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Her love of traveling and gardening is communicated monthly in Root & Shoots
Some of you may recognize the name Linda Larson from her inspired writing for Roots & Shoots. However, how many of you know about the numerous other intriguing accomplishments of this MG?
Linda became a Master Gardener in 2008 after retiring from teaching communication skills for 33 years at Mesa Community College. If she was ever late getting to her office, it was because she wanted to do just “one more thing” in her home garden!
She and her husband, Rich, planted the two venerable olive trees that have been part of their backyard for 40 years. The trees are a tangible representation of the length of their marriage as well as of the length of time that the couple has been landscaping their splendid yard. Besides including a wide variety of appealing living plant material, Linda and Rich’s yard is filled with delightful hand-made metal and wood-based art objects created by her artistic husband.
Their yard was featured on the MG home garden tour, Real Gardens for Real People, in 2009 and 2014. Other years Linda helped write publicity for the tours. Linda thinks that the tours “were a significant part of helping the programs and meeting the public educational mission.” Phoenix Home and Garden magazine featured Linda’s yard in its September 2015 issue. The magazine revealed that she loves to feature blooming plants in her many engaging garden beds.
For over a decade Linda has traveled to 35 countries, all 50 states, and visited over 900 gardens. Linda’s passion is exploring the world through a garden. Since she became a MG, Linda’s talent for communication and love of travel and gardening has been on display for Roots & Shoots readers in the series “Traveling Gardener.” She has not missed an issue in twelve years.
Great gratitude goes out to Linda for her encouragement of the residents of Maricopa County to spend time in the natural world, an activity through which greater mental and physical health can be had for all who “stop and smell (or plant) the roses”—or lilacs or lilies or lavender or peonies or carnations …
written by Barb Wilson, for the 40th-anniversary edition of the Roots & Shoots Newsletter, Maricopa County, Master Gardener Program, AZ April 2021
Linda Larson, a lifelong lover of flowers, remembers the daffodils lining the small stone path to her grandmother’s door. She grew up on a farm in central Indiana and not only pulled weeds out of the Peonies each summer, but the nightshade out of her father’s soybean fields.
After graduating from Indiana State University with a Master’s degree in…