Our dedicated Garden Companion Student Volunteer Leaders were recognized at the May 20th, 2014 City Commission Meeting as an integral part of Youth Leadership Month. Mayor Craig Cates acknowledged our Garden Companion student volunteer leaders with a proclamation highlighting their outstanding achievements.

The students recognized have been volunteering consistently for two years and have participated in nursery propagation, transplanting, planting out in the Garden, giving tours, assisting at our monthly plant sales, and educating our community members at special events. These students have become knowledgeable of our native flora and fauna and have learned lifelong horticulture and life skills.

Susie Reutling, Master Gardener, and Nursery Coordinator has led this highly successful educational program. Susie’s dedication to sharing her passion and wealth of knowledge to the students has inspired and empowered these youth to do the same.