Jim W. Kuhlman of Mason City joined the Board of Directors in 2002 and has served as treasurer of the Board since 2005. He retired from the Iowa State University Extension Service after 35 years as a County Extension Education Director, specializing in Horticulture and Forestry. His parents had a large garden and his mother loved flowers, so he grew up with a love of gardens. Having been interested from the beginning in the Central Gardens idea, Jim considers it a great honor to see "the garden" go from a hole in the ground to the beautiful garden it is now. His major role is to make sure there is money to operate and to make new additions to Central Gardens of North Iowa without going into debt. The Board has been so fortunate for the many, many wonderful contributors who made the Gardens possible.