The University of Delaware New Castle County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners celebrated their awards ceremony in April, also national volunteer recognition month.
The Master Gardener of the Year Award went to Susan Foster of Newark, Delaware. The Career Service Award, with 8 or more years of service to the New Castle County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Rob Medicus, also of Newark.
Additionally, more than 20 Master Gardeners were presented the “100 or more hours of service” award for the 2012 year, and more than 20 individual and team awards were presented to the group.
New Castle County Master Gardeners play a key role in distributing information about environmentally friendly practices for the home gardener. Topics include integrated lawn and garden pest and disease identification and management, plant cultivation, turf issues and problems, in addition to landscape design and wildlife habitat development.
New Castle County Master Gardeners are vital links in an educational chain that begins with research from the University of Delaware and the horticultural industry. Delaware Cooperative Extension specialists then translate this research into practical, usable methods that can be used by Delaware gardeners.
Education is at the heart of all Master Gardener activities, which can take many forms, including teaching by example and demonstration, and hands-on work with people of all ages.
Master Gardener volunteer educators have undergone training in a wide variety of horticultural and environmental topics coupled with training in educational methods and program evaluation. Monthly meetings bring all volunteers together to continue the learning process. The result is volunteers committed to reaching out to help county residents—adults and children alike—improve the quality of their lives.
Meeting the educational needs of thousands of citizens requires the dedication, creativity, and hard work of many volunteers. Contact the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Office at 302-831-COOP or visit our website for more information: http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/nccmg.