Candice Anderson is responsible for offering leadership, developing trainings and providing expertise in Horticulture Sciences in Illinois for the Master Gardener Program. Her primary areas of focus are home horticultural, indoor plant, and greenhouse production topics.
Candice graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture Production and Management-Floriculture and a Master's Degree in Agricultural Education. While at the U of I, she was an active member of the Horticulture Club, as well as various other clubs and honor societies. Her experience includes serving as a teaching assistant, curriculum developer, camp educator, and research assistant. In addition, Anderson has experience working in a research greenhouse setting at the U of I Plant Care Facility where she assisted in the growth and maintenance of various research crops.
Candice developed her love of horticulture growing up on a farm in rural Piper City, IL. Through various 4-H horticulture projects and by taking a horticulture class in high school, she was able to realize the possibility of horticulture as a career path. Candice's other interests include cake decorating and floral design, which she also discovered as a teenager in 4-H.
She is a member of the Illinois State Specialty Growers Association, Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, the Illinois State Florist's Association, and is an Illinois Certified Professional Florist and Certified Floral Designer. She also serves on the Extension Master Gardener National Committee.