of Crossville, TN
Mayor's Green Partner
for our community service, gardening education and the promotion of landscaping
and gardening in the community. Click
for the newspaper article.
Search For Excellence Awards
by the Tennessee Master Gardener Endowment and the Tennessee Master Gardener
Advocacy Board, the Tennessee Search For Excellence (SFE) program
recognizes outstanding Master Gardener projects throughout the State of
Tennessee. While all work done by volunteer Master Gardeners is
significant to the community, not all work done by Master Gardeners qualifies
for this honor. All projects submitted for consideration of a SFE Award
must demonstrate a high level of learning and outreach by Master Gardeners
and/or the general public. SFE recognizes outstanding group projects as
opposed to recognizing an individual doing outstanding work. There are
seven categories identified for the SFE awards. The highest-scoring Master
Gardener project, rather than the individual Master Gardeners volunteering with
the project, will be presented the Search for Excellence Award in each category.
2009 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Education):
Fall Gardeners’ Festival
The Fall Gardeners' Festival offers educational talks, displays, as
well as opportunities to have gardening questions answered. Offered
annually on the last Tuesday of August, the festival is open to gardeners of
all experience levels and remains free of charge.
2010 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Demonstration
Garden): Plateau Discovery Gardens A
demonstration garden is a landscape designed, planted and maintained for the
purpose of teaching horticultural practices and principles. Our garden is
designed to showcase successful gardening in this area of the Cumberland
Plateau, and is open daily during sunlight hours without admission.
2010 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Youth): Kids
Youth projects are recognized for children's gardening, whether
conservation or recognition of plants, trees, and shrubs. The Kids Korner is
a booth within the Spring Flower and Garden Show.
2013 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Innovation):
garden kits are designed for a seasonal 4'x4' area and includes 19 varieties
of vegetable seeds, fertilizer, compost, worm casings, plant markers, UT
Extension publication references, and instructions. Kits may be purchased at
the UT Gardens, Crossville: Plateau Discovery Gardens.
3rd Site of UT Gardens System, Botanical Garden for State of Tennessee
The Plateau Discovery Gardens become the 3rd site of the UT Gardens
system, joining its now sister gardens in Knoxville and Jackson. At this
same time, the Tennessee legislature identified the UT Gardens system as the
botanical gardens for the state. Our garden name is now the UT Gardens,
Crossville: Plateau Discovery Gardens.
2015 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Research):
Combining classroom instruction with research, this All American
Select Tomato Trial provided a hands-on opportunity to plant, fertilize,
water, mulch, prune, treat, stake/weave and harvest 16 varieties of tomatoes
testing five types of mulching practices.
2015 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Youth):
Included within the CCMGA's demonstration garden, this area is
designed for children ages 3-7 years and offers opportunities for children
to experience nature based opportunities in an exploratory manner,
enhancing all areas of development. Open daily during sunlight hours, no
2015 Tennessee (or TN) Search For Excellence* Award (Outstanding
Contributing Partnership): UT Plateau Research and Education Center
This award recognizes outstanding organizations providing
significant support to the Master Gardener mission. Without the UT Plateau
Research and Education Center, the services provided by the Cumberland
County Master Gardener Association, including its demonstration garden, many
classes, etc., would simply not be possible.
International Master Gardener Award
2017 International Master Gardener Search For Excellence Award*
(Demonstration Garden): UT Gardens, Crossville: Plateau Discovery Gardens
Continuing to meet requirements of a state recognition (2010
above), this award encompasses internationally participating master gardener
Gardener Associations are recognized for outstanding volunteer contributions
to their communities through the Search for Excellence Award program.
award winning projects are judged on originality, creativity, and the
educational component (research-based information)
to its community-demonstrating that significant learning took place.
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