Awards honor local volunteers Douglas County Master Gardeners held a banquet September 28 to honor its volunteers. The highlight award was Douglas County Master Gardener of the Year, earned by Judith Mercer, whose innovative work in greatly improving the Plant Clinic led to it winning the 2013 International Search for Excellence Award. Additional awards were received by: Shirley Purcell, Douglas County Horticultural Agent’s Award; Jackie Carpenter and Pam Barrows, “Behind the Scenes” Master Gardeners of the Year; Karen Glatz, Outstanding New Apprentice Master Gardener of the Year; and Steve Renquist, 2013 College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Education Award. This …
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