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Peggy Riccio

location-pin Alexandria, Virginia

School: Virginia Tech University, 1983

Expertise: Gardening

Peggy Riccio

  • 1990 to present: writing gardening articles for newsletters, gardening magazines, blogs, websites (more than 100 articles)
  • 2014: Created pegplant, an online resource for gardeners in the Washington DC metro area
  • 2014: Started speaking to local gardening groups about gardening, herbs, edible flowers
  • 2018: Created Pegplant’s Post Gardening Newsletter, a free monthly gardening newsletter for DC area
  • 2019 to 2023: Served as chair of Potomac Unit of Herb Society (two 2-year terms, volunteer)
  • 2020: created Culinary Herbs and Spices Facebook group
  • 2020-22: Served as Regional Director for GardenComm (one 2-year term, volunteer)
  • 2021-23: Served as Blog Administrator for National Garden Clubs (volunteer)
  • 2022 to present: Serving as National Director, Region IV, GardenComm (3-year term, volunteer)
  • 2023 to present: Serving as Mid-Atlantic District Delegate for Herb Society of America (3-year term, volunteer)

Experience

Peggy Riccio is a horticulturist and professional garden communicator in Northern Virginia. For more than 30 years, she has been writing about gardening for national magazines. In 2014, she created pegplant.com, an online resource for gardening in the Washington DC metro area. In 2018, Peggy initiated a local monthly gardening newsletter. In 2020, she created a Facebook group called Culinary Herbs and Spices. For many years, Peggy has delivered in person and virtual presentations about gardening, culinary herbs, and edible flowers.
Peggy is a member of GardenComm, the association for garden communicators. From 2020-22, she served as Regional Director. Currently she is serving a 3-year term as the National Director for Region IV, a board position. She writes for their newsletter and blog and is responsible for coordinating regional meetings.
Peggy is a long-time member of the Herb Society of America. From 2019 to 2023, she served as chair of the local Potomac Unit and now is serving a 3-year term as the mid-Atlantic District Delegate, a board position. As District Delegate, Peggy represents the largest district in the Herb Society with 7 Units. Peggy also writes for their newsletter and blog and is responsible for assembling and coordinating annual regional meetings.
Peggy is a member of the local Camelot Garden Club, part of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). For Camelot, Peggy volunteers to help with projects, including identifying and securing speakers for the meetings. For the NGC, Peggy served as the blog administrator from 2021-23. Peggy solicited and edited articles from members, secured photos, and worked with the webmaster post blogs every 2 weeks. She initiated a subscription service and added a standard footer to each article to encourage membership.
Peggy is very active on social media, follow her @pegplant.

Education

Virginia Tech University, bachelor of science in horticulture

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