Ilene Davis: W.Va. master of gardening

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NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. – The 2002 master gardener of the year in Hancock and Brooke counties is Ilene Davis of Wellsburg, W.Va.

She was chosen by her peers for her contributions to the master gardener program.

Davis has volunteered at the Home and Garden Expo, helped assemble garden calendars and volunteered at the plant share for the past four years. In addition, she wrote the record-keeping segment for the Master Gardener 2002 Garden Calendar and presented this information at the Northeast Regional Master Gardener Conference in 2000.

Davis is the chair of the master gardener Christmas float committee, and she created ornaments that decorated the Christmas float.

She also worked on the gardens at St. Thomas Church and Catholic Knights of St. George. Davis has given back 283 volunteer hours to her community since she became a master gardener in 1999.

She will be honored at the West Virginia State Master Gardener conference, which will be in April at Oak Hill.

Master gardeners are adults that live in the tri-state area and have an interest in horticulture. They take 30 hours of class that includes information about landscaping, vegetables, soils, fertilizers, botany, perennials, herbs, lawns, pesticides and alternatives to pesticides and other horticulture topics.

In exchange for the classes, they give back 30 hours of volunteer service their first year. It takes 12 hours of service or education every year after that to remain certified.

If you are interested in becoming a master gardener, the 2003 class will start in February.

For more information call 304-564-3805.

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