Master Gardener Interns

Ida County Extension is proud to announce the following nine participants in this winter’s 2012 Master Gardener Program have completed their 40 hours of training to become Master Gardener Interns:  Bev Meyer from Holstein, Jackie Netherton from Ida Grove, Jennifer Erickson from Ida Grove, Karen Borchers from Holstein, Jim Mickelson from Odebolt, Irene Thayer from Odebolt, Dale Edsen from Ida Grove, and Susan Spotts from Battle Creek.  Belinda VanAernam from Ida Grove, will also be completing her 40 hours of coursework to earn her title of Master Gardener Intern.


This 12-session program included 3 face-to-face sessions which were facilitated by Verdean “Curly” Kruse, Ellen Janssen and Wendy Sanders, Ida County Master Gardeners, and Cynthia Haynes, Master Gardener Professor- in-Charge from Iowa State University in Ames.

These individuals will be promoted to the title of Master Gardener upon completion of their 40-hour service commitment. Master Gardeners can remain active members in following years by attending six or more hours of in-service education and contributing six hours of community service.

Master Gardeners provide many services to ISU Extension and Outreach and their communities. They use their knowledge, talents and skills on various projects and activities, such as answering horticultural questions and phone calls at their local county extension office, sponsoring lawn and garden shows, developing educational displays and giving horticultural presentations. Master Gardeners also assist with youth gardening programs, help manage farmers' markets and community gardens, plant demonstration and city beautification gardens, assist at public gardens, conduct horticulture therapy programs at nursing homes, write newspaper columns, participate in radio call-in programs and assist with the coordination and management of the local Master Gardener program.

Besides the educational and community service aspect of the Master Gardener program, gardeners get to know others with similar interests. They share their gardening experiences and, occasionally, even their plants!  If you are interested in becoming an Iowa Master Gardener or would like to have a Master Gardener contact you, please call the Ida County Extension Office by phone at: 712-364-3003 or by email: for details.

More information on the Master Gardener Program may be found at:

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