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Summer Internship

I am excited to be a part of the Memphis Botanic Garden staff this summer.

My friend, Michael Fletcher, and I are new summer interns. As members of Collierville Boy Scout Troop 50, we were recommended by our Scoutmaster Len Lawhon for summer intern positions.

Michael and I have been working for Mr. Len for over a year at DeSoto Farms, operating landscaping machinery and learning about horticulture. So far, our internship work is very similar to the work we’ve done on Mr. Len’s farm.

I’ve enjoyed my first two weeks at the Botanic Garden, meeting the employees, improving my knowledge about plants, and honing my landscaping skills. It certainly is a beautiful work environment, and the staff has been very friendly and helpful. I’m sure we will look back and be proud that our first jobs were at Memphis Botanic Garden. This opportunity to work outside at the Memphis Botanic Garden is certainly better than working over the fryer at Chik-Fil-A!

I come by my interest in horticulture naturally. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother are and were avid gardeners, and my father currently works in agribusiness. I’ve been in the Boy Scouts of America since I was 7, and that program has fostered in me a love of the outdoors and a great interest in conservation.

Both Michael and I have attained the rank of Life Scout and are currently working on our individual Eagle Scout projects. Incidentally, the hours we’re working at the Botanic Garden are perfect, because they allow time to work on my Eagle Scout project, as well as my honors courses for school. We will both be juniors at Collierville High School this coming school year.

We are very happy to be working here and look forward to coming to work every day.

By Dominic Fava, summer intern at MBG

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at 6:00 AM


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