Rutz named 2020 Lifetime Gardener

April 26, 2021 | Featured|Headlines

NEWKIRK — Ponca City resident Betty Rutz is recognized by the Kay County Master Gardeners as The 2020 Lifetime Gardener.

Rutz received the honor at the April 2021 meeting. 

“Rutz has held multiple leadership positions and is always looking to help the organization and community,” said Shannon Malltory, Kay County OSU Extension office.

Betty Rutz

“Betty and her husband Bill operated the waterpark near Kaw Lake for years. When they sold the establishment, she decided to take the Master Gardener Training offered by the local OSU Extension Office in 2006. She has always enjoyed landscaping, vegetable gardening, and volunteering in her community and has been dedicated and stuck with us for almost 15 years.”

For information on gardening and or joining the Master Gardeners contact the Kay County OSU Extension office at 580-362-3194 or by e-mail at