Awards of Excellence

The success of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program would not be possible without Master Gardener volunteers' great contributions. MGVs are recognized at the state conference for years of service and achievement in specific categories (see descriptions below).

Winners will be announced at the conference during lunch on Tuesday, October 18th.


Written, verbal, or social media. Examples: feature articles, news columns (2), radio show, video production, or social media platform.

Demonstration Garden:

Creation, maintenance, and education in Extension demonstration gardens by Master Gardener Volunteers. Garden planning, funding, creation, maintenance, signage, and usage of the garden are all topics that will be judged.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Projects that target a special public with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practice, and other human differences.

Educational Display or Exhibit:

Educational displays or exhibits intended to create awareness and educate about horticultural principles.

Educational Materials:

Development of educational materials that are part of a horticultural program for the general public or other Florida Master Gardener Volunteers. Examples: educational brochure, fact sheet, training or workshop curriculum, educational website or content posted to existing website, educational video, gardening curriculum, webinar, or presentation.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™:

Promotion of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in their community. Examples: yard advisors, exhibits, demonstration gardens, and educational programs.

Master Gardener Newsletter:

Print or electronic newsletters.

Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer:

Individual Master Gardener Volunteer efforts.

Outstanding Team Award:

Master Gardener Volunteer teams who foster cooperation, collaboration, and open communication to achieve a specific goal in the Master Gardener horticulture program and/or the gardening community.

Personal Communications:

Telephone and email activity by Master Gardener Volunteers that are responsive in nature. The responses given are to horticultural questions received at the Master Gardener helpdesk or hotline.

Service to 4-H and Other Youth:

Contribution to 4-H and/or other youth in the area of horticulture. Examples: 4-H horticulture leader, coach of youth horticulture judging team, organizer of youth community garden project, developer of youth horticultural therapy special education project, and author of youth horticulture literature.

UF/IFAS Extension

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A&M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. UF/IFAS Extension encompasses thousands of Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers, all working to provide solutions for your life.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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