I started working here as a part-time seasonal employee in 2002, taking hours around my “real” job. I have a small yard at home, and it was (and still is) pretty full, so I figured this would give me a chance to learn and work with more plants than I could ever experience on my own. There was a lot to learn, and I continued to work about 20 hours a week for the next two seasons.
In 2005, a full-time position as Horticulturist position opened at the park, and I got the job. Now there really WAS a lot to learn. I was moving from greenhouse beds over to shrubs, roses, topiary, and vines, as my primary tasks. I was also asked to assist with plant selection and nursery maintenance, helping watch for diseases and pests, and making sure plant material was being watered correctly. I earned my Horticulture certification last November, but I know there’s so much more to learn.
There are always new things to learn, new plants, new skills, and lots of activity to keep a crew busy. I am very glad to be part of the landscape department here at Busch Gardens. I’ll be writing about gardening tips and our beautiful park. Feel free to comment with any questions. I’m happy to help.