The NC Extension Master Gardener Search for Excellence Awards recognize outstanding leadership and service in the following seven categories: Youth Programs, Demonstration Garden, Workshop or Presentation, Community Service, Innovative Projects, Special Need Audiences (Senior, Disabled, Therapeutic, etc.) and Research (applied scientific methodology). The Search for Excellence Awards are designed to recognize outstanding educational group projects rather than individual accomplishments.
This year Cabarrus County submitted two projects to the state in April for the Search for Excellence award. Mitchell Hagler submitted “Diggin in the Dirt” for our 2018 fair booth in the Community Service category and Karen Andre submitted Stonewall Jackson Garden Project” in the Special Needs category along with assistance from Renee Hedrick, Marianne Scully, Denise Christiana and Dorothy Anthony.
On May 29 we received an email from Charlotte Glen, NCSU informing us that both projects had won in their respective categories! So, on June 8, 2019 Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Karen Andre, Renee Hedrick and Marianne Scully traveled to Raleigh, NC to accept both awards. It was a long trip there and back but worth it so to see our projects presented by Charlotte Glen with pictures of each up on the screen to all the attendees at the EMGV College. We will be receiving $200 for each from the Extension Master Gardener Endowment.
Thanks to all who participated in these projects to make this possible!
Author: Karen Andre
Enjoy this slide show of the Stonewall Jackson Garden Project!