Extension Service recognizes Master Gardeners

Special to The Log
2017 Master Gardeners of the Year awards were presented by County Extension Director Pam Allen (right) to Karen-Kirk Williams, Joe Michetti, and Lee Vanderpool. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Okaloosa County Extension Horticulture Agent Larry Williams recently recognized the following Master Gardeners for their dedication and volunteer efforts on behalf of the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service and the residents of Okaloosa County.

Fifteen Year Recognition (2002)

Pat Collins

Linda Morris

Twenty Year Recognition (1997)

Karen Kirk-Williams

Sandie Olsen

Ed Smith

500 Hour Recognition

Matt Donavin (517.5)

Donna Edmiston (545)

Stevie Gerber (612)

Debbie Sewell (618.5)

David Stever (507)

Carol Strom (596)

1,000 Hour Recognition

Rick Hastings (999)

Ed Smith (1046.5)

2,000 Hour Recognition

Lee Vanderpool (2200)

3,000 Hour Recognition

Karen Kirk-Williams (3390.4)

6,000 Hour Recognition

Margaret Stewart (6318)

2017 Outstanding Service to Youth Award

Lynda Penry

Jennifer Yelverton

2017 Outstanding Telephone Communicator

Bill Buckellew

2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year

Margaret Stewart

2017 Community Outreach Award

Mary Grace Evors

Master Gardeners of the Year

Karen-Kirk Williams

Joe Michetti

Lee Vanderpool

2017 Friend of the Master Gardener Award

Lannie Corbin, city of Niceville

The Okaloosa County Master Gardeners have three office locations to assist with gardening and grass questions. In addition, soil samples can be brought by an office location for testing. The Fort Walton Beach office, 127 Hollywood Blvd., is open for walk-ins until noon on Fridays. The Niceville office is at the Niceville Youth Center, 200 Campbell Drive, and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays. The Crestview office, 3098 Airport Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Call 850-689-5850 before going to insure there is a Master Gardener on duty. Soil testing at the Crestview office is on Mondays only. For online assistance, visit gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu or solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu.