The Rose and Flower Garden Intern assists the Rose Garden Horticulturist in all phases of garden development, management, and care of the living collections. The intern assists in the management of various specialty gardens within the rose garden section. Specialty gardens include: formal rose garden and rock wall, stumpery, crabapple orchard, herb, cottage, dwarf conifer, sculpture, wisteria, and pollinator gardens. Specific emphasis is placed on refining practical horticultural skills, including techniques in formal garden maintenance. Supervisory skills are developed by directing the activities of volunteers and part-time staff. Other activities include developing integrated pest management (IPM) skills, arboriculture techniques, and the operation of garden machinery. Special projects will be assigned to develop individual skills in garden planning and management. Upon completion, the Rose and Flower Garden Intern will have mastered the skills utilized in the culture of modern and antique roses and their garden companions. This position is supported by Charles S. Holman.
The Rose and Flower Garden internship is a hands-on program that assists in the care and maintenance of the rose garden section. The intern also assists in the management and coordination of the Horticultural Volunteer group. In addition, the intern experiences what is involved in managing a public garden through the course of a full year.