Barb Larson has served as the Kenosha County Horticulture Educator since 2004. Barb’s educational programming focuses on horticulture and sustainability. Barb oversees the Master Gardener Program in Kenosha County. Barb was instrumental in developing an on-line Plant Health Advisor Training to teach basic plant diagnostics. Since 2009, over 200 people have taken the online course. Barb was also a co-leader in developing a specialized training course for the Master Gardeners to learn about Horticulture Therapy, an emerging scientific field utilizing the therapeutic effects of gardening and natural environments. Over 175 Master Gardeners participated in this training and many reported they would use aspects of therapeutic horticulture in their volunteer work.
Barb provides education and leadership for Kenosha County government with horticultural and environmental programs within the county. She is involved in a number of Kenosha County landscape, parks and facilities projects with the goal of improving all aspects of sustainability.
In addition, Barb is part of the small team of educators/agents who plan and offer the Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course for landscape professionals in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. She increased outreach to Spanish speaking landscape professionals by offering simultaneous Spanish language interpretation for the Course and worked to get two UW-Extension publications (one on lawn care and one on pruning) translated into Spanish.
To learn more about the UW-Extension scholarly work of Barb Larson, please click here.