Vern is an 18-year member of NPBGS and a frequent volunteer in the Gardens and for the Northern Plains Farmers Market at West Acres. He holds a bachelors degree in Architecture from NDSU and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. Vern is an example of a member who has no background in horticulture or gardening but has found a place to serve the NPBGS.
Executive Committee, Garden Operations Committee
A Horticulturalist earning his BS degree from NDSU, Jerry is currently the Grounds Supervisor for Concordia College in Moorhead where he has taken care of the grounds for 28 years. Jerry and his wife, Bernadette, have lived in the Harwood area for the past 26 years.
Ina Lyon is a Fargo resident and a self-taught gardener who says that over the years she designed her own various homes landscaping mostly by trial and error. Along with being an artist Ina is also a miniaturist and is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. Ina has had the experience of serving on their board for six years. Over the past year Ina has graciously turned her remarkable talents toward leading the team of artists re-imagining the Fairy Garden (included in the NPBGS Woodland Garden).
Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Garden Operations Committee
A life-long gardener, Ruth has been a Master Gardener for many years. She enjoys creating beauty in gardens and on looms for others’ enjoyment. Ruth previously served on the NPBGS board as member and treasurer for two terms. Resided in Moorhead for 46 years
Programs and Events Committee
A long-time board member Bill is the Catering Manager at Concordia College. Always having a passion for plants and gardening, he worked part time for Levi Runions Garden Center throughout high school and college and has been planting ever since.
Public Relations Committee
Barbara Villella was chosen to be among the opening leadership team for the Prairie Roots Food Coop and later their non-profit Prairie Roots Community Fund. Her current role as Development VISTA for the Prairie Roots Community Fund is important to her. Improving access to resources, including healthy less traveled foods for all, is a passion of hers. New to NPBGS, Barb has quickly become a valued member of the Public Relations Committee, and is full of ideas for connecting to other community groups as we grow.
Ann has been associated with the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society (NPBGS) since 1999. She served as Vice President for six years (2002-2007) and has been on several committees, including Programs, Membership, Development and Fundraising. She is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Membership Committee, as well as on the annual February Tea Time at the Atrium (fundraising) committee.
Ann has a passion for something beautiful and different to be developed in the Fargo-Moorhead area and, even though her “gardening” skills are to be desired, she enjoys participating in various Society activities. She anticipates great things happening for the Society in the future to make NPBGS a great destination stop in the F-M area.
Programs and Events Committee
The daughter of a Landscape Architect in North Texas, Arielle grew up with an appreciation for plants and gardens. Her aspirations lead her into education and writing, but horticultural has always been an important part of her life. She has toured gardens around the world, including many in Japan, and looks forward to being part of the growing NPBGS.
A software and technology consultant with a long list of other interests, Matt cares about environmental education and ecologic preservation of natural areas. On his sleeve he often wears his convictions about gardening, green spaces, wild places, sensory experiences, and a certain wanderlust – and the critical impact of these functions on health and healing, mindfulness, gratitude, and understanding the impact of our actions and decisions on the planet.
As a father, Matt believes it is especially important to foster an appreciation for nature and earth-connectedness to our younger generations. Whether a module of software code or a parcel of land, his ethos is, leave it better than you found it.