Dervila Jonas


I grew up in Waterford, Ireland, the daughter of two physicians. My father was a surgeon and avid vegetable gardener, my mother a family practitioner and flower gardener. Following in their footsteps I graduated from University College Dublin in medicine and some years later came with my American husband to the Washington area where I completed my pathology residency. In 1988 I came to Leesburg, and spent the next 25 years practicing at what is now Inova Loudoun Hospital. Along the way I acquired my MBA from Shenandoah University.

Over the years, my interest in gardening grew but I realized how little I knew about gardening in the Piedmont. Retirement brought the opportunity to join the Master Gardener program and I became tenured in December 2014. I have learned a lot. I strongly support the educational mission of the organization which in essence promotes conservation of our natural resources, good health and beautification of our environment.