Master Gardener, Darlene Cross was chosen to be the 2014 Gardener of the Year by the Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee.
Darlene has served as one of the judges for the annual Green Thumb Garden Contest (sponsored by the Kelowna City Parks Department) and has done so for at least 10 consecutive years.
She is also a 10 year member of the Okanagan Master Gardeners chapter, giving generously of her time and effort to community projects, serving as Chapter webmaster and at clinics dispensing competent and knowledgeable gardening advice.
Darlene is also an 11 year member of the Kelowna Garden Club; serving as their newsletter editor for 7 years and more recently the webmaster of the club website.
She has been very dedicated to the Communities in Bloom effort and the award is well deserved.
Submitted by, Wilma Schellenberger - CIB Committee Green Thumb Garden Contest Coordinator
Photo courtesy - Jeannie Wiens