Cynthia Nazario-Leary

Urban Horticulture Extension Agent

Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary has 15 years of educational and leadership experience in horticulture and natural resource management in Hawaii. She is the current urban horticulturist for the University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension Service in Maui county. Dr. Nazario-Leary received her B.S. in Landscape Contracting from The Pennsylvania State University. Her passion for community service and ethnobotany led her to Hawaiʻi to study propagation methods of breadfruit and receive a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She continued her studies at the University of Hawaiʻi to complete a doctorate in Natural Resources & Environmental Management, where she researched the development of an understory native plant agroforestry system. Dr. Nazario-Leary moved to Maui where she directed the New Farmers Network in the Agriculture & Natural Resources program at UH Maui College for 2 years; connecting emerging farmers with land and other agricultural opportunities and resources. Dr. Nazario-Leary has taught courses in horticultural principles and tree pruning for UHMC and classes on native plants and landscape design for the Master Gardener program at the Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Nazario-Leary recently completed the Hawaii Agricultural Leadership Program where she gained first-hand knowledge of successful agricultural enterprises across the State of Hawaiʻi. Dr. Nazario-Leary has also extended her expertise and service to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens where she serves as President of the Board of Directors.

master gardener program ornamentals fruit trees home gardening forestry horticulture urban horticulture community gardens agroforestry horticulture

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