The Orange County Master Gardeners of Orange County have donated $500 to the Bridge City Public Library.

Bridge City residents Jan Lowe, Lou Raburn, and Glenda Duhon, who are all Master Gardeners, represented the group. Also from the organization was Dennis Franklin of Orange. Franklin is a plant pathologist who carries the title “Plant Doctor.” He is active with the Master Gardeners and owns a consulting business for people with plant problems.

The check was presented to Mary Montgomery, librarian.

“We really appreciate the generous contribution. We will find many uses for the money with the expansion of the library beginning,” Montgomery said.

Franklin and Lowe explained the money came from profits at the club’s plant sales, held twice a year.

“The plants are grown and donated by the members. There is any type of plant that you can imagine for sale,” Lowe said.

“We donate pots to be used from the sale that come from what we use all year and often swap around between members. The actual cost of the plant sales to the organization is very small,” Franklin said.

The Master Gardeners hopes to make the library donations each year. The club will also be donating to the Orange and Vidor Public libraries.

Becoming a Master Gardener requires a total of 50 hours of classes and community service. The group has monthly meetings open to the public. The meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Orange Salvation Army on Martin Luther King Drive. People interested in any form of gardening are invited to attend. The meetings include a covered-dish supper with some of the food grown in the members’ gardens.
“We will have classes for new gardeners beginning in September,” Lowe said.

For more information, call the Agri-Life Extension Center of Texas A&M in Orange at 409-882-7010.