Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA is seeking a part time Native Plant Gardener. This position oversees gardening work in two main native collections with mulching, weeding and plant care. Ability to assist with signage and identification is helpful. Most time is spent in the Potomac Valley Collection (PVC). The PVC was initiated nearly twenty years ago to support the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Since that time it has developed into a key educational resource.
The PVC was recently documented in consultation with the Ted Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University. Currently, 82 families, 164 genera and 221 species are cultivated in a natural forest setting with many more in situ taxa present. Unlike most public garden native plant collections, no selections are used and it features plants found only in the Potomac River basin as a biogeographic province. Full details of cultivated taxa in the collection can be seen at: http://sernecportal.org/portal/checklists/checklist.php?clid=5139&emode=0
The second collection is the Native Virginia Wetland; here they are creating an example of the Great Dismal Swamp around a two acre lake and adjacent woodland. Thirty-five year old bald cypress trees anchor this beautiful space. Many species native to Southeastern Virginia are flourishing in cultivation.
Up to 25 hours a week. Flexible schedule. $12.18 per hour. Deer free environment.
Call Keith Tomlinson for further information 703-255-3631 X 102