In April 2020, I became a volunteer at the Ranson Community Gardens for many reasons, first was to work on my volunteer hours required for the Master Gardeners program, and the second was to get some needed fresh air after being cooped up inside all winter.

When the pandemic I was asked to take on the position as Garden Manager.  How could I say no; the gardens have everything I love, fresh air, sunshine, plants, and flowers.   There were some big shoes to fill, as Bill Gregg had done an exceptional job establishing the gardens, and I wanted to continue his original mission with a new twist to enhance the gardens

Last year was incredible. I have enjoyed meeting, working, and socializing with all the resident gardeners along with the dedicated volunteers, as the gardens are truly inspirational and rewarding for all of us.  Furthermore, the generosity and sincerity from the community has been unbelievable; the diverse group of volunteers have assisted with breaking down the old, rebuilding new, and cleaning up the entire garden area.  Additionally, I would like to say thank you to those who donated plants, seeds, assisted in daily watering and who given their time to build new structures because without their assistance the garden would not have achieved the high level of success in such a short time to prepare for next season.

I look forward to a new and exciting year at the gardens. We are planning some exciting new activities including cooking & education workshops, improving our new garden social spaces and watching the monarch butterfly gardens emerge.