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MSU Extension honors six Gallatin County Master Gardeners

November 5, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - MSU Extension honored six Gallatin County Master Gardeners at the third annual Montana Master Gardener Conference for their outstanding contributions to the program.

The 2012 Montana Master Gardener of the Year award went to Tammy Young of Gallatin County.

"The most striking thing about Tammy is her positive attitude and willingness to do anything to help. She is fun and inspiring to be around, truly an asset to the Master Gardener program and to the Gallatin county community, " said Dara Palmer, Gallatin County Master Gardener volunteer coordinator.

Carol Fifer, Stephanie Breen, Dave Kennedy, Donna Knudson, and Yvonne Baskin each received the 2012 Outstanding Master Gardener award.

Fifer, a level-3 Master Gardener, spearheaded, designed and restored the landscaping at the Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department, giving the firefighters an outdoor place to enjoy.

Breen, a level-3 Master Gardener, started the third Master Gardener association in Montana. The Southwest Montana Master Gardener Association now has a president, Breen, as well as a vice president, treasurer and secretary.

Kennedy, a level-3 Master Gardener, volunteers in the Three Forks community garden. So far this year the community garden has produced over 800 pounds of produce for the local food bank.

Knudson has overseen the Plant Select Demonstration Garden spending countless hours identifying and labeling the plants. She was the primary contributor to the new, fantastic glossary in the new Montana Master Gardener Handbook.

Baskin, a level-3 Master Gardener, is currently serving on the board of directors as Gallatin Gardeners Club and will become the president of the board beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Baskin works in the club's garden at the MSU Horticulture Farm, which provides produce sales that help financially support many projects including two MSU horticulture scholarships, garden projects in the Bozeman public schools, and projects for the Bozeman Food Bank.

If you would like to learn more about the Montana Master Gardener Program please visit and follow the Yard & Garden link on the left menu to Master Gardener Program.

Contact: Toby Day, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Master Gardener Coordinator,, (406) 994-6523.