Arkansas Master Gardener 2020 Award Forms
Honor your outstanding volunteers by recognizing their significant contribution and impact on your MG program and community. We encourage you to include the new 2020 Challenge Award as you highlight your county.
Deadline for Award Submissions: February 15, 2021
Master Gardener 2019 Award Winners
Master Gardener Newsletter of the Year (50 or less) Compostings, Grazzie Warbritton, Editor, Montgomery County.
Master Gardener Newsletter of the Year (51 or more) The Grapevine, Joyce Fiddler, Editor, Meredyth Levering, Co-editor - Faulkner County
Friend of Master Gardener (Individual) Judge Jim Baker, Faulkner County
Friend of Master Gardener (Individual) Sue McGowan, Greene County
Friend of Master Gardener (Business) Mid-South Nursery & Greenhouses, The Seibert Family, Craighead County
Friend of Master Gardener (Business) Lowe's of Paragould, Rhonda Bottoms, Manager, Greene County
Master Gardener Rookie of the Year (50 or less) Laura Bell, Crittenden County
Master Gardener Rookie of the Year (51 or more) Richard Boss, Craighead County
Master Gardener of the Year (50 or less) Mary Howard, Cleburne County
Master Gardener of the Year (51 or more) Ann Wood, White County
Master Gardener Project of the Year (50 or less) St. Francis County Museum, Anita Vandiver, Chair - St. Francis County
Master Gardener Project of the Year (51 or more) Garland County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Show, Claudette Cooper and Paula Jackson, Chairs - Garland County
Excellence In Education Award (51 or more) Garden Explorers Jr. Master Gardener 4-H, Joyce Mendenhall, Chair - Washington County
2021 Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Recipient
Pope County's Garden of Hope
The garden is a cooperation between Pope County Master Gardeners and the Pope County Probation Department. Children are assigned to do their community service hours at the garden. The goal of the project is to provide a positive life experience to young people by teaching gardening principles. These will include preparing the soil, caring for plants from seed through harvesting, composting and the importance of pollinators. The objective is that through this process the children will learn important life lessons.
2021 Janet B. Carson High School Scholarship Recipients
Matthew Exum, Green County Technical High School, Greene County
Matthew has always been interested in all aspects of agriculture. After working as an assistant for a crop consulting firm, he was drawn toward learning more about making the best possible crop and yield and the science behind the development of the various products used. He states, “Agriculture is changing daily, and I want to be part of that change.” His career goal is to become an agronomist. Matthew is known as an exceptional student, having a tremendous work ethic, and being very dependable. Matthew has been accepted at Black River Technical College where he will pursue a degree in Crop Science.
Clay Farmer, Marmaduke High School, Greene County
His experience of working with various farms inspired Clay to realize the importance of maintaining crops, which allows farmers to make timely, informed, and economical decisions. His ultimate goal is to become a crop consultant where he hopes to enable farmers to confidently make impactful decisions. Clay is known as an organized and proactive leader with an outstanding work ethic, and as a model citizen to his community. Clay has been accepted at Arkansas State University where he will pursue a degree in Plant & Soil Science.
Sunny Jones, Conway High School, Faulkner County
Sunny believes that plant science serves as the foundation for civilization’s future. His plans include owning a business with regenerative agriculture and environmentally friendly spaces to support healthy biodiversity. His ideas include an ecological haven with a native plant garden, a community garden as well as a commercial vertical garden for organic produce. Sunny is known as being intelligent, intuitive, and self-reflective and as having a giving nature. Sunny has been accepted at the University of Arkansas Honors College where he will major in Horticulture, Landscape, and Turf Sciences/Environmental Science.