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By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of AgricultureNov. 19, 2019
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Author and retired extension horticulture specialist Janet Carson
and Better Lawns and Gardens’ L. David Munsey III, have been named outstanding Arkansas
alumni at the 2019 Horticulture Tailgate and Alumni Breakfast.
The annual event was hosted Nov. 11 by the horticulture department, part of both the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College
of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Awardees are nominated by the public and
selected by faculty.
Carson became known as Arkansas’ first lady of horticulture during an extraordinary
38-year career with the Cooperative Extension Service, which included establishment
of the Arkansas Master Gardener program, weekly columns in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
books and radio shows. Her zest for sharing her knowledge led to her honor as the
Horticulture Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes exceptional professional
and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in horticulture, landscape
or turf science.
Carson earned a bachelor’s degree in urban horticulture and landscape design from
the University of Arkansas in 1980, and later earned a master’s degree in general
agriculture with a horticulture minor at the U of A in 1992. She was introduced by
a fellow extension retiree, Emeritus Professor Gerald Klingaman, as the recipient
of the Horticulture Distinguished Alumni Award.
“Janet is a highly effective and tireless promoter of horticulture,” said Wayne Mackay,
horticulture department head. “She had many notable accomplishments, including starting
the Master Gardener program in Arkansas. Janet became the public face of the horticulture
department through her radio, television, newspaper columns and magazine articles. She
is truly one of our most distinguished alumni.”
Mike Richardson, a professor whose achievements are in turf science, introduced L.
David Munsey III, as recipient of the Early Career Horticulture Alumni Award. The
honor goes to those 40 years of age and younger and recognizes exceptional achievements
in career, public service and/or volunteer activities that bring honor to the department.
Munsey, known in horticulture circles for his trademark cowboy hat, is general manager
of the Little Rock-based Better Lawns and Gardens.
“Over the last decade, David has been the driving force behind the incredible growth
experienced at Better Lawns and Gardens,” Richardson said. “In addition to his business
success, what really sets David apart is how he has given back to the overall horticulture
industry in the state. Specifically, he has been a key leader for the Arkansas Flower
and Garden Show, the largest horticultural event held each year in the state of Arkansas.”
Each year, the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show attracts thousands during its three-day
run. The event is an educational outreach effort as well as a scholarship fundraiser.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research and outreach programs, visit
aaes.uark.edu or uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch and @uaex_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of Agriculture(501) firstname.lastname@example.org