Ellen A’Key Grant

In January of 2009, the Ellen A’Key Grant Program was born.  It was a product of the Long Range Planning Retreat held by the Board of the Master Gardener Foundation of King County the previous year.  Since then, the annual award of $1,500 has been given to a number of  WSU Extension Master Gardener programs, see the list of awardees below.  The award is announced each year at the State Education Conference.

The grant was named in memory of Ellen A’Key, King County Master Gardener, whose generous bequest enabled the Master Gardener Foundation of King County to establish a reserve fund.  It is in her honor that we share our resources with other MGs around the state.

The Ellen A’Key King County Master Gardener Foundation Grant is designed to assist and support WSU Master Gardener projects in non-urban counties of Washington State.

Through this program we hope to foster innovation and creativity, stimulate problem solving and creative solutions, encourage a sense of unity and community among all Master Gardeners in our state, and to make possible programs that otherwise might struggle or never be able to progress beyond the planning stage.

Since the Grant’s inception, King County MGs have helped fund the renovation and establishment of a community demonstration dry garden and an educational and nutritional program aimed at elementary school students where the students are learning to grow their own veggies.  Ellen loved demonstration gardens and loved being a Master Gardener; she would be proud to know what has been created in her name – and yours.

Ellen A’Key Grant Awardees

  • 2020: Cowlitz County Master Gardeners: Master Gardener Greenhouse for At-risk Youth
  • 2019: Island County Master Gardeners: Greenhouse at Greenbank Farm [2019 Award announcement]
  • 2018: Whatcom County Master Gardener Program: Grow Your Groceries [2018 Award announcement]
  • 2017: Skagit County Master Gardener Program: Building Bridges between Master Gardeners and Latino Communities in Skagit County [2017 Award announcement]
  • 2016: Grant/Adams County Master Gardener Program: Seed Library [2016 Award announcement]
  • 2015: Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Program: Greenhouse and Garden Renovation [2015 Award announcement]
  • 2010: Asotin County Master Gardener Program: Sustainable Kids’ Garden in Clarkston, WA [2010 Award announcement]
  • 2009: Grant-Adams Area Master Gardener Program: Drought Tolerant Demo Garden in Othello, WA [2009 Award announcement]

Updated Jun 2021


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