Master Gardener Spotlight- Bob Dailey
Bob Dailey grew up on a rice and cattle farm in Louisiana. When he was ten years old, Bob told his father that he would never go in the garden when he became an adult. Not surprisingly, Bob grew up to love gardening and shared his affinity for gardening with his six children. Bob became a master gardener in 2005 and subsequently retired and moved to The Woodlands in 2006 with his wife. Mr. Dailey was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Master Gardener in Texas. He has been instrumental in the development and operations of Veggie Village and also serves on the board of the Special Angels.
What does becoming a master gardener entail?
The master gardener course consists of 90 hours of instruction by professors from Texas A&M and other universities as well as other experts in their field, followed by a one-year internship and a minimum of 30 hrs. of community service each subsequent year. I usually do about 200 hours of community service per year including talks and writing about gardening.
What have you enjoyed most about being a master gardener?
I have enjoyed working with others and teaching individuals how to grow safe, healthy food, as well as to take care of the earth and be good stewards of the environment.
What have you enjoyed most about your involvement with the Veggie Village Gardens?
Working in the Veggie Village adds a profound layer to the equation. It is actionable by the community involved in the gardens – adding another layer of caring, giving to provide for people in the community. The people who work in Veggie Village are inspirational and unparalleled.
How do you see Veggie Village evolving?
I hope that as the population grows, that Veggie Village will also expand its footprint to keep up with the demand to serve the community.
Bob shares his passion for lawn and garden information online here. You can view his interview of Interfaith of The Woodlands Volunteer Manager, Sarah Mundy here recently on all that the Veggie Village does locally. For more about Bob and his account of the many deatils of lawn and