Doris Dahl of Huron received the Master Gardener Distinguished Gold Star award for her continued community service at the 2012 Master Gardener Update this fall at McCrory Gardens Education Center in Brookings.
Dahl has been very active in a variety of community projects since her completion of the MG course in 2001. Highlights of projects she has been involved with are co-teaching, with two fellow Master Gardeners, a monthly program held at the middle school, assisting a day care in establishing a vegetable garden planted by the children, developing and recording gardening programs that were aired weekly by a local radio station and providing problem-solving assistance to individual homeowners in Huron. She was instrumental in the development of bylaws for the Huron Area Master Gardeners and she and a fellow MG volunteered to secure speakers for the Horticulture Building for the 2007 State Fair. She also did the initial work for the 2008 State Fair prior to the appointment of Dianne Gropper as Horticulture Building superintendent in January of 2008.
Dahl has been actively involved in numerous projects beautifying Huronís downtown and the community Rose Garden project, including being on the Community Gardens board for six years with two terms as president. She worked with 4-H youth this summer and is usually one of the first to arrive for the annual planting of planters and flower bed cleanup for the State Fair. She has served in organizational capacities for the chapter and continues to serve as historian for the local chapter of Master Gardeners. She has also archived the history of Master Gardeners in the state of South Dakota since its origin.
In 2006, she received a plaque of appreciation for her community service by South Dakota State Universityís Cooperative Extension Service. Dahl is known for her knowledge and ability in caring for orchids and has more than 20 orchids in her home.
The South Dakota Master Gardener program, offered through the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service, offers more than 60 hours of instruction covering lawn care; ornamental trees and shrubs; insect, disease and weed control; safe use of pesticides; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable, fruit and flower gardening; and plant propagation and herbaceous plants. In exchange, participants agree to return 50 hours of volunteer time to their county in the next two years on Extension-approved programs and opportunities. Anyone interested in taking the classes may call Joanne Groves, president of Huron Area Master Gardeners, at 352-8097.For the complete article see the 11-21-2012 issue.
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