Texas Master Gardener Association Awards Program
The Texas Master Gardener Association (TMGA), in cooperation with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University System, recognizes and presents awards for exemplary achievement.
Texas Search for Excellence Award Entry Form
(Use for Youth-JMG, Youth-Other, Project, Education Program, Written Education, Research Entries)
Download the forms from the links above. All forms are in Word.
Questions? E-mail awards@texasmastergardeners.
The “2021 Awards Year” refers to activities that occurred during the 2021 calendar year. The Texas Master Gardener Association encourages full participation in the Awards Program. All Texas Master Gardener Associations that are members of the TMGA are eligible to participate provided their 2021 TMGA dues payments were postmarked by March 1, 2021.
Please refer to the following link to review those requirements and check the 2021 Awards Year eligibility status of your association:
Association Member Eligibility
Awards Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1st, 2022 and closing January 31, 2022 at 10:00pm.
County sizes are determined by the number of members reported to the TMGA Treasurer with dues payable and remitted during the 2021 Awards Year.
- Small – 1-24 dues paying Texas Master Gardeners
- Medium – 25-49 dues-paying Texas Master Gardeners
- Medium Large – 50-99 dues-paying Texas Master Gardeners
- Large – 100-199 dues-paying Texas Master Gardeners
- Extra Large – 200 or more dues-paying Texas Master Gardeners
Categories for awards:
1. Youth-JMG – The Youth-JMG category recognizes a Master Gardener program that coordinates Junior Master Gardener groups, activities, and service learning projects.
2. Youth-Other – The Youth-Other category recognizes a Master Gardener program that coordinates non-JMG® associated youth activities and service learning projects.
2. Project – The project category recognizes a project which is at a physical location. The project should display best horticulture practices for educational purposes, i.e., a demonstration garden, school/community garden, permanent display, etc.
3. Education Program – The Education Program category recognizes an educational program which is a teaching opportunity presented by Master Gardeners to a group to provide educational information about a horticultural topic. The Educational Program can include workshops or presentations.
4. Written Education – The Written Education award recognizes any form of printed material which is created and written by Master Gardeners as a tool for education. This would include newsletters, pamphlets, calendars and mass media.
5. Research – The Research award recognizes a project with applied scientific methodology conducted by Master Gardeners with oversight provided by a Texas A&M AgriLife Services employee. The entry must be written by the Master Gardeners involved, not by Extension staff.
6. Marva E. Beck JMG Leader of the Year – This award recognizes one adult, chosen from all submitting counties regardless of size, who demonstrates effective leadership in support of JMG programs in his or her Master Gardener Association or county. This adult may be either a Master Gardener or a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service employee. Applicants for this award must be county faculty, staff, or a Master Gardener volunteer, and be affiliated with one or more registered Texas JMG groups. This award is given in the name of Mrs. Marva Beck, our 2000 Texas Master Gardener President, for her visionary leadership, initiative, and ability to plant seeds of hope for the gardening youth of Texas. This award is given yearly in her name to commemorate her contributions to the JMG program.
7. Outstanding Individual Master Gardener – The Outstanding Individual category recognizes a Master Gardener who is a certified member in good standing within a Master Gardener Association, and whose involvement and contributions during the award year are of primary importance, although prior-year contributions or involvement may also be considered.
8. Outstanding Master Gardener Association – The Outstanding Association category recognizes a Master Gardener Association that has completed at least one or more programs and/or projects of importance to the community. The programs and/or projects must involve two or more certified Master Gardeners. The programs and/or projects may be ongoing.
2021 Awards Committee
The TMGA Awards Committee is comprised of:
Debby Hopkins-Higham, McLennan County (Chair)
Elisabeth Castro, Montgomery County (Executive Member)
Carol Beyer, Hill County
Kathy Love, Bell County
Sharon Zaal, Galveston County
The Texas Master Gardener Association State Coordinator is Jayla Fry.
Please send any questions/concerns to email@example.com