Loudoun County Master Gardeners Celebrate 25 Years of Service

Ninety-nine Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners began celebrating their 25th anniversary with a kickoff meeting on February 26, 2016. Summarizing events from the previous year, Association president Barb Bailey also welcomed and thanked extension agent Jim Hilleary and other extension office personnel. Training by Tree Steward Carol Ivory focused on proper planting and care of trees and Water Steward Sam Allaire explained TMDL and its importance to regional watersheds.

This January, at the largest library in our county, the Garden to Table (G2T) team presented its first seminars, "Seed Starting" and "Vegetable Gardening in Containers", with the latter G2T’s most requested presentation since 2014. G2T is a county award winning team recognized for educating residents about growing fresh food in home and community gardens. Because 70% of Loudoun’s residents live in suburban areas, G2T focuses on sustainable home fruit, vegetable and herb horticultural techniques. Established relationships with leaders of local community gardens are leveraged to encourage their gardeners’ attendance at G2T’s monthly seminar series throughout the year.