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JCMGA Coordinator Column

Erika Szonntag
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Dear Master Gardeners,

I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather. Here at 9,200 feet in Colorado, some days feel like the middle of winter and others feel like spring has arrived. While there is still plenty of snow on the ground, some of the aspens are budding out, tufts of new grasses and yarrow are making their appearance, and plenty of sun peeks out between snow squalls.

This will be my last coordinator column and final month with OSU. My last day will be May 31 and I will be available by phone or email until then. After that day, Heidi Gehman, the administrative office manager, will be your point of contact for any in-person concerns or to connect you to OSU guidance. Please note that her primary job is office manager and filling in for the vacant research building office manager. She has kindly offered to be a resource for Master Gardeners until a new coordinator is hired, so please be conscientious of her time if you need anything from her. Her contact information is

I really enjoyed my time in southern Oregon and getting to know the local flora. I also enjoyed working with and getting to know many of you. I wish you all the best for the future.