From Passion to Purpose: Teresa Lowry’s Journey as an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

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In our first “Why I Became an NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer” feature, we spotlight Teresa Lowry, an Extension Master Gardener volunteer in Forsyth County. Teresa’s story is a testament to the transformative power of gardening and how it connects us more deeply to our environment and communities.

Teresa Lowery in her home garden

Teresa Lowery, NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteer, in her home garden.

“I have been a Master Gardener volunteer since early 2013 and have enjoyed every minute spent learning, volunteering, sharing my knowledge with the community, and socializing with other Master Gardener volunteers.”

Teresa Lowry grew up in a family with a profound appreciation for gardening. Her mother’s fascination with flowers, her father’s connection to birds and animals, and her grandparents’ cultivation of vegetables steeped her early years in the wonders of nature.

Transitioning into a 35-year marketing career in the outdoor power equipment industry, Teresa stayed close to her roots. Her work kept her in touch with landscaping professionals and immersed in educational opportunities about the outdoors.

“Becoming a Master Gardener volunteer was my number one priority after retiring, and it quickly became my passion.”

As a Master Gardener volunteer, Teresa dedicates her time to learning, volunteering, and sharing her knowledge with the community.

Teresa has been able to put her marketing skills to good use with the Extension Master Gardener program. Over the years, she has developed brochures, created newsletters, and provided leadership for promoting their spring and fall plant sales, an accomplishment she is especially proud of.

For the past nine years, Teresa has contributed to Extension’s outreach to the gardening community by serving as the curator of the formal garden at the Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood Park, a public garden managed by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center. She also plays a vital role as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arboretum Volunteers and Educators Association.

Teresa takes pride in her home garden, which she loves sharing with friends and family. Primarily a shade garden, it reflects her dedication and gardening expertise. Teresa has filled the garden with spring ephemerals and native plants, as well as snowdrops and camellias, which she has a special fondness for.

“I know without a doubt that this lovely garden that I peruse each morning would not be possible without the Extension Master Garden program, a program that I feel so blessed to have become a part of.”

We invite you to explore how to become an Extension Master Gardener volunteer to enrich your life and the lives of those around you.

Red watering can with the words learn, grow, share to the right.