Saturday, November 28th

2007 State Awards Program

Individual State Awards

Life Award
Margaret Haapoja
Margaret has made significant contributions to state and district horticulture as a garden writer, an Itasca County Master Gardener and by serving on the MSHS District 8 and the Grand Rapids Garden Club Boards. Her greatest gift is her writing ability. She wrote a weekly column for the Grand Rapids Herald Review for many years. Since 1999, she has written a weekly gardening column for the Duluth News Tribune, and she has been a regular contributor to the Northern Gardener Magazine. Margaret does an excellent job, and is highly respected among all District and Club members. For the last eight years, she has served on the Horticultural Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center.
Distinguished Service Award
Joyce Vincent
Joyce has been the leader or co-leader of Minneapolis/Metro Blooms for most of its twenty-plus year history. Joyce is extremely hard-working, and no leader is more dedicated than she is to her cause. She hosts lawn and garden parties at her house each summer and invites local kids, senior groups, or the disabled. She also leads gardening activities for neighborhood kids.  Joyce is politically active, very community-oriented, and always willing to bring light to a good cause.
Bronze Award
Jerry Olson
Many people call him “Minnesota’s Mr. Rose.” Jerry Olson has followed his passion—all things roses. His lifelong obsession with the fragrant flowers has earned him top honors as a grower, author and flower judge. There’s even a bud named after him: the “Jerry O.” He has been raising roses for almost seventy-five years. The American Rose Society honored Jerry during its national convention in June 2007. In collaboration with Albert Nelson, Jerry developed the “Minnesota Tip” method for wintering roses in order to protect non-hardy roses in colder climates. Their method has been adopted as the recommended method and is widely used in cold climates across the country.  In 1998, he co-wrote “Growing Roses in Cold Climates” with John Whitman.
Outstanding Youth Award
Johnnie Philipp
Johnnie started exhibiting at the Pennington County Fair in 1995 when he was three-years-old. In 2003 Johnnie joined the Silverton 4-H, and with his secret fertilizer recipe, he has won many ribbons on a county and state level.  Currently a 10th grader in Thief River Falls, Johnnie designs, plants and cares for the planters in front of the county fair office. Through his Supervised Agricultural Experience, he cares for the sensory garden at the Occupational Development Center, which was featured on the Master Gardener Tour last year. He excelled in the FFA Floriculture Contest. Johnnie stands out because of his high standards, his positive attitude, and the quality of his work.
Bruce Bersford Educator’s Award
Exhibiting and Judging Committee
The MSHS Exhibiting and Judging Committee has serviced the state of Minnesota by furthering the cause of horticulture and floriculture. With the 1997 revision of the Exhibiting and Judging Handbook and years of exhibiting and judging statewide, this Committee has educated the public through the excellence of “show and tell.” Committed to a standard of excellence for all who serve as Minnesota horticulture and design judges, this Committee still, to this day, electronically distributes new information and frequently emails all judges on educational opportunities to keep their skills current. We commend them for their desire for excellence, and on their support and encouragement of students working on certification to become MSHS Horticulture and Design Judges.
Bob Churilla Golden Rose Volunteer Award
Elsie Riggs
Elsie is an active and longtime member of the Volunteer Committee. She is more than willing to help us out with whatever is needed, often-times with little notice. She is actively involved in Minnesota Green, helping with seed sorting and special Minnesota Green events. She has stuffed envelopes, priced merchandise and folded many, many t-shirts. She is both a knowledgeable gardener and a good spokesperson for MSHS. We appreciate all the time she has dedicated to the Horticultural Society.

Garden Club Awards

Garden Club Member of the Year Award
Marianne Schotzko, Floratennial Garden Club of Comfrey
Marianne has been a gardening advocate not only in her community but also in her district and state for many years. Her involvements range from projects at the local elementary school, assisted living center, nursing home, county fair, and community greening spaces. Marianne has been the membership officer of her club for a number of years and has held the office of Present for her District. She is also a regular attendee at the MSHS District Garden Club Advisory Committee meetings held at the MSHS—Marianne travels over 140 miles one way to attend these meetings.

Garden Club of the Year Award
Worthington Garden Club
The Worthington Garden Club in District 4 presently consists of twenty-one members and eight honorary members including Master Gardeners and 4-H flower show judges. The Club has invested its energy in the community to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds, and to encourage civic plantings. The Nobles County Fair Open Class Flower Show and Junior Division Show is their biggest project each year. They have adopted and maintain several city parks and the members donate plants. They donate books to the Nobles County Library and make contributions to the MN Landscape Arboretum, the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, and the Nobles County Christmas Baskets. 

Greening Awards

MN Recreation and Parks Association Award
For excellence in contributing to community livability.
Tom Kasper
Tom Kasper has been the Duluth City Gardener for twelve years. As the first male president of the seventy-nine-year-old Duluth Garden Flower Society, it has grown from twelve clubs to twenty-seven clubs and 650 members. Tom inspires, nurtures, and supports gardeners. He helped found the Duluth Peony Society in 2006. Tom appears on two radio shows and two TV shows in Duluth. He has increased community interest in the Duluth Secret Garden Tour so that now reservations start one year in advance. Each year, Tom and the city crew put in 5,000 tulip bulbs near the Veteran’s Memorial on Canal Park Drive. They also tend seventy large planters in Canal Park; they have planted several thousand perennials in Bayfront Park gardens and another 70,000 wildflowers and native grasses at the west end of Lakewalk. Under his guidance, the Rose Garden, the Lake Walk and Enger Park truly make Duluth the “Flower City of the North.”

Joseph Priley Award
For excellence in community beautification.
Blooming St. Paul Team
Blooming St. Paul was initiated to beautify downtown St. Paul and the surrounding neighborhoods in order to enhance the working, living and tourism environment of the city. Community involvement is a key component for Blooming St. Paul. Thirty organizations and businesses have partnered with Parks and Recreation to implement the Blooming St. Paul initiative.  Under the leadership of Mark Granlund, the Golden Bloom Award program has grown since its inception in 2005. Master Gardeners are involved, with participation from the St. Paul Mayor and the Director of Parks and Recreation.  
Youth and the Environment Award
For outstanding contribution to further youth environmental education.
Monarchs in the Classroom
Monarchs in the Classroom began in 1991 when Karen Oberhauser brought ten monarch larvae into her daughter Amy's kindergarten classroom. Since then, it has grown to include a wide variety of materials and professional development opportunities for teachers throughout the United States. Two groups of behind-the-scenes people work together in a unique partnership to make this program successful: classroom teachers and scientists committed to sharing their expertise with the K-12 community. All of their programs reflect this partnership, combining real science with techniques that work for teachers and students, and promoting classroom practices in which students learn science in ways that reflect the inquiry methods used by scientists to understand the natural world.
Governor’s Certificate of Commendation
Zach Buseman
Zach helped renovate nine residential and commercial landscapes in this community. He honed his skills in the Horticulture and Landscaping program at Montevideo High School. Zach took his newfound knowledge and completed three landscape projects in 4-H, using plants he started from seed in the school greenhouse. Zach plants to continue his studies in the horticulture field and will be a valuable asset to the profession.
Michelle Olson
Michelle Olson is a student at Forest Lake Senior High in the Agriculture Education program. She has planned and organized student service projects at the school. Michelle assumed a leadership role in the creation of the FFA Nursery Landscape contest at the Minnesota State Fair, which won a blue ribbon. She prepared an instructional power point to familiarize students with 120 Minnesota trees. Michelle is a student teaching assistant in the Agriculture Department. Michelle leads by example, and she is a positive role model for others.
Shirley Friberg
Shirley has been a guiding light for the Rock Garden Society of MN for many years. Besides being chair for 2 years, she has continued to be very active. Shirley leads crews in maintaining the rock garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She has handled all publicity for the Minnesota chapter and has helped staff exhibits at both the State Fair and out at the Arboretum. She opens her garden for tours and gives programs to other organizations about the Rock Garden Society. She readily volunteers to help the society in many ways from hospitality to filing tax forms with the State.  Shirley regularly donates alpine seeds from her gardens to the North American Rock Garden Society Seed Exchange. She is an adept plants woman. Each year she grows a changing variety of unusual and challenging seedlings and plants and donates them to the MN Chapter of NARGS plant sales.
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