Note From Environmental Horticulture Program Leader
I am sure you are aware that our fearless and iconic leader, Deborah Levulis retired on January 7. We took a deep gulp after she left with the realization that she was irreplaceable. Deborah's departure opens a new chapter of travel, relaxation, etc. for her and a new chapter for us and the Palm Beach Master Gardener Program.
The Master Gardener coordinator extension agent position should be listed within the next 2-3 weeks. Best case scenario is that we will have a new person sitting in the coordinator's desk in a few months. In the meantime, we continue to value your interest and involvement in the Palm Beach Master Gardener Program. We will do our best to keep things functioning as normal. Candace Smith, as the program secretary will continue to be an integral part in keeping linked with you. Monthly educational meetings will continue as will the Hotline Room, etc. Your volunteer work remains critical, as is the entry of your time into the VMS database. Extension Agent Laurie Albrecht, Dr. Ken Pernezny and I will serve as the horticultural, pest, plant disease, etc. information support for the Hotline Room and other Master Gardeners, and Laurie will help with the monthly educational meetings. The next Master Gardener multiple week training program will start in the fall when we hope to have the new coordinator in place. Feel free to contact Candace, Laurie or myself if you have any questions or concerns to share, and thanks for being a member of the Palm Beach County Master Gardeners!
Bill Schall, Environmental Horticulture Program Leader
Additional Master Gardener Educational Opportunities
- Brian Forchheimer, Palm Beach County Master Gardener, is hosting an educational program at the Palm Beach Gardens Library on February 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Butterfly Gardening 101 is the topic.
- Discover how to protect Palm Beach County's precious water resources in a six-hour program that covers best landscape management practices, including irrigation, fertilization, pesticide application and more! The Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) class attendance is free for active Master Gardeners, however if you want lunch and handouts there is a $10 fee. Contact Candace at 561.233.1759 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. When and Where: February 12, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM in the Mounts Auditorium.
- Get advanced training in this six-week Professional Landscape Management program taught by UF/IFAS extension agents and specialists. You can take one to all six of the classes, but must do all six to earn a certificate of completion. In-depth professionally oriented topics include: two lethal plant diseases facing Palm Beach County - lethal bronzing of palm trees and lethal viral necrosis of 'Floratam' St. Augustinegrass (aka Sugarcane Mosaic Virus); palm and tree care; diseases and insects of ornamentals and lawns; diagnosing your own plant problems, and more! Fee for Master Gardeners: $10 for one to all six classes which includes training materials. Contact Candace at 561.233.1759 or email@example.com for a copy of the class schedule. When and Where: Thursday mornings 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, February 21, 28 & March 7, 14 & 21 in the Mounts Auditorium.
Fall 2018 Palm Beach County Master Gardener Class Graduates
From Left to Right:
Front Row: Deborah Levulis (Master Gardener Coordinator); Claudia Alzate, Judite Souto, Cassia Mendes, Kimberly Nieves, Ginny Powell, Carol Webb
Middle Row: Cindi Bournique, Carol Lazzarino, Ben Levison, KC Foster, Karen Lippe, Kim Grijalva, Daniel Calhoun
Back Row: Joel Crippen, Marie Brown, Steve Poulson, Maia Porath, Ricardo Wynter, Miguel Rosales, John Corey, Pam Rhodes