Extension Gardener evolved from Extension’s award-winning Successful Gardener program (1998–2008). During its 10 years of delivering gardening programs and a monthly printed newsletter, Successful Gardener earned awards from many state, regional and national organizations:
- International Association of Business Communicators Silver Quill Award, Southeast U.S., for the best newsletter in the entire Southeast, 10-state region.
- National Association of County Agricultural Agents, best newsletter in the nation.
- Southern Extension Forest Resource Specialists, best newsletter in Southern region.
- N.C. Association of County Agricultural Agents, best newsletter in state.
- Mecklenburg County Priority Awards, best newsletter and program in the county.
- Printing Industry of the Carolinas
- Garden Globe Award
- Garden Writers Association
- Search for Excellence Innovative Program Initiative 2003 Award, North Carolina State Grange/NC Extension Foundation.