob Koch, Donna Holmes, Sarah Bradley  (not pictured Ernestine Colson) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENJOYABLE 2016 ANNUAL LMG PICNIC

 

The Annual Spring picnic was held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Connie Maxwell picnic shelter. There was great fun, delicious food and beautiful weather. There was even a Bring-One Share-One Plant table, with a diverse group of plants ready for new homes. The Social Committee outdid themselves as usual, with Ella Wham and Melody McInville knowing surely knowing how to do it right. And of course, Wally Sears is a true master of the grill. Thanks to all who helped and all who attended. The suggestion has been made to consider moving the picnic back to Thursday evening next year. Let's keep that in mind.
Casual Conversation While Wally Cooks

 

Group 1
Plant Sharing Table

 

Plant Sharing Table
Melody and Ella in the Kitchen

 

Melody and Ella

 

2016 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

 

The 2016 Annual Awards Banquet was held February 11th at the Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room. Members elected new officers/directors, heard a recap of the year's activities, celebrated the Master Gardener of the Year Award recipient, acknowledged newly certified Master Gardeners from the 2014 class and welcomed new interns from the November 2015 graduating class. Members having in excess of 100 volunteer hours during the past year were also recognized. Outgoing President Donna Feldmaier was acknowledged for her noteworthy service and presented with a card by Barbara Wells, our newly elected Incoming President. Melody McInville was elected to a second consecutive 2-year term as Treasurer and Donna Feldmaier to a one-year term as Past President. Chris Moon is also on the Board, with 1 year remaining on her term as Secretary. There was no candidate for the position of Vice President which remains vacant. As we always know, our members are as adept at concocting delectable entrees, appetizers, casseroles, salads and desserts as they are in designing and planting gardens. So there was no shortage of delicious food and wonderful conversation.
2015 Master Gardener of the Year - Jimmy McInville
2015 Master Gardener of the Year
2016 Newly Certified Master Gardeners

 

2016 Newly Certified Master Gardeners
Barbara Wells, Marla Starling, Donny Alford, Fred Botts, Scott Prevatte, Trey Starling and James Hodges (Not pictured: Sue Carson, Jim Andrighetti and Ken Claphan)
2015 Master Gardener Class_New Interns

 

2015 Master Gardener Class_Interns
James Hodges, Wallace Sears, Donna Sears, Teresa Martin, Gene Yarochowicz, Bonnie Rothwell, Anna Dominick, Anissa Lawrence, Chandler White, Mike White. (Not Pictured: Roderic Brace, Beth Morelock, Clint Price, Ruby Romaine, Cynthia Williams, Tammy Cunningham)

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015 MASTER GARDENER CLASS

 

The 2015 Clemson Master Gardener Class was completed on November 12th. Some 15 students passed their final tests and will receive their MG Intern Certificates at the February 11, 2016 MG Annual Awards/Election Dinner. Once they complete their first year's 40 volunteer service hours requirement, they will then receive their MG Certificates.
2015 Master Garder Class

[Not in order of picture, Roderic Brace, Anna Dominick, Anissa Lawrence, Theresa Martin, Beth Morelock, Clint Price, Ruby Romaine, Bonnie Rothwell, Donna Sears, Wallace Sears, Chandler White, Mike White, Cynthia Williams, Gene Yarochowicz and Tammy Cunningham (to be completed online)].

 

WONDERFUL 2015 SPRING PICNIC

 

The 2015 Annual Spring Picnic was held May 16th at Huckleberry Farms as over 25 members attended. Hosted by Susanne Blumer and her husband, it was a beautiful outdoor setting in the rolling hills near Hodges. Susanne�s hospitality was an inspiration to us all. Huckleberry Farms was complete with an airconditioned pavilion, chicken coops that mimicked the Charleston Battery, beautiful Silky poultry and fuzzy sheep, and a view that went for miles. The LMG provided hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks, with a wide variety of side dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts brought by members. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, pleasant conversation great weather. Thanks so much to Suzanne and her gracious family.

A complete set of pictures are available at the LMG Shutterfly website:
(The password is included in occasional LMG newsletters)

2015 LMG Annual Spring Picnic

 

 

 

2015 ANNUAL PLANT SALE A SUCCESS

 

The 2015 Annual Plant Sale was held April 11th and 12th at the Greenwood Farmers' Market by the Greenwood Convention Center. With the help of those members who contributed plants and/or staff the tables, this LMG fundraiser was once again a success. There was a tremendous variety of interesting plants that encompassed all different types and cultivars. Special thanks to Sandy Orr who "unofficially" oversaw this event.

 

 

2015 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

 

The 2015 Annual Awards Banquet was held February 12th at the Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room. Members elected new officers/directors, heard a recap of the year's activities, celebrated the Master Gardener of the Year Award recipient, acknowledged newly certified Master Gardeners and welcomed new interns from the November 2014 graduating class. Outgoing President Sandy Orr was acknowledged for her service and presented with a gift. Newly elected Incoming President Donna Feldmaier was also introduced. Barbara Wells was elected as Vice President and Chris Moon as Secretary. As always there was an abundance of good food and conversation!
2014 Master Gardener of the Year - Chuck Bender

 

Master Gardener of the Year
2015 Newly Certified Master Gardeners

 

2015 Newly Certified Master Gardeners
Chris Ester, Olivia Reynolds, Renea Sprowl, Lola Wynter and David Belcher. (Not pictured: Susanne Blumer, Steve Loggins, Sara Kummer, Mary Rylander, Calvin Simpkins Sr., Tom Simpson, Christine Cornetto, Bill Aaron and Cyndy Aaron.)
2014 Master Gardener Class_New Interns

 

2014 Master Gardener Class_Interns
Class from left front to Right front row: Fred Botts, Donnie Alford, Sue Carson, Jim Andrighetti, Trey Starling, Barbara Wells. Second Row from left James Hodges, extension agent, Scott Prevatte, Ken Claphan, Marla Starling.

 

2014 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

 

The 2014 Annual Awards Banquet was held February 13th at the Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room. Members elected new officers/directors, heard a recap of the year's activities, celebrated the Master Gardener of the Year Award recipient, acknowledged newly certified Master Gardeners and welcomed new interns from the November 2012 graduating class. And as always there was an abundance of good food and conversation!
2013 Master Gardener of the Year - Sue Monaghan

 

Master Gardener of the Year
2014 Newly Certified Master Gardeners

 

2013 Newly Certified Master Gardeners
Claudette Bannerman, Trish Bridges, Louann Collins, Donna Feldmaier, Linda Hamrick, Glorietta Jones, Susan Lawson,Chris Moon, Betsy Rush and Mary-Jane Vivas. (Not pictured: David McCall, Phyllis Krohn, Bonnie Baumhofer and Savannah Durham.)
2013 Master Gardener Class_New Interns

 

2013 Master Gardener Class_New Interns

Pictured left to right: David Belcher, Whitney Newby, Olivia Reynolds, Calvin Simpkins, Lola Wynter.
(Not Pictured: Bill Aaron, Cyndy Aaron, Billy Morgan, Mary Rylander, Suzanne Blumer, Chris Ester, Steve Loo, Renea Sprowl, Renee Wynn, Sara Kumer, Sharon Mobley, Tickie Mobley, Nancy Bruce and Tom Simpson.)

 

 

NEW NAME BADGES NOW AVAILABLE

 

You now can order a revised LMG name badge that has a magnetic back to attach to your shirt (an example is on the form) for $10. This is replacing the current lanyard/pouch name badge for our organization. Existing Master Gardeners can change to the new badge at their option if they wish. We ask forms still be filled out and returned in order for names to be printed correctly on badge. If you are interested, please see the attached form to complete and send with money to LMG, P.O. Box 246, Greenwood, SC 29648.

Make Checks ($10) payable to: Lakelands Master Gardeners Inc.
Remit Payment and Order Form together to:

A sample of the badge and an order form are usually printed in the periodic LMG newsletter, which is available in the Archive/Newsletters section.

2013 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

 

The 2013 Annual Awards Banquet was held February 21st at the Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room. Over 50 attendees participated in electing new officers/directors, hearing a recap of the year's activities, celebrating the Master Gardener of the Year Award, acknowledging newly certified Master Gardeners and welcoming new interns from the November 2012 graduating class. There was also a formal action adopted by voting members to dissolve the current LMG Association and move its assets to the newly incorporated LMG organization.
2012 Master Gardener of the Year - Linda Halsey
Master Gardener of the Year
2013 Newly Certified Master Gardeners
Toni Able, Lynsey Bock, Mary Jo Cook, Doug Crawford, Priscilla Ellis, Beth Osteen and Ann Stoddard.
2012 MG Class_New Interns
Some 16 members of the 2012 Master Gardener class completed their training during November 2012. Upon completion of their 40 volunteer service hours, these interns will then receive their formal Master Gardener certificates and designation.
2012 Master Gardener Class
Pictured left to right: Trisha Bridges, Glorietta Jones, Phyllis Krohn, Betsy Russ, Chris Moon, Linda Hamrick, Susan Lawson, James Hodges (Clemson Extension Agent), Claudette Bannerman, Terry Morse, David McCall, Bonnie Baumhofer, Savannah Durham, LouAnn Collins.
Not Pictured: Donna Feldmaier and Online Graduate Mary-Jane Calliham

 

CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFICE RELOCATION & TELEPHONE CHANGE

 

The Clemson Extension Office has relocated to the old Brewer Building off of East Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood. The official address is 105 N. University, Greenwood 29646, and the new telephone number is 864-223-3264. (The same telephone number will be used for our LMG Information Office.)

 

Physically we are located at the corner of East Cambridge (700 Block) and North University Street. This is part of the old Brewer School facility. From the Bypass south of BiLo take East Cambridge Avenue toward downtown at Jerry�s Produce. We are 2-3 blocks down East Cambridge headed toward Downtown on the right. Go by East End Elementary School and North University is the second street on the right. The converted school classroom is the first building on the left as you travel on North University Street.

 

COMMUNITY SPEAKERS LIST

 

As Master Gardeners, each of us have special interests and may be qualified to speak to other groups. The Clemson Extension is always getting calls, asking for program speakers for their groups or organizations. If you are interested in sharing gardening information with others in our community, please contact the Public Relations/Media Committee.

 

2012 Annual Graduation & Awards Banquet
 
 

Thursday, February the 9th the Lakelands Master Gardeners held their 2012 awards banquet at the Greenwood Metropolitan District Meeting Room. Friends and family shared an awesome meal and had a wonderful time then reflected back on the previous year. Pins were given to members reaching mile stones with hours and some honorary members recognized for their contributions.
Master Gardener of the Year - Vince Plotczyk
MG of the Year
New Certified Master Gardeners
Certified Master Gardeners

 

Erwin Able Rusty Wilson Sandra Orr
Ann Barklow Millie Parnell Susanne Bender
Janet Ledebuhr    
Class 2011 Interns
Master Gardener Interns
Toni Able Doug Crawford Ann Stoddard
Lynsey Bock Priscilla Ellis Sharon Grooms
Mary Jo Cook Beth Osteen Jeremiah Grooms