Jerry Carris, harvested more than vegetables and flowers. An Orange County master gardener for over 20 years, Jerry harvested love, good will, and friendships. He loved everybody and encouraged them to be their very best. My heart ached when I heard that Jerry passed away yesterday.
Jerry, a redhead - with freckles, too - would stop by my office at the Orange County Extension office and give me hugs and encouragement. He was a strong supporter of myUF/IFAS Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program through the City of Winter Garden, and of my weekly gardening radio show, "In Your Backyard. Jerry would call in frequently into "In Your Backyard" with answers to my audience's vegetable questions and to promote the Master Gardener clinic open on Tuesdays at the Mid-Florida Research Center in Apopka.
Jerry was recognized in November 2009 as the Florida Master Gardener of the Year by the University of Florida.
I will miss you, Jerry. God speed home.
Jerry's Obituary - Orlando Sentinel