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Spotlight on . . . Tina Bargmann, Collin County Master Gardener

By Dawn Oldfield, CCMGA Public Relations Chairperson

Gardening can be described as both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. Retired nurse, Tina Bargmann brings the qualities she learned as a nurse to CCMGA — the willingness to put in the hard work it takes to meet their goals. She brings her passion and compassion to nurturing plants and soil, and imparts her knowledge to helping Collin County homeowners be successful in their gardening endeavors.

A graduate of the class of 2020 (Go Zoom!), Tina shares, “I pursued becoming a Master Gardener after retiring from nursing because as a young girl I learned the joys of gardening from my Grandmothers. Both had great flower gardens! I would help them when we visited and really liked planting and watching things grow. One of my brothers and I started vegetable gardening in summers and sometimes were greatly successful! I wanted to become a Master Gardener to rekindle all that fun and joy but with a greater knowledge so I could have more success!”

An optimistic natural leader, Tina wants to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Tina says, “My role in CCMGA is co-lead for Scholarship Committee with Janyth Matkin. I also share responsibility for the herb garden at the Rucker School with Sharon Dietz. The Scholarship Committee puts CCMGA out to the public and to the following generation of gardeners in our county high schools. We also support a Texas A&M graduate candidate every year. CCMGA nurtures our future gardeners, farmers and the soil health of our county!”

Like a nurse, successful a gardener pays attention to detail, and takes the knowledge she has learned and impart it in a way that is easy to understand. Tina smiles, “The best part of working with CCMGA is sharing knowledge with the public and the continued learning when working in the gardens with other Master Gardeners!! I learn something new every workday. I can almost always be found at Ask a Master Gardener Booth or the County Garden Shows and our Garden show. I also participated in the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament.”

Tina adds, “I absolutely love the camaraderie with all the CCMGA members! Every time I attend events or classes or workdays in the gardens I know will be time well spent with friends. I always encourage people I meet to find the time and join the class!! Do It !! So much knowledge is imparted in class. There are fabulous speakers/teachers and the mentors are so great. Working side by side with your classmates in the gardens and developing friendships is so invigorating! I fully recommend taking time to get the certification and then gardening with gusto for the joy and the little heart ache it gives us all!

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