Meet Judy Kelley, our latest unsung hero! As evidenced in this photo, Judy loves children, especially her two grandchildren … that’s her granddaughter pictured with her on a visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Judy is a volunteer “early morning tour guide” at the Flower Show each year as a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Guides create their own scripts and conduct personal tours for groups who want to see the displays before the show officially opens each day.
A longtime gardening enthusiast, Judy became certified as a Master Gardener in 2012 after completing the rigorous 60-hour course. To maintain her certification, she puts in many hours of volunteer work each year. She has served on the Publicity and Program Steering Teams and currently serves on the Advisory Council.
Judy works tirelessly to beautify our planet, including several seasons of volunteering with the New Jersey Tree Commission to plant trees in Camden neighborhoods. She also helped secure grants from her former workplace, American Water, to create an education garden for the local community. She is a member of the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Region, currently acting as co-chair of the annual “March into Spring” (an all-day gardening symposium) Silent Auction, to raise funds for educational programming and events for the public. Judy loves to help things grow!
Did we mention her love of children? During the Covid pandemic she generously gave countless hours to her grandchildren on Zoom, reading, playing Barbies and Paw Patrol, attending virtual tea parties, and simply expressing her love and support. As an ex-elementary school teacher she has a host of educational tricks up her sleeve. Her grown son and daughter-in-law are forever grateful! We, at Juicy Wise Women, are grateful, too. It’s been a joy getting to know Judy. We are proud to pronounce her one of our unsung heroes!