The year round gardener for the Village of Port Jefferson is a Suffolk Master Gardener. Caran Markson, who completed her training in the spring of 2020, plans, plants and maintains garden beds throughout Port Jefferson.
The chance to re-connect youth and adults to nature informs her gardening projects. Although Caran designs gardens with different themes, these gardens share the same purpose: to educate and inspire. Her rain garden is a destination as is the butterfly garden she designed in the Village. It comes as no surprise that Caran has been tapped as a garden educator for a local outdoor youth explorer’s club.
Caran, who resides in Mt. Sinai, plans to install rain gardens at the Village Town Hall. Working with local high school volunteers, Caran will make the project a teaching moment as the students will join her in selecting the right plants and redirecting runoff for optimal environmental benefits. She also has a public children’s garden in the works along with a community composting project.
Caran says the Master Gardener program provided her with what she needed to take the next steps in her profession.