Meet The Master Gardener: July Lippmann
By MARCI MOORE, Coweta Master Gardener Extension Volunteer
Meet one of Coweta’s longest sustaining Master Gardener Extension volunteers (MGEV) and someone you may have met in one of her many avenues of her busy life, Ms. Judy Lippmann.
Judy is our cherished “Butterfly Lady”, and you may have seen her presentations on butterflies. Judy knows so much about butterflies, and her love for them energizes her audience and encourages the attendees to plant for one of the most recognized and sought-after butterflies, the monarch. Judy recommends the following host plants to encourage habitat and to give monarchs a place to lay their eggs: milkweed-milkweed-and-more-milkweed, lantana, daylilies, zinnias, bee balm, butterfly bushes (buddleia), daisies, sedum, petunias and verbena.
Judy has been a speaker at the Coweta MGEV Backyard meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about gardening, and she presents her butterfly program to neighborhood homeowner associations, churches and various community events. Judy even has a unique wooden butterfly house that she uses during her presentations to demonstrate the value and beauty of sheltering butterflies.
In addition to her many MGEV activities, Judy is a member of the “Knit Wit” group at her church, Fairburn United Methodist. The group knits prayer shawls and has presented more than 100 to those in need of comfort during challenging times. She has also taught knitting and crocheting at the Tyrone Library.
Judy boasts with pride about her daughter who she says does not have a green thumb but can grow heuchera (coral-bells). Judy worked at Southern Bell for 15 years as draftsman in the engineering department – and drafted her own house plans! She has been in her home for 53 years and has many beautiful flower beds, as you would expect from a master gardener with so much experience. Judy has at least 25 varieties of daffodils and loves to share her plants; she is willing to find what you need in her garden and give you a healthy starter. Judy also has many statuaries in her gardens that she has collected throughout the years.
As a graduate of the MGEV class of 2006, Judy has been an active volunteer for more than 15 years and has served on many committees. She always works at the spring and fall plant sales where she is easy to spot in her garden-party hat that is loaded with flowers; many a confused bee or butterfly has landed on her hat in search of nectar!