Laurie McGrath has been a Master Gardener for nearly 20 years. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sociology and worked in marketing and public relations in San Francisco and as Director of the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association in Sonoma County. While living in northern California Laurie became a Certified Master Gardener, served on the Sonoma County Master Gardeners board of directors and was part of the design team for the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) campus in Santa Rosa, CA.
After moving to Santa Fe, she re-certified as a NM Master Gardener and completed post-graduate programs in both Gerontology and Horticultural Therapy. Laurie developed activity programs for older adults and has given presentations on adaptive gardening and gardening for older adults with physical limitations at Highlands University, the NM State Conference on Aging, as continuing education for NM Activities Professionals (NMAP) and as staff training. She contributed to the Center for Landscape Water Conservation website and has served on the board of the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association.
Laurie believes that a garden is a restorative source of beauty, solace, and learning that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age.