As I was beginning to think about retiring, I decided I didn't want to spend my "golden years" sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch. Having been interested in gardening most of my adult life and knowing the pleasure that my Dad got from gardening, I thought that enrolling in a Master Gardener class would be right up my alley.
So, I did, and as a result, I have become
A Master Gardener certified by the State of Texas; every year since 1995
A Master Pruner certified by the San Antonio Botanical Garden; and
A founder and volunteer for the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas (GVST).
From the Master Gardener program I received advanced training in
Hazardous waste; and
Compost and soils.
In addition, I have actively been involved in vegetable trials and plant propagation.
As an engaged gardener, I have been
In March, 2012, I received the highest honor the Bexar County Master Gardeners bestow - VIP & Honorary Member
President of the Bexar County Master Gardeners;
Master Gardener of the Year; 1998
Editor of the Bexar County Master Gardener newsletter; 2 years
President of the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas (GVST),
Speaker and teacher for both the Bexar County Master Gardeners and GVST.
First certified Square Foot Gardening instructor in Texas (2006),
Teaching gardening classes in community education classes for over 15 years.
As I began to become interested in all of the various programs offered on gardening, my interest was piqued to the point that I now read, write, and teach gardening classes to others, especially for the area school districts and garden clubs. This interest has brought me from being a weekend gardener to a more knowledgeable and prolilfic speaker, writer, and consultant about gardening.
My Ph. D. is in education and I was a college professor for over 30 years. I have used my experience as a bridge between teaching and gardening.
Other things I am currently doing are:
Writing a weekly newspaper gardening column for the Boerne Starand articles for magazines, newsletters;
Writing a weekly newsletter
Speaking at various gardening clubs andorganizations
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