Okaloosa County Master Gardeners' voluntary efforts recognized (PHOTOS)

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Outgoing Master Gardeners president Marge Stewart hugs 2013 president John Bauer, who received the Master Gardener of the Year award. Stewart received several recognitions including Outstanding Educator.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After another year of voluntarily sowing gardening and landscape advice for area residents, Okaloosa County Master Gardeners took time Wednesday afternoon to be recognized for their efforts.

Choosing some of the award recipients was difficult because all of the county's 95 Master Gardeners are active in the program, Okaloosa County Extension director Larry Williams said.

See the photo gallery from the Master Gardener awards ceremony>>

"It's a challenge because if it was just a few people and they didn't do anything, it'd be easy, but it's a big group that does so much," Williams said.

Volunteer Master Gardeners serve under the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension Service at its Airport Road office.

Volunteers’ amount of work equates to three full-time employees, Extension Commercial Horticulture agent Sheila Dunning said. Their services include answering home horticultural questions in person and on the telephone, and working with youth through the county 4-H program.

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