Dottie Bayne wasn’t born with a green thumb; it was something she cultivated over a lifetime. And she’s quick to credit others for her knowledge about gardening.
Likewise, she’s made it a priority in her life to share her knowledge of gardening — and love of gardening — with the community.
As president of the Central Missouri Master Gardeners, she oversees the club’s programs, which include everything from the annual plant sale to demonstration gardens to educational partnerships with local schools.
“We’re promoting our love of gardening while doing some public service for the communities we’re part of,” Bayne said.
The main goal of the club is to educate, and many of its projects involve beautification and education throughout the community. The club helps to beautify public buildings, parks, the local library and schools, among other places.
The club, which has around 200 members, always has projects on the horizon. Missouri River Regional Library recently asked the club if it would take over the herb garden project outside the library. Meanwhile, the club is working to replace its flooded-out demonstration garden on the north side of the Missouri River with ones that will be at Riverside Park.
The goal, Bayne