COLTS NECK, NJ –
Graduates of the 2012 program are: Beth Bailey, Oakhurst; Joanne Bujalski, Freehold; Marguerite Dalton, Interlaken; Jon Gibbons, Lake Como; Diane Grim, Colts Neck; Dorey Grimes, Howell; Karen Kaschak, Colts Neck; Janet Lyons, Howell; Pat Mahon, Shrewsbury; Susan Matulewicz, Rumson; Jan Mawson, Freehold; Sandi McLean, Farmingdale; Kim Parent, Oceanport; Penny Raffetto, Manasquan; Judy Ryan, Farmingdale; Debbie Sawch, Rumson; Christina Schrank, Fair Haven; Pam Smith, Leonardo; and Christine Testa, Manasquan.
The Master Gardeners are now certified gardening experts because they have completed a course of classroom and hands-on training in plant biology, propagation, soil science and disease and pest control. The trainees then began sharing their knowledge with others by conducting garden lectures, demonstrations, school and community gardening projects, and answering calls on the county’s “horticulture helpline.”
“This year’s Master Gardeners group is resilient,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said at the graduation. “In addition to dealing with Super storm
Twelve of the newest graduates won awards for 100 hours of service: Beth Bailey, Joanne Bujalski, Jon Gibbons, Diane Grim, Janet Lyons, Pat Mahon, Susan Matulewicz, Jan Mawson, Sandi McLean, Penny Raffetto, Christina Schrank and Christine Testa. Beth Bailey, Diane Grim, Janet Lyons also won awards for 250 hours of service.
In addition, eleven veteran Master Gardeners also earned 100-hour milestone awards: Fran Ambio, Millstone, Denise Fredericks, Tinton Falls; Cheryl Grant, Rumson; Patty Kemps, Jackson; Alka Lothe, Little Silver; Pat McTighe, Monmouth Beach; Jill Neihaus, Shrewsbury; Maureen Puricelli, Morganville; Jacki Sharpe, Asbury Park; Cyndi Skove, Eatontown; and Len Yoder, Freehold.
For 250 hours of service, 18 Master Gardeners received recognition: Lou Ambio, Millstone; Marilyn Boak, Colts Neck; Maggie Boyce, West Allenhurst; Kathy Davison, Shrewsbury; Terry Gildea, Elberon; Liz Hespe, Middletown; Isabelle Koren, Howell; Marvin Koren, Howell; Kristina Latimer, Shrewsbury; David Levinsky, Marlboro; Michele Mancino, Middletown; Pat McTighe, Monmouth Beach; Dawn Nahory, Lincroft; Jay Schaeffer, Keansburg; Barbara Schinkel, Eatontown; Kathleen Turso, Spring Lake; Brenda Wilson, Aberdeen; and Len Yoder, Freehold.
For 500 hours of service, thirteen veteran Master Gardeners won awards: Ellen Brahney, Neptune; John Connors, Ocean; Carol Farber, Freehold; Kent Fleming, Spring Lake; Bill Gerth, Shrewsbury; George Hemsey, Howell; John Moran, Manalapan; Joan Murtie, Neptune; Jean Saba, Rumson; Clare Skeen, Keyport; Carol Smith, Holmdel; Elaine Alston Whittaker, Asbury Park; and Gayle Williams, Long Branch.
Six Master Gardeners achieved 1,000 service hours honors: Joan Cox, Oceanport; Barbara D’Augusta, Middletown; Carolyn Heuser, Freehold; Helene Schroeder, Manalapan; Wally Seeley, Freehold; and Audrey Sheehan, Rumson.
Another six Master Gardeners reached the 1500 service award level: Linda Balzer, Freehold; Peggy Beck, Millstone; Carol Chandler, Howell; Gloria Gross, Lincroft; Tom Lang, Ocean; and Sue Malmi, Red Bank.
Master Gardeners reaching the 2000 hours mark are: Howard Bodner,
Karin Poorvin, Ocean and Sandy Wolfe, Howell reached the 4,000 hour award level and Evelin Gaffney, Rumson was recognized for more than 6,000 hours of service.
“This 14th Master Gardener class worked with the best in the horticultural field – faculty from
The Master Gardener program, conducted throughout the
Information about the Master Gardener program is available on the Monmouth County Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com and from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service at