Outstanding Master Gardeners

The WSU Master Gardener program in King County celebrates outstanding Master Gardener volunteers with special attention at its annual Recognition Dinner. These outstanding Master Gardeners are nominated by their peers. The nominees have made exceptional efforts to support the Master Gardener program through their leadership and participation in program activities and projects. This recognition acknowledges their degree of involvement, their ability to inspire the people they work with, and the impact they have through their active volunteerism that furthers the mission of the Master Gardener program.

In addition to the WSU recognition, each year the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State (MGFWS) recognizes one Master Gardener for each of three distinct awards. Criteria for these nominations, including application and photograph, are provided at MGFWS Awards . Nominations may be submitted for outstanding Master Gardeners for any of three awards: the Master Gardener of the Year award, the Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service Award, and the Media Award. See the criteria for this year’s nomination deadline, usually in June of the year awarded. The awards are presented at the State Conference in year’s in which it is held.

The WSU Master Gardener Recognition program appreciates all the amazing Master Gardener volunteers and what they do to make the MG program a success in King County. Master Gardeners share their time and talents in community clinics, gardens, service projects and more. Together they log thousands of volunteer hours each year. To plan your nomination of an outstanding Master Gardener for recognition during this event in 2017, read the 2016 nomination guidelines. Updated guidelines will be available next fall prior to the event.

The 2016 Recognition Event and Annual Foundation Meeting was held Saturday, October 29. The 2016 Outstanding Master Gardeners for King County are pictured below at the event:

2016 Master Gardener honorees

2016 Master Gardener honorees (left to right): Tom Church, Traci Hanna, Horst Momber and Gordon Polson. Not pictured: Marcia Dillon, Linda Heaney, Carrie Hill, James Little, Debi Quirk, Jean Wang

2016 Outstanding Master Gardeners

The Foundation Award: Horst Momber for his 7-year leadership of the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale
Tom Church – South Sound Education Committee, Federal Way & Auburn Farmers Market Clinics
Marcia Dillon and Traci Hanna – Bellevue Demo Garden plant sales organizers
Linda Heaney – CUH Clinic continuing education coordinator
Carrie Hill – West Seattle Farmers Market and McClendon’s Clinics
James Little – University District Farmers Market Clinic
Debi Quirk – Magnuson Children’s Garden and Nature Programs
Jean Wang – Bellevue Demo Garden
Read more about the 2016 honorees and their awards.

2015 MG Recognition Honorees

From left to right: Suzanne Broback, Gary Scheider, Frank Peters, Drexie Malone and Cathy Ullakko. Not pictured: Wally Presbo, Joyce Harms, Judy Porterfield and Steve Scott.

2015 Outstanding Master Gardeners

The President’s Award: Joyce Harms, Judy Porterfield and Steve Scott for the Sherlock in the Garden project
The Foundation Award: Gary Scheider for the Clinic Refresh project
Suzanne Broback – Plant Sale Veggie and Herb Section Committee
Drexie Malone – Carkeek Park Demonstration Garden
Frank Peters – Ballard Fred Meyer Clinic and Thyme Patch Demonstration Garden
Wally Prestbo – Bellevue Demonstration Garden
Gary Scheider – Snoqualmie Valley Clinic Co-Leader
Cathy Ullakko – Bellevue Demonstration Garden and Clinic
Read more about the 2015 honorees and their awards.

2014 Outstanding Master Gardeners

2014 King County Master Gardener Recognition Award Winners

From left to right in the back row: Portia Wilcock, Ann Haldeman, Mick Duggan, Susan Eby, Fred Wemer, Barbara Hainley. In the front row: Steve Walker, Barbara Orcutt, Elaine Sherbrooke. Not pictured: Joan Edwards, Kathy Lapham, Horst Momber, Ralene Walls.

Mick Duggan – Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden
Susan Eby – Ronald McDonald House Outreach Garden and the CUH clinic
Joan Edwards – Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden
Barbara Hainley – Magnuson Children’s Garden
Ann Haldeman – Creator of first MG Training Manual, Diagnostician , Redmond, Kirkland and Ballard Clinics (40 year pin)
Kathy Lapham – Plant Sale Perennials Chair
Horst Momber – Annual Plant Sale Chair for many years
Barbara Orcutt – CUH Clinic Scheduler
Elaine Sherbrooke – Diagnostic Lab Leader
Steve Walker – Developer and Leader of Bellevue Demonstration Garden and Clinic
Ralene Walls – Ronald McDonald House Outreach Garden creator
Fred Wemer – Garden Operations Lead at Bellevue Demonstration Garden
Portia Wilcock – Plant Sale Potting Party Coordinator, Perennials Department Co-Chair

2013 Outstanding Master Gardeners

Marcia Dillon – Bellevue Demonstration Garden
Maggie Greenslit – Auburn Farmers Market Clinic
Carol Grimes – Neely Mansion Advisor
Joyce Harms – Federal Way Farmers Market Clinic
Linda Heaney – CUH Clinic
Jim Little – Ronald McDonald House Outreach Garden
Jan Mote – Master Gardener Email Clinic
Joy Naganuma – Magnuson Children’s Garden
Carolina Wagemans – Master Gardener Email Clinic

2012 Outstanding Master Gardeners

Adriene Harris
Penny Kriese
Julie MacGillis
C.J. Nielsen
Gordon Polson
Barb Ragee

2011 Outstanding Master Gardeners

Jeff Bidwell
Rhonda Bjornstad
Dave Kingery
Nancy Lewis-Williams
Susan Miller
Virginia Rayner
Jerry Twitty
Marg Walker
King County Master Gardener Diagnosticians for 35 years of service

2010 Washington State Master Gardener of the Year from King County

2010 MG of the Year. Ed LaCrosse was named Washington State Master Gardener of the Year in 2010. Ed was lead for the Neely-Soames Homestead Heritage Demonstration Garden in Kent and a Master Gardener since 1992, known for his knowledge of native plants and willingness to educate and bring together community volunteers.

Updated Nov. 15, 2016


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