Master Gardener 2019 Award Winners
Master Gardener Newsletter of the Year (50 or less) Greene Garden News, Connie Whitman, Editor, Greene County.
Friend of Master Gardener (Individual) Judge Mike Loftin, Union County
Friend of Master Gardener (Individual) Bruce Ward, Hempstead County
Friend of Master Gardener (Business) Quapaw Quarter Assoc. Curran Hall, Patricia M. Beck Executive Director, Pulaski County
Friend of Master Gardener (Business) Mainstreet Paragould, Gina Jarrett, Executive Director, Greene County
Master Gardener Rookie of the Year (50 or less) Terri Gregory, Boone County
Master Gardener Rookie of the Year (51 or more) Pamela Stevens, Garland County
Master Gardener of the Year (50 or less) Kim Hughes, Polk County
Master Gardener of the Year (51 or more) Donna Woodard, Faulkner County
Master Gardener Agent of the Year (50 or less) Rachel Bearden, Hot Spring County
Master Gardener Agent of the Year (51 or more) Branon Thiesse, Craighead County
Excellence In Education Award (50 or less) SFC and Cub Scout Pack 224 Partnership, Joan Collier, Chair, St. Francis County
Excellence In Education Award (51 or more) Ten Year Fig Trial, Susan Randolph, Chair, River Valley
2020 Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Recipients
Drew County's Attracting Butterflies, Birds, and Bees in Monticello
Drew County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with four other organizations, established two sites as public demonstration projects. The sites are used by Master Gardeners to share informatin on native plants with the general public as well as for learning opportunities for students in area schools. Signage will include plant and insect identification and the pollinators attracted to the sites to create increased awareness of pollinators. The project includes trees, shrubs, wildflowers, herbs, non-native nectar annuals, hardscapes, and signage.
Greene County's Teaching Garden
Greene County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with two other organizations, are teaching local youth basic gardening principles about natural resources, plants, insects, pests, and composting with hands-on learning opportunities. 4-H students (ages 5-12) learn by participating in hands-on garden activities. Students will develop a better understanding of natural resources and plants and animals and how they interact in the garden. They will also develop a good understanding of the growth stages of plants and animals and learn about plant pollination. The project includes a compost area, raised garden beds, grow light, garden supplies and materials.
2020 Janet B. Carson High School Scholarship Recipents
Tyler Casper is a Marion resident in Crittenden County and attended West Memphis Christian HIgh School. Working for an agriculture consultant led him to the plant science industry where he was intrigued by the complexities of the field. His career plans include working for a seed or chemical company and perhaps ultimately owning his own consulting business. Tyler is known as a hard worker, a strong academic leader and a role model for his peers. Tyler has been accepted at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro where he will pursue a degree in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis in Agronomy.
Isabella Norsworthy is a West Fork resident in Washington County and attended Farmington High School. Through her involvement with the Junior Master Gardener 4-H program and her work on her family's farm, she developed a love for horticulture. An incredible work ethic, an exceptional student are all traits attributed to Isabella. Her desire is to fulfill her passion to work with plants as well as communicate the importance of agriculture worldwide. Isabella has been accepted at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville where she will pursue a double major in Horticulture and Agriculture Communications with a concentration in Agriculture Leadership.