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Ryan Pankau
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
rcpankau@illinois.edu

Tabitha Lea Elder
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
tabithae@illinois.edu

Champaign County Master Gardeners

Champaign County Master Gardeners

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Awards Night Recognizes Volunteers and Community Stakeholders

The Champaign County Master Gardeners gratefully recognized individuals in an Awards Banquet on Tues., Feb. 26, 2019 for their contributions to the program. 

The evening began with an award presented by the local Alliance Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).  Representative Regent Kristin Petersen, Vice Regent Shelley Suits, and Honorary Regent Julie Woller presented the community service award to the Champaign County Master Gardeners for their volunteerism and community service efforts in providing horticulture education and serving underserved audiences through their community projects including Crisis Nursery, Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, Senior Grow Box program, the Idea Garden, Yingying's Garden, and Megan's Garden at the Urbana Free Library.

Awards were then presented to volunteers contributing 100, 250, 500, 750, 1,000, 1,500, and 2,000 cumulative volunteer hours.  A Golden Trowel Award was given to Master Gardener interns contributing over 50 volunteer hours in the Idea Garden (South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana) and to active certified Master Gardeners who contributed over 30 volunteer hours in the Idea Garden.  

Friend of a Master Gardener Awards recognizes a non-Master Gardener or business that provides exceptional services to the Master Gardener program with donations of material, labor, expertise, or other means of support which benefit the program.  The 2018 recipients were Country Arbors Nursery, John Fisher, Bill Geibel, Scott Kemper of Kemper Industrial Equipment and Midwest Potty House, Dave McMillin, Jack Mueller and Grandson Harley, Proven Winners, Les St. Peter, and Randy Wiley.

Making a Difference Awards were presented to eight Master Gardeners who, through their initiative, commitment, and quiet, unselfish service, enrich the Master Gardener program.  The 2018 recipients were John Bergee, Dottie Davito, Jimmie Nell Duden, Christina Nordholm, Patty Stoffel, Ann Tice, Phyllis Williams, and Kathy Wise.

Champaign County Master Gardeners are part of the University of Illinois Extension's educational outreach program.  To learn more information about their services and programming, and to view a video about Awards Night, visit go.illinois.edu/ccmg.  

Champaign County Master Gardeners Contribute over 11,000 Volunteer Hours in 2018

217 Champaign County Master Gardener volunteers contributed over 11,000 volunteer hours in 2018.  Click here to watch the video and learn more.

About Champaign County Master Gardeners

Since 1992, nearly 600 Champaign County residents have completed Master Gardener training and contribute over 11,000 hours per year to Champaign County.  

Their mission is to:

  • Expand the capacity of the University of Illinois Extension Service to distribute horticultural information to individuals and groups in local communities
  • Develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture. These programs are educational in nature and may involve environmental improvements, horticultural therapy projects, community and school gardening projects, or other programs determined by local need
  • Develop the leadership potential of Master Gardener volunteers through a volunteer administrative network designed to assist Extension staff in managing local Master Gardener activities and programs.

Click here to learn more about Champaign County Master Gardener community projects.

About University of Illinois Master Gardeners

  • The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program teaches adult volunteers to disseminate horticulture information to the community and home gardeners.
  • Master Gardeners mission is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.”
  • Master Gardeners encourage home gardeners to improve quality of life with environmentally sound gardening techniques, fruit and vegetable production, and horticulture therapy through aesthetically pleasing environments.