2017 Search for Excellence Winners

Congratulations to these winners!

Morris Elementary School Greenhouse – This Master Gardeners of North Alabama project at Morris Elementary School teaches students the principles of horticulture, promotes healthy food decisions, and agriculture as a whole.

Raised Bed Gardens at ARC of DeKalb County – The DeKalb County Master Gardeners partnered with the ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), and their Extension Agents to build raised bed gardens at eight ARC group homes and taught the residents how to manage these gardens.

Marshall County CASA/Community Garden – The Marshall County Master Gardeners manage a garden that donates to CASA (Care and Assurance for the Homebound and Elderly). In 2016, they harvested and donated 12,000 lbs. of vegetables.
(see the 2017 Annual Report for more details on these award winners.)

Alabama Master Gardeners Fall Seminar

Alabama Smart Yards logo words over illustration of grass silhouette

October 12, 2017

Lowder Business Building, Room 113A
Auburn University, Alabama

bee pollinating a chrysanthemum8:30 a.m. Check-in with Pre-registration (Lowder Bldg, Level 1 lobby)
9:00 a.m. Welcome (Dave Williams)
9:05 a.m. Session 1: Finding Alabama’s Native Pollinators (Charles Ray)
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Session 2: Healthy Soil Check-up (Audrey Gamble)
11:15 a.m. Session 3: Smart Yards for Wildlife (Rachel Conley)
12:15 a.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. (travel to breakout sessions – registration required)
1:30 p.m. Session 4: Breakout sessions (one session only)

Breakout Sessions* (you will attend one session only):

  • Tree Walk (Davis Arboretum, Beth Clendenen)
  • Wildflower Walk (Davis Arboretum, Rachel Conley)
  • Water Smart Irrigation (Horticulture Teaching Garden, Tim Crow, and Eric Schavey)
  • Rainwater Harvesting (Davis Arboretum, Rhonda Britton)
  • Tagetes, Turmeric, and Tia, OH MY! (AU Medicinal Plant Garden, Tia Gonzales)
  • Who’s Chomping My Garden? (Horticulture Teaching Garden, Dani Carroll)
  • Photo’s Tell a Story (1:30-3:30, Poultry Science Building, Room 120, Bruce Dupree)
  • What the Bees Need, and Build a Bee Box ($15 supplies fee – Location TBA, Selina Bruckner, and Augusta Thurmond)

Online registration begins July 18. An email announcement with full details will be sent to all local MGA Presidents and AC Representatives.

Early Bird price, $30 – postmarked no later than September 14, 2017.

Late registration price, $35 – postmarked between September 15 and October 5, 2017.

No refunds and no registration after October 5, 2017. No on-site registration.

*Schedule is subject to change. You will be notified if your Breakout session is canceled or changed.

Download flyer and mail-in registration.

Register online to attend the 2017 AMGA Fall Seminar.

2015 Search for Excellence Winners

Congratulations to this years winners

Reach ‘Em, Teach ‘Em Classroom – The Blount County Master Gardeners have supported an outdoor classroom at Locust Fork High School’s consolidated campus for six years.

Grandmothers Garden – The Jefferson County Master Gardeners project at Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark illustrates an early 1900’s garden the typical worker family had.

Florence Community Gardens – The Shoals Master Gardeners built the Florence Community Garden located in front of the Lauderdale County Extension Office.

click here to see previous winners

Check out the winners pictures below.