Crozet resident Fern Campbell has been named Master Gardener of the Year for 2018 by the Piedmont Master Gardeners. Recognized in the organization as a tireless volunteer and an inspiring mentor, Campbell plays many roles in the Piedmont Master Gardeners, including project coordinator for the Horticultural Help Desk at the Crozet Farmers Market.
A retired nurse practitioner in the University of Virginia Health System’s Department of Urology, Campbell received her Master Gardener certificate from Virginia Cooperative Extension in 2013. She served as president of the Piedmont Master Gardeners in 2017 and is widely admired in the community for her dedication to providing science-based gardening advice to the public and to promoting environmentally sound practices.
As Master Gardener of the Year, Campbell received a scholarship to attend Master Gardener College in Norfolk next summer. She will also chair PMG’s Project Management Committee in 2019 and, in this capacity, will help coordinate more than 20 educational and service programs in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. These range from admission-free classes in garden basics to support for garden clubs in local schools to personalized lawn care advice for area households.
The 2017 Master Gardener of the Year was Carolyn Rhondeau, also a resident of Crozet.