Spring is a busy time in the landscape industry. There's cleaning up from winter, then bed edging and mulching, and it seems that each year the mowing starts earlier and earlier. It's easy to become overwhelmed and frantic to get it all done hoping to avoid falling behind schedule. There just never seems to be enough time for training.
Trenton Noel started working in a small garden center in Georgetown called Landscape Alternatives as part of a high school co-op program, and he immediately was drawn to the plants and people. “In the beginning, I did a lot of basic plant maintenance like watering, pruning and arranging displays,” he describes.
Trenton dedicated weekends to working at the garden center—he grew a real interest in horticulture during that co-op year. When it came time to make decisions about “what’s next” after high school, a friend gave him some advice that he took seriously. “A job is something you do. A career is something you would do for free.”
With that, Trenton pursued a bachelor’s degree in horticulture at Eastern Kentucky University while he continued to work at the garden center. His favorite classes focused on plant identification and he often went to parks and walked the campus, examining the landscapes’ plants and flowers.
Dan Stever, Klausing Group’s Director of Employee Development and Outreach, has been elected to the Lexington Tree Board. The Tree Board is a champion of trees and their environmental, economic and social benefits for our community. The board advises public and private organizations on matters of care, preservation, planting, removal and replacement of trees in parks, along streets, in public areas and throughout the community.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) provides tours at each annual conference, and Klausing Group was chosen along with Henkel Denmark and Darley Gainsborough Farm for the 2016 conference tours. About fifty people were in attendance from places as faraway as Texas, Oregon, and Hawaii; and even some international travelers from Canada and Australia. Klausing Group, Henkel Denmark, and Steven Hillenmeyer Landscapes (who performs landscape services at Darley Gainsborough Farm) are all NALP members.
In case you missed our on-air interview with Chris Porter on the radio, you can listen to the entire show here. Green Waves Radio is a program of Bluegrass Green Source and is aired on Lexington Community Radio 93.9.