2013 Awards Banquet

The Salt Lake Master Gardener's annual awards banquet was held Friday, November 22nd, 2013. It was a great evening to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our members. We recognized volunteers tor their outstanding commitment to the Master Gardener program and for achieving great things:

Volunteer Hour Recognition

100 Hours: Sandy Silletto, Paula Lediard, Debbie Stevenson, Sara Anderson

250 Hours: Gigi Brandt, Terry Curling, Cheri Schulzke, Diane Curtz, Illene Mirabella, Tony Mirabella, Barbara Andrade, Peggy Watson

500 Hours: Jan Konold

750 Hours: Jerry Milne

1000 Hours: Ron Jones, Sandy Burgess

1250 Hours: Peggy Call


Silver Trowel Award – Nominated by project leaders and awarded to master gardener's who demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm in a project by putting in extra hours, either hands-on or in research.
  • Sandy Silletto for Gilgal Gardens. Sandy has been a terrific asset to the garden. She is enthusiastic, cheerful, and always contributing great ideas. Graduating in 2012, she came almost every week to the garden last year and most days brought along her husband John (a whirling dervish with a shovel!) to help. They are both hard workers and fun to work with. Sandy was a career school teacher but now retired as a Master Gardener she prefers to just get her hands dirty and gain gardening knowledge from those around her. 
  • Amy Hargreaves-Judzis for Garden Patch Newsletter. Amy has been instrumental in getting the Garden Patch Newsletter back on its feet. She took a jumbled mess of information and format and organized it into a readable, mailable form. Her efforts greatly improved the communication of our group! 

Outstanding Volunteers Award – A SLMGA Master Gardener who goes above and beyond in volunteering many hours at our projects and demonstrating extra dedication during the year to the Association and community.
  • Tony and Ilene Mirabella. Tony and Ilene take great care of our organization. They can always be counted on to help with monthly meetings, big events or anywhere that there is a need. Thank you for your hard work! 
  • LeeAnn Ehrhart. LeeAnn demonstrated a great willingness to help this year but heading up the Garden Patch Newsletter and maintaining our blog. Her eagerness to help is greatly appreciated! 

Don & Bev Sudbury Award – This award is given periodically to a Master Gardener who exemplifies the spirit of the Sudbury's in his/her dedication demonstrated by long-term service to the Association.

This year, Judi Short exemplified the Sudbury's love of gardening and serving the community by her extraordinary dedication to Gilgal Gardens. She kept the garden running and volunteers coming in, as well as spear headed memorials to our dear friend Bev Sudbury. Thank you for your service Judi!

Master Gardener of the Year Award – This annual award recognizes outstanding dedication and service of a SLMGA Master Gardener. Congratulations to Terry Curling!