Women of Horticulture

In honor of International Women’s Day, which was March 8, I’m blogging today about women in horticulture that I admire.

Peg Conley has been and continues to be a Douglas-Sarpy Master Gardener since 1979.  Her signature contribution is the gardening knowledge she has imparted to the citizens of Nebraska in her 39 years as a Master Gardener volunteer. Peg’s lifetime work is far-reaching and she is well-deserving of the Distinguished Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year Award, which she received in 2016.

Jan Riggenbach, Midwest Gardening columnist and gardener extraordinaire, has been writing a gardening column for 44 years.  She writes about new plants and vegetable gardening, things she knows from her own experience with growing a variety of plants!  Best of all Jan gardens in Nebraska and knows the challenges, pitfalls and rewards of gardening in this part of the country.

Mary Anna Anderson is a certified arborist of the Nebraska Arborists Association. Not only does she like trees but her expertise showcases her understanding of how trees grow. She is currently a Master Gardener with Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties, sharing her knowledge and appreciation of all things trees.

Kathleen Cue
Horticulture Program Coordinator at Nebraska Extension
Kathleen serves as a Horticulture Program Coordinator. She educates people on making smart plant choices to reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides in their landscape which has a positive impact on air, water, soil and environmental quality, property values and people’s pocketbooks. She provides leadership and coordination of the NE Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties Master Gardener volunteer programs: the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau, and "Ask the Master Gardener" Consultations.

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