Master Gardener Program Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tam Martin has been named statewide Master Gardener of the Year for her work with the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener program.

Two other master gardeners are co-recipients of the statewide "Behind the Scenes" award and 26 others have been recognized as Oregon Master Gardeners of the Year in their counties.

OSU Extension master gardeners are trained volunteers who share with the people of Oregon their knowledge of sustainable gardening and OSU resources in home horticulture, according to Gail Langellotto, OSU Extension urban and community horticulture specialist and statewide coordinator of the Master Gardener program. More than 4,000 people across the state are OSU master gardeners.

Martin, who lives in Tualatin, has been a master gardener for seven years and is a graduate of Oregon's first online master gardener training course. She has been president and vice president of the Oregon Master Gardener Association and recording secretary of the Washington County association.

She and her husband Gary, also a master gardener, have opened their pet-friendly garden to the public for gardening tours and workshops. She also works full time at Tektronix, and has hosted plant clinics at the company to connect master gardener volunteers with Tektronix employees to answer gardening questions.

Source: Oregon State University Extension Service