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Whatcom County volunteer awarded Master Gardener of the Year for Washington state

Oct 4th, 2017 | Category: News

BELLINGHAM – Karen Gilliam, a volunteer with the Whatcom County Master Gardeners for over 40 years, was named the WSU Master Gardener of the Year for Washington State during the recent conference in Yakima, WA.

Gilliam, who served in the past as secretary, treasurer, and president of the WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Foundation, also helped create the WSU Whatcom Extension demonstration gardens at Hovander Homestead Park. In addition, she has been a mentor to new Master Gardener trainees, a co-chair of the greenhouse committee, the teacher of monthly plant identification courses, and numerous community workshops and classes throughout the county. Gilliam donates approximately 1,500 plants to the annual plant sale benefitting the group.

Each county with the master gardener program may nominate one of their master gardeners for state Master Gardener of the Year. Six criteria are used in the selection process: commitment, community involvement, promotion of the WSU Master Gardener program, educational impact, leadership, and legacy.

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