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Edie McMahon, owner of “Gardens of Edie,” takes a break from collecting day lilies for customers Friday at her flower garden in Homer.
Master gardeners bring life to community
The community gardens at the County Office Building and Courthouse Park are in full bloom as summer approaches its peak, with their beauty a testament to the dedication of the volunteers who plant and prune the flower beds.
These gardens are maintained by a small group of volunteers who completed master gardener training offered by CornellCooperative Extension of Cortland County.
Edie McMahon, of Homer, is one of the volunteers who completed her training in 2010. Since that time, she has been involved in a few gardening projects locally, including the two near the county offices, as well as a rain garden at the Cortland County Junior Fairgrounds in Cortlandville.
McMahon said she took the course out of self-interest, but discovered she enjoyed spending time with her fellow gardeners, which prompted her to become a volunteer.