Congratulations to Fairfax County Extension Horticulture Agent Adria Bordas, who recently won the Byron Wates award! The award is named after Byron Wates Sr., one of the founding fathers of the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, which was formed almost 60 years ago for promotion of continuing education and affiliation with local green industry businessmen. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to the association and industry.
Bordas received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University. After her bachelors she worked as a microbiologist and analytical chemist at Eurofins International and then continued on with her education to receive a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology from University of California at Davis. After grad school, Bordas worked as a research technician at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Salinas, California for over three years before family brought her back to the east coast.
Since 2001, Bordas has worked as the Fairfax County Extension horticulture agent. Bordas focuses on several diverse program areas which include pest detection, diagnosis of plant and insect problems, water quality and nutrient management, and invasive pest management. She is responsible for working with the green industry professionals and homeowners of Fairfax County as well as teaching and supervising nearly 400 Master Gardener volunteers. To put that into perspective, those Master Gardener Volunteers donated over 31,000 hours of service and had over 49,000 community contacts. This is the equivalent of 15 full time employees.
Over this past year Bordas was instrumental in identifying boxwood blight in Northern Virginia area and joined Extension’s boxwood blight statewide taskforce. She has worked jointly on publishing online webinar modules as well as developing best management practices of boxwood blight in seven online publications. She was instrumental in creating boxwood blight ID cards for use in the field which helps nurserymen and landscapers diagnose and treat the disease.
Bordas has served on the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association Board for almost 15 years. Through her dedication to education and knowledge of plants and diseases she continues to contribute to educational events in Northern Virginia region and to our members. We thank her for hard work and dedication to our industry and are honored to present her this Award.