#303: The Wonders of the Teaching Gardens at St. Michaelís College in Vermont with Founders Valerie Jansen & Mark Lubkowitz
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with professors Valerie Jansen and Mark Lubkowitz from St. Michael's College in Vermont. Valerie and Mark share with us the wonder's of the Teaching Gardens they started on the college campus, how it got started and what you will find there.
They will share with us some inside secrets as to what makes up each of the 4 components of the teaching gardens, how that relates to the on campus education as well as how it became a destination adventure for many passing through the area.
From there, they will each share their favorite flowers, how they battle pests, rodents and other plant damage as well as share with us some non traditional gardens, in the garden.
About this week's guests on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Professors Valerie Jansen & Mark Lubkowitz
Mark is the Professor of Biology at Saint Michaelís College, where he received the Joanne Rathgeb Teaching Award. He earned his B.S. in Biology at Washington and Lee University and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was a post-doctoral fellow in plant developmental genetics at the University of California, Berkeley.
As a scientist, Mark studies the molecular mechanisms of transporters and the various roles they play in plants. When not in the lab, Mark can be found riding his bike or tending his garden.
Valerie is the Professor of Education at Saint Michaelís College. She earned her A.B. at Smith College and MA, M.Ed., and Ed.D. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Valerie has taught in K-6 classrooms and library programs in public and independent schools in the U.S. and Paris, and was the district elementary writing coordinator in Ithaca, New York.
She serves as a consultant for museums, libraries, schools and gardens for children. Valerieís areas of interest include childrenís literature, nonfiction, and connections between literacy and first-hand experiences.