She has dedicated her career to teaching kids and adults the importance of gardening and horticulture. Joel Bramhall nominated Dias as a Seed Your Future Horticulture Her. He cited her launch of the “Summer Celebration Series” festival — which introduced children to topics such as insects, weather, conservation and more — as his motivation to nominate Dias. She has also built multiple partnerships with institutions such as The National Weather Museum and Science Center, Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, The Nature Conservancy and countless others.
Per Seed Your Future, Bramhall reported she works hard to move the next generation forward and spark an interest in careers in the horticultural industry.
Dias and her team at Myriad Botanical Gardens host over 100 educational programs each year, including festivals and public events every week to generate a sense of community. Myriad Garden is unique, as it is the only botanical garden in the U.S. to host a public school on their grounds. The program, called “Garden Groundbreakers,” is comprised of sixth graders who meet with the Myriad team educators every week to learn about a new horticultural topic.
Per a statement on Seed Your Future’s website, Dias said: “I love the blend of horticulture, education, and creativity in my job; I can go outside and get my hands dirty, plan lessons, and design or build displays all in one day! The best part of it is being able to interact with visitors while I’m working in the garden or teaching a class. Kids are so curious, and I love getting to talk about a topic when they ask me what I’m doing, whether I’m watering plants, releasing beneficial insects, turning compost, working around our weather station, or seeding my raised beds. I enjoy sharing what and why I’m doing something with the goal of getting others to care about it or see the importance as well.”