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Search for Excellence

Search for Excellence (SFE) is a statewide competition designed to recognize outstanding UC Master Gardener projects that support the mission of UC Master Gardener Program.

“To extend research-based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California and be guided by our core values and
strategic initiatives."

- UC Master Gardener Program Mission Statement 

The SFE  competition is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the tremendous talents of UC Master Gardeners from across the state. County programs are invited to submit an educational and innovative projects for consideration. 

Cash prizes will be awarded to the three highest scoring entries among seven categories:

  1. Community service
  2. Demonstration garden
  3. Innovative project
  4. Research (applied scientific methodology) 
  5. Special need audience
  6. Workshop or presentation
  7. Youth Program

Outreach and making an impact in local communities should be the focus of the entries, which will be judged by a team of gardening and horticultural experts. The winners will have the opportunity to present the projects at the 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference. 

All applicants, regardless of award status are encouraged to submit a poster for display at the conference.


SFE Prize Money

SFE Dates

SFE documents release October 23, 2019

Submissions accepted January 7 - April 28, 2020


Winners contacted August 25, 2020

Winners announced mid August 31, 2020

Virtual Mini Conference Conference September 29 - Oct. 1

Questions? Contact: 

Search for Excellence Chair
Email: mgsfe@ucanr.edu 
Include county name in subject line for all email communications
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