The Plant Protection Intern works under the Arboretum's senior botanist and plant pathologist to monitor plant pest and disease problems affecting the living collection. The intern also extends the Arboretum's horticultural expertise and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) philosophy to the public to answer their gardening questions. This position is supported by the John J. Willaman & Martha Haas Valentine Internship Endowment.
The Plant Protection Intern spends time each day out-of-doors or in the greenhouses observing plants in the collection for pest and disease problems. In addition, laboratory facilities are provided for researching, diagnosing, and culturing pest and disease organisms. The intern is also responsible for scheduling and coordinating other interns' participation in staffing the Plant Clinic. Interacting with Plant Clinic users, either in person or by telephone, is another important role. Follow-up may include drawing on the expertise of other arboretum staff members or conducting research via the internet or other more traditional avenues to answer specific questions.
The Arboretum is open as usual.
Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.
Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.