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January 11, 2007

Awards program announced for Master Gardeners

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Southern Shows Inc., will kick off a Search for Excellence Awards program for Extension Master Gardeners. The awards to recognize 2006 efforts will be presented at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart on March 2. (The show runs from Feb. 28 through March 4.) The deadline, Jan. 16, is fast approaching.

Southern Shows has long been a champion of the volunteer work of Extension Master Gardeners and for the past 10 years has held a Master Gardener Luncheon to celebrate and recognize the contributions Master Gardeners make to communities across the state. This year, instead of the luncheon, March 2 will be Extension's Successful Gardener and Master Gardener Day and will feature the Search for Excellence winners, a container gardening contest, Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center (open throughout the show) and seminars.

This is a great opportunity for Master Gardeners to receive much-deserved recognition.

The winning applicants will be encouraged to attend the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show where information about their award-winning work will be part of a special awards ceremony on March. 2. Please help support this new awards program by encouraging your Master Gardeners to apply. For more information, contact David Goforth, Cabarrus County.

In addition, the day of the awards ceremony, we will have a Container Gardening Contest. Participants will be selected from among the EMGs who register at the show that morning.

Posted by Natalie at January 11, 2007 04:09 PM