Meet The Master Gardener: Carol Fuller
By Marci Moore, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer for Coweta County
Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Carol Fuller began her Master Gardener service in 2007 after she retired from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. In 2014, she was honored as the Master Gardener of the Year.
Carol has held multiple volunteer positions and currently serves as vice president. For many years, Carol chaired the “Sunshine Committee” and was responsible for sending cards, warm wishes, and checking in on volunteers who needed a little extra support during times of sorrow or illness. Carol is known for her kind smile and willingness to pitch in on a variety of projects.
If you have attended a Backyard Association program, you may have met Carol. She sets up free educational literature, welcomes attendees at the door and distributes information packets to first-time attendees. She is also a dependable greenhouse volunteer and serves as a cashier at spring and fall plant sales.
Carol does not have much down time. She is a busy lady. When she isn’t gardening, she can be found bowling, volunteering, traveling or looking after her pups. She is an active member of a bowling league and has raised boxers for more than 40 years. She even has experience in training obedience and therapy dogs for others. She enjoys taking her dogs to retirement centers so the pups can entertain and love on the seniors. Carol’s husband, Walt, is an antique car enthusiast and is currently building a 1951 Ford. Carol and Walt attend many cruise-ins and enjoy road trips in their vintage vehicles. Walt is a very talented mechanic and does most of his own “wrenching”.
Carol’s landscape was full of challenges including muscadine vines, briars and poison ivy, but she put together a beautiful landscape plan and with lots of work, it came together beautifully. Since her property is mostly shaded, she has many shade loving plants including hostas. She says her yard offers a fine dining experience for the local deer. They are even bold enough to eat the hostas growing on her front stoop. Carol is known to MGEVs as the “Coleus Lady”. She propagates many varieties to share with friends–some particularly love the Wasabi variety. Her garden has cement, metal, and glass decorative critters (especially frogs and pink flamingos) that will bring a smile. Walt even had a pink flamingo chromed for her while having some parts chromed for his antique vehicles.
As a wise, water-smart gardener, Carol uses six rain barrels to water her plants and puts all her scraps, clippings and recyclable plant life into her compost bins to use in her new plantings. She along with her four-legged assistants are potting plants and preparing for the next plant sale.