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Master Gardeners award park grant

Master gardener Leslie Barnes works in the garden on a recent afternoon at Bethesda Park Senior Center. (Special Photo)

Master gardener Leslie Barnes works in the garden on a recent afternoon at Bethesda Park Senior Center. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Established in 1993, the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association is an educational nonprofit adult volunteer group that participates in a wide variety of community projects. Most recently, the group awarded a $500 grant for 110 plant markers at Vines Park.

Other parks that have benefited from the group’s efforts include Bethesda Park Senior Center, George Pierce, Little Mulberry, McDaniel Farm, Pinckneyville and Tribble Mill Park.

Since 1999, GCMGA volunteers have partnered with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, donating thousands of man hours working on improving and enhancing the experience. They also have participated in major events, taught classes and looked after demonstration gardens.

Members consist of certified master gardeners who contribute many volunteer hours to educate Gwinnett County residents about horticultural, gardening and landscaping techniques.

“It’s a community service based program through UGA,” said Kathy Parent, county extension secretary. “We’re everywhere in the county as much as we can be.”

According to its website, the Gwinnett Extension Service operates as part of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Gwinnett Extension Office also functions as an educational division of the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services and receives support from the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

For more information about the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association, visit www.gwinnettextension.com.