However, the most common statements heard pertain to the presumed number of gardeners who take care of our gardens and grounds. I’ve heard numbers ranging from 12 to 20. In fact, we have nine groundskeepers which consist of: a mowing team of five who maintain nearly 10 acres of turf grass, one irrigation technician who maintains miles upon miles of irrigation lines, and a gardening crew of three who care for nearly 11 acres of maintained beds.My focus here is to highlight the rarely seen folks who become one with the woods while they protect Mother Nature from the death grip of invasive species, fight off drought and death of plants with water and sustenance, and accentuate Mother Museum by installing hundreds of plants under the darkness of night!!! (Maybe not so much the night, more like anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday…and sometimes Saturday). These folks are the Horticulture Crew and I have compiled a list of no-limit, honest questions that get to the core of why they love what they do. They are:
Billy Schmidt, Gardener and Volunteer Coordinator
Larry Miller, Gardener and New Guy on Crew
And for an added bonus, I had a break-through with our Executive Director, Rod Bigelow, who gave up his guilty pleasure musician. You guessed it…Josh Groban.