Arlington Names Master Gardener Outstanding Park Volunteer

Published on April 19, 2016

Judy Funderburk, a tireless volunteer who has logged more than 6,000 hours of service to our community, much of it nurturing the splendiferous Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, is Arlington County's 2015 Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award winner.

"Judy Funderburk is the embodiment of the spirit of community volunteerism that makes Arlington such a special place," County Board Chair Libby Garvey said. "Today we honor Judy's many accomplishments in the Glencarlyn Garden and beyond as a true advocate for our green spaces."

About Judy Funderburk

Judy Funderburk began logging her more than 6,000 volunteer hours 20 years ago, when she became a certified member of the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

She is so passionate about Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, in south Arlington, that she offers free tours — call 703-671-5310 to schedule one.

Funderburk has participated in many other projects in the County. Along the W&OD Trail in Bon Air Park, she rounded up more than a dozen other Master Gardeners to remove invasive plants and plant more than 300 native perennials in their place as part of a meadow restoration effort. Funderburk also is a strong advocate for Arlington's street trees and notifies County staff of potential areas for expanding our tree canopy.

About the Bill Thomas Award

The Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award was established to pay tribute to lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas, and to honor and encourage those residents who demonstrate a passionate dedication and support for our dynamic programs, natural resources and public open spaces. Visit the County website for more information about the award.