Belinda Laughlin, Director, Finance Committee
HOMETOWN: Mt. Pleasant, MI
Ruth Steele Walker, Director, Communications Committtee
HOMETOWN: Omena, MI
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: Marketing Communications Consultant. I retired as Advertising Manager of Farmers Insurance Company and promptly flunked retirement.
LOCAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan
HOBBIES: Reading murder mysteries and thrillers, walking our four year old lab Brit, sewing, knitting and stomping out invasives -- both native and non-native like Tree of Heaven and Sumac.
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Australia
FAVORITE DRINK: Wine, water and coffeee
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: Perennials - native and adaptable. I love color in my garden and lots of blooms at all seasons! I also love to grow culinary herbs and occasionally try my hand at topiary and bonsai.
WHY I GARDEN: It's part of my heritage. My farmer father grew fruit - cherries, apples and prunes while my city-born and bred mother mowed about an acre of orchard grass for lawn and surrounded that with seven flower beds and her "naturalized garden" which would be called a native garden today.
Diana Zeimen, Director
HOMETOWN: Mikado, MI
Formed in early 2012, the Michigan Master Gardener Association is dedicated to supporting the volunteer and social efforts that have been part of the Michigan Master Gardener Program since its inception. We also offer an array of benefits to master gardener volunteers.
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