Cliffords named top gardeners in Rutland County

RUTLAND - The Rutland County Master Gardeners announced Gary and Charlene Clifford as Outstanding Master Gardeners at their annual meeting held in Rutland.

Nancy Hulett, program director at the University of Vermont Extension Service presented the award.

The Cliffords were cited for their work at Pine Hill Park, the Pocket Park in West Rutland and the Vermont State Fair. The Clifford's completed the Master Gardener Program with the class of 2004.

Other awards were presented to: Chapter Treasurer, Barb Smith; Speakers Bureau, Virginia Small, Ron Hebert and Elaine Nordmeyer; State Master Gardener Advisory Board, David Baird and Virginia Small; Site Facilitators of 2008 Master Gardener Course, Carol Macaluso and Diana Hayes; Scamp Camp at the Old Homestead Garden in Castleton, Rosemary Mosier; West Rutland Pocket Park, Charlene Clifford, Jerri Hoffman and Bonnie Mylott.

The Vermont State Fair - Project Co-Leaders, Emmett Perry and Jan Sherman; Volunteer Scheduler, Natasha Sen; Raised Bed Gardens, Elaine Nordmeyer; Composting Component, Ron Hebert; Valued Master Gardener Supporter/Contributor, Jane Hurley; Water Feature, Gary and Charlene Clifford; "Gardens for Learning" at the Boys and Girls Club, Project Co-Leaders Cheryl Gedris and Donna Gallant; Intern Mentor, Masako Gibeault.

Clarendon Elementary School Garden, Barb Smith; Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale, Sarah Stoodley; Garden Ramble, Bonnie Mylott; Trailhead Garden at Pine Hill Park, Co-Project Leaders Gary and Charlene Clifford; The Benson Heights Community Garden, Christina Shaw.

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