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CURRENT QUESTION:


  • What project(s) are your currently involved with? What types of things do you do? Why did you choose this project? Why do you keep going back? What makes this project special?

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Aggie Roberts


Aggie Roberts joined Cooperative Extension in 1977, after teaching well-attended horticulture classes as a volunteer through the Las Vegas Garden Club.  She was known for her humor, expertise and penchant for pulling scissors out of her purse and trimming ailing plants wherever she found them.  She died in 2006 at the well-guarded age of 87.



The ageless Aggie Roberts  Aggie being honored at Cooperative ExtensionAggie dressed as a ladybug for a school program



Your Stories About Aggie


Question 4: You’ve met lots of interesting people in the MG program – volunteers, staff, instructors, etc. Aggie Roberts, the Plant Lady, was a great friend of the MG program when it began until her passing in 2006. What do you remember most about Aggie Roberts? When did you work with her? What kinds of projects? Does anyone have photos of Aggie in her Bee or Ladybug costume?


Linn Mills

Aggie was an interesting one. She always had a pair of scissors in her purse, and she would trim plants anywhere. I was with her once when she did it in the doctor's office. She would trim to the shape of the leaf, following all the curves around.


Aggie teaching a class on Arbor Day in 2002.I couldn’t take her anywhere. She taught those kids, and they would stop her and say, “There’s the plant lady, Mom. There’s the plant lady.” When she would go into schools, she would teach all six grades. We told her she couldn't do that, so she was always teaching third graders, no matter what their age.


We told her she needed to work 40 hours. She said, "OK, when I reach my 40 hours, I’ll just take off my Cooperative Extension hat and put on my Garden Club hat." I never did supervise her because she was so good.


She lied about her age. She would never tell anybody her age. When they had her obituary in the paper, she was 10 years older than what we had her at at the Extension. When we were down there on Sahara and Maryland Parkway, I could look out on the parking lot and watch her go to her car. It seemed like each time, she would get just a little slower. But she never would admit it.


Linn wrote a remembrance about Aggie after her death in 2006 for his Gardening column in the Las Vegas Review Journal. Here is a link:


Aggie Roberts had a magic touch when it came to plants


Ann E.

Aggie always beat me into work at the old office at Red Rock. It got to be a sort of game between us. One time I finally made it in before she did. What happened? "I would have been here earlier, but I had to give the little old lady who lives across the street a ride to work today." Aggie was 87 when she passed away a few months later.

 

Jann S.

 

I used to go to schools and libraries with Aggie where we would put on a program about plants or insects for children. My favorite memory was at John Park school where the teacher had herself been a child at one of Aggie's programs. She was so excited to see Aggie again.

 

Karen L.

 

I loved working on the help line, it was outside Aggie's office on Red Rock. She loved Master Gardeners. She was always available for a quick answer to a callers question. I went with Aggie several time to give programs to school children. I wrote about Aggie on my blog when she passed away. This is my memory of her:


Sunday, May 21, 2006
Goodbye old friend


You know how there are people who come into your life who are special. This week, one of those people in my life passed away. She was an educator, a friend, a mentor and an amazing woman. Her name was Aggie Roberts.


I met her 10 years ago when I became a Nevada Master Gardener. Aggie was one of the educators who helped teach our classes. She was an expert horticulturist. Her specialty was houseplants and just about every thing else that grows in Las Vegas.


I went to her memorial service yesterday and wasn't surprised so many people loved and admired her. It was wonderful to meet her children and grandchildren, many of whom resembled her. There was a grade school named after her. That's where the memorial was held. Some of Aggie's grandchildren attend that school. She was a presence at her namesake school, where she always came to special functions. She read to the children during Reading Week, not just for an hour but for a whole day. She planned an Arbor Day celebration every year.


Aggie Roberts at Day With the ExpertsKids were her concern. I helped Aggie a number of times at various schools and libraries around town when she worked with school kids. She taught them how to grow plants and to take care of them. Aggie was tireless when it came to making herself available when someone needed help.


I took this picture of Aggie last fall at The Day with the Experts. We have a garden called the Desert Demonstration Gardens and one of the highlights of the year is this particular day. Thousands of people in the community come to hear the lectures, visit garden booths, and have their questions answered. It's a big deal around here. People especially wanted to talk to Aggie. She wrote a gardening column and was very well known.


Since I got my job with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, I've said I wanted to be the Aggie Roberts of the Water Authority. That has to be the highest compliment you can give a person is to emulate them. She never wanted to retire and worked until a short time before her passing. We never knew how old she was. She kept us guessing until this week. She was 87 years old and she left an indelible mark on Las Vegas. I will miss her and I know many others will too.


Pat W.

I loved to talk to Aggie Roberts. She was so knowledgeable about plants and her stories were very interesting. I worked the phones every Wednesday at the Red Rock office, Her desk was very close and many times she would stop at the phone desk and talk to us. I think we all learned a lot from Aggie, and we all miss her very much.