Milestone: Master Gardener quartet earn golden trowel honors

Audreen Williams, Laurel Moulton, Jan Danford and Teresa Bibler were awarded 2021 Clallam County Master Gardeners’ Golden Trowel awards during a ceremony at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden.

The award, for lifetime achievement, is presented to master gardeners who have been active for more than five years, donated more than 750 hours of volunteer time and demonstrated outstanding service promoting education and environmental stewardship.

Each awardee has an engraved rock paver with their name on it installed at the entrance to the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, along with the pavers naming more than 80 previous recipients since the award’s inception in 2005.

More than 7,000 hours have been contributed by these four Master Gardeners providing gardening education, identifying and offering solutions to plant problems for home gardeners, and supporting the Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County’s Woodcock and Port Angeles Fifth Street Demonstration Gardens.

About the recipients

Teresa Bibler is the Customer Support Coordinator for Clallam County. Having been raised on a farm in norther-central Washington, Bibler has always had an interest in plants and how they grow.

She completed the Clallam County Master Gardener Training Program in 2011and has been an active member of the Green Thumb Garden Tips education committee, provides technical and administrative support to the Master Gardener program and co-managed the Saturday Plant Clinics at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden.

She also provides volunteer support to the Master Gardener of Clallam County Foundation plant sales, garden tours, and manages the Foundation’s Facebook page. She served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014.

Jan Danford retired from her 23-year career as a Department of Defense elementary teacher and reading specialist on military bases in Germany and Japan.

After moving to Sequim in 2013, Danford graduated from the Master Gardener training in 2014, when she was awarded the Intern of the Year. She initiated and continues to spearhead a partnership between the Master Gardeners and Boys & Girls Club for children to engage in planting and harvesting food at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club facility.

She is a member of the Youth Enrichment Program, has delivered educational lectures for Master Gardeners and the Soroptimist Garden Gala, and is the chair of the Operating Committee at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden. Her leadership was recognized with the Master Gardener of the Year Award in 2016.

Laurel Moulton received a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental studies and earned her master’s degree in horticultural systems with a minor in entomology from Oregon State University in 2011.

Following her mother’s footsteps, Moulton became a Master Gardener in 2006. She has taught classes on entomology in Benton and Coos County, Ore., as well as Clallam County.

Locally she participated in tomato grafting trials and influenced efforts to establish Master Gardeners’ presence at the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles.

​Moulton worked for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe as the assistant manager at the Olympic National Park Matt Albright Native Plant Center where most of the plants for the Elwha River restoration were grown.

She serves as the Master Gardener Program Coordinator, directing the Master Gardener training, teaching classes, providing community outreach, and providing support for program activities and over 100 local Master Gardener volunteers.

Audreen Williams brought her experience as an elementary and middle school educator and her passion for gardening to Clallam County in 2007.

A Master Gardener since 2012, she has provided support to many plant sales and garden tours and participated in educational seminars for the Clallam County Master Gardeners, Soroptimist Garden Gala and other community organizations.

Williams has been active at all of the Master Gardener demonstration gardens and provides a major leadership role at the Fifth Street Community, coordinating volunteer efforts, education, and sustainable gardening methods, and conducting public tours of the Master Gardener demonstration plots.

Williams received Master Gardener of the Year recognition in 2014 and 2019.

The Master Gardener Program provides public education in gardening and environmental stewardship generated from research at WSU and other university systems.

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