International Master Gardener Search for Excellence

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Search for Excellence Recognition Program

The International Master Gardener Search for Excellence is the recognition program of Master Gardener volunteer work throughout the United States and Canada.

  • Search for Excellence has seven categories in which Master Gardeners can demonstrate their outstanding contributions to their communities.
  • All SFE applications must show that significant learning took place, whether by the Master Gardeners or the general public they were involved with.

All volunteer projects done by Master Gardeners are significant to their communities, but not all are Search for Excellence projects. The Search for Excellence is designed to recognize outstanding group projects, not an individual who does outstanding work.  The IMGC Search for Excellence Committee oversees the Search for Excellence Winners.

Applications for 2015 Search for Excellence ...

2015 Search for Excellence Application guidelines and template final.pdf

  • SFE applications will be accepted between September 15, 2014 - January 1, 2015

Search for Excellence Winners

Search for Excellence winners are chosen for their outstanding contributions to their communities.

Past Award Winners


Junior Master Gardener Awards (2011)

At the International Master Gardener Conference 2011, the Junior Master Gardener Program solicited nominations of outstanding individual Junior Master Gardener youths and Junior Master Gardener groups exemplifying excellence through their hard work, personal achievement and service to their community.

This program recognizes the following awards:

  • The National Junior Master Gardener® Youth Excellence Award
  • The National Junior Master Gardener® Group Service & Achievement Award

More information can be found on the Junior Master Gardener website

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.