Why PT is passionate about plant protection. Dr. Patricia Tice (PT), designer of Plant Patron®, has been a master gardener for the past 35 years. For 10 years she served the Polk County Agricultural Extension Council as a publicly elected official. The Council supervises and manages all 4-H programs, expert gardener training, pesticide training, and food/nutrition programming for Iowa’s three largest counties. Dr. Tice grew up in a rural background and her love of gardening came from her dad, who maintained a large vegetable garden at her childhood home. She now maintains seven different garden beds and a full vegetable garden on her own acreage.