A Virginia Master Gardener’s Perspective

Nancy Tillinghast '69 will present a model for public education on environmentally-sound horticulture practices.
Oct. 16, 2017
12:15 pm
de Witt Lecture Hall (106), Zabriskie Hall

Nancy Tillinghast ’69, Virginia Master Gardener, will explain that Fairfax County is among the largest county municipalities in the U.S., yet has but one cooperative extension agent who is the local connection to Virginia's two land-grant universities. The Green Spring Gardens Master Gardener Program is one of several volunteer outreach groups that are the boots on the ground for the county cooperative extension office to bring educational programs and information to the citizens of the Commonwealth through presentations and activities focused on horticultural and environmental “best practices.” Ms. Tillinghast will discuss the Master Gardener Program and its impact upon the local community.

Nancy Tillinghast has been a Virginia Master Gardener volunteer since 2002, and regularly presents programs on sustainable gardening practices in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is one of over 130 active graduates of the Green Spring Garden Park Master Gardener program(GSMG) and has had a hand in creating a few of the over 45 programs on sustainable gardening and landscape management offered to the citizens of Fairfax County through the GSMG Speakers Bureau and Seasonal Basic Gardening Program series at Green Spring Garden Park. She currently leads the master gardener mentoring program at Green Spring Gardens.

Nancy has been a research associate with AGB Search since 2010. Earlier in her career, she was an administrator at the Association of American Medical Colleges (1998-2002), Assistant Vice President/Treasurer at Ithaca College (1981-1997) and an administrator in finance, student services and admissions at Wells College (1969-1980). She is a Wells alumna class of 1969.

This event will take place at 12:20 p.m. Monday, October 16, in the de Witt Lecture Room (Zabriskie 106) on the Wells College campus. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

This talk is part of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment's Sustainability Perspectives Series. Wells is committed to providing access to all events; anyone needing assistance should contact Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, as soon as possible.

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