Orange County Master Gardeners’ Association celebrates newly certified Master Gardener’s

Published 2:20 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019

By Linda Womack

County Master Gardeners’ Association


The November meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners’ Association will meet on Thursday, November 14, at 6 p.m. at Robert’s Restaurant in Orange for dinner with a special guest speaker, Chris Kovatch.  The dinner is to honor the class of students who have recently completed classroom work to become certificated Master Gardeners through the Texas A&M AgriLife program.  

Students must complete classroom hours and complete 50 hours of volunteer work to become certificated. There were 12 students in the class and three of them have already completed all required hours to become certificated.  

Those currently certificated are Summer Long, Annette Shaw, and Eddie Shaw.  

These are expected to have completed hours soon: Robbie Maloy, Anna Marks, and Carolyn Crenshaw.  

The group will also welcome new member Dana Crawford who is a transfer Master Gardener from Galveston County.  

All students’ dinners will be paid for and other members will order from a select menu for a Dutch Treat meal. 

The guest speaker, Chris Kovatch, is Senior Vice President of Bridge City Bank in Bridge City.  He is a member of and has held offices in numerous civic organizations. He is currently a member of the Orange Grove committee this is working on a county-wide project to promote pride and beautification in Orange County.  He and his wife have been foster parents and have adopted children from the foster care program.  

Sheri Bethard is currently President of Orange County Master Gardeners’ Association and can be reached for additional information at 409-735-7070.