Muscatine County Master Gardeners Celebrate Outstanding Volunteers

The Muscatine County Master Gardener program proudly recognized their members at their annual Recognition Luncheon held on February 11th, 2024. The event, which took place at the Muscatine County Extension Office, brought together dedicated volunteers and community leaders to celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of Master Gardeners in Muscatine County.

The Recognition Luncheon honored Master Gardener Volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and passion for horticulture and community service. Through their tireless efforts, these individuals have enriched the lives of residents across Muscatine County and beyond.


The distinguished award recipients are:

Interns Completing 40 Hours of Service: Debra Dolleslager, Jane Haltmeyer & Ada Whitworth – Once volunteers complete their Master Gardener training, they are asked to record at least 40 hours of volunteer service within the first year after training to become Active Master Gardeners.

New 100 Hour Club Members: Debra Dolleslager & Brandy Olson – Volunteers who have submitted 100+ volunteer hours with the Master Gardeners.

New 500 Hour Club Member: Mary Danner – Volunteers who have submitted 500+ volunteer hours with the Master Gardeners.

10+ Years of Service: Lynn Pruitt & Jane Hodge – Volunteers who have submitted at least 20 volunteer hours and 10 education hours annually with the Master Gardeners for 10 years.

400+ Hours Volunteered in 2023: Dave Cooney – Volunteers who have submitted 400+ hours in a single year.


In addition to recognizing individual achievements, the Muscatine County Master Gardener program extends its gratitude to all volunteers for their invaluable contributions to community gardens, educational programs, and donation garden initiatives throughout the year.

There were 13 individuals who submitted at least 20 volunteer hours and 10 educational hours for 2023. The Muscatine Master Gardeners submitted a total of 1,263.15 hours for 2023 and an additional 166.85 hours in continuing education! Additionally, 5,000 lbs of produce were donated to the Muscatine Center for Social Action Food Pantry & the Pearl City Outreach Kitchen from the donation gardens managed by Muscatine Master Gardeners.

"We are thrilled to honor these exceptional individuals who embody the spirit of service and dedication that defines the Master Gardener program," said Lauren Nerad, Muscatine County Master Gardener Coordinator. "Their passion for horticulture and commitment to community engagement & education inspire us all."

Muscatine County is offering hybrid Master Gardener training September 3, 2024 through November 8, 2024. Registration opens July 22nd and closes August 19th.


For more information about the Muscatine County Master Gardener program and upcoming events, please visit the Muscatine County Extension Office; 1601 Plaza Place, Muscatine, IA Phone 563-263-5701 and website