“I studied horticulture at the University, and I always thought it would be fun to come back. I love our campus and my job–it’s kind of a dream job for me. I get to take care of annuals, including the gardens at Eastcliff (the president’s mansion) and at the new Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain.
“Since we have such a talented group of people, we’ve learned to communicate well and lean on each other’s skills. I can always call Becky for advice on irrigation, and if I need mulch at Eastcliff, I know Steven can drop some off. It’s great to collaborate with people instead of submitting work orders for everything. We also try to use our own resources when possible rather than buying them. For example, we use dogwood, pine, and birch tree materials that we harvest on campus to use as winter decorations in our planters.
“I take pride in where I work. The history of our five campuses is something really special–the same architect who designed Eastcliff designed several buildings on the Twin Cities campus as well as the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. And of course the benefits are great too.”—Hollie Teslow, Gardener, Teamsters Local 320
Favorite tree: tamarack
Favorite place on Twin Cities campus: The green roof on top of the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building, as well as the metal sculpture and prairie area behind it