2019 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Graduation Class & Award Winners

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Congratulations to our 2019 Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer Graduating Class and Award Winners! We had a great graduation and awards dinner at the Mountain Lodge on November 7, 2019. Below are the names of our graduates and award winners.

Shining Seedling Award – Sue Ann Williams  – This award is given by Master Gardener℠ volunteers to an EMGV Intern who has gone above and beyond in their service to the people of Hendersonville County during their internship.

Seasoned Sapling – Donna Gatnarek  – This award is given by Master Gardener volunteers to a veteran EMGV who has gone above and beyond in their service to the people of Hendersonville County during the past year.

Sue Ann Williams and Steve Pettis

Sue Ann Williams and Steve Pettis

Donna Gatnarek and Steve Pettis

Donna Gatnarek and Steve Pettis

The 2019 Graduating Class included 19 newly minted Master Gardener volunteers:

Pat Amick

Debbie Andrews

Debby Bolser

Karen Burns

Sherri Cappabianca

Claudia Case-Jacobs

J.B. Drake

Paul Fredrickson

Toby Gass

Robin Gorges

Joe Hildebrand

Pat Horlick

Kelly McCarthy

Kathy Morris

Paula Murphy

Shirley Sarno

Marty Sevek

Linda Stogner

Sue Ann Williams

2019 EMGV Graduating Class

2019 EMGV Graduating Class

Lifetime Volunteer Hour Milestone Awards

Joellen Johnson – 7000 hours

Tamsin Allpress – 4000 hours

Deb Daniel – 4000 hours

Nancy Gilchrist – 2000 hours

Ken Olson – 1000 hours

Jane Grossman – 1000 hours

Pat Newcomer – 1000 hours

John Rhicard – 500 hours

Joy Muck – 500 hours

Paula Thum – 500 hours

Jerry Neff – 500 hours

Pat Hargis – 500 hours

Kate Reavouri Wilson – 500 hours

Greg Masseu – 500 hours

Congratulations to all of our graduates and award winners!!!

In 2019 Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Henderson County:

Home gardening questions answered – 237

Total volunteer hours – 10,790 hours

Total value of volunteer hours ($25.43) – $274,390

This is the equivalent of 6 full-time employees.

Five Master Gardener volunteers of Henderson County were in the top ten volunteers in the state for 2019:

Deb Daniel – 845 hours; ranking 3rd in the state

Joellen Johnson – 633 hours; ranking 8th in the state

Ken Olson – 486 hours; ranking 21st in the state

John Rhicard – 383 hours; 39th in the state

Jane Grossman – 370 hours; 41st in the state


The Extension Master Gardener℠ Program is a volunteer training program offered through the County offices of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in-home horticulture, gardening, and related areas. These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services under the direction of the local County Extension agent. Master Gardener volunteers help others through educating the public about the benefits of a healthy environment and through horticultural projects that benefit the community. Master Gardener volunteers bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities’ landscapes and gardens making life better for citizens in Henderson County.