Cumberland County
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Our Awards 

City of Crossville, TN
Mayor's Green Partner
February, 2012

Recognition for our community service, gardening education and the promotion of landscaping and gardening in the community.  Click for the newspaper article.

Tennessee Search For Excellence Awards

Sponsored 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 Korner

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):  R.E.A.P. Kits

Realizing Economic Agricultural Potential 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.

 2013: 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): Tomato Trials

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): KinderGarden

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 admission. 

 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 demonstration gardens.

 Master Gardener Associations are recognized for outstanding volunteer contributions to their communities through the Search for Excellence Award program.  All award winning projects are judged on originality, creativity, and the educational component (research-based information)  offered to its community-demonstrating that significant learning took place. 


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