“I came to horticulture in a roundabout way. After a stint in the Marine Corps, I served as a professional welder. Then I went back to school at the University to study environmental horticulture, worked in the private sector for a while, and came back to the University as a gardener.
“I never thought I’d wind up at the U, but I’ve enjoyed working here so much that I’ve been here for 10 and a half years. It’s gratifying to see students and visitors appreciate our work, taking pictures of our flowers and studying on the lawn.
“Outside of my job I volunteer as a Master Gardener in Anoka county through University of Minnesota Extension. I love sharing my passion for plants and also learning from other master gardeners across the state.”—Todd Knowler, Senior Gardener, Teamsters Local 320
Favorite tree: pin oak