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Meet Robin Howell - new curator of the Japanese and Asian gardens

My name is Robin Howell, and I'm the new curator of the Japanese and Asian gardens here at the Memphis Botanic Garden.  I'm thrilled at the opportunity here in Memphis to learn more about Japanese gardening and am looking forward to working with the staff and volunteers.  I already have a connection here at the garden; Kyle McLane, our Assistant Director of Horticulture, and I went to high school together.  I'm originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky  and graduated in 1994 from the University of Kentucky with a degree in ornamental horticulture.
I interned at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Land Pavilion at Walt Disney World, and Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia, Pa.  In 1998, I started working at Longwood Gardens, working in various areas over my tenure, but primarily dealing with the rose garden and rose arbor, topiaries, annual bed changes, bulb planting, and setting up Christmas displays.
Some of the things that I want to work on in the Japanese and Asian gardens are to evaluate the plant material and replace if necessary. I'd like to start working on tree rings in the Japanese garden, controlling the bamboo at the entrance to the area, and doing plenty of roundup spraying and weeding through these areas.
One of the most important projects is for me to continue gaining knowledge and refining my techniques in Japanese and Asian gardening. I believe my past experience and working with the staff and volunteers will continue to build my knowledge. I want to build on the foundation that previous gardeners have established in the Japanese and Asian gardens and hope to leave my mark over time.
I am very pleased to be here at the Memphis Botanic Garden and look forward to meeting and talking with everyone as they come through the Japanese and Asian gardens.
By Robin Howell, curator of the Japanese and Asian gardens at MBG
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at 6:00 AM


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