Landscape/Horticulture Technology

Student Spotlights

Madeline Perkins

Madeline Perkins

Sophomore in Plant Production Emphasis
Hometown: Montgomery County, PA

What were some deciding factors that brought you to Penn College?
What brought Penn College to my attention was the fact that this institution has an emphasis on applied learning as opposed to lecture-based learning. Applied learning lets us students engage in experiences that use real world situations, and require us to put into action the knowledge and skills we are developing through academic coursework.

You recently completed your internship this summer, can you tell us about that?
This past summer I was given the opportunity to work at Meadowbrook Farms, an estate donated to the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. It was later turned into a retail nursery.

I gained extensive experience in all major horticultural fields such as plant retail, greenhouse nursery, and as an estate gardener.

What I really enjoyed about my internship was the highly creative atmosphere, and any idea that was plausible I was encouraged to give a try. For example, on a particularly slow day while I was in retail, I thought Meadowbrook Farm needed a green-roof made of Sempervivum and Sedum plants, and I was able to complete that project that day.

I thought I would dread every day I had to work as I began my experience as the estate gardener. To my surprise, I came to really love working as a gardener after defeating my most challenging hurdle- physical labor in the Southeast PA summer heat. With never having an interest for the manual labor of a landscaper, I had little knowledge on the extent of what a gardener can do. I came to really enjoy planting outdoor garden beds, something Meadowbrook found out about and made sure I was given the chance to design and plant the garden beds at Abington Arts Center in my hometown. I also spent several weeks creating a Shade Path garden at Meadowbrook Farms which is new this year.

What are you most excited about as you start your second year here in the program?
I am looking forward to using skills I gained over the summer and putting what I learned from my first year into use. I would also like to get more involved in the school’s horticultural club and bring them some unique fundraising ideas.

What do you hope to do once you graduate?
My goal after graduating with my associate degree in horticulture is to obtain a position nurturing plants in a greenhouse or on a farm. After gaining years of experience I hope to one day pursue my dream in the design and interiorscaping side of horticulture.

Noah English

Noah English

Freshman in Plant Production Emphasis
Hometown: Bloomsburg, PA

What were some deciding factors that brought you to Penn College?
A few of the things that that sparked my interest in Penn College was first the small class size, it is very refreshing to be valued and on a first-name basis with my professors. After taking a tour of the Earth Science Center, I knew Penn College was for me because of the hands-on learning and interactive class environment. It’s an amazing facility on a beautiful plot of land, and students are lucky to have access to this degree of education.

As a first year student what horticulture classes are you taking, and which one do you enjoy the most?
As a first year student, I am taking the following horticulture classes: Intro to Ornamental Horticulture, Equipment Operation and Safety, Soils and Fertilizers, and Ornamental Plants. Although all of these classes are informational and awesome, my favorite is the Ornamental Plants lab. This class is very hands on and allows us to learn in the field. The professor is experienced and knowledgeable, and I have learned a great deal in just three short weeks.

What do you hope to do with your degree?
With my horticulture degree, I plan to build and operate three greenhouses to grow produce, two for profit and one for non-profit to support my local community. I also plan on developing a sustainable, organic hydroponic garden for Yogaville Sachidinanda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia. This is where I completed my yoga training, and it is a project that is very close to my heart.

Tiffany Griffie

Tiffany Griffie

Freshman in Landscape Emphasis
Hometown: Newville, PA

What were some deciding factors that brought you to Penn College?
The atmosphere and the ability to learn through hands-on experience.

As a first year student what horticulture classes are you taking, and which one do you enjoy the most?
Botany, Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture, Horticulture Equipment Operation and Safety, Soils and Fertilizers, and Ornamental Plants.

I really enjoy my Ornamental Plants class. I enjoy walking around outside learning more about plants. Also, I like the lecture part of the class as well.

What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to get a job as a landscape designer with hopes of one day opening my own business.

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October 2015
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