Master Gardeners receive awards

August 31, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregonians have been selected to receive statewide awards for their work with the Oregon State University Master Gardener program, and 25 individuals have been recognized as county Master Gardeners of the year.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share with the people of Oregon their knowledge of sustainable gardening and OSU resources in home horticulture, according to Gail Langellotto, OSU Extension urban and community horticulture specialist and statewide coordinator of the Master Gardener Program. More than 3,500 people across the state have become OSU Master Gardeners.

Betty Faller from Tumalo is the 2009 Oregon Master Gardener of the Year, awarded for her outstanding and unusual service to the program and her community as a volunteer. Faller has been a Master Gardener 11 years and coordinated the Hollinshead Community Garden for three years. She also established a garden at Healy Heights Transitional housing apartment complex for homeless and low-income families.

She has served as the central Oregon Master Gardener state representative to the Oregon Master Gardener Association and is first vice president.

Rocky Bessette of Redmond received the "Behind the Scenes" statewide award for quiet and unselfish support to the community and local chapter or the Oregon Master Gardener Association as a volunteer. Bessette has amassed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service over 11 years. She has served as secretary of the Central Oregon Master Gardener Association for seven years, newsletter editor for three years and mentor to new trainees for 10 years.

The awards are sponsored by the Oregon Master Gardener Association in cooperation with OSU Extension's Master Gardener program.

County Master Gardeners of the Year are:

Benton County: Kathy Butler, Kathleen Coleman and Kathi Tucker

Central Oregon (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson counties): Chris Miao

Clackamas County: Herb Davis

Clatsop County: Jane Donnelly

Columbia County: Sheryl Putnam

Coos County: Janne White

Curry County: Tom Lewis

Douglas County: Larry Sutton

Central Gorge (Hood River County): Cindy Collins

Jackson County: Clarence Wood

Josephine County: Craig and Pattye Ingram

Klamath County: Starr Cordy

Lane County: Dianne Twete

Lincoln County: Claudette Schroeder

Linn County: Sheryl Casteen

Marion County: Carol Horning

Multonomah County: Sharon Baker

Tillamook County: Jean Scholtz

Umatilla County: Annette Frye

Wasco County: Charlotte Link

Washington County: Anna Stubbs and Carol Ross

Yamhill County: Patti Gregory

Author: Judy Scott