Gardening has always been an integral part of my adult life as a student, a teacher and a life-long learner. During my 30 year teaching career in Canton City Schools, my late husband and I operated a teaching herb farm each summer. Since 1998, I have been active in both Stark and Summit County Master Gardener education and volunteer programs working with youth and adults.
As a retired educator in 2001, I enthusiastically joined the Children’s Garden committee at the Canton Garden Center. My active participation has continued in a variety of leadership roles planning and planting the actual Children’s Garden each spring and organizing and teaching the children’s classes throughout the summer in the garden.
In 2002, I started taking advantage of the educational opportunities available through GCO. I began Landscape Design School and I continue to refresh today at the Master level. As a Landscape Design Consultant, I have been able to serve numerous times as Beautification chairman for the annual Beautification Contest sponsored by the Canton Garden Center each July.
In 2013, I enrolled in Flower Show School. I am currently a student judge completing final requirements and I will hopefully complete my final exam successfully, this October.
My love of gardening, specifically my love of herbs has strengthened through membership in the Herb Society of America and the Heritage Herb Society. A primary objective of the Heritage Herb Society is to maintain the herbal wall garden at the Canton Garden Center and teach “Thymely Topic” classes to garden visitors throughout the summer. Educating others about herbs is my passion. So, I am thrilled and honored to have been named the GCO Herb chairman for 2017 – 2019.
My current service as 2nd vice president at the Canton Garden Center has given me many opportunities to interact with our 21 member clubs. It is with much anticipation that I am looking forward to similar outstanding opportunities with the great gardeners of the Canton District.