Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn

I google searched this series, “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn,” for the longest time. I finally found that all the episodes are on YouTube. It’s an excellent series on gardening traditions! (I just wish it was in better visual quality. Oh well.) Episode 1. “Roses and Rose Gardens”: An adventure with the flower of legend, romance and beauty Episode 2. “Formal Gardens”: A … Continue reading Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn

Stonecrop Gardens. Cold Springs, NY

I recently had a working interview with Stonecrop Gardens. It’s a beautiful public garden in Coldsprings, NY, 60 miles from New York City. The garden features raised alpine stone beds, a cliff rock garden, woodland and water gardens, an enclosed English-style flower garden, a systematic order beds representing over 50 plant families, and much more. It’s development was directed by English horticulturist, Caroline Burgess. She … Continue reading Stonecrop Gardens. Cold Springs, NY

Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Lights

Alex and I braved the crowds to see the winter flower and light show at the Phipps last Saturday. It was definitely worth it. I highly recommend the Phipps Conservatory! It has the best collection I have ever seen! If you’re planning on visiting, keep in mind that the place fills up fast after dark! I was so sad when I got to the Phipps … Continue reading Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Lights

2013 Metrolina Greenhouses AFE Intern Scholarship Photo Book

    In 2013, I worked for 5 months at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC as a Vic and Margaret Ball Intern Scholar. Every day I rode my bicycle through the flower filled greenhouses; it was the most surreal and best experiences of my life. I was one of about 600 employees in 160 acres of greenhouses; the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the US. … Continue reading 2013 Metrolina Greenhouses AFE Intern Scholarship Photo Book

Everything is Connected

Recently I listened to an amazing podcast by ted ed. http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/216098121/everything-is-connected Reintroducing wolves in Yellowstone had massive beneficial effects on that ecosystem. Whale poop influences the photosynthetic productivity of plankton, thus the air we breath and the food sources of the ocean. It’s beautiful how everything is connected in the most unexpected ways! Continue reading Everything is Connected

Some Tidbits I learned when working at Animal Kingdom

I’ve been feeling anxious lately, and decided this would be a fun topic to write about. The Disney “tree farm” grows accredited feed crops for the animals including, willow branches, sugar cane, and banana leaves and fruits. This fresh feed is supposed to prevent the animals from eating the permanent landscape plants, however it doesn’t really work… lol Employees must work with animals idiosyncrasies; like … Continue reading Some Tidbits I learned when working at Animal Kingdom

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Everything you Thought you knew about Small Business is Wrong! (Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part II)

The economic value of small business is shocking to most people…
Local retail returns 52% of revenue and local restaurants 79% to the local economy, while retail chains return only 14% and restaurant chains 30% (Civic Economics, 2012)… The University of California, Cornell University, and Clark University published that Wal-mart jobs replace 1.4 local retail jobs, and each new store takes away an average of $1.2 million of county-wide retail payroll (Neumark et al, 2008). Many studies show that chain stores cost taxpayers more than they produce in revenue… So instead of going out on Black Friday, and buying things that you probably don’t need, support your local economy. Continue reading Everything you Thought you knew about Small Business is Wrong! (Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part II)

Update! Jobs and Fellowships

Since being back in WV I’ve been spending time and helping with the family. I’ve applied to 5 fellowships/internships with public gardens, some of which will involve horticultural research; so hopefully one of those will stick! I recently applied to a florist, and it looks like I’ll be doing some marketing and odd jobs for them! I’m really excited to learn more about the business … Continue reading Update! Jobs and Fellowships