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Volunteer Spotlight: Pam Rosendal

Pam Rosendal has been a Colorado Master Gardener in Arapahoe County since 2016. Growing up in a family of gardeners, she loved playing in the dirt since she was old enough to hold a trowel. It was an easy decision for her to join the program because she wanted to refine her practical gardening experience with science-based knowledge and share it with others.

Pam’s favorite part of the program is volunteering with other Master Gardeners. It has been a wonderful experience for her to meet and work with terrific people who are inspired by gardening, nature and life-long learning. She especially enjoys Sunday mornings at the Pea Patch demonstration gardens. This gives her the opportunity to meet and talk with other gardeners. Another favorite activity has been helping with the floriculture judging at the Arapahoe County Fair. Answering questions from the public when she is in the office also ranks high on her list of favorites.

Pam is a busy civil rights attorney but finding a balance between her professional life and her Master Gardener obligations hasn’t been difficult for her. There have been ample service opportunities available on weekends and evenings to choose from. This year she wrote articles for The Village Crier, a Cherry Hills Village publication. This easily fit into her schedule. She has also been able to take advantage of online classes and attended conferences and seminars on the weekends to meet her continuing education requirements. She was able to take personal time off, as well, to participate in weekday activities like orientation and office hours.

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