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    Record Number of Grant Requests for Endowment Fund

    The Endowment Fund committee met in April with all members present. In 2015, we received a record number of applications, with the total funds requested far exceeding the amount we were able to spend. This year, there were 14 grant requests, with a total requested amount of $9068.04. Last year, there were 8 grant requests, with a total requested amount of $2551.19. The Endowment Fund Committee completed due diligence in evaluating all 2015 applications.

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    Master Gardeners Work to Enhance Lifelight Festival Grounds

    The LifeLight Festival Grounds Garden near Worthing, S.D. is starting its third year as a Master Gardener Project. Many individual gardens surround a pond. It is a very beautiful and tranquil place. Not only is it beautiful during the festival on Labor Day weekend but during the summer for company and club picnics. The gardens have also been used as backdrops for senior pictures, baptisms, club meetings and tours. This is the first year to be on the Minnehaha Master Gardener Tour of Gardens. We received the largest SD Master Gardener grant last year.

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    Summer 2015: Notes from the Master Gardener Coordinator

    Greetings to SDSU Extension Master Gardeners and interns all over the state. It has been my pleasure to work with you all as the Interim State Coordinator for the last six months. I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new Master Gardeners and Interns, particularly the 64 individuals from 27 different communities that are actively involved with the training this spring and summer. It is my sincere hope that you will find being a Master Gardener rewarding and fulfilling as you learn to hone your gardening skills, build your knowledge and then pass that information along to gardeners and future gardeners in communities around the state.

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    Best of the Trial Plants at McCrory Gardens for 2016

    We have been trialing ornamental plants at McCrory Gardens for many years. I have been working primarily with the annual trials, including plants from the National Plant Trials Database, and All-American Selections trials programs. This year we had 105 different kinds of plants in the annuals trials but some were grown in different conditions for a total of 122 trials.

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    SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training for 2016

    SDSU Extension Master Gardener training classes are now being formed. In order to become a Master Gardener, you must first attend an introductory half-day session, then complete a series of online classes as well as four hands-on sessions. Since 2013, the majority of Master Gardener training is offered online so you can get the training in the comfort of your own home or some other location where you have access to a computer, to complete the various modules of the training. The first modules will be available starting the end of April.

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    McCrory Gardens “Best of the Trials” for 2015

    McCrory Gardens has been an All-American Selections (AAS) Trial and Display Garden for many years and David Graper has been the judge there for 13 years now. Besides the 14 AAS trial plants and their comparisons, the 2015 trials featured plants from several other major plant breeding and selection companies. Altogether we had 101 trial plants through that program plus some additional plants that we trialed from Ball Seed, Ball FloraPlant™, Ball Ingenuity, Pan American Seed and Proven Winners®.

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    The SDSU Extension Master Gardener Program

    Do you like to garden? Do you like fresh, home-grown, nutritious vegetables and fruits? Do you want to learn more about how to take better care of your lawn, trees or shrubs? Are you curious about how plants grow and what they need to grow and be healthier? Do you want to make new friends that are also interested in these things? Do you like to teach and help people? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then perhaps becoming a South Dakota Master Gardener is the right thing for you to do to satisfy those desires.

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    Gold Star Badge Nominations Sought

    The gold star badge may be awarded to any current, participating Master Gardener. Earlier graduates will be considered first in recognition for their efforts in implementing and initializing the master gardener program in SD. but chronological order is not mandatory.  Please submit your nominations for Gold Star Badge Recipients no later than July 30, 2015 to David Graper or LeAnn Feuillerat.

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    SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training for 2016

    SDSU Extension Master Gardener training classes are now being formed. In order to become a Master Gardener, you must first attend an introductory half-day session, then complete a series of online classes as well as four hands-on sessions. Since 2013, the majority of Master Gardener training is offered online so you can get the training in the comfort of your own home or some other location where you have access to a computer, to complete the various modules of the training. The first modules will be available starting the end of April.

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    The SDSU Extension Master Gardener Program

    Do you like to garden? Do you like fresh, home-grown, nutritious vegetables and fruits? Do you want to learn more about how to take better care of your lawn, trees or shrubs? Are you curious about how plants grow and what they need to grow and be healthier? Do you want to make new friends that are also interested in these things? Do you like to teach and help people? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then perhaps becoming a South Dakota Master Gardener is the right thing for you to do to satisfy those desires.

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    Summer 2015: Notes from the Master Gardener Coordinator

    Greetings to SDSU Extension Master Gardeners and interns all over the state. It has been my pleasure to work with you all as the Interim State Coordinator for the last six months. I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new Master Gardeners and Interns, particularly the 64 individuals from 27 different communities that are actively involved with the training this spring and summer. It is my sincere hope that you will find being a Master Gardener rewarding and fulfilling as you learn to hone your gardening skills, build your knowledge and then pass that information along to gardeners and future gardeners in communities around the state.

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    2015 Master Gardener Training in South Dakota

    Do you like to garden? Do you like fresh, home-grown, nutritious vegetables and fruits? Do you want to learn more about how to take better care of your lawn, trees or shrubs? Are you curious about how plants grow and what they need to grow and be healthier? Do you want to make new friends that are also interested in these things?

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    Volunteers Needed at the South Dakota State Fair

    Each year the South Dakota Master Gardeners have a booth in the Horticulture Building at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD. We need volunteers to assist in working that booth during the duration of the fair which runs from September 1st through September 7th. You can earn Master Gardener volunteer hours while working in the Horticulture building assisting with such activities as: assisting presenters, Horticulture Building clean-up and setup, checking exhibits in and out, assisting judges, and readying exhibits for public viewing and maintaining exhibits.

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