Master Gardeners working in Manila
Jason Osborn, county agent with the Mississippi County Extension Service, is pleased to have new members join the county-wide Master Gardener program. Six members from Manila have completed the training and have planted Knockout roses at several sites around town. Osborn said there are about 40 Master Gardeners in the county.
The members from Manila include Sherry Pratt, Amanda DeLong, Cassey Tune, Lauren Smith, Rodney Cooper and Marilyn Woessner.
The city has provided the plants and supplies and the Master Gardeners provided the labor and care. The Master Gardeners have planted flowers at the new terminal building at the Manila Municipal Airport; the Community/Senior Citizen building; the Herman Davis Monument Park; and the swimming pool area.
They plan to plant crepe myrtles and some bulbs in the fall. They are working on getting irrigation to the areas to keep the flowers watered.
"We hope to expand with more members in the Manila and Leachville area next year," Osborn said. "It is a very good project for individuals, the communities and the county."
To become a Master Gardener, classes are held once a year. Classes consist of five eight hour sessions in Jonesboro, usually on a Saturday.
Anyone interested in the program can contact Osborn at the Mississippi County Extension Service at (870) 762-2075.