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Spotlight on . . . Greg Rockhold, Collin County Master Gardener

By Dawn Oldfield, CCMGA Public Relations Chairperson

Master Gardener Greg Rockhold may be a man of few words, but he’s a man of action . . .a doer who gets things done. Those who know him admire his tenacity, curiosity, creativity and passion.

A graduate of the Class of 2016, Greg says, “I joined CCMGA to learn more about vegetable gardening. I got my love of gardening from my Grandmother. She was always out there picking flowers or vegetables. Now that I’m retired I can do the same.”

CCMGA President Edie Fife nominated Greg for the Spotlight feature because of his behind-the-scene irrigation work at Myers Park. Edie says, “He’s one of the few people who works on the irrigation and he really knows what he’s doing.  Greg is a faithful, steady worker.  He is our go-to guy for irrigation and we can always rely on him to step up and help out.”

While the membership thinks of Greg as the “irrigation guru”, Greg says modestly, “I’m the Garden Manager for all the drip irrigation systems at Myers Park. I work alongside my co-manager, Tina Wolf, who fills in the gaps that I have. One of the joys of this job is watching the expressions on the faces of the Master Gardeners, interns, and students when they understand why we do irrigation things the way we do them.”

Classmate Linda Corbin shares, “Greg takes care of the irrigation for all the gardens at Myers Park. And if you know how many leaks we have out there, well, it’s quite a task! He is also a natural teacher. He’s great at instructing others. He’s very patient and great at prioritizing. We appreciate all he does and couldn’t have the gardens without him.”

Greg muses, “It’s hard to imagine how the many plants that are grown in the 13 gardens at Myers Park would survive without water. And without the gardens and their plants, well . . .”

When he’s not in the gardens at Myers Park, he says you’ll find him working demonstration tables to help the public with their irrigation problems and questions. “I recently volunteered at the information booth at Lowes in Plano with the Dallas MGs. I was at the Plano Water Wise Landscaping Tour, and I’ll also be at the Edible Gardening event at Myers Park in February.”

Greg adds, “The thing I love best about CCMGA is the opportunity to teach both our members and the public. I’d encourage anyone to join our organization, and ask them what are you waiting for? The longer you wait the less time you have to apply what you learn and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

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