Kirsten Conrad

Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources - Horticulture

Education and Degrees

  • M.S. Outdoor Recreation Resource Management, Indiana University, May 1994
  • B.S. Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, Auburn University, May 1980

Work Experience

Kirsten provides leadership to the Agriculture Natural Resources programs of Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. She trains and supervises the efforts of 3 separate volunteer organizations- Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Tree Stewards of Arlington/Alexandria, and Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. These volunteer organizations provide advice and research based information on horticultural best management practices, invasive plant and animal management, ecology, soil and water conservation and quality, urban forest advocacy, landscape design and maintenance, pest management, pesticide safety.  Kirsten works closely with local neighborhood associations, community gardens, area Farmer’s Markets, private citizens, local businesses, and special events coordinators to present research based education to all citizens of Arlington and Alexandria.

Kirsten joined the Arlington County Extension program in September 2007.  Before coming to Virginia she spent 4 years in Eastern Delaware advising homeowners on sustainable design and horticultural best management practices. Kirsten spent 12 years in Bloomington, Indiana where she owned and operated a landscape services business, organized Indiana University’s Tree Donation program, and served on the Board of Directors of Hilltop Garden and Nature Education Center. She held a Visiting Lecturer position in the School of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University and received Advanced Master Gardener status while serving as President and Vice-President of the Monroe County Master Gardener Association.   She has lectured and developed workshops on many horticultural topics including, xeriscaping, IPM, invasive species management, basic garden design, pesticide safety, poisonous plants, tree and herbaceous plant selection, pruning, and plant propagation.  Her professional interests include ethnobotony, school gardening, forensic botany, and sustainable landscape design.

Professional Associations

Virginia Association of Agriculture Extension Agents, Virginia Extension Service Association,  American Horticultural Society, International Society of Arboriculture, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

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