Fifteen members of the Blount County Master Gardeners Association were recognized as Master Gardener Volunteer VIPs at the Feb. 11 meeting at the Farm Bureau office. To be recognized as a Master Gardener Volunteer VIP, a Certified Master Gardener must have participated with the volunteer program for a minimum of three years and provided dedicated and exceptional service for the program’s mission as determined by the Blount County UT Extension Agent John Wilson and the State Master Gardener Coordinator Beth Babbitt. UT Extension Agent John Wilson presented letters of commendation and recognition pins to the awardees. Pictured are, front from left, Nancy Robinson, Mary Alford, Rita Loveday and Joan Worley; In back from left, John Wilson, Donna Bacon, Martha Frink, Lisa Phipps, Brenda Gregory, Lisa Thomas and Sandy Vandenberg. Not Pictured are Shelly Robinson, Mark Sharp, Julie Smith, Susan Dunlap and Valerie Horrock.