The Highlands County Master Gardeners gathered for their annual Christmas banquet last Monday. The annual banquet, held at the Island View Restaurant in Sebring, is a time to reflect on their annual achievements and celebrate holiday cheer. Seventy two people attended the gathering which included Master Gardeners, Extension staff and their guests.
The Highlands County Master Gardener of the Year award is the highlight of the evening. This is an annual award given to the Master Gardener that went above and beyond the usual commitment required from Master Gardeners.
Master Gardener of the Year was awarded to Don Ingram Don, fondly known as the Banana man for his expertise with growing bananas, volunteered 172 hours this year. Don is one of the longest standing Highlands County Master Gardeners with 12 years of service while serving as the clubs treasurer twice and a member of the executive committee for the last four years. Don is a member of the Horticulture Advisory Committee and currently the treasurer of that committee. Don’s expertise reaches far past his knowledge of bananas and he can be found at the Master Gardener help desk almost every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 each week.
Awards were also given to Master Gardeners for the work they do during the year. Executive committee members were given certificates for the time they gave as committee members while The presidents pen was given to Richard “Dick” Langway for his work as president in 2017.
Master Gardener class is starting January 28th, 2018. For information on becoming a Master Gardener, contact David Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org