Volunteer excellence recognized at Illinois Master Gardener conference


CLINTON, Ill. — Over 280 volunteers across Illinois attended the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener Conference in Tinley Park.

The conference featured educational sessions, a keynote address, and tours of the Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Gardens, and Ball Trial Seed Gardens.

Jane Smith, DeWitt County Master Gardener, received a 2022 Outstanding Master Gardener award. She has been a Master Gardener since 2015. Jane has been a co-leader for the Allerton Welcome Garden and provided leadership to the growing DeWitt Master Gardener Program.

“Jane has helped nurture and support new Master Gardeners, programs, and partnerships in DeWitt County that have cultivated great enthusiasm for gardening,” says Extension Program Coordinator Beth Miglin.

The Outstanding State Master Gardener Award honors the best of Illinois Master Gardeners, recognizing only 1 to 2 percent of active Master Gardeners in the state with this award annually.

The DeWitt County Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by University of Illinois Extension. Master Gardeners fulfill their mission of Helping Others Learn to Grow by volunteering their time and horticulture skills through community gardening projects and educational outreach.

SOURCE: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

WRITER: Maria Lightner, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension.

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