Master Gardeners grow funds for scholarship program

By Diane Palmer

representatives from Aiken county SC Master gardener program, Photo by Tim DavisThe Aiken County Master Gardener Association has established a scholarship endowment for Clemson horticulture students. In December, they presented a $9,000 check to complete a pledge of $25,000.

They raised the funds through annual sales of plants and gardening almanacs and their Rent-A-Master Gardener program, which helps Aiken County homeowners solve gardening and lawn care problems in exchange for a donation.

“The endowment is four years ahead of schedule due to the success of the group’s projects,” said Suzanne Holmes, Clemson Extension agent who directs the Aiken County master gardeners. Master Gardener is a volunteer training program that provides 40 hours of intensive horticulture information. 

For information: Suzanne Holmes, 803-649-6297 ext 116,