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Livingston County Master Gardener receives state awards

Master Gardener


PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate Livingston County Master Gardener, Diana McGuckin, on receiving a state award from the Illinois Master Gardener program. She was recognized at the Illinois Master Gardener Conference and awards ceremony on Friday, September 8 in East Peoria. 

Diana McGuckin of Flanagan was recognized as a 2023 Sustained Excellence Master Gardener in Illinois. This award was established to honor Illinois Master Gardeners who have previously received the Outstanding Master Gardener Award and have continued to demonstrate distinction in the program.  

Diana became a Master Gardener with the class of 2014 and earned the State Outstanding Master Gardener Award in 2018. Diana is a knowledgeable Master Gardener who actively shares her love of gardening with children, young adults, and the public. She devotes many hours to all Livingston County Master Gardener projects, including project leadership for the Village of Flanagan Gardens, which includes container gardens and pollinator plantings located at the library and the park for community members to enjoy while out or to replicate at home.

Congratulations again to Diana on this well-deserved award! If you see Sandy or other Livingston County Master Gardeners teaching or out working in the community, thank them for their outstanding efforts in improving the community and helping others learn to grow.

For more information about the Livingston County Master Gardener program, visit us at or contact the Livingston County Extension Office at (815) 842-1776. 








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