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Spotlight on . . . Jim Ewoldsen, Collin County Master Gardener

By Dawn Oldfield, CCMGA Public Relations Chairperson

They say people who are gardeners at heart have a lot of great virtues. They are a unique blend of patience, vision, creativity, kindness and wisdom.  This surely describes Master Gardener Jim Ewoldsen!

Jim’s journey to become a Master Gardener happened thanks to his lovely wife Judy. Jim shares, “In 2006, Judy signed up to attend CCMGAs annual training. Every Tuesday evening Judy went over the highlights of that’s day classes.  After she completed the classes I watched her having a ball with her fellow Master Gardeners. I thought, why should she have all the fun?  So, in 2007 I signed up and attended class.  I was impressed with what we were taught and who was teaching us.”

Jim says, “I’ve spent most of my time over that last 14+ years working on the Speakers Bureau team.  There are several presentations that I specialize in but the most fun was working with the presentation review team analyzing every presentation we had, re-writing, standardizing, and adding copious speakers notes and many new images to the presentations.”

“The very best part of my work in CCMGA is working with some of the finest friends a person could have.  What makes this association great are the members. We have grown over the years and there are many members I don’t get to work with often, but I know how to walk over, introduce myself and get to know another person. One thing I love most is every member of CCMGA is unique and wonderful,” Jim smiles.

Jim adds, “Many of our neighbors in Collin County are newcomers to our unique growing conditions.  Our horticulture challenges are monumental, and many people can’t grow plants here.  We teach people how to survive here and to grow their plants successfully. I enjoy giving informative talks on growing locally, but I also enjoy working at the Garden Show and our plant sales.”

Jim would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener to sign up and attend the class! “Over the years I have met many of our current members who originally took our training classes just to learn how to garden in Collin County.  What’s interesting is they had no intention of staying in CCMGA once the classes were over, but they fell in love with CCMGA and the members and just couldn’t leave.”

Jim is not only a gifted and knowledgeable gardener; he’s a technology geek, and a talented photographer. He has an innate ability to find the good in any situation, a contagious laugh, a generous heart, and is a natural teacher. If you have a chance to attend one of his presentations, do. You’ll learn a lot and walk away with a smile and a new friend.

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