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 Educator at Nebraska Extension
Kathleen serves as the Horticulture Educator for Nebraska Extension in Dodge County. 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.

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