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Local Gardener Margaret Thomas, 89, Dies

The Herndon-area gardener was widely known for her irises and peonies

Margaret Thomas, 89, a well-known Herndon area gardener, passed away Wednesday morning, according to NBC Washington.

Mrs. Thomas and her husband George moved to the Herndon area in the early 1960s, and she was widowed in the mid 1970s. After her husband died she began selling produce and flowers from her garden to support her and her son, said a feature at The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

The garden sits on about five acres of land in the Herndon-Reston area. Mrs. Thomas’ perennial garden, located at 12410 Lawyers Rd., was always open to the public, whether for education, painters, photographers or a simple stroll.

In recent years, local residents and volunteers have worked to advocate for Mrs. Thomas' flower garden to be preserved as an open space and flower conservation park. For more information, visit Save Margaret’s Iris Garden on Facebook. Many local residents have some of her irises and peonies in their yards. 

Toyin May 26, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I have five girls that can play the game
Susan Forth May 27, 2011 at 09:41 PM
She was a lovely lady. I hope that her garden will live on.
Diana Eichler May 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Mrs. Thomas was not only a lover of irises but a sweet and kind lover of the arts as well. She reveled in the fact that artists and photographers flocked to her garden in May. She proudly showed her "iris" collection paintings, photographs and even shirts and smocks proudly. My friends and I painted there often. My favorite time was when a class of elementary age students arrived with their mom or dad, a blanket, watercolors, and sketchpad. The Impressionists would have loved her! She watched the group paint that day and just beamed. She will be sorely missed.
Dale McGrath May 30, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Goodbye Sweet Margaret
Andrew Russell and Family June 01, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I Love You, and will miss you, Aunt Margaret!

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