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Horticultural heroes: Master Gardeners dig deep for answers

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Source: DL-Online (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), May 16, 2012

When Ardella Triebenbach's children were younger, they were heavily involved with 4-H. Therefore, she was as well.

"We lived northeast of town and 4-H was a big thing out in that area," she said, adding that she was everything from project leader to club leader over the years. "My kids were involved, so naturally, I was too."

So when the state Master Gardeners program started through the University of Minnesota Extension office, she decided to go through the training and become a part of that too. She joined in 1984 and was recognized last November for logging 5,000 hours of volunteer time with the program.

Tom Reiffenberger was also recognized for 1,000 volunteer hours. Though the two Master Gardeners have been volunteering for years and certainly know their gardening, they've both found their own niches for volunteering through the program.

Triebenbach said she grew up gardening with her mother, and then taught her children to garden as well. Though she's always done more vegetable gardening, she's always liked flowers as well. Since she's gotten older and it's just her and her husband at home now, "I've cut back immensely on both."  READ MORE ....

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