The Bluebonnet Master Gardeners Association opened 2017 with an awards ceremony honoring members for their years of service, volunteer hours, outstanding gardening skills, continuing education units accrual, and teaching accomplishments. Outgoing board members Debra Kollman, Sue Tallerine and Pete Smith were honored for their service. Newly certified interns were honored for reaching their volunteer hours goal. Newly enrolled students in the 2017 training class were welcomed. A pot luck lunch was enjoyed by all.
Outstanding garden projects and their leaders include: Bellville — Chesley Garden and Sens Center Vegetable Demo Garden — Garry Kroeger; Bellville — Sens Center Flower Garden and Flagpole Rose Garden — Faye Beery; Sealy — Levine Park/City Hall, Clock Tower and Sesquicentennial Bed — Renee Kofman; Columbus — County Extension Office Herb Garden — Jo Ann Obenhaus; Sheridan — Senior Therapy Flower Garden and 4H Butterfly and Native Plants Garden — Danette Tollette and Robbie Showers; Flatonia — E. A. Arnim Archives and Museum — Debra Schwartzenburg; LaGrange — County Extension Office Superstar Demo Garden —Wally and Wanda Brown; Round Top — Junior Master Gardeners Kids Garden — Harold Pieratt; Schulenburg — St. Rose of Lima School 3rd grade vegetable garden — Wally and Wanda Brown.
Charlene Koehler was given a special award to recognize her excellence in teaching. Charlene took the Master Gardener Training Class with her husband B. R. Koehler in 2005 and by 2009 she was teaching the class. She continued teaching through 2016 with a real heart for helping people learn and a passion for doing master gardener work.
Garry Kroeger (Bellville) and Harold Pieratt (La Grange) were jointly declared Master Gardeners of the Year.
The Bluebonnet Master Gardeners are planning Lunch and Learn seminars, a plant sale in April, a kids summer camp in June.