Maymont Director of Horticulture Named Host of WCVE "Virginia Home Grown" and VLNA Professional of the Year

Peggy Singlemann, Maymont's Director of Horticulture


Release Date: January 13, 2016

Maymont Director of Horticulture, Peggy Singlemann, has been selected as the new host of the WCVE/WHTJ PBS local gardening program, “Virginia Home Grown,” and she has been named Professional of the Year by the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (VNLA).

Singlemann was selected in November to serve as the new host of “Virginia Home Grown,” a one-hour show broadcast live on the last Tuesday of each month from March through October. She previously served as co-host of the show with host Amy Williams since 2013. Williams announced her departure in October at the end of the 2015 season. Singlemann will be joined by co-host John Thompson, the Extension Agent for the Fluvanna County Virginia Cooperative Center. The 16th season of “Virginia Home Grown” begins on March 29 and will continue to feature guest experts, demonstrations, call-in segments, and pre-recorded visits to public and private gardens in central Virginia.

Singlemann also was honored as the VNLA Professional of the Year at their annual meeting on January 7. The award is given annually to honor a member of the organization’s green industry. Winners must be VNLA members or work for a company that is a member, and they are selected based on their promotion and advancement of the green industry throughout their careers as well as their long term contributions to the local and/or state organizations of Nursery and Landscape Associations. A committee of the previous three award recipients, with the approval of the Executive Director of VNLA, makes the final selection.

Singlemann has designed, planted and maintained the historic and specialty gardens at Maymont for more than 30 years. She lectures throughout the mid-Atlantic region and has been published in local and national periodicals such “American Nurseryman,” “Horticulture,” and “Virginia Gardener.” She is a member of the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, the Virginia Green Industry Council, and the Southern Garden History Society. She graduated from the State University of New York at Cobleskill with a degree in Horticulture and is a Certified Nurseryman through the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, a Certified Landscape Designer through the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, and a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.

For more information about Singlemann and her work at Maymont, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310, or visit our Outreach and Experts page. Maymont’s Visitor Center entrance is located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive in Richmond.

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