Horticulture educator returning to work nurturing adults

May 30, 2006|By ARNOLD PLATOU

Lori Young, local horticulture educator for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, is leaving her post to resume work in the private sector.

Young, who began working in the Washington County Extension office in September 2004, said she will be working for a company that helps adults with developmental disabilities.

She said she previously worked for a vocational facility that supports adults with developmental disabilities in Frederick, Md.

County Extension Director Lynn Little said Young has been "a tremendous asset to the community with her ability to work with people and her knowledge in horticulture."

Among other achievements, Young launched the office's new Master Gardener program, Little said.

Little said she hopes Young's job will be filled by fall.

Under its hiring procedure, the university must first agree to fill the vacancy, but Little said she expects no problems because "it's been a long-standing position here in the county" and is funded partially by the county government.


In the meantime, she encouraged area residents who need horticulture advice to contact the university's home and garden information center, which has its own staff of specialists.

In Maryland, residents can call the center and talk to a consultant from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday toll-free at 1-800-342-2507. Out-of-state residents can also call, but it's a toll call and the number is 1-410-531-1757.

There's also a Web site,

"It's really, really a good resource and we've been encouraging people to use it. They can get very timely information," Little said.

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