Diana K. Weiner has cultivated her career learning all facets of the horticulture industry after earning her degree in Agronomy form SUNY Cobleskill – florist, interior plantscaper, Program Manager for Cooperative Extension of Orange County founding their Master Gardener Program, Superintendent of Parks and Grounds for the historic landmark Mohonk Mountain House, and Restoration Manger for Friends of High School Park’s Native Plant Sanctuary. For the last 8 years she has served as the Horticulture Program Manager for the Gerry Foundation/Sullivan Renaissance grant program. Through public visioning work sessions and horticulture guidance she assists municipalities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers with envisioning, planning, and instituting beautification efforts that transform their communities into destinations. She volunteers for her local beautification committee installing dozens of hanging baskets, planters, and gardens in public spaces – fairgrounds, ballparks, pocket parks, and the municipal offices. As a member of GardenComm she created two award winning educational brochures that provide plant choice information for public and private gardens. She also teaches gardening through lectures and hands-on workshops. She is a Trustee for Time and the Valleys Museum and served 2 terms on the Program Committee for Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. As an inaugural AIB judge she has been committed to our organization’s mission since its inception, serving on the board from 2015-2019. Diana has judged both nationally and internationally and helped create presentations, training tools and guides that moved our organization forward. She assists her husband in the greenhouse and gardens of Story’s Neversink Plant Company specializing in rare succulents and interesting plants.