Awards, Hard Work and Rewards!

When an opportunity came up to elect someone to receive the Outstanding Urban Forestry Volunteer Award, Master Gardener Merita Murdock popped into my head. Her booklet “A Short Tree Tour of Selected Trees of Downtown Billings” was such a wonderful labor of love, that I wanted to at least brag about her a bit. So I did, and she received the award.
For those of you who don’t know Merita, she actually joined the Yellowstone
County Master Gardener program during 1994…year 1 of our program here. She is a Lev. 3 Master Gardener and has received one of the state’s Outstanding Master Gardener awards, plugging in over 1100 volunteer hours of service to our county. She is instrumental in helping me with the record keeping of our most active Master Gardener program….couldn’t do it easily without her. She’s been most active in so many areas: Women’s Prison, Square Foot Demonstration Garden, 4-H and fair judge, Master Gardener information booths, Billings Annual Flower Show, hoop house construction at MetraPark Education Center, Arbor Day, designing fliers and advertisements, helped create and was treasurer of Master Gardener Association, on nomination committees….and I’m sure I’ve missed so much more.

I am so excited that Merita was chosen as a winner of this most prestigious award from the Montana Urban and Community Forestry Association, and so grateful for all you have done and do for our Master Gardener program.


Here are the folks who have gotten some certificate action:

Level 1 Shirt & Certificate:

Kristine Brenden

Level 2 Shirt & Certificate:

Ann McKean

Submitted by Amy Grandpre