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These gardening questions and answers come from a variety of sources, but two individuals deserve special acknowledgment.
Leimone Waite is a horticulturalist and the advisor to the Shasta Master Gardeners. She has a Masters degree in horticultural science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is one of the three individuals, who in 2003, started the Master Gardeners program at Shasta College in Redding, California. Just 2 years later it became a part of the University of California Master Gardeners system. Leimone remains the advisor to the program and devotes many, totally volunteer hours, to it, and to its volunteers. She has either reviewed or edited nearly all of these questions and answers. She also wrote many of them herself. These questions are typically submitted to her, for her expert review, and approval. To say she has committed a good portion of herself to the success of this program is an understatement. The Shasta Master Gardeners would probably not exist and thrive without her sacrifices.
Bill Keep is a truly outstanding Master Gardener. He is a lifetime gardener who has left gardens and orchards in 4 different states. For approximately 8 years Bill volunteered at the Redding Farmer’s Market, answering many of the questions posed by the general public. He took the time to write up many of these questions and answers. He also edited various questions and answers received from Master Gardener’s at the Helpline office. Bill is an expert with the written word, and a substantial number of the questions and answers contained herein, are the result of his dedicated efforts. Unfortunately Bill recently moved to yet another state but, before doing so, he received the “Golden Trowel” award. That award is the Shasta Master Gardeners equivalent of the Master Gardener of the year. It could not have gone to a more deserving person. His knowledge, smiling face and upbeat personality are sorely missed.