Big Country Master Gardener Association
Vice President – Patty Esposito
Patty says she has always enjoyed working in the yard and garden. Claiming that it is in her blood might be true since both sets of her grandparents were gardeners! After becoming a Master Gardener in 2001, Patty is now certified as a Landscape Water Efficiency Specialist and is also a certified water auditor.
When asked what she likes to grow, Patty named herbs she uses in her kitchen and butterfly gardening. She says in 2011 she will be using her newly purchased raised beds for a vegetable garden, which is going to be a learning experience.
Secretary – Audrey Gillespie
Audrey knows the value of Master Gardener training. She should, she first trained in 2002 and then took the course again in 2008. Audrey has continued her education as a master gardener and is now fulfilling her volunteer commitment for certification as a Compost Specialist. She has a long love affair with gardening, starting early helping her dad in his vegetable garden.
Gardening intensely since 2000, Audrey describes her garden as “a large ornamental garden that is somewhere between a cottage garden, a Texas-style English garden, a backyard habitat, and a big mess.” She has a small vegetable garden and grows herbs as well. What she really loves about gardening is sharing the experience with her grandsons and is anxiously looking forward to introducing her great-granddaughter to the garden. Audrey already has the baby’s first gardening hat ready for her!
Audrey’s current gardening project is a brand new lasagna garden in a big island bed in her front yard. It will be ready for plants this fall. Her landscaping goal is an all garden, no lawn yard. If you ask her if she thinks that will ever happen, she laughs and says she knows that the Bermuda grass will probably outlast her!
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