Meet the keeper of Rollingwood’s Water Wise Garden – Austin American-Statesman

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Meet the keeper of Rollingwood’s Water Wise Garden – Austin American-Statesman


Originally designed by landscape architects Plant Driven Designs, the Water Wise Garden in front of Rollingwood City Hall is a one-of-a-kind, educational space for the community.

As the newest member of Rollingwood’s Public Works Department, I’m thrilled to introduce myself to the community. I joined the city in September, with a focus on assisting with water, wastewater and other duties within Public Works. My primary responsibilities, however, include the care and maintenance of Rollingwood Park, Hatley Fields and the Water Wwise Garden. My love of gardening and creating landscapes started at a young age, and I’m thrilled to bring that passion and experience to this community.

Growing up in Mandeville, La., just north of New Orleans, I would spend countless hours outside with my mother and siblings planting gardens and building elaborate walls with pavestones. That work taught me to appreciate the products of hard work and patience. With a love of being outdoors and a solid work ethic, the real fun began when I got my first job as a junior in high school working for a landscaping company. In the four years I worked there, I learned it all, from installing irrigation lines and designing and establishing bare landscapes to manicuring topiaries.

While my passion for landscaping persisted, I decided to try my hand as a florist and began working for a popular retail outlet known for its environmental advocacy and organic and all-natural products. Although the
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