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Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Congratulations to Our Award Winners!

Posted by Sarah Navrotski -

I am please to announce the Master Gardener state award winners from DuPage County!

Loraine Miranda and June Vandervest were selected as winners of a State Outstanding Master Gardener Award. Nominees for this award must have completed at least 120 hours of Master Gardener service beyond the required 60 hour internship (180 total!). All hours were completed before the end of 2008.

Winning a State Master Gardener Teamwork Award is the 2008 Downers Grove North High School Team; Beth Corrigan, Bev DePhillips, Mike Horseley, Dolly Moneka, Patty Oleniczak, Ambi Pellegrini, Larry States, June Vandervest, Elaine Weil, Marta Witte and Jeanette Zeldin.

The multi-county 2008 Smart Home Team (at the Museum of Science and Industry) is also a State Master Gardener Teamwork Award winner. Representing DuPage County on this team is Tricia Bethke, Barbara Connell, Sharon Cook, Nick Janakas, Bob Mangan and Darlene Robenhorst.

Congratulations to all! The award winners will be recognized at the September 11th Awards Banquet at the State Master Gardener Conference in Effingham.

I was not able to nominate anyone for a Sustained Excellence Award this year. To be nominated for this award, you must be a previous State Outstanding Master Gardener award recipient and have completed at least 300 hours of volunteer service since receiving the award (minimum of 480 hours total!). Several Master Gardeners are very close to the required volunteer hours so I hope to be able to send in a nomination next year.

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