Master Gardeners Earn State Awards


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Three Master Gardeners from Kane County were recognized for their volunteer efforts at the State Master Conference last week in Lombard. Vicki Hagstotz, Aurora, has been a volunteer with U of I Extension since 2005 and has contributed over 300 hours to various projects including the Fabyan Japanese Garden and the Kane County Female Inmate Garden. She has presented several programs on container gardening and vermicomposting to audiences throughout the community. Sue Gould and Catherine Harrington, both of St. Charles, received the Sustained Excellence Award for their continued commitment to promoting good health and beneficial environmental practices through gardening. Sue Gould had been a Master Gardener since 2001 and has volunteered more than 900 hours. She focuses on working with youth through schools, libraries and community organizations. Catherine Harrington completed her Master Gardener training in 2000 and has contributed more than 800 hours through the Kane County Extension office. Catherine works with senior citizens in the area of therapeutic horticulture, with the female inmate garden, Extension Advisory Council and she is well know for her lively and engaging speaking style through the Master Gardener Speaker Bureau.

Pictured: Vicki Hagstotz (with tomato plant), Sue Gould (In front of tree), Catherine Harrington (standing at the vegetable stand)

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