|Joan became a certified Master Gardener in 1988. By the end of 2011, she had reported 11,350 volunteer hours. Joan also has earned the Lifetime Badge, for Master Gardeners who have volunteered for 10,000 or more hours in their lifetime.
On Thursday, presenting the awards to Joan will be Dottye Pierce, Vice President of the Alabama Master Gardener Association, and a past president of Master Gardeners of North Alabama, and Janet Boothe, President of Master Gardeners of North Alabama.
In addition, several other special and dedicated volunteers, all from Dot's Greenhouse at the Garden were recognized for outstanding achievement!
Pictured are Betsy Fletcher, Joan Jones, Judy Johnson, Josie Asquith, Ann Mitchell, Andria Cummings, Jackie Chandler, Lynn Myers and Mary Shaw at Dot's Greenhouse.
The following Master Gardeners earning stars or badges for the number of hours they reported by the end of 2011.
Bronze Star (100-299 hours) -- Lynn Myers - 116 hours
Gold Star - 500 -999 hours) -- Judy Johnson - 560 hours
Gold Badge (1,000 to 1,999 hours) -- Betsy Fletcher - 1,423 hours
Platininum Badge (1,999 to 3,999 hours) -- Josie Asquith - 3,420 hours
Andria Cummings - 2,140 hours
Mary Shaw - 2,134 hours
Ann Mitchell - 2,025 hours
Emerald Star (6,000 to 7,999 hours) -- Jackie Chandler - 6,903 hours
Lifetime Badge (10,000 plus hours) -- Joan Jones - 11,350 hours
Master Gardeners who are members of Master Gardeners of North Alabama are eligible for the Reach for the Stars program. They receive advanced badges and stars based on their cumulative number of volunteer hours since they took the Master Gardener class. The Garden is so blessed to have such wonderful volunteers. We are proud of all of you!