Our New "Master Gardener" Volunteer

Last year, Gan parent, Alex Wisotsky, rekindled the Gan’s efforts in the Gan Garden outside our school. With a team of volunteers, she helped to weed, prune, and replant the space. Now she’s brought a Master Gardener student from UDC to us to continue the Gan’s efforts, and expand our nature education. Ronnie Gardstein, a resident of Quebec House, right next door to Adas Israel, is thrilled to be joining the Gan in this way.  Already, Ronnie has weeded and pruned plants and shrubs in the garden and by the playground, beautifying our space and making it safer for all who pass through. She’s also consulted with the Dubim class on a planting project. In the coming weeks Ronnie will be meeting with teachers to explore how her skills can be utilized in the classrooms and around the school grounds.

Here's a little from Ronnie about her background and interests:

I was fortunate to have had my first garden when I was four and to have had opportunities to grow things most of my life. Since moving from a house at the Jersey Shore to an apartment on Quebec Street I have sought ways to get my hands back in the dirt. Retired from careers in law, the arts and marketing, I now work pruning shrubs and small trees in the area and volunteer at the US National Arboretum’s Research Farm while completing the Master Gardener program at University of DC. I am delighted to have the opportunity to assist with Gan HaYaled’s garden and hope to be a resource for expanding the children’s exploration and enjoyment of nature.