Spotlight Talk – Carol Kearney
Topic: – Resource for sustainable gardening/landscaping in Virginia
As a realtor, Carol Kearney has many designations for real estate, and always wanting to help people grow their business, started a LeadShare program in the LC Chamber of Commerce. Her civic volunteerism involves being a Stephens’ Minister, serves on the board of her local civic association, as well as being awarded in 2009 the Loudoun County Ambassador of the Year.
Carol is an avid gardener and achieved her Master Gardener Certification in 2015. It’s fitting that her focus today is highlighting the local resources available to help people plant sustainable gardens/landscapes.
- Certify your yard with “Audubon at Home” –
- The importance of gardeners in management native/wildlife habitat.
- Master Gardener organization has local programs to help you
- Master Gardener is a program through the Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech with local county chapters.
- They have a helpdesk available to answer questions M-F /9-Noon – 703-771-5150
- They can mentor your HOAs to help with types of plants
- Demo Garden at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg
- Donated over 1100 pounds of vegetables to a local Loudoun Food Relief program in 2018
- Healthy Lawns:
- They can come out to your place free of charge
- “My Backyard” program through the Master Gardeners
- Soil Tests:
- Pick up a packet in Leesburg – 10$ to test a sample of your soil which tells you the proper amount of lime and fertilizer for your lawn
- Plant Native plants to Virginia
- Plant Nova Natives – https://www.plantnovanatives.org/
- Poison Ivy is native
- English Ivy is not
- “Right Plant, Right Place”
- Other resources:
- https://loudounwildlife.org/ (partners with Audobon at Home)
If you need help with any of these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Carol.
For more information on Master Gardener program, gardening, landscaping and of course real estate needs, contact Carol Kearney – 703-975-4588 / carolcares @ hotmail.com