UT Extension Horticulture Specialist/Master Gardener Coordinator Wins for Outstanding Publication 


Natalie Bumgarner

Natalie Bumgarner (center), Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences, and UT Extension coordinator for the Tennessee Master Gardener program, is one of the winners of the Dutch and Marilee Cavender Award for Outstanding Publications.​ Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and interim UT Extension Dean Delton Gerloff. Photo courtesy UTIA.​


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences, and UT Extension coordinator for the Tennessee Master Gardener program, is one of the winners of the Dutch and Marilee Cavender Award for Outstanding Publications. 

Bumgarner was honored for the “Tennessee Vegetable Garden Series,” an online series focusing on home gardening in the Volunteer state. Judges praised the series for its clean design, and for being well-organized and easy-to-follow. Judges also liked the usefulness of the publications, especially on topics like growing tomatoes.
“It is an honor to receive the Dutch and Marilee Cavender Publication Award for these factsheets in the ‘Tennessee Vegetable Garden Series,” Bumgarner says. “Whether by the half-acre or the container, Tennessee residents are passionate about growing high-quality vegetables. It is my hope that our publications, along with many other Extension outreach events and collaborations between agents and specialists support those gardener’s success in residential food production across the state.”

Bumgarner’s responsibilities also include coordinating the efforts of more than 25-hundred Master gardeners statewide, and last year these volunteers performed 175-thousand hours of service in their communities.

The award was established by Dutch Cavender, former director of communications for UTIA, and his wife Marilee. It recognizes excellence in the development of published materials produced by professionals in UTIA. The winners were chosen from peer-reviewed publications, with Dr. Jennie Ivey with UT Extension also receiving one of the Cavender awards for a publication for the Tennessee Master Horse program.
UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu​.

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Contact: 

Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Natalie Bumgarner, 865-974-7308, nbumgarn@utk.edu