Awards

Texas Master Gardener Association in cooperation with The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and The Texas A&M University System recognizes and presents awards for exemplary achievement in the following award categories:

  • Youth/County Master Gardener JMG Program
  • Project
  • Education Program
  • Written Education
  • Research
  • JMG Marva Beck Leader Award
  • Individual Master Gardener
  • Outstanding Master Gardener Association

Entries are judged by a committee of Master Gardeners from throughout the state. Kaufman County competes in the Medium Association category for organizations with 25 to 49 dues-paying members.

2014 Awards

At the 2015 Texas Master Gardener Association Convention, Kaufman County won awards in both of the categories to which submissions were made. The 2014 Spring Seminar “Farming by the Yard,” which featured programs on backyard chickens, stone fruits and nuts and edible landscapes, won first place in the Educational Program category. The group also received a second place award in the Project category for the new Monarch Butterfly Garden, which was installed in the spring of 2014. The project was partially funded by a grant from Monarch Watch and the Native Plant Society of Texas.

2013 Awards

Kaufman County competed in two award categories for 2013: Educational Program and Outstanding Association. At the 2014 Texas Master Gardener Association convention, hosted by the Permian Basin Master Gardeners and held in Midland-Odessa, Kaufman County was selected as the Outstanding Medium Association, winning first place in that category. The 2013 Fall Vegetable Program, which featured information about the best varieties of vegetables and planting times for the local area, as well as programs on canning, vermicomposting and Mediterranean herbs, won third place in the Educational Program category.

2012 and Before

In late 2012, the Texas Master Gardener Association revised their award categories and criteria to those listed above. Prior to that time, there were nine award categories:

    • Educational Program
    • Exhibit/Poster Showcase
    • Graphic Presentation
    • Mass Media
    • Newsletter
    • Project
    • Publication
    • Individual Master Gardener
    • Outstanding Association

Kaufman County competed in the Small Association category for organizations with less than 50 dues-paying members.

Year Category
2012
  • First Place
    • Project: Garden Learning Center
    • Graphic Presentation: Rain Water Harvesting
    • Publication: 2012 Horticultural Calendar
  • Third Place
    • Educational Program: Bee Keeping Basics
    • Outstanding Association
2011
  • Second Place
    • Graphic Presentation: Senior Gardening
    • Outstanding Association
  • Third Place
    • Project: Garden Learning Center
2010
  • First Place
    • Individual Master Gardener: Brad Ackerman
    • Publication: 2009 Horticultural Calendar
  • Second Place
    • Project Garden Learning Center
  • Third Place
    • Newsletter: Prairie Planter
    • Graphic Presentation: Native and Adapted Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape
    • Education: Crandall Middle School Environmental Club Irrigation Training
2009
  •  First Place
    • Individual Master Gardener: Brad Ackerman
    • Publication: 2009 Horticultural Calendar
  • Second Place
    • Project: Garden Learning Center
  • Third Place
    • Newsletter: Prairie Planter
    • Graphic Presentation: Native and Adapted Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape
    • Educational Program: Crandall Middle School Environmental Club Irrigation Training
2008 (Researching)
2007
  •  First Place
    • Project: Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration
    • Publication: 2008 Horticultural Calendar
  • Second Place
    • Small Association
    • News Letter: Prairie Planter
2006
  • Second Place
    • Graphic Presentation: Rainwater Harvesting
2005
  •  First Place
    • Graphic Presentation: Attract & Reward
  • Third Place
    • Publication: 2006 Horticultural Calendar
    • Small Association
2004
  •  First Place
    • Educational Program:  Spring Community Seminar
  • Third Place
    • Publication: Kaufman County Master Gardener Handbook
2003  First Place

  • Publication: Horticultural Calendar