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Garden of the Week: Master of his domain
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Some gardeners turn to the local extension office to learn more about plants and soil. Others enjoy lending a hand in beautifying the community.

For Master Gardener Mark Rummel, it was something more like desperation.

"Everything I planted died," Rummel said, when asked what inspired him to start attending classes at the extension office.

"The classes teach you about soil preparation and plants that do well in sunny spots or shady spots. It's a constant struggle. If you put the plant in the wrong place or if the soil is just not conducive to it, you are just fighting nature. The more you know about the environment, the better off you are with gardening."

Though he became a Master Gardener 10 years ago, he and his wife Virginia have put 24 years of work in their yard. Together, they focus on wildlife gardening, such as butterfly gardening.

"It's relaxing, especially if you work in a job where you're around people," said Rummel, who worked in customer service for Delta Airlines for 31 years. "Dealing with people all the time, they can get on your nerves. When you go in the yard, it's sort of a release mechanism for you. You find some peace and quiet."

To submit a nomination for "Garden of the Week," call 770-483-3455.