Ellen A’Key Grant
In January of 2009, the Ellen A’Key Grant Program was born. It was a product of the Long Range Planning Retreat held by the Board of the Master Gardener Foundation of King County the previous year. Since then, the annual award of $1,500 has been given to two MG programs, Asotin and Grant/Adams counties. The award is announced each year at the State Education Conference. The third annual award will be announced this year at the conference that will be held in September at Ocean Shores.
The grant was named in memory of Ellen A’Key, King County Master Gardener, whose generous bequest enabled the Master Gardener Foundation of King County to establish a reserve fund. It is in her honor that we share our resources with other MGs around the state.
The Ellen A’Key King County Master Gardener Foundation Grant is designed to assist and support WSU Master Gardener projects in non-urban counties of Washington State.
Through this program we hope to foster innovation and creativity, stimulate problem solving and creative solutions, encourage a sense of unity and community among all Master Gardeners in our state, and to make possible programs that otherwise might struggle or never be able to progress beyond the planning stage.
Since the Grant’s inception, King County MGs have helped fund the renovation and establishment of a community demonstration dry garden and an educational and nutritional program aimed at elementary school students where the students are learning to grow their own veggies. Ellen loved demonstration gardens and loved being a Master Gardener; she would be proud to know what has been created in her name – and yours.
Ellen A’Key Grant Awardees
- 2016: Grant/Adams County Master Gardener Program
- 2015: Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Program
- 2010: Asotin County Master Gardener Program
- 2009: Grant-Adams Area Master Gardener Program